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Artur Pizarro in the Piano Cycle at the Palaces of Sintra

WEB Artur Pizarro


National Palace of Queluz (Throne Room)


14 July 2024


7 pm


Adult: 22€ | Under 18s: 18€

Guided tour before the concert


A favourite pupil of Sequeira Costa, Artur Pizarro received the same piano instruction that his master had in turn received from Viana da Mota. An artist with a insatiable appetite for discovering piano literature, Pizarro brings us a recital centred around the truly Latin ambience of a summer's evening. There will be three intertwining worlds: the Argentina of Carlos Guastavino and Alberto Ginastera, the Italy of Gian Francesco Malipiero and Mario Castenuovo-Tedesco, ‘punctuated’ by the France of Gabriel Fauré, with his 8 Pièces Brèves, Op.84, in particular his Ballade, Op.19, which, curiously, was initially thought of as a set or suite of distinct pieces, and which will dialogue with the ballades of Chopin and Viana da Mota also featuring in this cycle.


Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

  • 8 pièces brèves, Op. 84 (1. Capriccio; 2. Fantaisie; 3. Fugue; 4. Adagietto; 5. Improvisation; 6. Fugue; 7. Allégresse; 8. Nocturne)


Gian Francesco Malipiero (1882-1973)

  • Risonanze (1. Calmo; 2. Fluido; 3. Non troppo mosso; Agitato, non troppo)


Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

  • Balad, Op. 19




Carlos Guastavino (1912-2000)

  • Sonatina (1. Allegretto; 2. Lento muy expresivo; 3. Presto)


Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968)

  • Le Stagioni, Op. 33 (1. "inverno" – Andantino; 2. "primavera" - Rapido e leggero; 3. "estate" - Vivo e luminoso; 4. "autunno" - Tranquillo e ondulato; "epilogo" - con malinconia (quasi recitativo)


Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983)

  • Tres Piezas, Op. 6 (1. Cuyana; 2. Norteña; 3. Criolla)


Born in Lisbon in 1968, Artur Pizarro performed in public for the first time at the age of three and, just a year later, performed on RTP alongside Professor Campos Coelho, on the Histórias da Música programme with Victorino d’Almeida. His first steps on the piano were overseen by his material grandmother, the pianist Berta da Nóbrega, and by Professor Campos Coelho. Later, between 1974 and 1990, Artur Pizarro studied in Portugal and the USA with Sequeira Costa. For a year, he also attended Aldo Ciccolini’s class, at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris and received lessons from Bruno Rigutto. Artur Pizarro has won three first prizes in international competitions: the Vianna da Motta Competition, in 1987, the Greater Palm Beach Invitational Piano Competition, in 1989, and the Leeds International Piano Competition, in 1990, which truly launched his impressive international career.


Artur Pizarro regularly performs solo, in piano duets and in chamber music concerts. He also performs with the most prestigious orchestras in the world, directed by conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Philippe Entremont, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Sir Andrew Davis, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yuri Temirkanov, Vladimir Fedoseev, Martyn Brabbins, Tadaaki Otaka, Tugan Sokhiev, Yakov Kreizberg, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Libor Pešek, Vladimir Jurowski, Ion Marin, Julia Jones and Sir Charles Mackerras. His recordings appear in the catalogues of Collins Classics, Hyperion Records, Linn Records, Brilliant Classics, Klara, Naxos, Danacord, Phoenix Edition, Capriccio, and Cavi, as well as Odradek Records, with whom he recently recorded the complete works for piano by Sergie Rachmaninoff and Beethoven’s 5 concertos for piano and orchestra, with the Wuppertal Symphony directed by Julia Jones.


In his home country, in recognition of the significance of his art, Artur Pizarro has been awarded the Bordalo Prize, the SPA Prize, the City of Funchal Cultural Merit Medal of the City and the Cultural Merit Medal of Portugal. He currently teaches in his studio in Oeiras, where he gives private lessons. Artur Pizarro frequently offers masterclasses in various international locations.


Concert at the Palace of Queluz - Adult
22 €
Concert at the Palace of Queluz - Under 18s
18 €
Concert at the Palace of Sintra - Adult
18 €
Concert at the Palace of Sintra - Under 18s
14 €
Cycle ticket (valid for all 6 concerts)
90 €

Price List - Guided Tour

Adult (18-64 years old)
18 €
Youth (6-17 years old)
15 €
Senior (65+ years old)
15 €
55 €

Additional Information

  • There is a zero tolerance policy towards late arrival.
  • Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded, unless there is a change of date or the event is cancelled.
  • Buy tickets for guided tours in advance to enjoy a 15% discount.

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