Luís Costa

Luís Costa took his first piano lessons from Zhuang Xiao Hua when he was 8 years old. A few years later, he pursued his studies with his long- time and teacher, Álvaro Teixeira Lopes. Very preponderant in his formation was also the work with Joaquin Soriano (Madrid), Friedemann Rieger (Stuttgart), and Guigla Katsarava (Paris). Mowadays he keeps contact with with the pianist Maria João Pires, a great inspiration throughout his career. Luís Costa entered few competitions, being laureate in the “Le Mesnil des Arts” International Competition, the Concurso Ibérico do Alto Minho, the Santa Cecília International Music Competition (Porto) and the Prémio Jovens Músicos – Chamber Music Prize.

His career has led him to perform in countries such as Spain, France, Italy, Germany, England, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Azerbeijan, United States, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Canada, Brazil, and China, performing in concert halls such as the Sala Suggia of Casa da Music, Glenn Gould Studio, Auditorio Ciudad de Léon, Centro Cultural de Belém, Xinghai Concert Hall, Hebei Arts Center etc, among his participations in festivals are the Sant Pere de Rodes Festival, the Music Paths Festival, the St. Mesnil des Arts Festival, Ciclo Jovens Talentos Teatro do Campo Alegre, the Musique en Vallée du Tarn Festival, the Zaragoza Youth Interpreters Cycle, Besálu Music Festival and Hammerklavier Series.

He dedicates part of his time to chamber music, having worked with musicians such as António Meneses, Lluis Claret, Hans-Peter Stenzl and António Chagas Rosa. He has an intense activity in duo with brother cellist Fernando Costa. He attended the Doctoral Program of Aveiro University, where he taught in 2016. He has a regular masterclass activity in several music conservatories in Portugal, having also oriented classes in China, Belgium, Namibia, Zimbabwe and France. Besides that he was artistic director of Fralães em Música Festival, Festival de Música Curadoria Jovem Universidade do Porto and he his Artistic coordinator of Santa Cecilia International Competition. He recorded for RTP and Antena 2, CHIN radio and NBC television.

He is represented by the agency KNS Artists Management. He recorded CDs with works by Scarlatti, Schumann and Chopin for KNS Classical. Recently published a CD dedicated to unpublished Portuguese music for piano and cello, recorded at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and published in Berlin with the publisher Decurio. Lately Luis Costa dedicates also part of his time to jazz and composition being one of his recent projects performing live original music for the movie “The Lodger”, by Hitchcock.

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