*24 II 1972 Argentyna
Heralded by critics and fellow musicians as one of the most outstanding pianists of his generation, the Argentinean pianist Sergio Tiempo quickly rose to international prominence after making his professional debut at the age of fourteen in the ‘Great Pianists’ series at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in 1986. He appears regularly in recitals and with orchestras in the leading halls of the Americas, Europe and Japan, and tours frequently with Martha Argerich, Mischa Maisky and with his sister Karin Lechner, with whom he forms the permanent Karin Lechner and Sergio Tiempo Piano Duo.
He has performed under the batons of Claudio Abbado, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Leonard Slatkin, Vladimir Spivakov and Michael Tilson Thomas, and teamed up with prestigious orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra and Tokyo Philharmonic.
Tiempo has also played at major international music festivals, including the Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Colmar and Verbier festivals. At the Toulouse Festival, he performed the Beethoven cycle together with Alicia de Larrocha and Maria-João Pires. He has been a guest at the Martha Argerich and Friends Festival in Munich and the Festival Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli in Bergamo, and he is also a regular at the Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano.
His CD releases include an album featuring works by Mendelssohn with the cellist Mischa Maisky for Deutsche Grammophon and a recording of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Chopin’s Nocturnes, Op. 9 and Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit for EMI Classics.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Tiempo began learning piano with his mother, Lyl Tiempo, at the age of two, and made his concert debut when he had just turned three. He received further lessons from Tessa Nicholson, Maria Curcio, Pierre Sancan, Michel Beroff, Jacques Detiège and Alan Weiss. Thanks to the Fondazione per il Pianoforte in Como, Italy, he has also worked with Dmitry Bashkirov, Fou Ts’ong, Murray Perahia and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. He has also received frequent musical guidance and advice from Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire and Nikita Magaloff.
His awards include the 1986 Alex De Vries Prize of Belgium, four first prizes at the 1980 Ealing Music Festival in London, where he was honoured with a special prize as the most talented participant at the age of eight, and the Davidoff Prize of Germany (2000).
In 2006, 2008 and 2010, he performed in the ‘Chopin and his Europe’ festival in Warsaw.