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Elsa Marques Silva is from Porto.
She began her musical studies at the age of six at the Academia de Música de Vilar do Paraíso.
She studied at the Porto Superior School of Music and Performing Arts, where she was part of Professor Pedro Burmester’s class. In 2000, she completed her master’s degree at the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, USA, where she was a student of Professor Luíz de Moura Castro.
She attended several international masterclasses under the direction of professors such as Helena Sá e Costa, Dmitri Paperno, Vitalij Margulis, Boris Berezowsky, Tânia Achot, Nina Svetlanova, and Peter Eicher, among others.
She is the laureate of the following national competitions: Helena Costa Prize (2nd prize), Estoril Interpretation Competition (2nd prize), Young Musicians Prize (2nd prize), Covilhã Piano Competition (1st prize). Internationally, he was awarded the “Concerto Awards – 1988 International Music Academy Piano Program” – Kromeriz, Czech Republic, was a finalist in the “Emerson Quartet Competition”, and won 2nd prize in the “Young Artist Piano Competition”, Connecticut, USA.
He played as a soloist with the Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Orquestra Sinfónica Casa da Música, Orquestra do Norte, Orquestra do Algarve, Orquestra Sinfónica da Póvoa de Varzim, Remix – Youth Orchestra and Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras, collaborating with conductors such as Meir Minsky, Ferreira Lobo, Osvaldo Ferreira, Nicholas Kok, Cesário Costa, Luís Carvalho and Jean-Marc Burfin.
He performed numerous recitals both solo and in chamber formations, in Portugal (CCB, Palácio da Bolsa, University of Aveiro, Culturgest, Teatro Camões, Teatro Gil Vicente de Coimbra, Teatro Baltasar Dias – Madeira, etc.), Spain, France, UK United States, Germany, United States of America, Brazil and Canada.
She recorded for Numérica, Atelier de Composition and RDP. His discography includes a CD for Clarinet and Piano dedicated to works by Schumann with clarinetist Nuno Pinto, a CD with horn and piano repertoire with horn player Bernardo Silva, and a CD entirely filled with Álvaro Salazar’s work “Estudos Incomunicantes” for two pianos, with the pianist Eugenia Chvets. He also recorded several contemporary works for solo piano, among which the piece by Fernando Lapa “Três Cantos para uma Memória” stands out. In 2015, she recorded a CD with clarinetist Nuno Pinto, entitled “Tempo de Outono”, entirely filled with works by contemporary Portuguese composers.
She is a member of the Sond’arte Electric Ensemble.
She has devoted particular attention to contemporary music, participating in numerous premieres by Portuguese and foreign composers.