MARIA JOÃO PIRES, piano
RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra
RICARDO CASTRO, conductor

1. February 2022
7.30 pm
Cankarjev dom
39 €, 35 €, 29 €, 25 €

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  • one of the best interpreters of music by Beethoven and Mozart in the world
  • her live concert performance with the Concertgebouw Royal Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly, for which she learnt the wrong piano concert by Mozart, but managed to play the right one from memory without making a single mistake, is one of the most incredible stories in the world of classical music
  • her recording of Chopin’s nocturnes for Deutsche Grammophon was declared the best version
  • she founded the Belgais Centre for the Study of the Arts for educating children from underprivileged areas in Portugal
  • she believes in the greatness of music and its power to create a better world

Programme:
L. van Beethoven: Coriolan, overture in C minor, op. 62
F. Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op.21
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H. Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras št. 4
I. Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite (version from 1919)

One of the most distinguished musicians in the world, Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires was born in Lisbon in 1944. She held her first public performance at the age of seven, when she played Mozart’s piano concertos in Porto, Portugal. Only one year later, aged nine, she received the top Portuguese prize for young musicians. Between 1953 and 1960 she studied at the Lisbon Conservatory under Campos Coelho and attended composition, theory and history of music courses under Francine Benoit. She continued her studies in Germany, first at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich under Rosl Schmid, then in Hannover under Karl Engel. Maria is a passionate performer of chamber music and is considered one of the best interpreters of Beethoven’s and Mozart’s works. In her extensive and enviable career she has hitherto performed with all the largest orchestras such as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Paris Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and has performed at the world’s largest festivals. She has also received prizes from the International Music Council (IMC), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the Gramophone Classical Music Awards for her performance of Beethoven’s 3rd and 4th piano concertos with conductor Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 2019 she received the medal for cultural merit from the Portuguese Government’s Ministry of Culture. At the 5th Winter Festival she will play Chopin’s Concerto for piano and orchestra no. 2 in F-minor with the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ricardo Castro. He was the first Brazilian conductor to be awarded honorary membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society.

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