ALEXANDRE DA COSTA, Dirigent/Stehgeiger

Music Director of the Quebec Philharmonic Orchestra
Artistic Director of the Festival Stradivaria
Principal guest conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica Sinaloa de las Artes

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Sony Classical artist, Juno Award winner and Longueuil Symphony’s Music Director and Chief Conductor, Alexandre Da Costa, was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Winner of many national and international first prizes, including the International Violin Competition Pablo Sarasate, Alexandre Da Costa has played and recorded as guest soloist and conductor with hundreds of different orchestras including London’s Royal Philharmonic, the Vienna, Berlin, Montreal and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, the Dresden, Bergen, Buffalo and Prague Philharmonic Orchestras, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the National TV and Radio Orchestra of Spain, the YOA Orchestra of the Americas and many more. He recently conducted the Vienna Symphony (Wiener Symphoniker) and the Queen Sofia Chamber Orchestra in Madrid. Conductors he has played under include Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Leonard Slatkin, Lorin Maazel, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Tugan Sokhiev, Vasily Petrenko, Matthias Bamert, John Axelrod, Johannes Wildner and Peter Oundjian. Da Costa has given world premieres of works by Elliott Carter, Michael Daugherty, Lorenzo Palomo, Paul Sarcich, Jean Lesage and Airat Ichmouratov.

Active as a chamber musician recently recorded the complete Brahms sonatas, alongside pianist Wonny Song.One of his latest releases, Stradivarius at the Opera, recorded with the Vienna Symphony, quickly attained the best-seller status, and was converted into a multimedia concert booked around the world.

As an administrator, Alexandre Da Costa currently holds the positions of Artistic Director of the Stradivaria Festival since 2012, President of StradEdgy Inc. since 2018, Music Director of the Longueuil Symphony Orchestra since 2019 (became Quebec Philharmonic Orchestra).

Alexandre Da Costa plays the “Deveault” Stradivarius of 1701 loaned by his friends Guy and Maryse Deveault.