MMus student Edgar Dinis Cardoso won third prize in the seniors category at the Valleta International Piano Competition in February 2014. Edgar played Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy and Kapustin before an international jury, which awarded the prizes based on musical refinement, versatility, sensitivity and passion, as well as commitment and the strength to take on an international concert career.
Edgar, who studies with Deniz Gelenbe, Trinity Laban's head of Piano, is also a Gladys Bratton Scholar and Joan Greenfield Fellowship Trust Scholar. Last week he also obtained the Tillett Trust Award, competing against several students from all the major colleges in the UK for this prestigious prize that will support his studies during the next academic year at Trinity Laban.
Born in 1992 in Porto, Edgar began studying piano with Álvaro Teixeira Lopes. He began his BMus Degree at the University of Aveiro, finishing at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart, Germany, with Friedemann Rieger and Andrzej Ratusinski. In both institutions he achieved top marks in all subjects, being granted several scholarships.
Edgar says he finds himself driven to learn and develop his playing through piano competitions, and he has won over 30 national and international prizes in piano competitions in Portugal, Spain, France, Lithuania, Morocco, Tunisia and Russia. Edgar recently had his debut as soloist with the Gnesins Symphonic Orchestra (Russia) in Moscow, and he will be playing with Norfolk Youth Orchestra (UK) and Orquestra do Norte (Portugal) in 2014. Over the next few months Edgar will be playing in Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Tunisia, United States and Canada.