Álvaro Cassuto is Portugal's foremost conductor. He has been music director of the Portuguese National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the University of California Symphony Orchestra, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of New York, the Nova Filarmonia Portuguesa, the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Raanana Symphony Orchestra, the Algarve Orchestra, and the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra.
Born in Porto, he studied in Lisbon, and after establishing himself as one of the most promising young composers of the avant-garde of the early 1960s, he went on to study conducting with Herbert van Karajan in Berlin. After graduating in Law from the University of Lisbon in 1964, he obtained his conducting degree in Vienna.
A recipient of the Koussevitzky Prize among many other honours, he has enjoyed a career of high international acclaim. He has been a frequent guest of many leading orchestras, including the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and dozens of others across the world.
In 2009, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Cassuto's career, the president of Portugal bestowed on him the degree of Grand Officer of the Military Order of Sant'Iago da Espada.
He has an extensive discography with a variety of orchestras and for different labels, among which a highly successful ongoing series for Naxos dedicated to some of Portugal's most important composers.