Free Lunchtime Concert: St Martin’s Embassy and Cultural Institute Series – Portugal
In partnership with EUNIC London
Beethoven – Piano Sonata Op. 31 No. 2
- Largo – Allegro
António Fragoso – Petite Suite
Michael Doherty – Ballade (world première)
Liszt – Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12
Artur Pereira Piano
Representing the Embassy of Portugal
Artur Pereira has received great acclaim for his outstanding musicality and technical perfection. His playing has been described as ‘an impressive display of bravura and imagination to match his finger-cracking technical virtuosity’, by the Darlington and Stockton Times.
Artur performs regularly as soloist and chamber musician in the UK, Portugal and South Africa. He has a profound love for and understanding of the music of Beethoven, evident when he won the Lionel Bowman competition for best rendering of a sonata by Beethoven, and when he received high acclaim for his performance of the ‘Emperor’ Concerto. Artur obtained his Doctorate on Beethoven’s dedications in 2015 at Manchester University, under eminent Beethoven scholar Professor Barry Cooper.
Born in Lamego, Portugal, Artur started his music studies aged seven and gave his first recital at thirteen. He studied at the Oporto Superior School of Music with Constantin Sandu and won the Young Composers competition, the Oporto Conservatoire piano competition and the Maria Carolina Pimentel piano competition. He was invited to continue his studies at Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, with Nina Schumann and Benjamin van Eeden, completing his Degree in 2006 with a First. He won the piano category at the ATKV Muziq competition and received the Betsie Cluver Prize for best overall mark in the final year recital.
In 2010 Artur obtained his Masters at the Royal Northern College of Music, studying under Norma Fisher, with grants from the Stanley Picker Trust, the Ann Gerrard Foundation and Centro Nacional de Cultura. He also won the Silverstone-Blank Piano Duo competition.
As a fervent chamber musician, Artur has performed in ensemble combinations to great appraisal, appearing in festivals, namely Secret Rooms, playing Detlev Glarnet, and Clarinetfest, with renowned clarinettist Nicholas Cox at Casa da Música, Portugal, where several works had their première.