Maria Inês Costa was born in Oporto in 1994. She has recently graduated with BMus (Hons) Degree at the Royal College of Music (London), studying with Professor Gordon Fergus-Thompson. She is now continuing her Master Studies in Piano Performance studying piano with Martin Roscoe and Charles Owen at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she is 'Guildhall School scholar'. She is also generously supported by Talent Unlimited and by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.
Inês has performed in many venues including Clube Literário do Porto, Oporto's Salão Nobre do Centro de Cultura e Congressos da Ordem dos Médicos and Ateneu Comercial in Oporto, Estoril’s Portuguese Music Museum, Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon, Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Milton Court Concert Hall, St. George’s Hanover Square, Regent Hall, Milton Court Concert Hall, Charlton House, Steinway Hall, Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room in London, Cambridge University (Robinson College) and Nafplio’s Vouleftikon and Saint Spyridon’s Square in Greece. Recent concerto performances include 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 and a one-year award for the 2014-15 academic year at the Royal College of Music. 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 (www.musical-odyssey.com
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 Constantin Sandu, Constantin Ionescu-Vovu, Luís Pipa, Jorge Moyano, António Rosado, Artur Pizarro, Boris Berman, Paul Badura-Skoda, Svetozar Ivanov, Jonathan Biss, Yekaterina Lebedeva, Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro and Eldar Nebolsin. 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 and violin with José Ricardo Reis.