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Vasco Dantas

Portuguese pianist Vasco Silva Dantas Rocha was born in Porto in 1992. In 2014 he has concluded his studies at the Royal College of Music in London with Dmitri Alexeev and Niel Immelman obtaining the Bachelor’s Degree in Music with “1st Class Distinction”. He is currently studying a Masters degree in Performance under the guidance of Professor Heribert Koch at University of Münster, in Germany, after a successful year of “Zertifikatsstudienjahr” achieved with maximal mark “1.0”.

Vasco has won over 50 prizes in international competitions, including the 3rd Prize at Münster Steinway & Sons Piano Competition, the Golden Medal of Merit by the city of Matosinhos (Portugal), the “Best Portuguese Prize” at Viseu International Competition, “Esther Fisher Prize” (for the 2013 Best Undergraduate of the Royal College of Music), “Antena 2 Prize” (awarded by Portuguese National Radio), the “Henry Wood Trust Prize 2011 & 2012”, the “Casa da Música Prize 2009”, and the following First Prizes: Porto International Competition “Santa Cecília”, Estoril Lisbon Competition, Ría de Vigo International Piano Competition, Alto Minho International Piano Competition, Fundao International Piano Competition, the “Florinda Santos” International Piano Competition, as well as the Maestro Ivo Cruz Chamber Music Competition.

In November 2015 Vasco made his asian debut, playing with Hong Kong Symphonia at Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall the Franz Liszt Concerto no.1. In January of 2011 Vasco made his piano solo recital debut in the renowned “Sala Suggia” at Porto Casa da Música. He has also performed solo with orchestras including Hong Kong Symphonia (China), Orquestra Sinfónica do Espírito Santo (Brazil), Porto Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra do Norte and Orquestra Clássica do Sul (Portugal), and has worked with well-known conductors such as Martin André, Günter Neuhold, Choi Swon Le, Nicholas Kok, Pedro Neves, Victor Toro and Nuno Corte-Real.

With 6 years old 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 Prof. Rosgard Lingardson. In 2010 he concluded his studies with the highest mark. Vasco has actively participated in a great number of piano masterclasses with many well-known professors such as Paul Badura-Skoda, Peter Donohoe, Boris Berman, Artur Pizarro, Dmitri Alexeev, John Lill, Philippe Cassard, Alvaro Teixeira Lopes, Luiz de Moura Castro, Yuri Bogdanov, Andrew Ball, Pedro Burmester, Fausto Neves, Ian Jones, Betty Haag-Kuhnke, Cristina Ortiz and Sergei Covalenco.

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.

Vasco has performed in hundreds of musical events in a series of renowned auditoriums in Brazil, China, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and the UK such as:
the Steinway Hall and Regent Hall (London), Hong Kong City Hall (China), Bayreuth Steingraeber & Söhne and Bonn Schumannhaus (Germany), Theatro Carlos Gomes and Sao Paulo Teatro Barueri (Brazil), Theatre of San Agustin (Madrid), Teatro Caixa Nova (Vigo, Spain) Whiteley Hall (Manchester), Amaryllis Fleming RCM Concert Hall (London), the CCB, the Gulbenkian Foundation and the Palácio Nacional de Queluz (in Lisbon), the Casa da Música, Commercial Athenaeum, Helena Sá e Costa Theatre and Romantic Museum (in Porto), among others.

Vasco performed live for the first time on Portuguese National Television (RTP1) when he was six years old. He has also performed and been interviewed live by Portuguese National Radio (Antena 2) and by Porto TV Channel. He has repeatedly been invited to make CD recordings, including one for Galician Radio (Spain) and his solo debut CD “Promenade” for KNS Classical released in February 2015, (with works by F. Liszt and M. Mussorgksy), which was recently broadcasted by the German Radios MDR Klassik and WDR 3.

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