Isaac Chueke

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Of a multicultural heritage, conductor Isaac Chueke perfected his studies of piano, composition and conducting in Europe and the US. Among his principal teachers Karl Österreicher in Vienna and Maurice Peress in New York, he also followed the masterclasses of Sergiu Celibidache and Georg Solti, attended rehearsals of the Vienna Philharmonic under Herbert von Karajan, Leonard Bernstein, Claudio Abbado, and served as a member of the New York Philharmonic Conductors Program. At the Sorbonne in Paris he obtained his degree of Doctor in Music with high honors.

In 1983 he won first prize in the Young Soloists Conducting Competition in Rio de Janeiro and in 1987 was selected to the Concours international de jeunes chefs d’orchestre de Besançon.

Music directorships include his servings as Chief Conductor of the Rio de Janeiro State Theater Chamber Orchestra, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the New York International Orchestra, Music Director of Miami's Alhambra Orchestra, unanimously chosen by its musicians and board. He is also known from his tenure as Music Director and Chief Conductor of Rio's Mozart Orchestra, an ensemble gathering selected members of the orchestras Sinfônica Brasileira and Sinfônica do Teatro Municipal for regular concert series at Sala Cecilia Meireles.

Engagements leading him to Europe (Germany, Austria, France, Italy...) as well as to North and South America (New York, Connecticut, Florida, Cleveland, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba...) he has appeared at the helm of, among others, the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Besançon, Cleveland Institute of Music Symphony, Florida International Symphony, New York's Nota Bene Contemporary Ensemble, Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra, major orchestras in Brazil, in venues such as LeFrak Concert Hall, Donnell Auditorium, Kulas Hall, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Theatre in Miami Beach, Sala Cecilia Meireles in Rio de Janeiro, Teatro Guaíra in Curitiba, Teatro Nacional in Brasília.

Also a devoted interpreter of opera, he served as assistant conductor at the Salzburg Festival and at Teatro San Carlo di Napoli. From 1999-2001, he was Resident Conductor at Florida Grand Opera (FGO) where he continued developing his knowledge of the lyrical repertoire, the occasion also to partner with artists such as Deborah Voigt, Renata Scotto, Emily Magee, Irina Mishura, Bliss Hebert, in new productions of Tosca, Otello, Carmen. During his tenure in South Florida, he also devised and produced educational programs that have been considered among the best in the country.

He is equally recognized as the creator and artistic director of several international projects, multi-disciplinary in nature, coupling music to dance, art exhibits,literature, film, theatre, gastronomy, conferences and workshops: those include, in the US,Carmen 2000, A Czech Festival, Art & Music; Brésil Musical in Paris, Mozart Festival[disambiguation needed] Encontros com Amadeus in Brazil. In 2001, he was a special guest of France’s Ministry of Culture to consult and share his expertise at the festivals of Aix-en-Provence and Radio France Montpellier.

The recipient of several prizes and honors, in 2002 he was chosen music director of the first concert in North America celebrating European Union’s Anniversary, an event counting with the presence of several foreign dignitaries. He is Artist-in-Residence at the Brahmshaus in Baden-Baden, Germany, and for his artistic work was specially distinguished in 2001 by Czech President Václav Havel as well as awarded the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government.


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