Considered one of the great pianists on the Brazilian scene, Eduardo Monteiro gained international recognition after winning first prize, and special jury award for best performance of Beethoven, at the 1989 Cologne International Piano Competition in Germany. He was also a prize winner at the Dublin International Piano Competition in 1991 and at the Santander International Piano Competition in 1992.
Mr Monteiro has performed as soloist with the major orchestras of Brazil, and internationally he has appeared with the St Petersburg Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Bremen Philharmonic, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Novosibirsk Symphony and the Spanish Radio and Television Orchestra, with leading conductors including Yuri Terminakov, Mariss Jansons, Dimitri Kitayenko, Philippe Entremont and Arnold Katz.
One of the main characteristics of Eduardo Monteiro’s extensive repertoire is the refinement he brings to his choice of programme. He takes a special interest in Brazilian music and his interpretation of it is today considered a benchmark of excellence by many music critics. In 2007, Monteiro recorded a CD, Piano Music of Brazil, with the English label Meridian Records, which was released at a recital at Wigmore Hall in London that same year. The CD received enthusiastic reviews in major international specialist journals.
Mr Monteiro is currently Vice-Director of the School of Arts & Communications at the University of Sao Paulo, where he is Professor of Piano in the Music Department. His students have received numerous awards at piano competitions in Brazil and abroad. In September 2013 one of his students was awarded first prize at the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland.
Eduardo Monteiro, a native of Rio de Janeiro, is one of the most active pianists in Brazil and is regarded by critics as being among the country’s greatest.
He has shared his artistry with discerning audiences in many major venues in Brazil and elsewhere, such as London’s Wigmore Hall, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Cologne Philharmonic Hall, the Munich Gasteig, Milan’s Sala Verdi, the Liceu in Barcelona, Madrid’s National Auditorium of Music, Dublin’s National Concert Hall, Houston University’s Opera Centre, Boston’s Jordan Hall.
Outstanding conductors with whom he has already performed include Yuri Temirkanov, Mariss Jansons, Dimitri Kitayenko, Philippe Entremont, Arnold Katz, Sergiu Comissiona, Emil Tabakov, Kirk Trevor, Asher Fisch, Isaac Karabitchevsky, John Neschling, Roberto Minczuk, Fábio Mechetti, Roberto Tibiriçá and Eleazar de Carvalho.
He has performed as soloist with the principal orchestras of his country and with renowned orchestras from abroad, including the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Novosibirsk Symphony, the Spanish Radio and Television Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and the Bremen Philharmonic.
He has broadcast on Bayerischer Rundfunk, NDR, WDR, Rundfunk Hessincher, Süddeustcher Rundfunk (Germany), BBC (United Kingdom), RTE (Ireland), Netherlands Radio, Radio New Zealand, France Musique, Texas Public Radio, Radio Canada and Rádio Cultura (Brazil).
He is frequently invited to give classes and concerts at major festivals, such as Campos do Jordao, the Texas Music Festival and Folle Journée in Rio de Janeiro, performing an opening concert in the last two.
The Piano Solo Series was created and directed by Monteiro and took place in the Sala Cecilia Meireles in Rio de Janeiro and Teatro Municipal and Sala Promon in São Paulo. This series combined luminaries such as Nelson Freire, Cristina Ortiz and Diana Kacso and Eduardo Monteiro himself, with young talents who performed the opening stage of each concert.
His first solo CD, Eduardo Monteiro - piano, was recorded during an acclaimed recital in 2005 in São Paulo’s Teatro Cultura Artística, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the journal Revista Concerto. Two years later his CD Piano Music of Brazil, recorded on the English label, Meridian Records, was launched with a recital at Wigmore Hall, receiving complimentary reviews from highly-regarded international specialist journals. In 2010 he participated in the series Piano: A history of 300 Years, which was released on DVD the following year on the SESC label. 2013 saw the recording of another CD, dedicated to the chamber music of Henrique Oswald, in collaboration with the Ensemble São Paulo.
