Arturo Pizarro

Born in 1968 in Lisbon, the Portuguese pianist Artur Pizarro first played the piano on Portuguese television at the age of 4, having been introduced to the instrument by his maternal grandmother.


From 1974 to 1990 Artur Pizarro studied with Sequeira Costa who had also been a student of Vianna da Motta, Mark Hamburg, Edwin Fischer, Marguerite Long and Jacques Février. This distinguished lineage immersed Artur in the tradition of the Golden Age of pianism and gave him a broad education in both the German and French piano schools and repertoire. After initial studies in Lisbon, he moved to Lawrence, Kansas in the USA and continued working with Sequeira Costa who is Professor of Piano at the University of Kansas.

Artur began performing publicly again at the age of 13 with a recital début at the São Luíz Theatre in Lisbon and gave his concerto debut with the Gulbenkian Orchestra later in the same year. While still under the tutelage of Costa, Artur Pizarro won first prizes in the 1987 Vianna da Motta Competition, the 1988 Greater Palm Beach Symphony Competition and the 1990 Harverys Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, which saw the beginning of an international concert career.

Renowned for his lyrical poeticism and outstanding virtuosity, Artur Pizarro performs internationally with the world's leading orchestras and conductors including Charles Dutoit, Sir Simon Rattle, Jean Fournier, Philippe Entremont, Pascal Tortelier, Sir Andrew Davis, Esa Pekka Salonen, Yuri Termikanov, Vladimir Fedoseev, Franz Welser-Most and Sir Charles Mackerras.

Artur Pizarro regularly appears as a recitalist and chamber musician. As a recitalist Artur has performed at many of the world's most prestigious venues and festivals including Washington's Kennedy Centre, The Wigmore Hall, the Aldeburgh Festival, Neues Gewandhaus, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Theatre du Chatelet, Musee D'Orsay, Zurich Tonhalle, the BBC Proms, and the NHK and Orchard Halls in Japan.

Throughout 2003-2004 season Artur Pizarro performed the complete cycle of Beethoven Piano Sonatas at St John's Smith Square in London. All 8 concerts were broadcast on BBC Radio 3's 'PERFORMANCE ON 3'. In February 2004 Artur Pizarro was nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award for his complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle. In 2005 he formed the 'Artur Pizarro Piano Trio' with violinist Raphael Oleg and cellist Josephine Knight. Artur also is part of a piano duo with Vita Panomariovaite. His chamber music appearances have partnered him also with Christian Altenburger, Truls Mork, Toby Hoffmann, the St Lawrence and the Muir Quartets and the international opera star Maria Ewing.

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