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Antonio Saiote

Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo (ESMAE) Orchestra


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Born in Loures, Portugal, António Saiote is an artist and educator recognized worldwide.

He studied as a fellow of the Gulbenkian Foundation in Paris with Guy Deplus and Jacques Lancelot, and in Munich with Gerd Starke, where he earned a Meisterdiplom the Hochschule in Munich with distinction. He completed a post-graduation in Contemporary Music at the University of Alcalá de Henares in Spain with Arthur Tamayo and Traditional Repertoire in England with Georges Hurst, and also obtained a MPHIL in Orchestra Conducting from the University of Sheffield.

Saiote is a renowned performer who has been featured with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Portuguese Symphony, Classical Orchestra of Porto, Régie Orchestra, Radio Lisbon and Porto, São Paulo, Shanghai, Philharmonic of Beiras, North Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the Algarve, and Symphony Zurich. He has also been invited as a guest soloist for numerous world congresses in the United States, Belgium, France, Sweden, Canada, Japan, Spain, and Italy. Saiote has also been a featured performer and invited guest in prestigious festivals throughout the world, including Sintra, Estoril, Nancy, Shanghai, Macau, Rabat, São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Caracas, São José Santos Lima, Yangi, Musicalta, Oviedo, Guimaraes, Aveiro, Vila Real, Vila Nova de Gaia, Paços de Brandão, Espinho, Algarve, Madeira, Azores, Folle Journée (CCB), Camerino, Atri and Porto Alegre.

Since 1998 he has developed a fruitful parallel conducting career, having conducted all Portuguese orchestras and other orchestras in Spain, Venezuela, France and Germany. Saiote has directed operas such as Sousa Carvalho's O Amor Industrioso, Haydn's Il Boticário, Mozart 's Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute, João Arroyo's Amor de Perdição, Kurt Weill's Kleine Mahagony and the Seven Deadly Sins, Alexandre Delgado's O Doido e a Morte, Ravel's The Spanish Hour, and Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire. He is chief conductor of the Symphonic Orchestra of the ESMAE. Saiote has been invited as a jury member in a number of prestigious competitions in Toulon, Constancia, Seville, Warsaw, Caracas, Kortrik, Ghent, and Brasilia. He has also served as president of the Valentino competition Bucchi in Rome. He has been awarded the title of Latin American Clarinet Personality by the Clariperu Association, and was appointed an Honorary Member of the International Clarinet Association by a unanimous vote.

An active and noted educator, he regularly collaborates as a teacher, soloist and conductor with the Venezuelan System of Youth Orchestra and has performed and taught in more than thirty countries in Asia, Europe, America and North Africa. He is artistic director of the symphony orchestra ESMAE and Marcos Romão International Clarinet Meeting, and founding member of Opera Norte. Saiote is currently on faculty at the Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo do Porto (ESMAE).