Raúl da Costa, 2016


born 1993 in Porto, Portugal; lives in Hannover


Raúl da Costa was born 1993 in Porto, Portugal. At the age of seven he has been taught by Prof Luis Amaro and Emilia Coelho at the school of music. From 2006 to 2011 he studied under Prof Álvaro Teixeira Lopes at the Academia de Musica de S. Pio X, Vila do Conde, Portugal. In 2011 he changed to the University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover, where he studied under Prof Karl-Heinz Kämmerling until his death in 2012. Currently Raúl da Costa studies under Prof Bernd Goetzke in Hanover.

He already made a name for himself in some international competitions including first prizes such as the International Piano Competition San Sebastian, Portugal in 2008, the Scrjabin-Competition in Paris, France as well as the Young Pianist of the North, International Competition in Newcastle, England. In 2016, he won the ZF Music Award in Friedrichshafen. Raúl da Costa was scholarship holder of the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe in 2010 and from 2013 to 2015 he was awarded a grant of the Foundation Yehudi Menuhin – Live Music Now. Since 2016 da Costa is scholarship holder of the Gulbenkian Foundation.

Raúl da Costa attended master classes with notable professors such as Maria Joao Pires, Dimitri Bashkirov, Boris Berezovsky, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Bernd Goetzke, Roger Muraro, Tatiana Zlikman and Lev Natochenny. In 2005 he performed several recitals under the well-known Portuguese composer and maestro Antonio Victorino D’Almeida. In the age of twelve he made his orchestra debut at the Casa da Musica in Porto, Portugal. Da Costa already performed at the important Portuguese concert halls including the Teatro do Campo Alegre and the Palacio da Bolso in Porto or the Palacio Nacional da Ajuda in Lissabon. In 2010 he opened the International Piano cycle at the Casa da Musica in his hometown.

Competition programme
28th April 2016

J. S. Bach:
Chromatische Fantasie und Fuge d-moll
BWV 903
L. v. Beethoven:
Sonate Nr. 14 op. 27
Nr. 2 cis-moll

29th April 2016

J. Brahms:
Variationen und Fuge über
ein Thema von Händel op. 24
T. Adès:
Darknesse Visible

1st May 2016

F. Chopin:
Étude op. 10
Nr. 4 cis-moll
C. Debussy:
Étude Nr. 1 „Pour le cinq doigts“
C. Franck:
Prélude, Choral et Fugue
FWV 21

Represented by

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lissabon