Miguel Borges Coelho

Miguel Borges Coelho

Natural of Oporto (Portugal), he started studying the piano with Amélia Vilar, and continued his training in Portugal with Isabel Rocha in the Conservatório de Música do Porto.

With a grant from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, he studied with Vitali Margulis in Staatliche Hoschschule für Musik Freiburg im Breisgau, and with Dmitri Bashkirov and Galina Egyazarova in the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía.

Miguel Borges Coelho has won several national music contests in his country, as well as the Second Prize and Prize for the best performance of the contemporary work in the Cidade do Porto International Music Contest. In 1998, the Portuguese Ministry of Culture awarded him with "Ribeiro da Fonte" Revelation Priz.

He played in Portugal, Spain, France, Czech Republic, Brazil and Colombia, standing out performances in the Grande Auditório da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisboa, at Casa da Música, Coliseu do Porto, at Palácio Euskalduna in Bilbao, Rudolfinum (Praha),  the inaugural recitals of Teatro do Campo Alegre and Auditório de Serralves, Oporto, and the participation in several festivals like Sintra International Music Festival, Festival de Música da Póvoa do Varzim, Festa da Música and Dias da Música, in Lisbon, Les Folles Journées in Nantes (France), the Festival Internacional de Música de Ayamonte, the Encontre Internacional de Compositors de las Islas Baleares,  Festival Mozart La Caruña (Spain) or Quincena Musical (San Sebastián).

He played along with several orchestras such as Orquestra do Algarve, Orquestra APROARTE, Orquestra de Câmara de Praga, Orquestra Clássica da Madeira, Orquestra da EPMVC, Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras, Orquestra Gulbenkian, Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Orquestra Nacional do Porto (namely at the first concert as symphonic orchestra),  Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa e Sinfonieta de Lisboa.

His regular chamber music partners are the cellist Michal Kanka, clarinettist António Saiote and pianist Marta Zabaleta. He has also played with musicians like Paulo Gaio Lima, Asier Polo, Gerardo Ribeiro, Pedro Ribeiro, António Rosado, Álvaro Teixeira Lopes, Quarteto Capela, Quarteto de Matosinhos, Prazak Quartet and Talich Quartet.

Most worthy of note among his work with composers are the world first performances of Fernando Lopes Graça's “Música Festiva núm. 18 para os 18 anos do Miguel Borges Coelho” and João Pedro Oliveira's “In Memorian Jorge Peixinho”.

Miguel Borges Coelho has recorded a double CD devoted to the piano work of the Portuguese composer Jorge Peixinho. He has also recorded 3 CD for Praga Digitals (Harmonia Mundi): the sonatas for violoncello and piano Op. 21 and 72 by Mieczyslaw Weinberg, with the cellist Michal Kanka, pieces for piano solo and cello and piano by E. Bloch (again with Michal Kanka) and the “Sonata for cello and Piano op. 6” and “Quarte wihtPiano Op. 13” by Richard Strauss (with Kanka and other members of the Prazak Quartet).The first CD for Praga Digitals (Harmonia Mundi) was Le Monde de la Musique's Choc Disc and the three wore Diapason's 5.

He is piano teacher at Oporto’s Escola Superior de Música e das Artes do Espectáculo (ESMAE)

Date Last Edited: 19/12/2011
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