BIO



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"A rare pianist for his great generosity and emotive force, Mr. Dantas is characterized by the intensity and sweetness simultaneously consigned in his interpretations" © Düren Newspaper, Germany

Vasco Dantas, Portuguese pianist born in Porto in 1992, obtained his Bachelor in Music with ‘1st Class Distinction’ at the London Royal College of Music, studying piano with Dmitri Alexeev and Niel Immelman, and conducting with Peter Stark and Natalia Luis-Bassa. He concluded a Master in Performance with highest mark under the guidance of Heribert Koch, at the University of Münster, where he is accepted to the Doctoral study "Konzertexamen".

Vasco has won over 50 prizes in international competitions in Germany, Greece, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and United Kingdom (Please see Awards section for full list of prizes). Recent prizes include: GianClaudio International Prize (Rome), “Grand Prix” at Valletta International Piano Competition (Malta), “Prix Spécial” at Concours International de Piano SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem (Morroco), 1st prize at Porto International Competition Santa Cecília, 1st Prize at Estoril Lisbon Music Competition, 3rd Prize at Münster Steinway & Sons Competition"Golden Merit Medal" from Matosinhos city (Portugal) and the Prize "Fundação Eng. António de Almeida".

In 2017 Vasco made his Russian debut performing with Kremling Chamber Orchestra at Grand Hall of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Beethoven's Piano Concerto no.4. In 2016 Vasco made his German orchestra debut performing with both Jülich Sinfonieorchester and Junges Sinfonieorchester Aachen, Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto no.2. In 2015 Vasco made his Asia debut, playing with Hong Kong Symphonia at Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall the Franz Liszt Piano Concerto no.1; In 2014 Vasco made his American debut playing with "Orquestra Sinfónica Espírito Santo" in Vitória - Brazil, Shostakovich's Piano Concerto no.2; In 2013 Vasco made his Portuguese orchestra debut with Porto Symphony Orchestra (Casa da Música), performing J.S. Bach's Concerto for 4 Keyboards and Orchestra; In 2011 Vasco made his piano recital debut at “Sala Suggia” of Porto Casa da Música, opening the EDP Piano Cycle 2011.

He has also performed solo with orchestras including Orquestra Filarmónica Portuguesa, Orquestra do Norte, Orquestra Sinfónica de Cascais, Orquestra Clássica do Sul, Orquestra Filarmónica das Beiras, Jovem Orquestra Portuguesa, Orquestra Promenade, Festival Música Júnior's Orchestra and OJCOM (Portugal) and has worked with well-known conductors such as Choi Sown Le, Dinis Sousa, Günter Neuhold, Joshua dos Santos, Martin André, Misha Rachlevsky, Nicholas Kok, Nikolay Lalov, Osvaldo Ferreira, Pedro Carneiro, Pedro Neves, Peter Sauerwein, Rui Pinheiro and Victor Hugo Toro.



Vasco has performed in hundreds of musical events in a series of renowned auditoriums in 18 different countries: 

Brazil - Teatro Carlos Gomes (Vitória, Brasil), Teatro Municipal de Barueri (São Paulo);
China - Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall;
Croatia - Varazdin National Theatre;

France - Prieuré le Mesnil Saint-Martin (Chapelle du Prieuré), La Chappelle Saint-Lourent (Tours);
Germany - 
Bonn Schumannhaus, Münster Steinway & Sons Haus, Eurogress Aachen, Jülich Zitadelle, Steingraeber & Söhne Piano Manufaktur (Bayreuth), Cappella Villa Duria (Düren), Düren Schloss Burgau, Aachen City Church;

Greece - Syggros’ Open Air Theatre;
Italy - Teatro Ventidio Basso (Ascoli Piceno), Teatro Pala Riviera (San Benedetto del Tronto), Saint Anthony of the Portuguese Church (Rome), Portuguese Embassy in Rome.
Kosovo - Red Hall (Prishtina)

Malta - Mediterranean Conference Centre (Valletta);
Morocco - Théâtre National Mohammed V (Rabat), L'Université Mohammed V (Rabat);
Portugal
 - All the main venues like Gulbenkian Foundation, Casa da Música, CCB, Palácio Nacional de Queluz, Palácio da Pena, Europarque, Grémio Literário de Lisboa, Teatro Micaelense (Azores),Teatro Municipal Baltazar Dias (Madeira), Ateneu Comercial do Porto, Teatro Helena Sá e Costa, Museu Romântico do Porto, Salão Árabe do Palácio da Bolsa, etc.

