António Luís Silva
Portuguese pianist, composer and improviser, António Luís Silva was awarded in several international and national competitions, highlighting the first prizes in the International Competition Cidade do Fundão, in the Interpretation Competition Frederico de Freitas and in the Iberian Piano Competition of Alto Minho, and second prize at the Santa Cecília International Competition.
He made his debut in 2017 playing solo with orchestra, playing Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.1, with the Filarmonia das Beiras orchestra. Solo performed several recitals in Portugal and France, performing on different stages, including CCB’s Sala Amália Rodrigues and Main Auditorium, Teatro Aveirense, Tavares Proença Museum and Sala dos Espelhos at Palácio Foz. He also held concerts broadcasted by Antena 2.
He was taught by renowned professors, including Carla Seixas, Jill Lawson and Álvaro Teixeira Lopes. In 2010, he finished the piano course at the Escola de Música do Conservatório Nacional with distinction and was awarded by the Ministry of Education with a merit award to the institution's best student.
He graduated in Music at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa and at the Escola Superior de Artes Aplicadas, and concluded his Masters in Music Teaching in 2016, at the University of Aveiro, always with the highest marks. Throughout his studies, António Luís Silva worked with renowned pianists and teachers such as Caio Pagano, Jeffrey Swan, Fausto Neves and Pedro Burmester. In 2019 he started the piano duo “H4nds” with the pianist Tiago Nunes.
As a pianist, António Luís Silva is interested in exploring the multiple periods in the history of Western and Eastern music, from Baroque to Contemporary. He not only performs works by great music figures such as Liszt, Brahms, Rachmaninoff and Grieg, but he often shows his audience works by less-explored composers such as MacDowell, Godowsky, Okumura, Tanaka and Schmitt.