Artur Pizarro

"The Bechstein provides so much variety of touch and sound that there is always joy and wonderment in the experience of making music!"

Artur Pizarro


Born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1968, Artur Pizarro gave his first public performance at the age of three and made his television début on Portuguese television at the age of four. He had been introduced to the instrument by his maternal grandmother, pianist Berta da Nóbrega, and her piano-duo partner, Campos Coelho who was a student of Vianna da Motta, Ricardo Viñes and Isidor Philipp. From 1974 to 1990 Artur studied with Sequeira Costa who had also been a student of Vianna da Motta and of 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. During a brief interruption of his studies in the USA, Artur also studied with Jorge Moyano in Lisbon, and in Paris worked with Aldo Ciccolini, Géry Moutier and Bruno Rigutto. Artur won first prizes in the 1987 Vianna da Motta Competition, the 1988 Greater Palm Beach Symphony Competition and won first prize at the 1990 Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, which marked the beginning of an international concert career. Artur Pizarro performs internationally in recital, chamber music and with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Philippe Entremont, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Sir Andrew Davis, Esa- Pekka Salonen, Yuri Temirkanov, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Ilan Volkov, Franz Welser- Most, Tugan Sokhiev, Yakov Kreizberg, Yannick Nézet- Séguin, Libor Pešek, Vladimir Jurowski, Ion Marin, John Wilson and the late Sir Charles Mackerras. Artur is an active chamber musician and has performed at chamber music festivals throughout the world. Artur Pizarro has recorded extensively for Collins Classics, Hyperion Records, Linn Records, Brilliant Classics, Klara, Naxos, Danacord, Odradek Records and Phoenix Edition. Artur Pizarro has received various awards from his native Portugal for services to classical music and culture including the Portuguese Press Award, the Portuguese Society of Authors award, the Medal of Culture of the City of Funchal and the Medal of Cultural Merit from the Portuguese Government. Artur Pizarro is Invited Adjunct Professor of Piano at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, Portugal.

Photos: © Artur Pizarro, Gregor Willmes

Beethoven: The 5 Piano Concertos

Odradek Records Beethoven: The 5 Piano Concertos

Artur Pizarro presents Beethoven's piano concertos in a very personal recording together with the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Julia Jones. An album that should not be missed: Artur Pizarro's interpretations are praised by the international press for their clever presentation and richness of nuance. His intensive collaboration with the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra has thus resulted in an album that has overcome the obstacles of the pandemic and depicts artistic excellence.

The grandeur, power and innovation of Beethoven's piano concertos are contrasted on this recording with a selection of the composer's smaller solo pieces: Romances and Rondos, which round out the release with irresistible intimacy. Artur Pizarro is supported by the superb sound of the C. Bechstein concert grand D282, entering into a unique symbiosis with the instrument that is unmistakably audible.

The recording was made in spring and August 2021 at the Kulturzentrum Immanuel in Wuppertal as well as at the recording studio "The Spheres" in Montesilvano in Italy for Odradek Records.


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