The Portuguese pianist and conductor, Dinis Sousa [Souza], began studying music at age six. He obtained his Bacheloe of Music degree in piano from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He is winner of 1st Prize at the Santa Cecilia Piano Competition in Portugal. He is currently (2013) finishing a master’s degree in “Performance”, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he studied orchestral direction, with Sian Edwards, and piano, with Philip Jenkins, while fellow of various institutions.
As a conductor, Dinis Sousa directed Down by the Greenwood Side by Harrison Birtwistle at Silk Street Theatre. Conductor in residence of the Southampton Youth Orchestra, he was invited to direct an educational project of the London Symphony Orchestra. In recent seasons, Sousa was young British conductor’s Assistant Nicholas Collon, and accompanied the veteran Sir John Eliot Gardiner, founder of the Monteverdi Choir, the English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, during the European tour, ahead of the London Symphony Orchestra.