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Gustavo Ubeda

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Gustavo Úbeda was born in São Paulo, Brazil, where he began his musical studies on classical guitar and piano. He was the winner in many classical guitar competitions such as Villa-Lobos Prize. He came to Europe in 1993 to further his musical studies with Tino Andersen and Nicola Hall. After graduating Gustavo began his conducting studies first with Alexander Ingram (ENO) and later he undertook a period of very intensive studies and work under Petr Gribanov and Giorgi Erzhemsky in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Between 2005 and 2006 Gustavo worked as assistant conductor of the Philharmonic Society of St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. In 2006 he made his début with the Rostov Academic Symphony Orchestra, Russia, conducting the 4th Symphony ‘Romantic’ by Bruckner. Also in 2006 he was finalist of the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra conducting competition. In 2007 Gustavo made his conducting debut in Brazil with the State University of Campinas Symphony Orchestra and the Goiania Symphony Orchestra. He was a regular guest with both orchestras until 2009. In 2008 he made his debut in Kazakhstan with the Karaganda Symphony Orchestra conducting the Kazakhstan premiere of Stroobach's Aria for Strings. In 2010 Gustavo was appointed Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Harrow Symphony Orchestra, raising the musical and playing standards. In 2011 he founded the Audeat Camerata which is a project involving some of the most promising students from music colleges across London.

A recent review of a concert with the Audeat Camerata:

'… They started with the Capriol Suite by Peter Warlock, very suited for the youthful vigour of the players, and followed this with a very mature performance of Elgar’s early Serenade for Strings where the sustain and ensemble were elegantly brought off. The concert resumed with another English work, the St Paul’s Suite by Gustav Holst, which included some delightful solo lines for the section leaders of the violins and violas, and concluded with Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings played with love and affection as well as great skill. The players exhibited consistent style in their dynamic range, ensemble and an effective balance of sound and were much appreciated by the audience in the school hall.'

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