Vasco Dantas Rocha


"A rare pianist for his great generosity and emotive force, Mr. Dantas is characterized by the intensity and sweetness simultaneously consigned in his interpretations" © Düren Newspaper, Germany

Vasco Dantas, portuguese pianist born in Porto in 1992, obtained his Bachelor in Music with “1st Class & Distinction” at the London Royal College of Music with the Russian Prof. Dmitri Alexeev and the South-African Niel Immelman. Recently he concluded the Master in Performance with highest mark (1,0) under the guidance of Professor Heribert Koch at University of Münster (Germany), where he was accepted for the postgraduate study "Konzertexamen".

Vasco has won over 50 prizes in international competitions in Germany, Greece, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and United Kingdom (Please see “Awards” section for full images of prizes' diplomas). Just in 2015, 2016 and 2017 he was awarded the “Grand Prix” at Valletta International Piano Competition (Malta), “Prix Spécial” at Concours International de Piano SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem (Morroco), the 3rd Prize at Steinway & Sons Competition (Münster), "Golden Merit Medal" by the city of Matosinhos (Portugal), the 1st Prize at Estoril Lisbon Fest - Estoril Music Competition, the Prize "Fundação Eng. António de Almeida", and a Scholarship from the Richard Wagner Foundation and the Círculo Richard Wagner Portugal to participate in the Bayreuth Festspiel 2016, in Germany.

In November 2015 Vasco made his Asia debut, playing with Hong Kong Symphonia at Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall the Franz Liszt Piano Concerto no.1; In August 2014 Vasco made his American debut playing with "Orquestra Sinfónica Espírito Santo" in Vitória - Brazil, the D. Shostakovich Piano Concerto no.2; In May of 2013 made his European debut with Porto Symphony Orchestra (Casa da Música), performing the J.S. Bach Concerto for 4 Keyboards and Orchestra (in A minor); In January of 2011 Vasco made his piano recital debut in the renowned “Sala Suggia” at Porto Casa da Música, opening the EDP Piano Cycle 2011.

He has also performed solo with orchestras including Hong Kong Symphonia (China), Orquestra Sinfónica do Espírito Santo (Brazil), Jülich Sinfonieorchester and Junges Sinfonieorchester Aachen (Germany), Porto Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra do Norte, Orquestra Sinfónica de Cascais, Orquestra Clássica do Sul e Orquestra Filarmónica das Beiras (Portugal) and has worked with well-known conductors such as Choi Sown Le, Dinis Sousa, Günter Neuhold, Martin André, Nicholas Kok, Nikolay Lalov, Pedro Neves, Peter Sauerwein, Rui Pinheiro and Victor Hugo Toro.

Vasco has performed in hundreds of musical events in a series of renowned auditoriums in 11 different countires and 4 continents (SEE MAP ABOVE):

Brazil - Teatro Carlos Gomes (Vitória, Brasil), Teatro Municipal de Barueri (São Paulo);

China - Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall (Hong Kong);

France - Prieuré le Mesnil Saint-Martin (Chapelle du Prieuré);

Germany - 
Bonn Schumannhaus, Münster Steinway & Sons Haus, Eurogress Aachen, Steingraeber & Söhne Piano Manufaktur (Bayreuth), Cappella Villa Duria (Düren), Düren Schloss Burgau, Aachen City Church;

Greece - Syggros’ Open Air Theatre;

Italy - Teatro Ventidio Basso (Ascoli Piceno), Teatro Pala Riviera (San Benedetto del Tronto), Saint Anthony of the Portuguese Church (Rome);

Malta - 
Mediterranean Conference Centre (Valletta);

Morocco - 
Théâtre National Mohammed V (Rabat), L'Université Mohammed V (Rabat);

 - All the main venues like Casa da Música, CCB, Palácio Nacional de Queluz, Palácio da Pena, Gulbenkian Foundation, Europarque, Grémio Literário de Lisboa, Ateneu Comercial do Porto, Teatro Helena Sá e Costa, Museu Romântico do Porto, Salão Árabe do Palácio da Bolsa, etc.

Spain - Mostery Sant Pere de Rodes (Girona), Jorquera Pianos (Barcelona), Teatro de San Agustin (Madrid), Auditório Caixa Nova de Vigo.

Sweden - Stockholm Royal Palace.
United Kingdom - London Steinway Hall, Whiteley Hall, Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Regent’s Hall, Pallant House Gallery.





Vasco has actively participated in a great number of piano masterclasses with many well-known professors such as:

- Paul Badura-Skoda;
- Boris Berman;
- Peter Donohoe;
- Artur Pizarro;
- Dmitri Alexeev;
- Heribert Koch;

- Luiz de Moura Castro;
- Álvaro Teixeira Lopes;
- Pedro Burmester;
- Ian Jones;
- John Lill;
- Cristina Ortiz;

- Fausto Neves;
- Phillipe Cassard;
- Andrew Ball;
- Yuri Bogdanov;
- Betty Haag-Kuhnke;
- Sergei Covalenco;



Vasco performed live for the first time on Portuguese National Television (RTP1) when he was six years oldand made his first public appearance at the Porto Tram Museum, selected for his virtuosity among the students of the Estrelita Yamaha Music School, in Porto, where he had started learning the piano at the age of 4. In 2000 he was admitted with honours at Porto Music Conservatory, where he studied with Prof. Rosgard Lingardson. In 2010 he concluded his studies with the highest mark.

Since the age of 7, Vasco also has been studying the violin. He worked with professor José Paulo Jesus. He achieved distinction as a violinist in the Momentum Perpetuum Orchestra directed by the famous British conductor Martin André, in the “Official Youth Orchestra of Portuguese Music Conservatories” (OJCOM) and as concertmaster in the Lisbon Metropolitan Young Orchestra.

He has also performed live or been interviewed by the New York Times, Expressing Music, RTP1, Antena 1, Antena 2Jülich ZeitungAachen ZeitungJornal de NotíciasJornal de MatosinhosJornal Maia HojeRevista DaCapo and Porto Canal. He has repeatedly been invited to make CD recordings, including two for Galician Radio (Spain) and two solo albums for KNS ClassicalPromenade (2015) and Golden Liszt (2016) which are available online and were recently broadcasted by Antena 2 (Portugal) and the German radios MDR Klassik and WDR 3.

“So this is the music, freeing us, holds us even more” - Bernt Von Heiseler





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