Fabio Costa, (1971) has a podium experience of ca. 300 performances between symphony and opera with over 500 performed works and an audience of over 150.000 people. He is also an awarded composer developing groundbreaking work in the field of intonation and extended harmony.
Costa lives in Berlin since 2015, working as a collaborative pianist and conductor at the Hochschule für Musik (HMT) in Leipzig (after a rigorous selection process from numerous candidates), where he will conduct this winters production of “A Postcard from Marocco” (Dominick Argento) and holds a similar position at the Universität der Künste (UdK), including projects together with and in the Berliner Staatsoper.
Between 2008 and 2009 Costa has reached an audience of over 80.000 people together with the major Brazilian Orchestra Filarmonica de Minas Gerais, through ca. 70 symphony, opera, outreach and didactic concerts, as well series of over 30 Open-Air performances for large audiences in over 30 different locations of Minas Gerais state.
As a guest conductor, Costa has appeared with most major Brazilian orchestras, such as the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, Paraná State Symphony Orchestra, Ribeirão Preto Symphony, São Paulo Radio Symphony (Sinfonia Cultura), São Paulo University Symphony Orchestra (OSUSP), Mendoza Symphony Orchestra (UnCuyo – Argentina), Orquestra Petrobrás Pró-Música Rio de Janeiro, Orquestra Experimental de Repertório, among others.
In the opera field, his work includes successful stagings of Verdi’s Macbeth at the Palácio das Artes (Belo Horizonte) and Carlos Gomes Fosca (Manaus Opera House), as well as the musical preparation of Macbeth, Otello, Cavaleria Rusticana, Werther, Nozze di Figaro, Zauberflöte, La Gioconda, Bohéme, Traviatta, among others.
In the US between 2000 and 2003, Costa served as Associate Conductor with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra and Director of Orchestras at Eastern Washington University, WA, after being selected by unanimous vote in a competitive process from a large pool of candidates worldwide. His activities included conducting over 80 concerts, in Subscription, Pops, Family and Educational series, reaching to an estimated audience of 70.000, in a wide range of musical styles, with a warm response form audience and press.
As a composer, Fabio Costa has a broad repertoire and has been exploring the field of intonation and extended harmony. In April 2017 his “…and while there he sighs...” was given in the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t Ij in Amsterdam, as part of an ongoing collaboration in the 31-tone system with the Huygens-Fokker Foundation Amsterdam since November 2015, when his “Aphoristic Madrigal” was first performed.
Costa was awarded the 2011 Composition Prize of the Brazilian Foundation of the Arts (Funarte) for his orchestral work “In Four Dimensions”. He received the 2008 Composition Prize of the Brazilian Academy of Music for the work “Psalms for the Earth”, a large-scale Choral Cantata of humanistic content, in which expanded 19-limit harmonies in Just-Intonation were already explored.
Fabio Costa was tutored by Kurt Masur in masterclasses with the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) in 2003 and 2001. As a participant at the Academia Chigiana (Siena, Italy), Costa studied with Gianluigi Gelmetti. In 2001, he was also selected to participate in the National Conducting Institute with the National Symphony Orchestra, under guidance of Leonard Slatkin.
Fabio Costa studied at the Vienna Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst from 1996 to 1999, as a fellow of the Brazilian Department of Education (CAPES) in the classes of Uros Lajovic (conducting) and Konrad Leitner (opera). Operas directed and conducted there included The Magic Flute, Le Nozze di Figaro, La Bohéme, The Metamorphosis (B.R.Deutsch, World Premiere). During his studies in Vienna, Costa joined as a singer ensembles such as Wiener Singverein, Wiener Kammerchor, Concentus Vocalis Wien, Schoenberg Chor, among others, occasionally also as a pianist (Wiener Kammerchor, 1998 European Tour).
In 1997, Costa was accepted by Claudio Abbado in a special hospitating status to follow all his musical activities during the Salzburger Festspiele (Salzburg Festival) of that year, a particularly impregnating and formative formative experience.
In 1995-6, Costa specialized in oboe performance at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest as a fellow of the VITAE Foundation of Brazil. Costa is also a proficient violist with orchestral experience. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Oboe Performance and played often as a soloist and chamber musician in his native Brazil, in addition to having held the position of principal oboe at the São Paulo Academic Symphony (OER) for 5 years. As an oboe soloist, Costa appeared with the Mozart (OSPA) and Strauss (OSESP) oboe concertos, among others.
Fabio Costa has a (latu-sensu) MBA degree in Business Management from the prestigious FGV Foundation in Brazil, and has – concomitantly with the birth of his son Natan – founded and managed a music enterprise in São Paulo between 2012 and 2014, which quickly and successfully established itself in the competitive free market, having produced over 120 musical performances.
Costa is fluent in six languages: Portuguese, Spanish, English, German, Italian and Hungarian and is a dual Brazilian-Italian citizen.