Miguel Campinho, collaborative pianist: adult chamber choir
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Miguel Campinho

collaborative pianist: music

Miguel Campinho“Campinho's playing is always powerful with a purposeful direction. His technique serves him well through lucid phrasing, uncannily clearly executed passages, judicious pedaling, all combined with a sensibility for this music that brings it to an exciting and vivid life. Campinho is a pianist to watch.”

-Nancy Lee Harper, Piano Journal

Portuguese pianist Miguel Campinho has established himself as a passionate advocate for Portuguese piano music. He has played the US premieres of several compositions by Portuguese pianist-composer Eurico Tomás de Lima (1908–1989), and in 2013 the Numérica label released his world premiere recording of this composer's complete Sonatas and Sonatinas for piano. He has also presented works by Carlos Seixas (1704–1742), João Domingos Bomtempo (1775–1842), José Viana da Mota (1868–1948),  Óscar da Silva (1870–1958), Armando José Fernandes (1906–1983), and Fernando Lopes Graça (1906–1994). His doctoral essay, titled "Óscar da Silva (1870–1958): Life and Solo Piano Works," established the first chronological catalogue of this composer's solo piano works. In 2015, US Senator Christopher Murphy, the State of Connecticut, and the Portuguese American Leadership Council of the United States presented Miguel Campinho with certificates of recognition and accomplishment for his work promoting Portuguese culture, arts, and heritage.

Campinho is a prizewinner in several piano competitions in Portugal, such as the Maria Campina in Faro (first prize in 2000, second prize in 1999), the Prémio Juventude Musical Portuguesa in Lisbon (second prize, 1995), and the Prémio RDP Jovens Músicos (second prize, Chamber Music, 1996). In 2002 he won the Paranov Competition, at the Hartt School. He took third prize in the 2004 CSMTA Young Artists Competition, and Mention of Honor in the 2004 Ricard Viñes International Competition, in Spain.

He has performed, in solo and chamber music appearances, in Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, and the USA. He played as soloist with the Orquestra Sinfonieta, under Omri Hadari, the Orquestra do Norte, under Ferreira Lobo, and the Hartt Symphony Orchestra, under Christopher Zimmerman.

Miguel Campinho holds Master of Music, Artist Diploma, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in piano performance from The Hartt School, University of Hartford, Connecticut, USA. He was awarded full scholarship and included in the roster of the 20/20 Honors Chamber Music Program for part of his studies at Hartt, where he received guidance from Prof. Luiz de Moura Castro.

He is a recipient of scholarships and awards from the following institutions: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Instituto Politécnico do Porto, Erasmus/Socrates Project, University of Hartford, Musical Club of Hartford (Evelyn B. Storrs Scholarship).

Campinho teaches piano at Manchester Community College, and is a collaborative pianist with The Hartt School and with Yale Opera.

Miguel Campinho was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda and is a member of the American Liszt Society.