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Conductor Isaac Karabtchevsky in front of the Heliópolis Symphony Orchestra

Isaac Karabtchevsky

Maestro Isaac Karabtchevsky

Artistic director of the Baccarelli Institute and principal conductor of the Heliópolis Symphonic Orchestra since 2011, Isaac Karabtchevsky has been one of the main responsible for the qualitative leap of this Orchestra. In 2009, appointed by the English newspaper The Guardian as one of the country's living icons, Isaac was born in São Paulo and studied conducting and composition in Germany, under the guidance of Wolfgang Fortner, Pierre Boulez and Carl Ueter.


He served as principal conductor and artistic director in prestigious international orchestras and theaters, such as Tonkünstler Orchestra, Vienna (1988 to 1994); Teatro la Fenice, Venice (1995 to 2001); Orchester National des Pays de la Loire, France (2004 and 2010); and national groups like Brazilian Symphony Orchestra (1969 to 1996); Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra (2003 to 2010) and Petrobras Sinfônica do Rio de Janeiro (since 2004). He received the Austrian government's Cultural Merit medal and the French government's Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres award, in addition to decorations from practically all Brazilian states.

He was invited by OSESP for the full recording of the Villa-Lobos symphonies, with productions between 2011 and 2016 and, with the team, he was three times champion of the Brazilian Music Award (2014, 2015 and 2016). He has been conducting the Música Riva Festival in Italy for 18 years, which are masterclasses for conductors from around the world. He was one of the creators of the Aquarius Project, the biggest movement to popularize classical music in Brazil. Since that experience, he never abandoned his vocation to spread classical music and keep it alive, finding the perfect partner in the Heliópolis Symphonic Orchestra.


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