Brazilian-born conductor Danielle Lisboa has a doctorate in orchestral conducting from the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester.She has built a solid reputation in Canada since arriving as a permanent resident while serving as Music Director and Conductor of Orchestra Toronto. During her tenure with OT, Lisboa became known for her innovative programming and public engagement, resulting in a steep rise in audience numbers. Her vision and dynamic leadership took Orchestra Toronto into new paths for outreach and youth initiatives, including the Marta Hidy Concerto Competition for emerging musicians and popular annual children’s concerts.
Lisboa appeared as guest conductor with some of the major orchestras in Brazil, featuring the Orquestra do Teatro Nacional in Brasilia, while also working as Professor of Music at the Candido Mendes University in Rio de Janeiro. She championed the necessity of reaching out to the community and to inspire and inform music lovers by delivering lectures and seminars in Music Appreciation across the country. This mission continues today in her many appearances as guest speaker for audiences of all ages.
Lisboa received her Master’s degree in orchestral conducting, with a special emphasis in opera conducting, from the University of Houston. In Texas, she was appointed assistant conductor to Peter Jacoby at the Moores Opera House where she was credited with distinguished performances. Later in 2004, she moved to New York to pursue advanced studies in conducting while also serving as music director of the Brockport Symphony Orchestra.
Danielle Lisboa has been living in Edmonton with her husband and two children since Fall 2013. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Concordia University of Edmonton and Music Director and Conductor of the Edmonton Metropolitan Orchestra.