Dimitris Spouras is a Greek conductor and clarinet
player. Spouras has won the National Greek Conducting
Competition, and conducted the Stuttgarter
Philharmoniker, the State Ochestra of Thessaloniki, the
State Orchestra of Athens, the Russe Philharmonic
Orchestra of Bulgaria, the Royal Norwegian Navy Band,
the Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces and many
more. While conducting he has worked with acclaimed
musicians such as Eliane Rodrigues, Wilfried Van den Brande, Hendrickje Van
Kerckhove, Nadja Nevolovitsch, Peter Van De Velde and Sabrina Vlaskalic. As a
clarinetist, he has played with London Symphony Orchestra under many famous
conductors such as Sir. Simon Rattle, Daniel Harding and Gianandrea Noseda. In 2015 Spouras founded Antwerpen Camerata in Belgium, and he is today both Chief conductor and Artistic Director of the orchestra. In 2017 he finished his Master at
Guildhall School of Music in Clarinet with Distinction Degree and Concert Recital Diploma. While Studying at the Guildhall School of Music with Andrew Marriner at the prestigious Orchestral Artistry Course (A collaboration course with London
Symphony Orchestra) he was awarded the Leverhulme Trust scholarship. His Conducting teachers during his studies and masterclasses include Jorma Panula, Johannes Schlaefli, Christian Ehwald, Ivo Venkov, Stefan Blunier, Vassily Petrenko, Eivind Gulberg Jensen, James Lowe, Ole Kristian Ruud and Maria Makraki.
Carlos Brito Dias (1991) is developing his PhD in the Arts, at the University of Antwerp and Royal Conservatory of Antwerp (KCA), under the guidance of Pascal Gielen and Wim Henderickx, having as subject “Integrating Portuguese traditional sounds in new compositions”. At the same time, Brito Dias studies Orchestral Conducting with Ivo Venkov. Graduated in Composition by the Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espetáculo (Porto), Brito Dias attended seminars and masterclasses of Composition (P. Dusapin, K. Saariaho, W. Mitterer, E. Nunes, I. Fedele), Musical Pedagogy (J. Prendas, J. Wuytack, P. van Hauwe), Orchestral Conducting (J. Sébastien Béreau) and Choir Conducting (O. Reeves). Carlos Brito Dias began his studies at the Conservatório de Música Calouste Gulbenkian, Braga, with F. Salema (Piano), F. Ribeiro (Trompete) and A. Ruiz (Composition), among others. During the last years, he worked with several conductors such as D. Spouras, K. Deseure, P. Rundel, and with different ensembles and orchestras (Sinfonieta de Braga, Remix Ensemble, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto/Casa da Música, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Logos Foundation, deCompagnie, Champdaction, Symphony Orchestra of Ruse, ensemble recherche). His works were performed in Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany and Portugal. Carlos Brito Dias also wrote music for short movies, theater, Robots orchestra and projects with dancers and visual artists.