Maria João Pires


Photo Credit: Felix Broede / DG

Born in 1944 in Lisbon, Maria João Pires gave her first public performance at the age of 4 and began her studies of music and piano with Campos Coelho and Francine Benoît, continuing later in Germany, with Rosl Schmid and Karl Engel. In addition to her concerts, she has made recordings for Erato for fifteen years and Deutsche Grammophon for twenty years.

Since the 1970s, she has devoted herself to reflecting the influence of art in life, community and education, trying to discover new ways of establishing this way of thinking in society. She has searched for new ways which, respecting the development of individuals and cultures, encourage the sharing of ideas.

In 1999, she created the Belgais Centre for the Study of the Arts in Portugal. Maria João Pires regularly offers interdisciplinary workshops for professional musicians and music lovers. In the Belgais concert hall concerts and recordings regularly take place. In future these will be shared with the international digital community (pay and non-pay).

In 2012, in Belgium, she initiated two complementary projects; the Partitura Choirs, a project which creates and develops choirs for children from disadvantaged backgrounds as in Belgium the „Hesperos Choir, and the Partitura Workshops. All of the Partitura projects have the aim to create an altruistic dynamic between artists of different generations by proposing an alternative in a world too often focused on competitiveness. This philosophy is being spread worldwide at Partitura projects and workshops.


Maria Joao Pires makes her first recital in South Korea

Maria Joao Pires makes her first recital in South Korea

Program: Franz Schubert, Piano Sonata D 664 Claude Debussy, Suite Bergamasque Intermission Franz Schubert, Piano Sonata D 960 Nov 22, 2022 Seoul Arts Center 7:30pm Tickets: Nov 24, 2022 Ulsan Hyundai Arts Center 8pm...

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Concerto Repertoire

Piano Concerto no. 1 in C major Op. 15
Piano Concerto no. 2 in B-flat major Op. 19
Piano Concerto no. 3 in C minor Op. 37
Piano Concerto no. 4 in G major Op. 58

Piano Concertos no. 9 in E-flat major K. 271
Piano Concerto no.17 in G major K. 453
Piano Concerto no.21 in C major K. 467
Piano Concerto no.20 in D minor K. 466
Piano Concerto no.23 in A major K. 488
Piano Concerto no.27 in B-flat K. 595
Double Piano Concerto in E-flat major K. 365

Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54

Piano Concerto no. 2 in F minor Op. 21
Piano Concerto no. 1 in E minor Op. 11

Publicity Photos


Mozart Piano Concerto No.23

Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3

Chopin Piano Concerto No.2

Maria Joao Pires expecting another Mozart Concerto during a lunch concert

Beethoven Piano Concerto No.2

Recital Maria Joao Pires