Raúl da Costa, award winning pianist in various national and international contests, was rewarded, in 2016, the 10th prize and all the special prizes of the ZF-Musikpreis international contest. From a very young age he’s a recurrent presence in the most emblematic rooms of the country, highlighting the gained success in various international music festivals among many other stages throughout Europe, USA and Asia.
He was born in Póvoa do Varzim in 1993, where he started his music studies at 7 years old with Luís Amaro de Oliveira and Emília Coelho, getting afterwards in Academia de Música S.Pio X in Vila do Conde where he studied with Álvaro Teixeira Lopes.
In 2011 he iniciated his studies at Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien, in Hannover, in renowned teacher and pedagogue Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and Prof. Bernd Goetzke’s class, where he was part of the faculty. Nowadays, he studies at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler with Kirill Gerstein.
He was also given the channce to work with Dmitri Bashkirov, Ferenc Rados, Galina Eguiazarova, Tatiana Zelikman, Thomas Adès, Boris Berezovsky and Maria João Pires.
He was schoolarship holder of Yamaha Musical Foundation of Europe, Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Foundation and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
With a vast repertoire from Bach to Zimmerman, chamber music has always occupied an important place in his career, like the collaborations with Christoph Poppen, Juliane Banse, Bruno Monsaingeon, Valeriy Sokolov and Matvey Demin. Despite his young age, he made de debut of works by composers like Luiz Costa, Fernando Lopes-Graça, Eduardo Patriarca and Amílcar Vasques-Dias. When he was 12 years ols, he made his debut with an orchestra in Casa da Música, and since then he has collaborated with maestros like Theodore Kuchar, Antonio Pirolli, Joseph Swensen, Stefan Blunier, Martin Andre, Vladimir Lande, Vitaliy Protasov, Raphaël Oleg alongside orchestras like Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, Orquestra Gulbenkian, Orquestra Filarmónica Janacek, Orquestra Filarmónica Portuguesa, Orquestra Sinfónica do Estado da Sibéria and Orquestra Sinfónica de Antalyia.
His interpretation of Rachmaninov 4th Concert for Piano was edited in CD with Porto’s Symphonic Orchestra, directed by Stephan Blunier. His live recordings can also be heard in diverse radio stations, like NDR, SWR and Deutschlandfunk in Germany, Radio France and Rádio Antena 2.
In 2018, Raúl da Costa assumed the position of Artistic Director of Póvoa do Varzim International Music Festival.