With more than 30 years of experience and international career, Altamiro Bernardes is a conductor, teacher, lecturer and clinician at concerts, conferences, schools, workshops and juror at international competitions. He has performed concerts in Brazil, Argentina, Europe and USA.
His first prize came at the age of 11 when he won the Young Pianists Stimulus Competition. After this he continued his studies and graduated with distinction from “Joao Baptista Juliao” Conservatory. At Tatui Conservatory, he studied harpsichord and after that at the Akademie Voor Aude Muzieck in Amsterdam. He studied conducting and voice at Sao Paulo Baptist College and attended Sao Paulo University “Communicantus” Choral Laboratory. During his studying years, he was in courses and masterclasses with prominent international conductors. Bernardes is now at Escuela de Dirección de Orquesta, Spain, preparing for the Licentiate Diploma in Orchestra Conducting of the Royal Schools of Music – London.
In 2005 Altamiro Bernardes founded the Academia Concerto – a choral program for professionals and amateurs – where he is the Artistic Director and conductor of the following choirs: Academia Concerto Chamber Choir (professional chamber choir), Camerata Vocal (male choir), Jovem Canto (youth choir) and Academia Coral (mixed adult choir). With the Academia Concerto, Altamiro Bernardes has placed himself as a reference in choral conducting in Brazil.
Maestro Bernardes was at the head as conductor or preparer of major works such as The Messiah (Handel), Beatus Vir RV 597 and Gloria RV 589 (Vivaldi), Magnificat and several Cantatas (Bach), Requiem (Mozart), 9th Symphony (Beethoven), Elijah (Mendelssonhn), The Seven Last Word of Christ (Dubois), Requiem (Faure), Chichester Psalms (Bernstein) Gloria and Requiem (Rutter), operas I Capuleti and Montecchi (Bellini) and Joanna De Flandres (Carlos Gomes).
In 2012 he conducted a tour of 13 joint concerts in 4 states in Brazil with the choirs Septemthillis (Slovakia) and Cantilena (Brazil). In 2014 he was appointed Ambassador of the International Choral Festival “Mundus Cantat” – Poland. In this festival the choirs from Academia Concerto received 6 Diplomas awards and Mr. Bernardes was invited to take part of the jury. In the same year he held the opening concert of the 7th International “Edmund Szymanski” Choral Festival and the Festival “Academia Cantat”.
At present Bernardes is professor at the conducting program and guest director of the Symphonic Choir at Tatui Conservatory – one of the largest and most prestigious conservatories in Latin America. In parallel he teaches conducting for the Conducting Academy at Academia Concerto, Sao Paulo. He is a member of the ACDA – American Choral Directors Association. In October 2019 Bernardes gave workshops at two of Slovakia’s most prominent conservatories in Prešov and Košice. He also directed the Septemthillis Girls’ Choir as guest conductor at their jubileum gala concert. In November, he was one of 6 maestros chosen from all of Brazil to conduct Mozart’s Requiem in the encounter of the Brazilian New Choir Conductors Association – ABRACO. By 2020 he will be the music director of the Brazilian premiere of John MacDowell’s contemporary opera “The Anteater”.
Madalina Spataru is a lyric artist of Romanian origin.
With a Bachelor of Arts degree, Transilvania University, Brasov School of Music, Romania, specialties in music pedagogy and classical singing and graduated in the same specialties of the University ‘Spiru Haret’, Faculty of Music ”Victor Giuleanu”, Bucharest, Romania.
In addition to her work as a teacher of music and classical singing in many institutions, in France and Romania, she has been pursuing a career as a concert soloist in many countries since 1993, including France, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Austria, Romania etc… Among the works performed are: Requiem by Mozart, Verdi, Fauré, Cherubini; Stabat Mater de Pergolesi; The Armed Man by K. Jenkins; Gloria de Vivaldi; Mozart’s Coronation Mass etc…
She participates in recitals, concerts, in collaboration with the Mihail Jora Philharmonic Orchestra – Bacau. She is a member and soloist of Ateneu choir – Bacau, Romania and a member and soloist of Andrum choir – Kristianstad, Sweden.
