Edgar Cardoso


Edgar Cardoso is a "fast-rising star of the global music scene" (Korea Foundation, 2014). The name and the music of  the 22-year-old Portuguese pianist are being spotted all over the world, with the rapid increase of his international reputation. Combining a simmering energy and a mature elegancy, Edgar is embarking on a very exciting and promising musical journey around the globe.


Edgar has performed in a total of 15 countries so far:

Portugal (all the main venues like Casa da Música or Europarque)

Spain (a residency at the MEAM in Barcelona and several appearances in Jávea, Alicante)

France (solo recitals in Paris and in the region of Aquitaine)

Italy (tour in the Lazio region)

United Kingdom (several concerts in Manchester and London)

Germany (appearances in Freiburg, Fulda and Stuttgart)

Malta (performances in La Valletta, St. Julians and Sliema)

Tunisia (guest artist in festivals in Sidi Bou Saïd, Gammarth and Tunis)

Morocco (appearance in Rabat)

Lithuania (performances in several venues in Druskininkai)

Latvia (solo event in Riga)

Estonia (guest artist at chamber music festival in Tallinn)

Russia (performances at the major halls of Gnesin's Russian Academy of Music in Moscow)

USA (appearances during a piano festival in Honolulu, Hawaii, another one in Orange County, California and a solo recital in Los Angeles)

South Korea (solo recitals in Seoul and Yangpyeong)


The amount of concerts he has had is, in part, due to having obtained more than 30 national and international prizes in piano competitions in Portugal, Spain, France, Lithuania, Malta, Morocco, Tunisia, Russia and USA. He goes also to many Summer festivals on a regular basis, receiving tutelage from some of the most important piano masters alive, such as Paul Badura-Skoda, John Perry, Boris Berman, Akiko Ebi, Joaquín Soriano, Jon Nakamatsu, Pascal Rogé, Josep Colóm, Luiz de Moura e Castro, Peter Donohoe, Philippe Cassard, Sergei Senkov, Frederic Chiu, Thomas Sauer, Joan Havill, Guoda Gedvilaite, Maria Korecka Soszkowska, Rodolfo Rubino, Christopher Hinterhuber, among many others.


Edgar had his debut as a soloist with orchestra in Moscow, with Gnesin's Symphonic Orchestra. After that, he has played with Norfolk Youth Orchestra (UK), Orquestra do Norte (Portugal) and Trinity Wind Orchestra (UK).


His first CD will be released under recording label KNS Classical in Barcelona, Spain, with works by Claude Debussy. He is also producing an album of originals with Italian recording and scoring label Giovanni Valle Edizioni Musicali.


Edgar Cardoso is currently finishing his Master's Degree with Deniz Gelenbe at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. Edgar is a Gladys Bratton Scholar and Joan Greenfield Fellowship Trust Scholar for this academic year, and a Tillett Trust Scholar and Colin Keer Trust Scholar for the next academic year. He first started his training in his hometown Porto, with Álvaro Teixeira Lopes. The same teacher supervised him at Universidade de Aveiro during his Bachelor's Degree, although in his Senior year, he went to Germany for an Exchange Program at Musikhochschule Stuttgart, where he got precious guidance from Friedemann Rieger and Andrzej Ratusinski. In both institutions he achieved top marks in all subjects, being granted several scholarships.


Edgar is also currently researching on the cross-disciplinary work in Education, focusing on Creative Drama and Movement applied to Music, due to his other performing arts skills, which have been leading to the establishment of regular Workshops for children in Porto on how to use the piano in a creative manner. These studies led to a presentation at the ICMPC13 Conference in Seoul, South Korea, as a preparation for his dissertation for a Master's degree in Music Education at Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal, to finish in the end of this year.


Aloha International Piano Competition, Honolulu, USA (2nd prize 2014)

• The Elizabeth Schumann Lieder Competition, London, UK (finalist 2014)

• The Leonard Smith & Felicity Young Competition, London, UK (finalist 2014)

• Valletta International Piano Competition, Valletta, Malta (3rd prize 2014)

• Volmoi Mejdunaroniy Konkurs Pianistov "Put K Masterstvu" Gnesin's Russian Academy of Music

Восьмой международный конкурс пианистов "Путь к мастерству", Moscow, Russia (3rd prize 2013)

• Premio "Maria Quintieri", Cosenza, Italia (finalist 2013, absent due to competition in Russia)

• Konkursas-Festivalis "Muzika be sienų", Druskininkai, Lithuania (1st prize 2013)

• Concours International du Mesnil des Arts, Montaut/Villeréal, France (1st prize with commendations of the jury 2013)

• Concurso Internacional "Villa de Xàbia", Alicante, Spain (2nd prize & Audience Award 2013)

• Concours International de Piano, Tunis, Tunisia (1st prize 2013)

• Concours International de Piano SAR la Princesse Lalla Meryem, Rabat, Morocco (3rd prize 2012)

• Concurso Real Club Náutico, Vigo, Spain (finalist 2011)




• Tillett Trust Scholarship (Trinity Laban Conservatoire, UK) 2014

• Colin Keer Trust Scholarship (Trinity Laban Conservatoire, UK) 2014

• Gladys Bratton Scholarship (Trinity Laban Conservatoire, UK) 2013

• Joan Greenfield Fellowship Trust Scholarship (Trinity Laban Conservatoire, UK) 2013

• Merit Scholarship (Ministry of Education, Portugal) 2010-2013

• Best Student of the University - Prize & Scholarship (University of Aveiro, Portugal) 2010-2012

• Best Freshman - Prize & Scholarship (University of Aveiro, Portugal) 2009-2011

• Best High School Graduate - Prize & Scholarship (Ministry of Education, Portugal) 2009



• Prémio Antena 2, Óbidos, Portugal (Audience Award 2013)

• Concurso Internacional de Piano, Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal (1st prize 2013)

• Concurso Nacional Paços Premium, Paços de Brandão, Portugal (1st prize 2009 & 2011)

• Concurso Internacional Florinda Santos, S. João da Madeira, Portugal (2nd prize 2012, 1st prize 4-hands 2014)

• Concurso Santa Cecília, Porto, Portugal (3rd prize 2008, 2nd prize 2009, 1st prize 2010)

​• Concurso Internacional "Cidade do Fundão", Fundão, Portugal (2nd prize 2008, 1st prize 2010)

​​​• Concurso Nacional de Piano, Coimbra, Portugal (2nd prize 2008, 1st prize 2009)

• Concurso Luso-Espanhol, Fafe, Portugal (1st prize 2008)

• Prémio «Helena Sá e Costa», Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal (Special prize 2007)

​• Concurso Marília Rocha, Vila do Conde, Portugal (3rd prize 2006 & 2009, 2nd prize 2007 & 2012, Special Prize 2009 & 2012, 1st prize 2010)


• Concurso Ibérico do Alto Minho, Vila Praia de Âncora, Portugal (Special Prize 2007, 2nd prize 2008 & 2009, 1st prize 2010)

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