Ana Rocha: Who is Vasco Dantas?
Vasco Dantas:A simple Portuguese who has been walking around the world to give concerts and show the best Portugal and Portuguese music - in piano. I'm 25 years old, I'm from Porto and it all started when I was 4 years old, very randomly. I had to accompany my father - because he was very little - to some amateur choir rehearsals. He was there "to the dry", to listen to the rehearsals and, the teacher of this choir says, Prof. Jose Manuel Pinheiro, in the intervals, I would go to the piano - there was an electronic keyboard - and began to guess the sounds that they were doing. This maestro says that he did some quick tests, some jokes, and that I had talent and could have had absolute pitch. He advised my father to sign up for the song. From there I went to Valentim de Carvalho, in Porto, and it was where it all began.
Golden Liszt from Vasco DantasPost Date: 31 May 2018
Post Type: Piano Things
Vasco Dantas, Piano
KNS Classical A/043
The young multi-prize winning Portuguese pianist Vasco Dantas studied in Porto with Rosgard Lingardsson before entering the classes of Dmitri Alexeev and Niel Immelman at the Royal College of Music in London. In recent years he has worked with Heribert Koch at Münster University.
There could not have been a more varied programme than Thursday night's offering by young Portuguese pianist Vasco Dantas.
Opening with Schumann's Scenes Of Childhood and closing with Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition, this was a recital of contrasts - from arch simplicity to a vivid play of exotic and, sometimes, disturbing visions.
He possesses the technique and endurance to master the sprawl of these canvasses, and the imagination and palette to colour and characterise each of the 28 short pieces within.
In between, Liszt student Vianna da Motta's delightfully rustic Portuguese Scenes and the fearsome Guido Agosti transcription of three movements from Stravinsky's The Firebird provided further delicious piques for the ears.
A standing ovation from the audience was a just result. Tagged on like encores were Gershwin's Three Preludes, teasing with rhythm and blues, and Dantas' improvisation on the hit song, I Got Rhythm, with motifs from Jingle Bells cheekily inserted.
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Home-grown musician Wang Congyu brings internationally acclaimed musicians here for masterclasses to develop young talent (...) "Portuguese Pianist Vasco Dantas who has won more than 50 prizes in International Music Competitions, will be using his class to not just instruct students in performance pieces, but also share his experiences as a young musician and tips on competition preparation and career planning. " (...)
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"He has received over fifty awards and international awards. A young Portuguese pianist, for whom "music is a universal language". Vasco Dantas travels around the world with his performances and on January 7 he performs in Almada in the traditional New Year's Concert. "
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