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Eddy Betancourt


Eddy Betancourt

Violin & Piano
MMus; BMus (Hons)

Eddy Betancourt started his studies at the age of eight (8) at the Academia Armando Toledo, in Vigo, Spain. In 2005, he entered in the Conservatory of Vigo, where he studied violin for four years. Then he moved to Mirandela, Portugal, to study with Roberto Valdés and, in 2012 he finished his secondary education with highest grades.

Eddy started his Bachelor degree at the University of Aveiro with Roberto Valdés. In 2014 he entered in the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam to study with Ilya Grubert and Maria Milstein. In 2016 he won a scholarship in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) and decided to move to the institution to continue his studies with Andrea Gajic and Joseph Swensen. He is now in his 1st year of the Masters of Music (MMus) program.

Throughout Eddy's lifetime, he participated in competitions such as Concurso Internacional de  Música de Sant Andreu de la Barca (Barcelona), Concurso Internacional Santa Cecília (Porto) and Concurso Internacional Cidade de Fundão (Fundão), winning second prize in all of them. Eddy also played in numerous orchestras, and he was concertino in Orquestra Sinfónica Esproarte, for two years (2), and also in APROARTE (a young orchestra formed by the best students in Portugal), in 2011.

Eddy played under the guidance of maestros such as Roberto Valdés, Francesco Belli, Cristobal Soler, Walter Themel, Rafael Montes, Jean-Marc Burfin, Jean-Sébastien Béreau, Mikhail Bezverkhny, José Francisco del Castillo, Jela Spitkova and Adrian Pinzaru.
Eddy Betancourt has won first prizes in:
• Louis Carus Duo Ensemble Prize
• Dunbar-Gerber Prize for Chamber Music
• Governors' Recital Prize for Strings 2017

At the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), Eddy Betancourt was selected to have a masterclass with Nicola Benedetti, Alina Ibragimova, Joseph Swensen and James Ehnes.

Recently he won a prize from THE WOLFSON FOUNDATION INSTRUMENT FUND which has granted him the funds to obtain a Nurnberger Bow for his Violin.

Recently, Eddy has won the RSNO Scheme and the LIVE MUSIC NOW audition. Eddy played the Beethoven Violin Concerto with an orchestra in Aberdeen at the end of March and has many concerts scheduled for later this year.