A regular soloist in Europe and in the United States, Marta Menezes is recognized as a skilled pianist with a broad range of interests and styles. In 2013, she received 1st Prize at the International Piano Competition Nice – Côte D’Azur “Simone Delbert-Février” and won the Beethoven Competition at the Royal College of Music in London. Marta has received several additional awards in international competitions in Portugal, Spain and France.
She has presented recitals as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, in the United States and in Cape Vert. Highlights of recent seasons include her performances at the Chopin Society of Connecticut (USA), at the Centro Cultural de Belém (Portugal), at the St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church (UK) and at the opening concert of the international festival “Lisbon Music Fest”. In 2017, Marta presented a solo tour in six different cities in China, that ended with two sold out concerts in Beijing.
As a soloist, she performed with the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Orchestre Régional de Cannes, Orquestra de Câmara de Cascais e Oeiras, Symphony Orchestra from the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, Camerata MusArt, Camerata Amicis, and Student Orchestra at the Jacobs School of Music, under conductors such as Nicolas Simon, Pedro Neves, Nikolay Lalov, Vasco Azevedo, Gareguin Aratiounian, Carlos Silva, and Louis Lohraseb.
Marta is an active performer of Portuguese music. She has premiered several works of Portuguese composers and developed projects dedicated to the dissemination of Portuguese music abroad.
Marta was awarded the Silver Medal of Honor and Distinction – “Medalha de Prata de Valor e Distinção”- by the Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon, in acknowledgement of her artistic accomplishments, in 2014.
In 2015 she released her first CD with works by Beethoven and the Portuguese composer Lopes-Graça that was awarded the prize Global Music Awards (USA) – Silver Medal for Outstanding Achievement, in the categories “Classical Piano” and “Emerging Artist”.
She holds a Bachelor degree from Lisbon Superior School of Music, under Miguel Henriques, and a Master of Music from the same institution, under the tutelage of Miguel Henriques and Jorge Moyano, having completed the course with the highest grade. She completed a Master of Performance at the Royal College of Music in London with distinction, under Dmitri Alexeev, having previously studied with Andrew Ball.
Marta is in the last year of her Doctor of Music degree at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she studied under Arnaldo Cohen. She is currently based in Europe, teaching, performing and working on the final document of her degree entitled “Works for Piano and Orchestra by Portuguese Composers”.