Pedro Costa is a Portuguese pianist based in Vienna and he currently holds a position as “Senior Lecturer für Korrepetition” at the Graz University of Music and Performing Arts.

 

Active as soloist and recitalist, he has played in many European concert halls, including at the Wigmore Hall in London, Große Saal Mozarteum in Salzburg, Flagey in Brussels, Casa da Música in Porto, CCB, Teatro S. Carlos and Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon. As a soloist he performed with Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras, Orquestra de Câmara de Cascais e Oeiras, Orkest der Lage Landen and the Koninklijke Muziekkapel van Gidsen alongside conductors such as Joana Carneiro, Yves Segers, Walter Proost, António Saiote, Luís Carvalho and Zvonimir Hacko.

 

Having specialized in Lied and Chamber Music, he was recently awarded with the 1st Piano Prize at the Helmut Deutsch Lied Competition in Vienna (2021) and with the 2nd Prize at the International “Franz Schubert & Modern Music” Lied Competition in Graz (2022). He is also the winner of other competition like the Louis Spohr Competition for Song Accompaniment in Kassel as well as the Accompanist Prize at the Rotary Club Singing Competition in Lisbon and the 1st Prize at the Chamber Music Competition of the Portuguese Radio (Prémio Jovens Músicos). He has also been awarded in other major competitions in Portugal and Belgium like the New Tenuto Competition and the Estoril National Competition, among many others.

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Born in 1989 in Macao, Pedro Costa studied in Portugal with Fausto Neves and Luís Filipe Sá at the Escola Superior de Artes de Espetáculo do Porto (Portugal) and he later finished “with distinction” his Master Studies with Piet Kuijken at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel (Belgium) and a Master in Vocal Accompaniment at the Kunstuniversität Graz (Austria) with Joseph Breinl and Julius Drake. He has also worked in masterclasses with Udo Reinemann, Christianne Stotijn, Anne Sophie von Otter, Peter Schreier, Christoph Prégardien, Brigitte Fassbaender, Wolfgang Holzmair, among many others.

 

As co-founder and Artistic Director of the Projeto:Canção, he has created a festival and masterclass series in Porto dedicated to Art Song with the mission to promote this genre in Portugal. Passionate about teaching, he collaborated with the "Xiquitsi Project” in Maputo, Mozambique, bringing vocal music and opera to those communities.