BIO



"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 with the Russian Prof. Dmitri Alexeev and the South-African Niel Immelman. Recently he concluded the Master in Performance with highest mark (1,0) under the guidance of Professor Heribert Koch at University of Münster (Germany), where he was accepted for the postgraduate 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 images of prizes' diplomas). Just in 2015, 2016 and 2017 he was awarded the “Grand Prix” at Valletta International Piano Competition (Malta), “Prix Spécial” at Concours International de Piano SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem (Morroco), the 3rd Prize at Steinway & Sons Competition (Münster), "Golden Merit Medal" by the city of Matosinhos (Portugal), the 1st Prize at Estoril Lisbon Fest - Estoril Music Competition, the Prize "Fundação Eng. António de Almeida", and a Scholarship from the Richard Wagner Foundation and the Círculo Richard Wagner Portugal to participate in the Bayreuth Festspiel 2016, in Germany.

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 in the renowned “Sala Suggia” at Porto Casa da Música, opening the EDP Piano Cycle 2011.

He has also performed solo with orchestras including Russian String Orchestra (Chamber Orchestra Kremlin), Radio Symphony Orchestra (Croatia), Hong Kong Symphonia (China), Orquestra Sinfónica do Espírito Santo (Brazil), Jülich Sinfonieorchester and Junges Sinfonieorchester Aachen (Germany), Porto Symphony Orchestra, 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 Misha Rachlevsky, Choi Sown Le, Dinis Sousa, Günter Neuhold, Joshua dos Santos, Martin André, Nicholas Kok, Nikolay Lalov, 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 15 different countires and 4 continents (SEE MAP ABOVE): 

Brazil - Teatro Carlos Gomes (Vitória, Brasil), Teatro Municipal de Barueri (São Paulo);
China - Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall (Hong Kong);
Croatia - Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall (Zagreb)

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);
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 Casa da Música, CCB, Palácio Nacional de Queluz, Palácio da Pena, Gulbenkian Foundation, Europarque, Grémio Literário de Lisboa, 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 Performing Arts Centre (Arizona)

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)

Malta: Valletta International Piano Festival (2017, 2018)
Morocco: Le 12e Concours International de Piano SAR la Princesse Lalla Meryem (Rabat, 2016)
Portugal: 41º Festival Internacional de Música (Paços de Brandão, 2018), Piano on the Hands (Aveiro, 2018), 5º Festival Internacional de Música do Marvão (Marvão, 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)
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:

- Paul Badura-Skoda;
- Boris Berman;
- Peter Donohoe;
- Artur Pizarro;
- Dmitri Alexeev;
- Heribert Koch;

- Luiz de Moura Castro;
- Álvaro Teixeira Lopes;
- Pedro Burmester;
- Ian Jones;
- John Lill;
- Cristina Ortiz;

- Fausto Neves;
- Phillipe Cassard;
- Andrew Ball;
- Yuri Bogdanov;
- Betty Haag-Kuhnke;
- Sergei Covalenco;


Vasco performed live for the first time on Portuguese National Television (RTP1) when he was six years oldand 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 the age of 4. In 2000 he was admitted with honours at Porto Music Conservatory, where he studied with Prof. 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 in the Momentum Perpetuum Orchestra directed by the famous British conductor Martin André, in the “Official Youth Orchestra of Portuguese Music Conservatories” (OJCOM) and as concertmaster in 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 in private academies in London, has a limited number of private pupils and is invited in masterclasses and festivals such as: “Piano Island Festival, Forte Musicademy (Singapore), Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music (Thailand), “Hands on Piano” (Aveiro University) and “As Lições dos Jovens Mestres” (Azores/Sernancelhe).


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 repeatedly been invited to make CD recordings, including two for Galician Radio (Spain) and two solo albums for KNS Classical: Promenade (2015) and Golden Liszt (2016) which are available online and were recently 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