IFCM’s World Choral Day concert and celebration
ESML Chamber Choir (Lisbon Superior School of Music)
More about the choir:
The ESML Chamber Choir is an ensemble formed by singers coming from Choral Conducting, Voice, Music Education, Composition, Guitar and all Keyboard instruments. The main goal of this group is to provide excellence in choral practice throughout the students academic journey. Its repertoire ranges from music of the Renaissance to the 21st Century including world
premieres. Amoung its most significant concerts there are the Weihnachts- Oratorium BWV 248 (Cantata I) and Magnificat from J.S.Bach, Cantata Verbum Caro from Nuno Côrte-Real, Charpentier’s Requiem, Rejoice in the Lamb from B.Britten, Coronation Anthems, and Utrecht Te Deum from G.F.Haendel, Chichester Psalms from Leonard Bernstein, Lauda per la Nativitá
del Signore from Otorino Respighi, Come Holy Ghost from Jonathan Harvey e Painting Word, Painting de Carlos Caires with the Orchestrutopica, Psalm 42 from Felix Mendelssohn, Magnificat&Nunc Dimitis from Tarik O’Regan, Awakenings from Sara Ross, Brahms Requiem, Roi David from Honegger, Gloria from Francis Poulenc, Te Deum from Anton Bruckner. Apart from the ESMl Symphony Orchestra, the ESML Chamber Choir has collaborations the
Gulbenkian Orchestra, Filarmonia das Beiras, Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra and Bilkent Symphony Orchestra (Ankara Turkey). The ensemble has won, conducted by his young master students, several gold medals at the
Summer Choral Festival. Choir. In 2013 the group presented himself at the Ankara International Music Festival singing G. Mahler 8th Symphony with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra and the Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir.
The ESML Chamber Choir is conducted by maestro Paulo Vassalo Lourenço and assisted by Susana Marques, Frederico Costa and João Perdigão
Paulo Vassalo Lourenço
Born in Lisbon, Mr. Lourenço is the head of the master’s Program in Choral Conducting at the Lisbon’s Superior School of Music where he conducts the ESML Chamber Choir. He has a doctoral degree in Choral (Stephen Coker and Earl Rivers) and Orchestral (Mark Gibson and Chang Zhang) Conducting at the College/Conservatory of Music – University of Cincinnati (USA). He was appointed assistant conductor at the Gulbenkian Choir since 2012 and since then he has prepared the major repertoire for such figures as: Gustavo Dudamel, Simone Young, Jonathan Nott, Alain Altinoglu, Lawrence Foster, Paul McCreesh, Lorenzo Viotti and many others. He began his career at the of Portuguese Youth Choir (1990-1995) and the Ricercare Choir (1995-2002). With the Ricercare Choir he was awarded with 1st and 2nd prizes at the Certamen de Villancios (Madrid 1999) and II Certamen Internacional de Corales Polifonicas (Seville 1998). He was also the founder of the acclaimed “a cappella” group “Tetvocal” (11 CD’s recorded including EMI, RCA/Victor, BMG and others) from which he was awarded with several prizes including Radio and TV. Mr. Lourenço dedicates a substantial part of his work in performing contemporary music including more than 100 premieres of Portuguese composers in the last 25 years and the Portuguese premiere of Arvo Pärt’s Passio with the Hilliard Ensemble. He is also the founder and Artistic Director of the Summer Choral Festival that takes place in Lisbon with over 1.000 participants every year being the most important choral event in Portugal. His international career includes engagements in Turkey (Turkish State Polyphonic Choir), Spain (Coro de la ORCAM and Coro de la Radio Television Española), Poland (Filharmonii Wrocławskiej), Israel (New Israeli Vocal Ensemble), Mexico, China, Singapore, Brazil and USA as clinician at the “Ambassadors of Song” (an international male chorus symposium in Michigan University and guest teacher at the University of Cincinnati. CCM. He was the Portuguese Music Advisor for Europa Cantat from 2013 to 2018. For 2019, among others, Mr. Lourenço has appointments that include a residency at the Bellas Artes (Damnation de Faust) in Mexico City, Choralies 23rd edition in Vaison-la-Romaine, Spain (Madrid and Canary Islands, and Concurso Nacional de Coros de Burgos.
Private event, invitation only!