André Cruz (1988), born in Lisbon, started playing the piano at a young age, but soon switched to vocal music.
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At the age of seventeen he started conducting and at the age of eighteen he started to study singing at the conservatory in Lisbon. André studied his bachelor’s degree in choral conducting in 2016 at the Utrecht Conservatory with Rob Vermeulen and his master of early music singing with Rita Dams at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. At the end of 2016, André participated in a collaborative project between the Royal Conservatory and The Juilliard School of Music (USA), resulting in a series of concerts in the United States and the Netherlands under the baton of Ton Koopman. He is/was also a member of several other choirs, including the Lisboa Cantat chamber choir and the choir of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and he performed, as a choir member or as a soloist, with many other conductors, including Hans Leenders, Gijs Leenaars, Rob Vermeulen, Michel Corboz, Philippe Herreweghe, Gustavo Dudamel, Harry Christophers, Jonathan Not, Per-Otto Johansson, Kaspars Putniņš, Daniel Reuss, Valery Gergiev, etc.
Recently, André gave concerts with the vocal ensemble ‘The Sixteen’, with Dutch Chamber Choir (NKK) and Laurens Collegium Rotterdam. Currently, he conducts the classical mixed choirs ‘Amsterdam Handelvereniging’ (AMS), ‘Oratoriumkoor De Lier’ (De Lier) and the church choir of the international ‘Church of Our Savior’ (DH). He also sings and is assistant-conductor at the Chamber Choir of Europe (CCE) as well as the World Choir for Peace (WCP).
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