Praised for his “full sonority, tasteful musicality and virtuosity” in the Portuguese press Público, Miguel Sobrinho is a scholarship student of Hélène Clément at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM).
At RAM, Miguel won the prestigious Theodore Holland Viola Prize in 2017, the Historical Women Composers Prize in partnership with the pianist Wouter Valvekens in 2019, and the Mica Comberti Bach Prize in 2021. He also awarded the James Wright award for his outstanding achievements throughout the academic year of 2018/2019 as well as the Regency award in 2019/2020 for his distinguished studentship throughout his Bachelor’s degree. In Portugal, Miguel won the 1st prize in several national competitions such as Vasco Barbosa Competition, both Junior and Superior levels. As a soloist, Miguel played with Camerata Atlântica, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa (Portuguese Symphony Orchestra) and Orquestra Clássica do Sul (Classic Orchestra of the South). In 2016, Miguel had the opportunity to record Enescu’s Concertpiece live for the Portuguese National Radio and in September 2020, he played a recital in St. James’s Piccadilly.
Miguel is an accomplished chamber musician. He was invited to Iran in 2018 as part of the Internava Project and as part of the same project, he performed a chamber music concert in Cadogan Hall in a BBC Television broadcast. He has performed in chamber music venues throughout the world including Wigmore Hall and Pierre Boulez Saal, Berlin. In September 2019, Miguel was a guest artist at the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival performing alongside the Doric Quartet. Miguel is the violist of the Carsaig Quartet, an exciting ensemble that recently got awarded the prestigious Kirckman Award 2021. Future engagements of the Carsaig Quartet include the debut concerts in Jubilee Hall and Conway Hall, among others.
Miguel has also been inspired by several masterclasses, such as IMS Prussia Cove (2018 and 2019), Aurora Music Festival (2018) and Baremboim-Said Akademie (2019). He was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) in 2017 and made his conducting debut with the City of London Soloists in December 2019. Miguel is grateful for being supported by “the Countess of Munster Musical Trust” and “Talent Unlimited”, of which he has been a member since 2018.