Maria Inês Costa was born in Oporto in 1994. Following her graduation at the Royal College of Music, she has recently concluded her Master Studies in Piano Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she is now pursuing her Artist Diploma studies with Charles Owen, Martin Roscoe and Ronan O’Hora as a scholar. She is also generously supported by Talent Unlimited, by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and by Help Musicians UK.
Inês has performed in many venues including Oporto’s Coliseu, Salão Nobre do Centro de Cultura e Congressos da Ordem dos Médicos, Clube Literário and Ateneu Comercial, Coimbra’s Quinta das Lágrimas, Aveiro’s University Great Hall, Óbidos’ Auditório da Casa da Música, Loures’ Pavilhão Paz e Amizade, Caldas da Rainha’s Centro Cultural e de Congressos, Estoril’s Portuguese Music Museum, Lisbon’s Centro Cultural de Belém and Terreiro do Paço, London’s Steinway Hall, Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room, Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Milton Court Concert Hall, St James’s Church Piccadilly, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, St. George’s Hanover Square, Regent Hall, Charlton House, City Literary Institute and The Music Room (as part of the Bloomsbury Festival), Cambridge University (Robinson College) and Nafplio’s Vouleftikon, Saint Spyridon’s Square and Thessaloniki’s Concert Hall in Greece.
Recent concerto performances included a tour in Portugal with Lisbon’s Metropolitana Orchestra playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, the Schumann Piano Concerto with the ARTAVE Orchestra and the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Beiras’ Philarmonic Orchestra. She won the 1st prize in the CCM Competition in 2008, 2009 and 2011, the Merit prize of the Ministry of Education and the Dra. Manuela Carvalho prize in 2012, a one-year award for the 2014-15 academic year at the Royal College of Music and several awards and scholarships whilst at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She recently was a finalist at the Yamaha Scholarship Competition and prize winner at the 2017 Verão Clássico Masterclasses in Lisbon (3rd Prize) and at the 2017 Musical Odyssey Summer Masterclasses.
Inês is also interested in conducting and received an invitation for the last EUYO’s Summer Tours (European Union Youth Orchestra), playing both Piano and Celesta in Shostakovich’s Symphony no. 5 with Xian Zhang as a conductor at the Berlin Konzerthaus and in Wiesbaden and Philip Glass’s Double Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra with Vasily Petrenko in Grafenegg. She has worked with various orchestras and conductors, such as Luís Machado, Ernst Schelle, Martin André, David Hill, Jac van Steen and Peter Stark. Inês has also worked with many renowned pianists such as Artur Pizarro, Boris Berman, Paul Badura-Skoda, Jonathan Biss, Constantin Sandu, Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro, Eldar Nebolsin, Jorge Moyano, António Rosado, Yekaterina Lebedeva and Svetozar Ivanov. Besides this, she had chamber music coaching with Petia Samardjieva, Nigel Clayton, John Blakely, Peter Schumayer, Carole Presland, Matthew Jones, Donald Weilerstein, David Waterman, Mark Gothoni and Pascal Moraguès, and studied harpsichord with Mafalda Nejmeddine and Robert Woolley, fortepiano with Geoffrey Govier, percussion with Francisco Soares and violin with José Ricardo Reis.