Raúl da Costa
Raúl da Costa (Póvoa de Varzim in 1993), is one of the most outstanding young Portuguese pianists. started musical studies at the age of 7 with Luís Amaro de Oliveira and Emília Coelho. He later joined the S. Pio X Music Academy in Vila do Conde, where he studied with Álvaro Teixeira Lopes.
Since a very young age it has been a recurring presence on important national stages. He successfully participated in international festivals such as the Sant Pere de Rodes Music Festival (Spain), Dias da Música in Lisbon, Póvoa de Varzim International Music Festival, Madeira Liszt Festival, “Hommage à Yehudi Menuhin” in Paris, in addition to other stages in Germany, France, Poland, England and Austria.
At the age of 12 he made his debut with the Porto Casa da Música Symphony Orchestra, playing the Concert by Carlos Seixas. In 2010, he opened the Piano Cycle of Casa da Música, in a recital in which he made the world premiere of Festive Music No. 14, “Para the wedding of Ivo Machado” by Fernando Lopes-Graça. He was distinguished four times for the “Best Interpretation of Portuguese work”, namely by Luiz Costa, Eduardo Patriarca, Amílcar Vasques Dias and António Victorino d'Almeida.
With a repertoire that extends from Bach to Zimmerman, chamber music occupies an important place in the activity of Raúl da Costa, collaborating with Aleksey Shadrin, Bruno Monsaingeon and Raquel Camarinha. As a soloist, collaborations with Javier Viceiro, Theodore Kuchar and Joseph Swensen stand out, along with orchestras such as the Porto Casa da Música Symphony or the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra.
Holds 1st prizes in several national and international competitions, including the International Piano Competition in San Sebastián, Scriabin Competition in Paris, Santa Cecília Competition in Porto and Young Pianist of the North Competition in Newcastle (England), where winning the 1st prize joined the title of “Young Pianist of the North”. At just sixteen, he was awarded at the 1st European Union Competition in Prague, where he went to represent Portugal. In 2016, it also received the 1st prize and all the special prizes from the international ZF-Musikpreis contest. He worked with masters such as Dmitri Bashkirov, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Galina Eguiazarova, Tatiana Zelikman, Lev Natochenny, Bernd Goetzke, Roger Muraro, Boris Berezovsky, Maria João Pires and Miguel Borges Coelho. He supervised piano masterclasses in Guarda and Chaves. He was a fellow of the Yamaha Musical Foundation of Europe, of the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Foundation and currently of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
In 2011 he started his studies at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien, in Hannover, in the class of the renowned teacher and pedagogue Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, with whom he remained until the end of his days, having been one of his last and closest students. He was also part of the faculty of this prestigious university, and currently integrates the piano class of Professor Bernd Goetzke.