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 in 1944 in Lisbon and gave her first public performance in 1948. 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.
Working with a group of highly gifted young pianists, Maria João has initiated the 'Partitura Project'. The aim of this project is to create an altruistic dynamic between artists of different generations and to offer an alternative in a world too often focused on competitiveness. Hand in hand with this project is the project 'Equinox', headed by Maria João, which is a social programme for young disadvantaged children between the ages of 6 and 14 years who are being helped through choral singing.
In the 16/17 season Maria João performs with the Budapest Festival Orchestra/Ivan Fischer, Kammerorchester Basel/Trevor Pinnock and Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Robin Ticciati. She gives recitals and concerts as part of the Partitura Project, solo recitals and chamber music concerts with the Artemis Quartet throughout Europe.
Maria João has a large and varied discography including, solo, chamber music and orchestral repertoire. Recent recordings include Beethoven Piano Concertos 3 and 4 with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding on Onyx. For her 70th birthday in summer 2014, Erato re-released many of her recordings from the 1970s and 1980s, and Deutsche Grammophon also released a box set of her complete solo recordings for them.
July 2016 - This Biography must not be edited without the Permission of Askonas Holt