Alexandre da Costa was born in Montreal, Canada, in 1979. He showed an uncommon interest in both the violin and piano at a very early age. By the age of nine, he had the astounding ability to perform his first concerts with stunning virtuosity on both instruments, which brought him recognition as a musical prodigy. In 1998, at the age of 18, he received a Master’s degree in violin and a First Prize from the Conservatoire de musique du Québec where he studied with Johanne Arel. Concurrently, he also received a Bachelor’ s degree in Piano Interpretation from the faculty of music of the University of Montreal. From 1998 to 2001, he studied at the Escuela Superior deMúsica Reina Sofia inMadrid with the violin master Zakhar Bron, teacher of violinists such as Maxim Vengerov and Vadim Repin. In 2002, he won the Sylva Gelber Foundation Award for best Canadian artist under 30 years old.
Winner of many prestigious national and international first prizes, Alexandre da Costa has given over 1000 concerts throughout Canada, the United States, Mexico, France, Germany, Austria, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Japan, China, Taiwan, etc., and played in such renowned halls as Vienna’s Musikverein, Berlin’s Philharmonie, Hamburg’sMusikhalle, Beijing’s Forbidden City Hall, Tokyo’s International Forum, and played with prestigious orchestras such as the London Royal Philharmonic, the Berlin Symphony, the Vienna Symphony, and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal…