Director, Discovery Program
Eduardo Navega, a native of Brazil, began his musical studies in São Paulo. He received his bachelor’s degree in composition and conducting from the State University of Campinas (Brazil), his master’s degree in music from the University of Sheffield (England), and his artist diploma in orchestral conducting from the Hartt School of Music. Mr. Navega’s conducting teachers have included Benito Juarez, Henrique Gregori, and Harold Farberman. From 1978 to 1989, he was conductor of the University of São Paulo Choir. During this period he wrote a significant number of arrangements of Brazilian popular songs for choir, most of which are still in the repertoire of choirs throughout Brazil.
Mr. Navega joined the Campinas Symphony Orchestra as a viola player in 1987 and two years later became its assistant conductor, a post he held until 1997. He was assistant professor of choral and orchestral conducting and conductor of the symphony orchestra at the State University of Campinas from 1991 to 1997. In 1995, Mr. Navega was awarded the prize of Up and Coming Conductor of the Year by the APCA, a prestigious critics association in the State of São Paulo.
From 1992 to 1993, Mr. Navega was the conductor of the University of Sheffield Chamber Orchestra and received public and critic acclaim for his performances. He has guest conducted the Varna Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria as well as a number of choirs and orchestras in the Brazilian States of São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Parana, and Rio de Janeiro. In the field of modern music, Mr. Navega has conducted a number of world premieres by such important contemporary composers as Livio Tratemberg, Cirio Pereira, and Antonio de Almeida Prado, among others.
Mr. Navega has conducted a number of opera productions in Brazil and the United States. He has been director of orchestral activities and conductor of the Vassar College Orchestra since 1999. Mr. Navega teaches at the Conductors Institute at Bard College, one of the most prestigious summer programs for conductors in the United States. http://www.bard.edu/conservatory/faculty/?action=details&id=2038