Miguel Borges Coelho

piano

Born in Porto, Miguel Borges Coelho maintains a solo career and chamber musician, in parallel with being a piano professor at the Superior School of Music, Arts and Performing (ESMAE) in Porto.

Considered by many to be one of the best Portuguese pianists today, he started studying the piano with Amélia Vilar, continuing his training at the Conservatory of that city, with Isabel Rocha.

As a fellow of the Gulbenkian Foundation, he studied at the Hochschule fur Musik Freiburg, with V. Margulis and at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia, with D. Bashkirov and G. Egyazarova (piano) and Martha Gulias (Chamber Music).

He won several national piano competitions and obtained the 2nd Prize and the Prize for the interpretation of contemporary work in the XIV International Music Competition in the City of Porto. In 1998, the Ministry of Culture awarded him the Revelation Award “Ribeiro da Fonte”.

He performed in Portugal, Spain, France, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Brazil and Colombia, namely at the CCB, Casa da Música, Gulbenkian, São Carlos, Euskalduna (Bilbao), Kursaal (San Sebastián), Bulwark (Pamplona), Rudolfinum (Prague) and at festivals such as Sintra, Póvoa do Varzim, Dias da Música, Terras Sem Sombra, Folles Journées (Nantes), Quatuors à Cordes en Pays de Fayence, Mozart (Coruña), Quincena Musical (San Sebastián) and Musika / Música ( Bilbao).

He was a soloist with the orchestras of the Algarve, APROARTE, from Prague Chamber, Classical of Madeira, EPMVC, Filarmonia das Beiras, Gulbenkian, Metropolitana de Lisboa, Nacional do Porto, Euskadi Symphony, Portuguese Symphony and Lisbon Symphony.

He collaborates assiduously with pianist Marta Zabaleta, having also performed with musicians such as Pedro Burmester, Afonso Fesch, Paulo Gaio Lima, Michal Kanka, Frantisek Novotni, Asier Polo, Filipe Quaresma, Gerardo Ribeiro, Pedro Ribeiro, António Rosado, António Saiote, Pavel Sporcl , Álvaro Teixeira Lopes, and the Capela, Matosinhos, Prazak and Talich quartets.

He made world premieres of works by F. Lopes Graça and JP Oliveira.

He recorded a double CD with works by J. Peixinho (Numérica). For the publisher Praga Digitals (Harmonia Mundi), in collaboration with cellist Michal Kanka or the Quartet Prazak, he recorded four CDs with works by M. Weinberg, E. Bloch, R. Strauss, and A. Tcherepnin. The CD dedicated to Weinberg was Choc Disc for the magazine “Le Monde de la Musique” and, like the CDs dedicated to Bloch and Strauss, Diapasón 5 for the magazine Diapasón.

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