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Brazilian conductor, Matheus Coelho is a doctorate student at the University of Toronto.

Inspired by classical and Brazilian popular music influences, Matheus Coelho is a multi-talented conductor with great versatility and a true passion for music. Depicted in a diverse repertoire, his career includes symphonic, choral and operatic performances not only as a conductor but also as a singer and clarinet player. Matheus has a Master of Music degree from the University of Manitoba. Advised by Naomi Woo

Coelho is a former student of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra Academy of Music (OSESP), run by the acclaimed American conductor Marin Alsop. Conducting and participating in the Sao Paulo Hall’s daily life, Matheus had the chance to learn from great musicians and renowned conductors, such as Marin Alsop, Sian Edwards, Giancarlo Guerrero, Stefan Blunier, Neil Thomson, Alexander Liebreich, Robert Treviño, among others. Twice fellowship of the Campos Do Jordao International Music Festival, run by the OSESP, Matheus was nominated for the Eleazar de Carvalho Prize.

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Matheus founded and was the Music Director of the Experimental Camerata of Campinas, exploring a wide range of classical and popular music repertoire. The ensemble performed in several venues, working not only as a regular orchestra but also as a workshop for young conductors, soloists, educational projects, and so forth. Very active as a conducting student, he served as an assistant conductor in various orchestras, including the UNICAMP Symphony Orchestra and the University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra.

Under the guidance of maestro Angelo Fernandes, Matheus has built deep connections with the vocal world. As an opera singer, Coelho played the roles Barone Douphol in La Traviata, and Maestro Spinelloccio and Ser Amantio di Nicolao in Gianni Schicchi with the UNICAMP Opera Studio. He also staged the operas Don Gianni, Dido and Aeneas, Die Zauberflöte, and Die Fledermaus as a choir singer. His passion for vocal music led Matheus to be involved with the Campinas Contemporary Choir, performing the traditional music a capella as well as the symphonic repertoire. Moving on with his career, Matheus ended his participation in CCC by conducting Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor.


Matheus Coelho is a doctorate student at the University of Toronto, researching the Brazilian composers Chiquinha Gonzaga and Heitor Villa-Lobos. He aims to investigate how both musical and social existing contents in their work may affect the conductors’ preparation and performance, including racism, misrepresentation, indigenous peoples, etc.


Marin Alsop, Giancarlo Guerrero, Sian Edwards, Catherine Larsen-Maguire, Wagner Polischuk, Stefan Blunier, Neil Thomson, Alexander Liebreich, Robert Trevino, Alexandra Arrieche, Fábio Mechetti, Alessandro Sangiorgi.


Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra Academy of Music

Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra Conducting Laboratory 2019


Campos do Jordão International Festival 2018 & 2019             


Santo André Symphony Orchestra


Brasilia National Music Festical 2015                  


UNICAMP Young Musicians 

Campo Grande Concert Music Prize


Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music Graduate Scholarship

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