Yuri Azevedo

The young conductor Yuri Azevedo, began his musical studies in Salvador, Bahia, at the age of 12, attending to masterclasses in the Music School of the Federal University of Bahia. At 15 he joined NEOJIBA (El Sistema program founded by conductor and pianist Ricardo Castro) where he had the first contact with the orchestral music as a percussionist and also where he received his first conducting class from The Venezuelan conductor Manuel Lopez Gomez.
Yuri studied conducting and music theory in NEOJIBA with the program Musical Coordinator, Maestro Eduardo Torres and continues today also improving under the tutelage of Ricardo Castro. After a presentation of the Youth Orchestra of Bahia in Campos do Jordão Winter Festival in 2009, the maestro Roberto Minczuck, then director of the festival, invited him to join the exclusive list of fellows, becoming the youngest student at the occasion in the Guillaume Bourgogne Conducting class.
Admitted again at Campos do Jordao Festival, in July 2012, Yuri was the first conductor ever to receive the "Premio Eleazar de Carvalho", considered one of the most important classical music prize in Brazil. During the festival Yuri took classes with Marin Alsop, Giancarlo Guerrero and Sir Richard Armstrong.
In 2014 participated actively in MIMO courses of conducting and in Riva del Garda all under the guidance of Maestro Isaac Karabtchevsky where he had the opportunity to work with the Symphony Orchestras of Heliopolis (São Paulo) and Reino de Aragon (Spain). Later in the same year, participated in the "Laboratório de Regência" in Minas Gerais, working with the Minas Gerais Philarmonic Orchestra ,this time, under the guidance of Fabio Mechetti.
With only 23 years old, Yuri Azevedo already conducted orchestras as the Symphony of the State of São Paulo (Osesp), at Sala São Paulo and the Gonzaga Beach, Santos and the Symphony Orchestra of Bahia (Osba) in Salvador.