Portuguese pianist João Costa Ferreira (b. 1986) has performed in concert halls in Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. He also plays frequently in live concerts for the Portuguese state classical music radio station RDP-Antena 2. He holds the “Diplôme Supérieur d’Exécution” of the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris / Alfred Cortot, institution where he studied with Marian Rybicki and Guigla Katsarava. João Costa Ferreira is also a researcher Graduated and Master in Music and Musicology by Paris-Sorbonne University, institution where he taught as tutor. As fellowship of the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, he’s currently doing a Doctoral program in that University under the direction of musicologist and philosopher Danielle Cohen-Levinas, studying José Vianna da Motta’s pianistic writing, technique and interpretation through his works.
He has won several prizes notably the 2nd prize in the XVº Maria Campina International Piano Competition (1st prize not awarded) and the 1st “Musicology” prize in the 8th “Jeunes solistes de la Sorbonne” Competition. In 2015, he was awarded by Cap Magellan with the prize “Best Artistic Revelation” on the celebration of the Portuguese Republic held in the halls of the Hôtel de Ville in Paris. In 2019, he was awarded by INATEL Leiria with the “Prémio Cultura – Música”.
He is often responsible for leading master-classes in music conservatories of Portugal. In the past he was invited by French pianist Jean Martin (Yves Nat’s pupil) as assistant Professor on summer music stages in France.
Since 2014, João Costa Ferreira has been collaborating with AvA Musical Editions publisher on the publication of José Vianna da Motta’s piano works. He is currently preparing the recording of an audio CD consecrated to piano solo pieces of this Portuguese composer. He is currently perfecting four-hand piano repertoire with pianist Bruno Belthoise. He has performed several times as soloist with orchestras under the direction of conductors Alberto Roque and Ernst Schelle.
Special thanks to the piano professor Luís Batalha at the Music Conservatory of Leiria (Portugal) who was instrumental to put João Costa Ferreira on the path to the joys of classical music.