Russia - Tchaikovsky Great Hall (Moscow), Tsarytsino Palace-Museum (Moscow);
Singapore - Institut of Contemporary Arts, Steinway Piano Gallery, Chinese Cultural Centre;
Spain
 - Mostery Sant Pere de Rodes (Girona), Jorquera Pianos (Barcelona), Teatro de San Agustin (Madrid), Auditório Manuel de Falla (Madrid), Auditório Caixa Nova (Vigo).

Sweden - Stockholm Royal Palace.
Thailand - Princess Galyani Vadhana Institut of Music, Portuguese Embassy in Bangkok.
United Kingdom - London Steinway Hall, Whiteley Hall, Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Regent’s Hall, Pallant House Gallery.
United States of America - Sedona United Methodist Church, Red Rocks Church (Sedona).

Vasco has been performing in several Festivals, Music Seasons and Art Cycles around the world such as:

Brazil:
Season 2014 of Orquestra Sinfónica Espírito Santo (Vitória, 2014), Teatro Barueri Temporada 2014 (São Paulo, 2014)

China: “An Evening Concerti” with Hong Kong Symphonia (Hong Kong, 2015
France: “Les Amis du Mesnil Saint-Martin” (Montaut 2013, 2017), Festival de la Chappelle Saint-Laurent (Tours, 2017)
Germany: EPTA Deutschland “Teufelsgeiger und Tastenlöwe” (Bayreuth, 2014), Steinway & Sons Förderpreis 2015 (Münster, 2015), Zitadelle Jülich Konzerten, Season 2015 (Jülich), 75º Anniversary Concert of Jülich Sinfonieorchester (Jülich, 2016), Internationales Stipendiatenkonzert 2016 der Richard-Wagner-Stipendienstiftung (Bayreuth, 2016), Junges Sinfonieorchester Aachen, Season 2016 (Aachen)
Greece: 3rd International Piano Festival (Poros, 2011)
Italy: 8th International Piano Festival Ferenc Liszt (San Benedetto del Tronto, 2015), Sant’Antonio dei Portughesi in Roma (2017, 2018)
Kosovo: Chopin Piano Fest Prishtina (2018), Pianisti i Ri - Young Pianist of Kosovo (2018)

Malta: Valletta International Piano Festival (2017, 2018)
Morocco: Le 12e Concours International de Piano SAR la Princesse Lalla Meryem (Rabat, 2016)
Portugal: 5º Festival Internacional de Música do Marvão (Marvão, 2018), 41º Festival Internacional de Música (Paços de Brandão, 2018), Piano on the Hands (Aveiro, 2018), VI Festival de Música Júnior (Montalegre, 2017), Dias da Música (Lisboa, 2017 e 2018), Serões Musicais do Palácio da Pena (Sintra, 2017), XXIV Festival Cistermúsica (Alcobaça, 2016), 51º Festival de Sintra (Sintra, 2016), Orquestra Sinfónica de Cascais (Estoril, 2016), Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras, (Aveiro, 2016), Ciclo Loulé Clássico com Orquestra Clássica do Sul (Algarve, 2015), Teatro Constantino Nery (Matosinhos, 2015, 2017), Pensar o País com Música de Fundo (Casa da Música, 2015), 8º Festival de Música da Primavera (Viseu, 2015), Ciclo Novos Talentos (Teatro Rivoli Porto, 2015), As Lições dos Jovens Mestres (Açores, 2015), Orquestra do Norte, Temporada 2015 (Porto), XVIII Semana Internacional de Piano de Óbidos (2013, 2014), Teatro do Campo Alegre, Ciclos de Música (Porto, 2013)
Russia: Tsaritsyno Museum Music Season 2017 (December, 2017), Kremlin Chamber Orchestra (November, 2017) 
Singapore: European International Piano Festival (2018)
Spain: Hammerklavier International Piano Series (Barcelona, 2015), 15th Festival de Música Sant Pere de Rodes (Girona, 2016)
Sweden: Musik på Slottet (Stockholm Royal Palace, 2016), Aurora Music Festival (August, 2018).
Thailand: Season 2018 of Princess Galyani Vadhana Institut of Music.

