Praised for his melodic sensibility and instrumental mastery by Down Beat and All About Jazz, Dan Costa was born in 1989 in London (UK) to a Portuguese and Italian family. He initially studied classical piano for six years at the Académie de Musique Rainier III in the south of France, and underwent further classical training at the Académie Internationale d’Été de Nice as well as at the Aurora Music Star Festival in Sweden. He was awarded a diploma with merit at Sir Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in the UK. His strong interest in his Latin roots coupled with his passion for jazz led him to study at the Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo in Portugal, where he graduated in jazz piano with an award for outstanding achievement, bestowed upon him by Rotary Club Porto-Foz in 2015. During his course, he was also awarded a merit grant to study Brazilian music at UNICAMP – Universidade Estadual de Campinas (São Paulo, Brazil).
He has attended workshops coached by musicians such as Kevin Hays, Scott Colley, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jorge Rossy, Chick Corea and César Camargo Mariano. He has co-directed musicals, performed with orchestras and big bands, and starred as both a pianist and composer in projects in countries such as the UK, France, Finland, Germany, Spain, Greece and the USA. He has also performed for festivals such as NEU/NOW, Encontrarte, HARMOS, Festa do Jazz do São Luís, Guimarães Jazz and Spring On!
In January 2016, he recorded his debut album “Suite Três Rios” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with musicians such as Jaques Morelenbaum, Ricardo Silveira, Teco Cardoso, Rafael Barata and Leila Pinheiro. It peaked at #1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart and Top 10 across all genres in Portugal, prior to hitting the #1 slot on the CMJ Top Adds Chart in the USA. Winner of a Silver Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Jazz at the Global Music Awards, it achieved rave reviews from countries including the USA, Russia, Canada and Brazil.