Born in Setubal, Miguel Sousa began his musical studies in the Academy of Fine Arts Luisa Todi in his town. Between 2006 and 2007, he attended classes with Daniela Ignazzitto. In 2007, Miguel began working towards a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at Evora University under both Professors Elizabeth Allen and Antonio Rosado. In 2010 Miguel completed his undergraduate degree. Since 2010, he has had lessons with multiple musicians including: Christophe Simonet, Sarah Buechner, Joseph Banowetz, Lya Barberis, Konstantin Bogino, and Oxana Anikeeva.
In 2009, Miguel began building his name on a professional level by giving his first solo recital in Portugal. Since then, his desire to perform solo recitals has only intensified. He has since given recitals in Sweden, England, Italy, and in the USA. Miguel adds a special flavor into his recitals by speaking directly to the audience about the pieces he is performing and why they are significant not only to him, but also to the music world. He is able verbally connect the audience to each of his pieces before performing. Miguel adds these explanations to his programs so that all of his listeners, musically trained and other, will be able to fully appreciate the experience.
In addition to Miguel’s experience as a soloist, he is also a very accomplished accompanist. His accompanying experiences range from coaching beginning vocalists through advanced instrumentalists. Additionally he has worked with both small ensembles, such as a piano trio, and large ensembles as well. His large ensemble experience includes working with the Luisa Todi Choir in Portugal. Effectively, he has been involved in many accompanying recitals and competitions. Miguel has also been advancing his musical skills by serving as a staff accompanist for various conservatories in Portugal.
Another significant aspect of Miguel’s musical life is his passion for discovering lesser-known music. In 2011, he created a blog called Musidescobrir, which in English translates as “To Discover Music”. Through this blog Miguel has posted several videos of himself performing unusual works.
Currently, Miguel is working towards a Masters of Music in Piano Performance under Dr. Alexandra Mascolo-David and Dr. Adrienne Wiley at Central Michigan University. He is also working closely with Dr. Casey Robards as his accompanying coach. Due to Miguel’s dedication to music, he was awarded a full graduate assistant scholarship. Through the University he continues building his solo and accompanying experience. His duties at Central Michigan University include accompanying many voice and instrumental students, as well as accompanying the University’s Concert Choir.
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