United Kingdom: St Stephen’s Church Rush-Hour Recitals (London, 2013 & 2014), North London Festival of Music, Drama and Dance (London, 2013 & 2014), London Steinway Hall 2013-14 (London, 2014), Regent Hall’s, Lunchtime Concerts 2013-14 (Oxford Street, 2013), St George’s Church, Morning Calm Recital Series (London, 2013), 100 Anos Helena Sá e Costa com Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto (Porto Casa da Música, 2013), Planet Piano, Royal College of Music (London, 2013), Bohemian Dreams, Royal College of Music (London, 2013), St Wilfrid’s Church, Concert Series (London, 2012).

Vasco has actively participated in a great number of piano masterclasses with many well-known professors such as:

- Alvaro Teixeira Lopes
- Andrew Ball
- Artur Pizarro
- Betty Haag-Kuhnke
- Boris Berman
- Cristina Ortiz
- Dmitri Alexeev

- Fausto Neves
- Ian Jones
- Ivo Cruz
- John Lill
- Luiz de Moura Castro
- Martin André
- Mats Widlund

- Nina Tichman
- Paul Badura-Skoda
- Pedro Burmester
- Peter Donohoe
- Philippe Cassard
- Sergei Covalenco
- Yuri Bogdanov


Vasco performed live for the first time on Portuguese National Television (RTP1) when he was six years old. On the same year he made his first public appearance at the Porto Tram Museum, selected for his virtuosity among the students of the Estrelita Yamaha Music School in Porto where he had started learning the piano at age of 4. In 2000 he was admitted with honours at Porto Music Conservatory, where he studied with Rosgard Lingardson. In 2010 he concluded his studies with the highest mark. Since the age of 7, Vasco also has been studying the violin. He worked with professor José Paulo Jesus. He achieved distinction as a violinist at the Momentum Perpetuum Orchestra directed by the British conductor Martin André, at the “Official Youth Orchestra of Portuguese Music Conservatories” (OJCOM) and as concertmaster at the Lisbon Metropolitan Young Orchestra.

In the area of pedagogy Vasco has a Master’s degree in Music Teaching by Aveiro University, the diploma “Art of Teaching” by London Royal College of Music, has taught privately in London, currently has a limited number of private pupils and is invited to teach in masterclasses and festivals such as: “Piano Island Festival and Forte Musicademy (Singapore), Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music (Thailand), “Hands on Piano” (Aveiro University), ‘As Lições dos Jovens Mestres’ (Azores/Sernancelhe). In 2018 he was a jury member of ‘Piano Island International Competition’ (Singapore) and “Concurso Nacional de Piano de Barcelos’ (Portugal) and “Pianisti i Ri – The Young Pianist” (Kosovo).

Vasco is artist director of Algarve Music Series (ex FIMCA) and programmer of Festival Internacional de Jovens Pianistas (Amarante). He has also performed live or been interviewed by The Straits Times, Expressing Music, RTP1, Antena 1, Antena 2, Antena 3, Jülich Zeitung, Aachen Zeitung, Jornal de Barueri, Jornal de Vitória, Jornal de Notícias, Jornal de Matosinhos, Jornal Maia Hoje, Revista DaCapo and Porto Canal. He has been invited to record for the Galician Radio, Antena 2, and for the CD label KNS Classical: Promenade (2015) and Golden Liszt (2016) which are available online and were broadcasted by Antena 2 (Portugal) and the German radios MDR Klassik and WDR 3. Vasco is supported by AVA Musical Editions.

“So this is the music, freeing us, holds us even more” - Bernt Von Heiseler


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