António started his musical studies at the Seminário de S. José in Faro and went on studying in the Conservatório Regional do Algarve, "Maria Campina".
Later he studied choral directing with Edgar Saramago, then with Hubert Velten and Josef Stoiber, both of whom are professors of the university of Regensburg, Germany. He also studied vocal technique with Lúcia Lemos and attended several masterclasses with Ana Ester Neves, Rui Baeta and Birgit Wegemann.
He was co-founder of the Grupo Coral Ossónoba in 1980, first as an assistant Maestro, then in 1992 taking over the role of Maestro of the choir. He founded and conducted the choir of the "Pequenos Cantores d'Ossónoba" as well as the Chamber choir of the Coro Ossónoba and the Coro Juvenil, and conducted the Coro da Sé Catedral of Faro for many years. During this time, he also instructed leaders and conductors of liturgical choirs of the Algarvian diocese, being also part of their department of liturgical music.
He was artistic director of many choral festivals in the Algarve, touring with his choirs to Spain, France, Holland, Switzerland and Brazil, as well as choral meetings throughout the country.
António participated in various concerts with the Orquestra Clássica do Sul: Christmas concerts, Carmina Burana (Carl Orff), the Messiah (Handel). He has conducted works of many composers, countries and areas, the most outstanding of which, for him, were the Coronation Mass (Mozart), West Side Story (Bernstein) and The Sound of Music (Rodgers and Hammerstein).
Francisco Brazão: Maestro 2013 - 2015
Originally from the Algarve, Francisco Brazão mastered in Singing in the ESART under Professor Ana Ester Neves and worked with many professionals, including Amando Possante, Birgit Wegemann, Claire Vangelisti, Guillemete Laurens, Isabel Alcobia and João Lorenço. Francisco performs in Portugal and abroad, including a wide variety of melodies, Lieder and arias in his programme. He has performed in opera and in concerts in several Portuguese cities, conducted by Maestros like Gonçalo Lourenço, João Paulo Santos and José Carlos Oliveira. He took on the roles of Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell, Ariodate in the opera Xerxes by Handel and D. Parmenione in L’occasione fa il ladro by Rossini, among others. He studied conducting with the maestros Artur Pinho, Cara Tasher, Eugene Rogers, Gonçalo Lourenço, José Filipe Guerreiro and Paulo Lourenço and also studied pedagogy with Edwin Gordon and Jos Wuytack among others. He directs workshops in vocal techniques for actors and singers, and is recognised throughout the Algarve as a talented teacher and performer.
Walter Sulzer: Maestro 2006 - 2013
Walter Sulzer was both organist and choirmaster of his church in Germany until he went to live in Egypt to teach music at the German School in Alexandria, where he also founded a choir. Since then, he has worked in Germany, Portugal and Holland, always teaching music, and creating choirs wherever he went. He got to know Portugal when he was director of the German School in Beja, and bought his house in São Brás de Alportel during that time.
When it was time to retire, he came to this house with his wife, Paula, and not being content to do nothing (if you ignore his skill in playing piano, organ, cello and recorder, and enthusing others to do likewise), he started a choir. This choir, o Coro dos Amigos do Museu, enthusiastically sang under his leadership from 2006 until 2013. The choir was greatly saddened by his death in August 2016. Memorial