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Clara Alcobia Coelho

Clara Alcobia Coelho completed her higher studies at ESML in the areas of Musical Training and Choir Direction, where she studied with Vasco Azevedo, and completed her Masters in Choral Direction in 2010, under the guidance of Paulo Lourenço. She has worked regularly as a conductor in the preparation of programs for the Gulbenkian Choir, such as L’Autre Hiver (ENOA contemporary music project, by composer Dominique Pauwells), La danse des Morts by Honegger, at the Gulbenkian Foundation, Motets by JS Bach, Dream of a Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night and Magnus Lindberg’s Triumph to Exist. At the Les Musicalles de Grillon Festival, she was conductor of the Choir from 2006 to 2016. Since 2010 she has directed the Ensemble Lusiovoce, with which she has performed at the Cistermúsica, Santarém Organ Festival, Estoril-Lisbon Festival, Madeira Organ Festival and Festival of Organ of Mafra. With ESML groupings, he directed the opera Páride ed Helena de Gluck at São Luís Teatro Municipal, as well as many other concerts and auditions of choral and chamber vocal music. He has been a member of Coro Gulbenkian since 1997 and has also collaborated with other ensembles, such as soprano (Oficium Grupo Vocal, Voces Caelestes, Ensemble MPMP and Studio Contrapuncti).

Recently, he has reinforced in his activity the performance of contemporary music, with debuts by Portuguese composers of music for choir and organ, in the direction of staged version of Hummus, by Zad Moultaka, in Lisbon and London with the company Opera Lab Europe, and in the direction and recording of the 1st Musa Prize – MPMP Composition Prize, entirely dedicated to modern and contemporary Portuguese music for a capella choir on texts by Sophia de Mello Breyner, with the Ensemble MPMP. He has been teaching since 2001 at the Lisbon Superior School of Music and at the National Academy of Orchestra.