The brazilian conductor Ligia Amadio was the first woman to win a ward in 30 years at the Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting, in 1997. She won the first prize at the II Latin-American Competition for Conducting in Santiago, Chile, in March 1998. She has received the prize “Best Conductor of the Year” in Brazil, awarded by APCA (São Paulo Association of Critics of Art) in 2001.
Ligia Amadio is the chief conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, Rio de Janeiro since 1996, when she was elected by the musicians. Previously Miss Amadio was assistant conductor at National Theater Symphony Orchestra, Brasília. Between October 2000 and December 2003 she was also the chief conductor of Cuyo National University's Symphony Orchestra, Mendoza, Argentina, likewise elected by the musicians.
She began studying piano at the age of five and received her Diploma at the Dramatic and Musical Conservatory of São Paulo. She completed a degree in Bachelor of Conducting and Master Degree in Arts at the State University of Campinas.
Her main conducting teachers in Brazil were Eleazar de Carvalho, Henrique Gregori and Hans-Joachim Koellreutter. She also studied with Ferdinand Leitner, in Siena, Kurt Masur, in São Paulo, Julius Kalmar in Wien, Dominique Rouits in Hungary, Georg Tintner in Czech Republic, Alexander Polishuk and Eugeni Yergemsky in Saint Petersburg, Guillermo Scarabino, in Venezuela and Sir Edward Downes, in the 35th International Kirill Kondrashin Conductors Masterclass, Netherlands.
Her international career begun in 1992. Since then Ligia Amadio has conducted important orchestras in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cuba, French, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Peru, Russia, Slovenia, United States of America and Venezuela (Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires, Orquesta Estable del Teatro Colón, Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Baden-Badener Philharmonie, Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Peru, Ensemble Contrechamps, Simfoniki RTV Slovenija, Tokio City Philharmonic Orchestra, Savaria Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Maracaibo, Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado Mérida, The Congress Symphony Orchestra, Silesian Opera Orchestra, Amazonas Filarmônica, Orquestra Sinfônica do Paraná, Orquestra Sinfônica Petrobrás Pró-Música, Orquestra Sinfônica do Teatro Nacional Cláudio Santoro, Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira, Arpeggione Städtisches Kammerorchester, Orquestra Filarmônica Nacional da Moldávia).
With the National Symphony Orchestra, Rio de Janeiro, Ligia Amadio recorded a CD with compositions of Heitor Villa-Lobos in 1998. In 1999 she conducted the Slovene RTV Symphony Orchestra recording Rachmaninov. Since 2001, with the Cuyo National University's Symphony Orchestra she recorded three CDs with argentinian composers.
Mrs. Amadio produced and presented the broadcast “Music and Literature” at Ministry of Culture's Radio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil between 2000 and 2003.