While very young he won the major awards for piano in Brazil. Abroad he was awarded first prize, with unanimity, in the III International Piano Competition in 1989 in Cologne, Germany, receiving the further award for "Best Performer of Beethoven" for his playing of the Concerto No. 4. He was also a laureate in the II International Piano Competition in Dublin, Ireland, in 1991, and the following year in the IX International Piano Competition in Santander, Spain. He was awarded the Carlos Gomes Prize in two consecutive years, 2004 and 2005.
Monteiro’s solid grounding as a pianist was gained through study in several countries. In Brazil he received a Bachelor’s degree in 1987 and the Master’s degree in 1993 at the School of Music at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; in France he received his Doctorate of Musicology from the Sorbonne at the University of Paris IV in 2000, meanwhile advancing his studies with pianist Dominique Merlet; in Italy during 1996-97 he was one of five pianists selected worldwide to attend the International Piano Foundation at Lake Como, where he worked under the guidance of musicians who included Alexis Weissenberg, Leon Fleisher, Dmitri Bashkirov, Fou Ts’ong, Karl-Ulrich Schnabel, Rosalyn Turek and Charles Rosen; and lastly, in the United States, he received the Artist Diploma in 2002 from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied with teacher Wha-Kyung Byun.
In 2002 he became Doctor Professor of Piano in the Music Department of the School of Communication and Arts at the University of São Paulo, where he is engaged in remarkable work training young pianists. Since then his pupils have received dozens of important awards in competitions at home and abroad, including first prize won by Christian Budu in the 25th International Piano Competition Clara Haskil, in Switzerland.
Between 2008 and 2010 he served on the Advisory Board of Music of the State Council of Culture of São Paulo. In 2012 he became head of the Music Department and is currently vice-director of the School of Communications and Arts at the University of São Paulo.
Soon it became obvious that the words ‘exceptional throughout’ would qualify for this particular evening’s entertainment. (…) here was an ardency of performance that brought out the expressive qualities of each work’s musical character. (…) his encore finally brought the ‘house down’. (…) The two Liszt performances reminded me of Arrau and Brendel in their 1960-70s periods.Bill Newman, Music and Vision, England
Meridian compact disc Piano Music of Brazil complements Eduardo’s live Wigmore Hall event quite beautifully.Bill Newman, Record Box, England
In Piano Music of Brazil, an album launched in the United Kingdom, Eduardo Monteiro presents a brilliant panorama of our piano works of the 20th century. (…) These works have already appeared on disc, but here they sound almost like first recordings, so great is the leap in quality gained in Monteiro’s hands, a pianist who combines agility, power, refined sound, meticulous detailing and extremely well-judged use of pedal. (…) There is no lack of conviction here. (…) Monteiro treats Brazilian composers with the same dedication with which he would approach, say, Beethoven and Debussy and, in place of the hurry and carelessness with which this repertoire is periodically massacred, provides serious and profound readings of the scores. (…) Cartas Celestes (…) establishes a new model of excellence for the performance of contemporary Brazilian music.Irineu Franco Perpétuo, Folha de São Paulo, Brazil
This very well-filled record [Piano Music of Brazil] is an impressive achievement from this most gifted young Brazilian pianist, of whom one has heard so much in the way of critical acclaim. Everything about this CD is first-rate - the choice of repertoire (…); the committed and fluent playing, full of style and expressive character; the sound quality and the overall presentation - so that, whilst for many listeners much of this music will be unfamiliar, the excellence of this production ensures the strongest recommendation. We look forward to seeing Eduardo Monteiro in Britain very soon.Alexander Leonard, Musical Opinion, England
(…) he completely captivated his audience, who cried out for more at the conclusion. Murray McLachlan,
At his Wigmore Hall recital (…) Eduardo Monteiro (…) gave incisive renderings of two of the greatest works in the repertoire, Beethoven’s Appassionata and Liszt’s Dante Sonatas.Christopher Follett, Musical Opinion, Inglaterra
