Filipa Cerqueira Portela, soprano, is studying with Helen Lawson at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, on the Vocal Performance Masters Course. Filipa commenced her musical studies in singing and classical guitar at the Calouste Gulbenkian Conservatoire in Aveiro, Portugal. In 2013, she enrolled in the Bachelor of Music Course in Vocal Performance at the University of Aveiro (UA), with Isabel Alcobia as her singing teacher. She worked during her second year of Bachelor, as a Doctor Clown with Operação Nariz Vermelho in many hospitals of the north area of Portugal. Filipa moved then to Scotland, Glasgow, to do her third year of Bachelor through the Erasmus program at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), remaining then also to do the fourth year at the RCS. This last year was supported by a scholarship from GDA (Artist’s Rights Management, in Portugal) and from RCS. She finished her course at UA in 2016 and at the RCS in 2017, with a First Class Honors Degree.
Filipa has participated in the National Singing Competition of Official Music Conservatoires, in 2010, in which she won the Prize of Best Interpretation of Portuguese Composer. She was a finalist in the Competition Governor’s Prize, in 2017, and also won the 1st prize of the 19th Interpretation Competition of Estoril, in July 2017. She did many masterclasses and singing lessons, with Carla Caramujo, Isabel Alcobia, António Salgado, Nuno Dias, Carolina Raposo, Hakan Hagegard, Dimitri Bagatov, Susan Waters, Stephen Robertson, Julian Tovey, Helen Lawson, Scott Johnson, Iain Paton, Kathleen Ferguson, Rachel Nichols, and coaching with Julia Lynch and Malcolm Martineau. She also participated in the International Course of Vocal Music in Aveiro, at the editions of 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.