Headshot of Miguel Campinho
  • Lecturer in Collaborative Piano

Portuguese pianist Miguel Campinho comes to the Butler School of Music after having served as a collaborative pianist at Yale Opera and The Hartt School. At Yale he worked with Doris Yarick-Cross and Richard Cross. At Hartt he worked with Joanna Levy and Claude Corbeil, among others, and coached John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man with the composer. He has performed as a soloist and as a collaborative pianist extensively throughout Europe and the USA and has conducted piano masterclasses and adjudicated piano competitions in Portugal and the United States. In 2016 he performed Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana in a two pianos and percussion version with pianist Eric Trudel at Woolsey Hall in New Haven. He played as soloist with the Orquestra Sinfonieta under Omri Hadari, the Orquestra do Norte under Ferreira Lobo, and the Hartt Symphony Orchestra under Christopher Zimmerman. Dr. Campinho is a prizewinner in piano competitions in Portugal, Spain, and the United States, including a Mention of Honor in the 2004 Ricard Viñes International Competition. Critically, he has been described as a “powerful advocate of the music of his countryman,” (MusicWeb International) whose “performances grip your attention” (Fanfare Magazine). Additionally, “Campinho's playing is always powerful with a purposeful direction. His technique serves him well through lucid phrasing, uncannily clearly executed passages, judicious pedaling, all combined with a sensibility for this music that brings it to an exciting and vivid life. Campinho is a pianist to watch” (Piano Journal).

Dr. Campinho has played the US premieres of many compositions by Portuguese composers, including pianist-composer Eurico Tomás de Lima (1908–1989), and in 2013 the Numérica label released his world premiere recording of this composer's complete Sonatas and Sonatinas for piano. His doctoral essay, titled "Óscar da Silva (1870–1958): Life and Solo Piano Works," established the first chronological catalogue of this composer's solo piano works. In 2015, US Senator Christopher Murphy, the State of Connecticut, and the Portuguese American Leadership Council of the United States presented Miguel Campinho with certificates of recognition and accomplishment for his work promoting Portuguese culture, arts, and heritage.

Dr. Campinho began his music studies at the Calouste Gulbenkian Conservatory in his hometown of Braga. He earned undergraduate degrees from Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espetáculo in Porto, where he studied with Sofia Lourenço. He holds Master of Music, Artist Diploma, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in piano performance from The Hartt School. He was awarded full scholarship and included in the roster of the 20/20 Honors Chamber Music Program for part of his studies at Hartt, where he was a protégé of Luiz de Moura Castro. He is a recipient of scholarships and awards from the following institutions: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Instituto Politécnico do Porto, Erasmus/Socrates Project, University of Hartford, Musical Club of Hartford (Evelyn B. Storrs Scholarship). Dr. Campinho was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda and is a member of the American Liszt Society.