MYSO For Change


Veiga Jardim


  Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Oswaldo Veiga Jardim initially studied piano and began appearing as a conductor at the age of seventeen. After Conducting and Composition studies in Rio de Janeiro, he graduated with “MAGNA CUM LAUDE” in Conducting and Composition from the School of Music of the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Student and assistant, for several years, of the late David Machado (himself a disciple of great masters such as Sergiu Celibidache, Franco Ferrara and Wolfgang Sawallisch) at the Rio de Janeiro Youth Symphony Orchestra, Jardim also studied in Italy, at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, with the Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdstvensky, who honoured him with a recommendation for a scholarship in Moscow. Winner of several prizes and scholarships both as a pianist and conductor, Veiga Jardim came to Macau in 1989 where he played a pivotal role, as Conductor and Artistic Director of the Macau Chamber Orchestra and founder of the Macau Sinfonietta, in promoting musical appreciation in the enclave. Described by the South China Morning Post as “sparkling and energetic”, Veiga Jardim has attracted intense acclaim from critics and the general public in his appearances conducting the major choirs and orchestras in his native land — Paraíba Symphony Orchestra, Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, Rio de Janeiro Youth Symphony Orchestra, Brasília Youth Symphony Orchestra, MEC Radio Choir, Minas Gerais Symphony Orchestra, Choir and Orchestra from the Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro — as well as abroad — Gulbenkian Choir (Portugal), Hong Kong Oratorio Society, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Rousse State Philharmonic Orchestra (Bulgaria), Orchestra Sinfonica di San Remo (Italy), China Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, Central Opera Symphony Orchestra of China and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra. Veiga Jardim combines his conducting commitments with film scoring (he composed the soundtrack for the movie “The Bewitching Braid”), teaching and musicological research. From 1992 to 2003 he has written the “Counterpoint” music column for Revista Macau, a magazine distributed world-wide and is also author of the book Chinese Musical Instruments, released in 1999.

  His acclaimed performance of the Verdi’s Requiem, recorded live in 1999 at the Hong Kong City Hall is available on CD. Veiga Jardim has been working with great success with artists such as Peter Schreier, Yu Li Na, Liu Shi Kwan, Lim Kek Beng, Monique Duphill, Sequeira Costa, Cristina Ortiz, Olivia Newton-John and Hong Kong pop singer Jackie Cheung. In 2008, he led the Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra to perform in Wiener Musikverein. In 2009, the orchestra made a successful tour in China under his baton.

  Veiga Jardim holds a Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Hong Kong, focusing his research on Macau’s history of music. Since 2001 he has seat on the Consultative Council for Cultural Affairs of the Macau SAR government. In 2007, he was awarded the Medal of Culture by the government of MSAR for his outstanding services to music in Macau.