The Royal Northern Sinfonia announced this morning the appointment of Dinis Sousa as its next Principal Conductor, beginning in September 2021.
Dinis made his debut with the RNS in January 2020 conducting the Eroica Symphony as part of “Beethoven 2020: The Next Generation” in Carlisle and Middlesbrough. He returned last autumn for a programme of Stravinsky, Mendelssohn and Caroline Shaw as part of the “Sage Live 2020” series.
Commenting on the appointment, Dinis said:
“From the first moment that I conducted RNS, I immediately felt at home. The excitement of their making-music is palpable and they have a collective energy and commitment that I find inspiring. I’m honoured to become their new Principal Conductor and I’m hugely looking forward to what the future brings. As we begin to shape this new chapter we are thrilled that many new players will be joining the orchestra in the coming months, and we can’t wait to finally being able to share live music with our ever-growing community.”
Director of Royal Northern Sinfonia, Thorben Dittes, added:
“Dinis’s special connection with the orchestra on stage was unmistakable from the very first time the RNS performed with him. We all felt it and the audience commented to me about it afterwards. He clearly is an exceptional talent and we are very excited about the tremendous artistic potential which Dinis as our new Principal Conductor will be bringing to the North East.”
Dinis is Founder and Artistic Director of Orquestra XXI, an award-winning orchestra that brings together Portuguese musicians living around the world for which, in recognition of his work, he was awarded the title of Knight of the Order of Prince Henry in Portugal. He also works closely with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and his ensembles, having been appointed the first-ever Assistant Conductor of the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras in 2018.
Born in Portugal and currently residing in the UK, Dinis will next conduct the RNS at their Sage Gateshead home this April in a streamed concert of works by Haydn, Boulanger and Berlioz with soloist Dame Sarah Connolly. In June he will debut with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife with Beethoven’s Pastoral.