Pedro Da Silva

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2016

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Cello

Location: Royal Academy of Music

Pedro Silva started playing the cello with Lázsló Szepesi at the Madeira Conservatory in Portugal and is currently in the first year of his postgraduate degree at the Royal Academy of Music studying with Guy Johnston.

As an orchestral player he has had the privilege to work with musicians like Maxim Vengerov, Trevor Pinnock, Semyon Bychkov, Mark Elder and play in important venues across Portugal, Brazil and the UK.

Recent chamber music engagements have included a Bartok String Quartet masterclass with András Keller at the Wigmore Hall and a performance of the Mendelssohn Octet alongside the Doric String Quartet.

As one of the founding members of the Anglo-Portuguese Ensemble he regularly preforms at the Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory Church in Warwick Street, London.

Pedro takes a strong interest in performing Bach on modern instruments and in 2014 was awarded the Solo Bach Prize for cello at the Royal Academy of Music.

Future projects include a chamber music performance at the 2016 BBC Proms, a series of concerts at the Marvão International Music Festival in Portugal with the Anglo-Portuguese Ensemble and a chamber music concert at the 2016 Oxford Lieder Festival.

Pedro studies in London with the kind support of the William Sterndale Bennet, Countess of Munster and Help Musicians UK scholarships.