Portuguese pianist Artur Pereira has received great acclaim for his outstanding musicality and technical perfection. Darlington and Stockton Times described Artur's playing as 'an impressive display of bravura and imagination to match his finger-cracking technical virtuosity.'
Born in Lamego, Portugal, Artur Pereira started his music studies at the age of seven and gave his first recital at the age of thirteen. Artur studied at the Oporto Conservatoire, in Portugal, with Romanian pianist Constantin Sandu, during which time he was awarded the first prize in the Young Composers competition, the second prize in the Florinda Santos piano competition, as well as the first prize in the Oporto Conservatoire piano competition. Later, while studying at the Oporto Superior School of Music, he was awarded first prize in the Maria Carolina Pimentel piano competition.
Artur's music studies led him to Cape Town, South Africa, where he studied for three years at the University of Stellenbosch under the guidance of Nina Schumann and Benjamin van Eeden. Artur Pereira won the piano category of the ATKV Muziq competition, and also received the Betsie Cluver Prize for the best overall mark in the final recital at the University of Stellenbosch.
Sponsored by the Centro Nacional de Cultura, Ann Gerrard Foundation, and the Stanley Picker Trust, Artur continued his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music with Norma Fisher, receiving his Masters diploma in performance and the first prize in the Silverstone-Blank Piano Duo competition.
Artur is a regular participant in masterclasses with world renowned pianists such as Sequeira Costa, Vladimir Viardo, Konstantin Scherbakov, Andrei Diev, Nelson Goerner, Steven Osborne, and Leslie Howard, to name a few.
As fervent chamber musician, Mr. Pereira appears regularly in several ensemble combinations to great appraisal. He has appeared in festivals such as Secret Rooms, featuring the music of Detlev Glarnet, and Clarinetfest, joining forces with the renowned clarinettist Nicholas Cox in a concert in Casa da Música where several new works were premièred.
Artur has a profound love and understanding of the music of Beethoven. This was evident when he was awarded first prize in the Lionel Bowman competition for the best rendering of a sonata by Beethoven, and his highly acclaimed performance of the 'Emperor' Concerto. The focus of Artur's Masters dissertation is the music of Beethoven, which he is investigating further on PhD level at the University of Manchester under the guidance of eminent Beethoven scholar Barry Cooper. Artur's doctoral studies are being sponsored by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia scholarship.
Artur regularly performs as soloist and chamber musician in Portugal, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.