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Brahms op. 116
Etude op. 8 no. 9
Manuel Beja Santos is a London-based Portuguese pianist. He is currently undertaking an Artist's Diploma at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where he recently completed his Masters' Degree under the tutelage of Mikhail Kazakevich.
Whilst at Trinity Laban, Manuel was the winner of the John Longmire prize, dedicated to Beethoven, and of the Leonard Smith Duo prize. He was also nominated to represent Trinity Laban at the Annual Sheepdrove Piano Competition and at the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe. Other awards include successive scholarships granted by the conservatoire and most recently, the 3rd Prize at the Fundão International Competition.
In past years, Manuel has attended numerous masterclasses and has received tuition from internationally renowned pianists including Angela Hewitt, Natalia Troul, Idil Birret, Sergey Senkov, Pedro Burmester, Ian Jones and Jenny Zaharieva.
Manuel regularly performs solo recitals, which have taken him across the UK, Belgium and Portugal. As a concerto soloist, he has played with the Athens Sinfonietta, under the baton of maestro Giorgis Aravidis and with several Trinity Laban ensembles. Manuel is also a dedicated chamber musician and recent engagements have taken him and duo partner cellist Alisa Liubarskaya to the Wigmore Hall, in London.
Manuel nurtures a special interest for the music of J. S. Bach's and the composer's complex contrapuntal textures, and is currently working on a project that will culminate with the complete performance of The Well-Tempered Clavier.