Nov. 17: Pianist Vasco Dantas makes Carnegie debut

November 17: Portuguese virtuoso pianist Vasco Dantas makes Carnegie Hall debut

Solo recital includes works by Debussy, Mussorgsky, and rarely heard works by Portuguese composer Luís de Freitas Branco

On Sunday, November 17 at 2:00 pm, Vasco Dantas makes his New York debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Praised for “his master technical skills and great emotional power” by MDR Klassik, the pianist from Porto, Portugal is winner of over 50 international prizes and has performed concertos and recitals throughout Europe. Tickets are $35-$45, and are available at | CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800 | Box Office at 57th and Seventh.

The program includes Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky, Book I of Claude Debussy's Préludes, and Luís de Freitas Branco's 10 Prelúdios. Freitas Branco (1890-1955) was a preeminent figure in Portuguese music in the first half of the twentieth century. His “10 Prelúdios” are unquestionably influenced by works by Debussy, whom he met in Paris in the 1910s. "I am thrilled to share the music of Luís Freitas Branco with New York City! While not widely known outside of Portugal, he is one of the most significant voices in 20th century concert music in Portugal, and certainly has been an influence on my own artistry," says Mr. Dantas.

Award-winning Portuguese pianist Vasco Dantas, has been heralded for his “romantic and musical heart” by Aachener Zeitung. Mr. Dantas has won prizes in international competitions including "Grand Prix" at Valletta International Piano Competition (Malta, 2017), 1st Prize at Estoril Lisbon Music Competition (Lisbon, 2015), 1st Prize at Porto 'Santa Cecília' Piano Competition (Porto, 2011), Prize 'Richard Wagner Circle' (Germany, 2016), and "Special Prize" at Concours International de Piano Son Altesse Royale La Princesse Lalla Meryem (Morocco, 2016).

Highlights of Mr. Dantas’ 2019-20 season include performances with the Banda Sinfónica Portuguesa and Lisbon Gulbenkian Orchestra, solo recitals at Ciclo de Concertos do Palácio da Pena in Sintra, Portugal and Piano on the Rocks International Festival in Sedona, Arizona, and the release of a new solo CD, “Delikatessen" on the ARS Produktion label featuring songs by German and Portuguese composers.


Sunday, November 17, 2:00pm

Pianist Vasco Dantas
Carnegie Hall recital debut

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
57th Street and Seventh Avenue
New York, NY

Tickets: $35-$45 available at | CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800 | Box Office at 57th and Seventh

Presented by the Anna-Maria Moggio Foundation

Luís de Freitas Branco: 10 Prelúdios
Claude Debussy: Préludes, Book I
Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Recordings by pianist Vasco Dantas

"Golden Liszt" - KNS Classical (A/043)
Works by Liszt including Grandes Études de Paganini and the Sonata in B minor.

"Promenade" - KNS Classical (A/036)
Works by Liszt including Tre Sonetti di Petrarca and Rhapsodie Espagnole, along with Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.