Marcio da Silva                                                         Woodhouse Opera, Grange Choral Society, Ensemble OrQuesta  
Conductor/Stage director/Baritone                                                                                        Hastings Philharmonic

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Born in 1983, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Marcio da Silva began his music studies at the age of 9 with piano lessons and choral singing. As a young boy-soprano he performed as a soloist in Germany, Italy and Brazil for audiences of over 32.000 people.

In 1998 he graduated from the Phoenix Boys Choir, (USA).

At the age of 15 he founded the vocal ensemble Grupo Angels. The group was awarded the Silver Diploma at the Cäcilia Choir Days Competition in Limburg, Germany and was finalist at the II Funarte Choral Competition in Brazil.

In 2006 he received his Diplôme d´Éstudes Musicales in voice from the Conservatory of Toulouse, in France in the class of Mme. Anne Fondeville where he also studied choral conducting with Prof. Rolandas Muleika and orchestral conducting with Prof. Stephan Cardon.

In April 2008 he joined the Musikhochschule Freiburg, Germany, as an orchestral conducting student of Prof. Scott Sandmeier. In July 2011 he obtained his Bachelor of Music. 

In 2008 he was awarded the fourth prize at the Giuseppe Patané Conducting Competition in Grosseto, Italy.

Marcio da Silva was one of the three conductors to take part in the 2012 London Symphony Orchestra Conducting Master Class with Sir Colin Davis.

In July 2013 he obtained his masters in orchestral conducting  at the Royal College of Music, in London, UK, in the class of professors Peter Stark and Robin O´Neill.

In November 2014 he was one of the three finalists at the Princess Astrid International Conducting Competition in Trondheim, Norway with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra.

He is also the music director of the Grange Choral Society, Hastings Philharmonic, Woodhouse Opera Festival and Ensemble OrQuesta.

In the last years Marcio has conducted and stage directed over 20 fully staged productions of operas ranging from less often performed works like Lully's Armide to very popular works like Carmen, Magic Flute and La Boheme. Since 2014 Marcio organizes annually a number of Opera Academies which have given a great number of singers the opportunity of learning while performing at a high artistic level.

His oratorio repertoire is also vast having conducted most of the main stream romantic and baroque oratorio pieces. 

Marcio also acts as a composer. His works include choral a capella pieces, art songs with piano accompaniment and a Te Deum for soloists, chorus and orchestra.

As a singer Marcio has recently performed the roles Arnalta for L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Colas for Bastien et Bastienne and La Haine for Armide. He also performs constantly as a chamber music soloist.