André Baleiro (Baritone, Portugal) / Pedro Costa (Piano, Portugal)
André Baleiro is the winner of the Emmerich Smola “SWR Young Opera Stars” 2019 Award, the 17th International R. Schumann Competition, the 9th Rotary Foundation Singing Competition in Lisbon, as well as the Theodor Heuss – Kulturpreis in Schwetzingen and the Prize for “Most Promising Talent” at the prestigious DAS LIED competition in Heidelberg.
His operatic highlights include TARQUINIUS in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia at Teatro São Carlos in Lisbon, FIGARO in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and KASPAR in the new opera Kaspar Hauser (Schubert/Wilgenbus) with the Kammeroper München, and DON PARMENIONE in Rossini’s L’occasione fa il ladro in Teatro Perez Galdos in Las Palmas.
Born in Lisbon, where he began his musical studies at the age of 10 at the Instituto Gregoriano de Lisboa. After completing his degree in Choral Conducting at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, Baleiro moved to Berlin to study singing at the University of the Arts under the tuition of Kammersänger Siegfried Lorenz, with scholarships from the Walter & Charlotte Hamel Foundation in Hannover and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon. Moreover, he has attended masterclasses with acclaimed singers such as Tom Krause, Ian Bostridge, Lorenzo Regazzo, and José van Dam. Currently, he proceeds his artistic and technical development with Prof. Snežena Stamenković in Mannheim.
Pedro Costa is a Portuguese pianist based in Vienna and he currently holds a position as “Senior Lecturer für Korrepetition” at the Graz University of Music and Performing Arts.
Having specialized in Lied and Chamber Music, he was recently awarded with the 1st Piano Prize at the Helmut Deutsch Lied Competition in Vienna (2021) and with the 2nd Prize at the International “Franz Schubert & Modern Music” Lied Competition in Graz (2022). He is also the winner of other competition like the Louis Spohr Competition for Song Accompaniment in Kassel as well as the Accompanist Prize at the Rotary Club Singing Competition in Lisbon and the 1st Prize at the Chamber Music Competition of the Portuguese Radio (Prémio Jovens Músicos). He has also been awarded in other major competitions in Portugal and Belgium like the New Tenuto Competition and the Estoril National Competition, among many others.
Born in 1989 in Macao, Pedro Costa studied in Portugal with Fausto Neves and Luís Filipe Sá at the Escola Superior de Artes de Espetáculo do Porto (Portugal) and he later finished “with distinction” his Master Studies with Piet Kuijken at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel (Belgium) and a Master in Vocal Accompaniment at the Kunstuniversität Graz (Austria) with Joseph Breinl and Julius Drake. He has also worked in masterclasses with Udo Reinemann, Christianne Stotijn, Anne Sophie von Otter, Peter Schreier, Christoph Prégardien, Brigitte Fassbaender, Wolfgang Holzmair, among many others.
Photo: Mara D'Eleán and The Schubidu Quartet