Since 2010 she has collaborated as a soloist with the “Renaissance” Harmony Orchestra of Le Pradet, the Toulon Opera and Music Association, the Toulon Var Mediterranean Harmony Orchestra, USSAM Toulon Choirs, and she is the soloist of La clé des chants Hyères choir.
A new challenge for her musical career in 2013 is the direction of the choir La Clé des chants d’Hyères and with this formation she gives several concerts in the year, participates as a guest at the Inter-Choral Galas (Hyères, Solliès-Pont, Cavalaire), and the International Choral Festival in Provence, toured in 2017 in Italy to meet local choirs and have a cultural exchange, collaborates with the Toulon Var Mediterranean Orchestra, participates in charity concerts for various associations and encourages meetings with other choirs. In 2018, three concerts with Mozart’s Requiem, two of which took place at the Toulon Opera.
Bob Porter is an English Choral & Orchestra Conductor and Chairman / Artistic Director of the Brandenburg Choral Festival in London.
Robert (Bob) Porter began studying the bassoon aged 11 and at 14 was accepted as a Junior Exhibitioner at the Royal Academy of Music. Two years later, after playing with the National Youth Orchestra, he decided to give up all thoughts of a future in maths, and instead began a career which now encompasses Musician, Conductor, Teacher, Concert Promoter and Artistic Director.
After studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Bob worked as a musician and teacher, returning to Guildhall to teach in the Junior Department from its inception and becoming Head of Wind and Percussion in 1985 – a position he still holds today. As a performer he plays regularly with the London Mozart Players and has worked with every major professional orchestra in London.
In the early 1980s Bob founded the Brandenburg Sinfonia, the first of a group of orchestras under his artistic direction, which now also includes the Brandenburg Brass and Brandenburg Baroque Soloists. Playing regularly both in this country and abroad, one residency, at St Martin-in-the-Fields gave him the idea for a Choral Festival based around some of the most beautiful churches in London. Starting in 2010 with six concerts at St Martins, the Brandenburg Choral Festival is now the largest and most significant Choral Festival in the country. This year the Festival boasted more than 70 choirs in 67 concerts, covering the standard masterpieces of the choral repertoire along with jazz, barbershop and gospel, also making it one of the most varied and inclusive Choral Festivals!
In 1991 Bob was made a Freeman of the City of London for services to music – an honour which allows him to drive a flock of sheep over London Bridge! Something he fully intends to do one of these days….
Krista Audere is an internationally recognized choir director.
Krista Audere (1989) graduated from Riga Dom choir school (Latvia) in 2009, where she gained qualifications as a choir master and choral singer. She then attained a Bachelor’s degree in choral conducting at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music (2013) while enriching her musical experience at the University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart. In 2013, Krista started a Master exchange program in choral conducting at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam where she later obtained the Masters diploma and graduated Cum Laude in the June of 2016.
In the years 2008-2014 Krista co-founded and conducted The Latvian University mixed choir Dziesmuvara. Alongside this position she undertook the duties of the second conductor of the VEF Culture Palace female choir Dzintars (2010-2013).
Krista Audere is not only a conductor, she is also a singer. She has been a member of the youth choir ‘Kamēr…’ (2005-2008) and has also performed with various vocal ensembles. These successes resulted in a regular collaboration with the prestigious Latvian Radio Choir starting the year 2011. Since 2013, Krista has been a member of the Tenso European Chamber Choir and has participated in the Netherlands’ new singers project Meesters&Gezellen (2014 and 2015). Moreover, in 2015 she has also collaborated with Cappella Amsterdam.
As for now, Krista is the conductor of the VU-Kamerkoor, The Student Choir of Wageningen (WSKOV), Kamerkoor Venus and works as a repetitor and guest conductor with several choirs and vocal ensembles in the Netherlands, including the professional choirs Cappella Amsterdam and The Nederlands Kamerkoor.
In September 2019 she was given carte blanche to create her own program Love Letters with the professional choir Cappella Amsterdam. In December 2020 she won first prize and a special prize in the international choral conductor’s competition Romano Gandolfi in Parma, Italy.