Bernardo Santos (piano) plays Scriabin, Liszt and Frederico de Freitas

Bernardo Santos (piano) plays Scriabin, Liszt and Frederico de Freitas

Monday, January 21, 2019 - 13:10

Bernardo is currently pursuing an PG Advanced Diploma at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London, under the guidance of pianist Deniz Arman Gelenbe, being a recipient of scholarships from this institution, Dionisio Pinheiro Foundation and GDA Foundation.

Having graduated from the University of Aveiro and the Conservatori del Liceu, in Barcelona, Bernardo Santos studied under the guidance of Alvaro Teixeira Lopes and Josep Colom, having started his piano studies at age 10 with Klara Dolynay. Santos had the opportunity to study three years with pianist and composer Antonio Chagas Rosa. During his studies at University of Aveiro, Bernardo was laureated with the Aveiro Township Prize, awarded to the best student completing this Bachelor degree in the university, having also completed his Master of Piano Pedagogy degree with the highest mark on piano. Bernardo’s academic interests include research on famed Portuguese composer Frederico de Freitas, being responsible for the critical edition and publishing of this composer’s Theme and Variations.

Since the beginning of his studies, Bernardo regularly participates in national and international competitions, highlighting his participation in the International Competition of the Russian Conservatory Alexander Scriabin (Paris), where he received the 3rd prize in 2013, in the senior category and the Outstanding Soloist prize in the Mastering the Concerto festival and competition in 2017, in Bulgaria. Bernardo also had the opportunity to participate in masterclasses of pianists such as Aquilles Delle Vigne, Artur Pizarro, Boris Berman, Carles Lama, Deniz Arman Gelenbe, Dubravka Tomsic, Guigla Katsarava, Jun Kanno, Luiz de Moura Castro, Manuela Gouveia, Mattia Ometto, Nancy Lee Harper, Pamela Mia Paul, Paul Badura-Skoda and Yi Wu. Recently, Bernardo was responsible for teaching masterclasses himself in several music schools and universities in Brazil.

Bernardo had the opportunity to play with the Vidin State Philarmonic Orchestra, University of Aveiro String Orchestra, Orquestra Clássica do Centro, Orquestra Jovem Vale Musica and Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras, having played under the baton of Antonio Vassalo Lourenco, Artur Pinho Maria, Bruno Martins, Charles Gambetta, David Wyn Lloyd and Kira Omelchenko and Miguel Campos Neto. Bernardo has performed recitals all over Portugal and abroad, in venues such as the Rivoli Theatre, Foz Palace, National Museum of Music, Pancho Vladigerov House Museum (Sofia), National Concert Hall (John Field Room), Royal Albert Hall (Elgar Room) and the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, among others. Santos has also played for the Portuguese classical radio Antena2, at the Liceu Camões Auditorium, with his concert being broadcast live. He was one of the artists invited to the II and IV International Festival of Young Pianists in Amarante and was invited as the Artist in Residence 2017 of the Dionisio Pinheiro Foundation, in Agueda, Portugal. Bernardo also recently participated in the project Curtas of the composer and guitarist Israel Costa Pereira, culminating into the edition of a CD.

Free recital (retiring collection)

Sonata for Piano No 2 in F sharp minor
Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
Danza sacra e duetto finale, d'Aida
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
Tema e variações
Frederico de Freitas (1902-1980)


St James's Church, Piccadilly
197 Piccadilly
London W1J 9LL
United Kingdom
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