Francisco Navarro Lara

Honorary Maestro

Martin Elmquist

Honorary Maestro

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Francisco Navarro Lara was born in 1969 in Bujalance, Cordoba - Spain. He graduated from the Hochschule Fur Musik in Vienna - Austria and the Art Institute in Havana - Cuba, doing PhD in Science of Art, specializing in direction of orchestra, with honors.


Distinct directed orchestras in Spain, Austria, Denmark, Italy, Japan, Cuba, Colombia, as well as prestigious singers - Jose Carreras, Montserrat Caballé and Victoria de los Angeles, among others. He is the author of several publications, including the book entitled "New Direction Technique" (Editorial Alvarellos. Lugo 2000).


Taught a Directorate chair at Malaga Conservatory of Music and was Associate Professor of Music Therapy at the University of Malaga. Was Musical Director of the José Tamayo Zarzuela Anthology with which has performed in more than fifteen countries in Europe, America and Asia.


 Currently holds the position of Music Director of the Municipal Band and Symphony Orchestra of Huelva, is director of the School Orchestra and Band "Maestro Navarro Lara", is Honorary Conductor of the Paraguayan National Orchestra and since 2013 Honorary Conductor of our Philarmónica Orchestra of Lisbon .

Martin Elmquist was born in Copenhagen in 1954. He studied violin at the Royal Danish Academy of Music completing his studies in 1975.


In parallel, he studied orchestral conducting with Ole Schmidt and participated in master classes guided by Neeme Järwi Vladimir Delman, among others.


Debuted as orchestra director in 1982 with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and in 1983 he moved to Italy.


In 1985, Elmquist wins the award for "Arturo Toscanini" in Parma and in the following years, continues its work in Italy, especially directing opera.


In Luxembourg, where he lives since 1991, Elmquist showed his true versatility - as a violinist, lecturer, composer, professor at the Conservatoire du Nord and, above all, as a conductor and music director of the Luxembourg Philharmonia.

© 2014 Orquestra Philarmónica de Lisboa

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