Maria João Pires
One of the finest musicians of her generation, Maria João Pires continues to transfix
audiences with the spotless integrity, eloquence, and vitality of her art.
She was born on the 23 July 1944 in Lisbon and gave her first public performance in 1948. In Portugal she studied with Campos Coelho and Francine Benoit, later continuing her studies in Germany with Rosl Schmid and Karl Engel.
Since 1970 she has dedicated herself to reflecting on the influence of art on life, community, and education, and in trying to develop new ways of implementing pedagogic theories within society. In the last 10 years she has held many workshops with students from all round the world, and has taken her philosophy and teaching to Japan, Brazil, Portugal, France, and Switzerland.
In the 2012/2013 season in addition to her chamber music concerts with the Brazilian cellist Antonio Meneses, she appears with all the major European orchestras under the batons of Bernard Haitink, Claudio Abbado, and Riccardo Chailly, among others. A frequent visitor to Japan she returns there in spring 2013 with the London Symphony and Maestro Haitink. Further tours in 2013 will include a tour with the Basel Chamber Orchestra conducted by Trevor Pinnock, and in October 2013 she returns to Budapest for a tour with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and their music director, Ivan Fischer.
Maria João recorded with Erato for 15 years and subsequently, for the last 24 years, with Deutsche Grammophon. Her discography is large and varied and includes Moonlight, featuring Beethoven sonatas, Le Voyage Magnifique Schubert Impromptus, and the complete set of Chopin Nocturnes, together with chamber music and orchestral repertoire.