José Maria Florêncio
José Maria Florêncio
The conductor, one of the leading figures of the Polish music scene, a musician with a significant international career. He comes from Brazil and has been living in Poland since 1985.
He began his musical education in his hometown of Fortaleza, continued it at the University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, and then completed many master classes in his country and at The Juilliard School of Music and The University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He graduated with honors from the Department of Composition, Conducting and Theory of Music in the conducting class of Henryk Czyż at the The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music.
After arriving in Poland (1985), he began an active conducting career leading many concerts and opera and ballet performances both in the country and in Europe, both Americas and Asia. Maestro’s performances met applause from the audience as well as recognition from critics, who without hesitation included him in the group of the best conductors of the generation.
He performed the following functions: conductor of the The Grand Theater in Łódź, music director of the Wrocław Opera, general and artistic director of the PRiTV Orchestra and Choir in Kraków, conductor of the Grand Theatre in Warsaw, music director of the Grand Theater in Poznań, general and artistic director of the Poznań Philharmonic , director of the Orquestra Sinfônica do Theatro Municipal de São Paulo, music director of the Baltic Opera in Gdańsk and head of conductor Capella Bydgostiensis at the Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz.
Among the important events in his artistic life of recent years, it is worth noting the first in the 160-year history of the Moscow Conservatory an invitation for a conductor from Poland to lead master classes in conducting and a solemn concert with Polish and Brazilian repertoire in the program. The name José M. Florêncio was included in the group of such outstanding personalities in the world of music as sir Georg Solti or Mścisław Rostropowicz.
Among the artistic achievements of José M. Florêncio there are many world premieres and recordings of contemporary works (including world premieres of operas by Electra Mikis Theodorakis and Olga by Jorge Antunes, the first performance of the Marta Ptaszyńska’s Holocaust cantata). He also made the first recordings of modern music. The last CD with the music of French composers (H. Tomasi and J. Bondon) was appreciated by five diapazones – the highest phonographic rating in France.
Soon after, his recordings of works by Heitor Villa-Lobos with the famous orchestra of the Academy of Saint-Martin-in-the-Fields and with Brazilian music recorded with Capella Bydgostiensis. Performances made with the Baltic Opera were recorded and broadcast by the world television Mezzo. These were the first presentations of music productions by the Polish band on this prestigious air at a time when the Baltic Opera in Gdańsk, run by Maestro, was included in the BBC television show “The Best European Operas” among the leading European stages, next to theaters from Barcelona, Amsterdam, Brussels or London.
José Maria Florêncio is also a laureate of many awards and distinctions. He has recently been awarded the Gloria Artis medal for services to Polish culture awarded by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. Maestro is also the Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Brazil in Poland.