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Arthur Moreira Lima

Arthur Moreira Lima

Arthur Moreira Lima

*16 VII 1940 Rio de Janeiro

Arthur Moreira Lima – 2nd Prize winner, 7th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (1965).

Arthur Moreira Lima started his piano education at the age of six with Professor Lúcia Branco. In 1960, sponsored by the Brazilian government, he left for Paris where he studied at the Marguerite Long school with Professor Long herself and also Jean Doyen. Next, on recommendation of Lev Oborin and Yakov Zak, he received a scholarship from the Soviet government to study at the Moscow Conservatoire, where he stayed between 1963 and 1968 as student in the class of Professor Rudolf Kerer.

Arthur Moreira Lima has won several piano competitions. In 1949, he claimed 1st Prize in a competition organized by the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, allowing him to make a debut as a soloist at a symphony concert. In 1957, he took 10th Prize in the 1st International Piano Competition in Rio de Janeiro, organized by Polish virtuoso and Paderewski’s student Aleksander Sienkiewicz. Five years later, in 1962, at the same competition, Mr. Moreira Lima took 3rd Prize. He participated but failed to place at the 1961 Long-Thibaud Competition in Paris and the 1962 Van Cliburn Competition. However, these were to prove exceptions and Mr. Moreira Lima enjoyed considerable success in subsequent competitions, such as the Chopin Competition in Warsaw (1965, 2nd Prize), the Music Competition in Montreal (1968, 9th Prize), the Piano Competition in Leeds (1969, 3rd Prize) and the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1970, 3rd Prize).

The pianist has appeared in England, Australia, France, Switzerland, Yugoslavia, Italy, the USSR, Canada, the US and throughout Latin America. He is particularly popular in Moscow, where he performs frequently, as he does in Poland.

Arthur Moreira Lima is an excellent interpreter of Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev and Villa-Lobos.

He has recorded for Polskie Nagrania / Muza, Melodiya, Vivace, Vanguard Classics (for which he has recorded the complete works of Chopin for piano and orchestra and a selection of piano works), Liszt (Sonata in B minor, Mephisto Waltz), Rachmaninov, Villa-Lobos (Piano Concerto No. 1, Polichinelle) and Astor Piazzolla.

Stanisław Dybowski

 

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