Roberto Minczuk is the Music Director of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in Canada and the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra as well as the Artistic Director of the Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro.
He has held the positions of Co-Artistic Director and Associate Conductor of the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra (Osesp), and in 2005, he was its Principal Guest Conductor. He conducted Osesp’s première in a foreign country in 2000 (Lima) and the orchestra’s first European performance in 2003 in Nürnberg, Germany. He was also the artistic director and principal conductor of the Ribeirão Preto Symphony and the principal conductor of the Brasília University Symphony. Roberto Minczuk held the post of Artistic Director of the Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival for six years.
He has conducted orchestras across the North America including New York, Los Angeles, Israel, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Toronto, and Ottawa among others. In Europe, he conducted the London BBC, Cardiff BBC, and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras; the London, Oslo, Hallé, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Netherlands, and National Radio of Ireland Orchestras; the France, Lyon, and Belgium National Orchestras, the Royal National Scottish and Barcelona Symphony Orchestras. His American tour with the London Philharmonic was acclaimed by the audience and critics, as were the latest opera productions of The Seven Deadly Sins and The Lindbergh Flight at the Lyon National Opera in France and at the Edinburgh International Festival. Last season, Minczuk conducted, for the first time in the world, the complete Bachianas Brasileiras cycle in only one concert with the Tokyo Philharmonic. During this current season, Minczuk will debut with the City of Birmingham, Bilbao and Bournemouth Symphony orchestras.
In 1998, he conducted the New York Philharmonic in his first performance in the United States, and in 2002, he was invited to hold the position of Associate Conductor.
In 2001, he received the Martin Segall Award and in 2004, the Latin Grammy for best classical album with the Jobim Sinfônico CD, a project conceived by Mário Adnet and Paulo Jobim. He was also awarded the Emmy for the New York City Ballet Program – “Lincoln Center Celebrates Balanchine 100” (live from Lincoln Center). The Academic Orchestra of the Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival was the Carlos Gomes prize-winner and the CD recorded during the 2005 Festival got the TIM Award for best classical album. In 2006, Roberto Minczuk took the APCA award for best conductor for the second time.
He played a role in the mini-documentary Introitus, produced by Amythos Films which aired on the Bravo! channel in Canada, reproducing the minutes before taking the stage to conduct the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2007, the Veja Rio magazine gave him the Carioca do Ano Award for his work at the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra in Rio de Janeiro. In 2008, the Bravo Prime Culture Award gave him the prize as Cultural Personality of the Year. In 2009, he was awarded the Medal Pedro Ernesto, the highest commendation of the City of Rio de Janeiro.
He has recorded works by Ravel, Piazzolla, Martin, and Tomasi, conducting the London Philharmonic and released by Naxos; seven CDs, including the complete Bachianas Brasileiras, Brazilian dances and Beethoven, with the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, released by BIS; four CDs with the Academic Orchestra of the Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival, that includes works by Dvorák, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky; one CD with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra including pieces of José Maurício Nunes Garcia; the first CD of the Beethoven Symphonies cycle with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra was released in early 2010 and will be followed by a CD of George Gershwin.
Roberto Minczuk is married to Valéria Minczuk and has four children: Natalie, Rebecca, Joshua and Julia.