The CD Piano Music of Brazil is a beautiful international calling card for a great Brazilian pianist.Clóvis Marques, Opinião e Notícia, Brazil
Piano Music of Brazil (is an) engaging survey of 20th-century Brazilian piano music.Philip Clark, International Piano, England
Here’s an enjoyable release (…). Pianist Eduardo Monteiro is on home ground here, and is both technically and interpretively confident. James Manheim, Allmusic, England
(...) Monteiro demonstrates his great familiarity with the refined language of the composer on the CD Chamber Music – Henrique Oswald, (...) the album features some delightful miniatures, but the main attraction is, of course, the major works: the Quintet for piano and strings Op.18 and the Quartet for piano and strings Op 26. The latter receives a specially nuanced interpretation, (...) [Oswald is] a composer that Brazil needs finally to take as its own, as the pianist and professor Eduardo Monteiro shows us in his eloquent piano lesson in CD format.Irineu Franco Perpétuo, Website Revista Concerto, Brazil
Eduardo Monteiro, the wizard behind so many emerging young talents of the piano scene in Brazil.Irineu Franco Perpétuo, Website Revista Concerto, Brazil
Piano Music of Brazil (...) Monteiro delivers (…) the whole programme with finesse.Guy Richards, Gramophone, England
Monteiro’s concert in the Moscow Conservatoire was that occasion when the pianist comes across as much more interesting than many highly advertised names.Anna Urmantseva, Cultural News, Russia
In the hands of Eduardo Monteiro, Beethoven’s third Concerto received a technically irreproachable interpretation, concentrated throughout (…); his Appassionata Sonata, in the Cecília Meireles Hall, embarked on the imponderables of human sensibility.João Luiz Sampaio, O Estado de São Paulo, Brazil
An auspicious performance by the pianist Eduardo Monteiro, brilliant in all aspects, in this opening concert of the 2012 season Carlos Buzelin, Hoje em Dia, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
The high points of the festival were the soloists. Monteiro shone in Beethoven’s Concerto n. 3, and on the following day, in Sonatas "Appassionata" and op. 109, with one hundred per cent Beethoven’s required temperament.Eduardo Fradkin, O Globo, Brazil
The (...) National Symphony Orchestra of UFF (...) had the impeccable Eduardo Monteiro as soloist. Eduardo Fradkin, O Globo, Brazil
Eduardo Monteiro, a mature artist, gave (...) an 'affettuosa' performance (...) of 'Allegro affettuoso' from Schumann concerto.João Marcos Coelho, O Estado de São Paulo, Brazil
(...) the clarity of articulation and precise touch of the pianist made for an intelligent and finely balanced reading of a repertoire that, between two worlds, brings the colour of folklore and popular music to the piano.João Luiz Sampaio, O Estado de São Paulo, Brazil
Eduardo Monteiro described his pieces in a straight-forward, sympathetic manner (...) explaining the point of view of one who looks beyond the notes.Fillipe Trizotto, Aguarrás, Brazil
Indeed it is a treat to hear Eduardo Monteiro in this concertante work by Henrique Oswald, since the result is a constantly colorful instrumental discourse, alive with expression.Carlos Dantas, Tribuna da Imprensa, Brazil
I sensed Monteiro’s searching qualities as he played the music to the edge of its drama before it opened into an episode of enchanting beauty. (…) a wonderfully crafted performance. A stunning recital.David Alker, Musical Opinion, England
It is a tribute to Monteiro that the time seemed to fly by, so absorbing was the experience. (…) Most impressive of all, though, was Monteiro’s performance of Prokofieff’s mighty Eighth Piano Sonata. (…) This was a fine performance from an artist I would very much like to hear more of.Colin Clark, Seen&Heard, England
(…) magically musical (…). There is an effortless “art that conceals art” about his music-making which I found quite captivating.Ian Fox, The Sunday Tribune, Ireland
His account of the Prokofieff no. 3 was masterly in style and spirit, live in powerful tone without forcefulness yet limpid where desirable and appreciative of the cock-a-snookery of, particularly, the last movement.Mary MacGoris, Irish Independent, Ireland
His performance of Prokofiev's Third brought the hall to its feet.Alain Lompech, Le Monde, France
(...) one of those rare cases of “a concert artist to the core” ( . . .) Monteiro is one of those few who have the power to get under the public’s skin, making the audience live the music with him … It is a very special gift.Albert Mallofré, La Vanguardia, Spain
There were moments when Monteiro extracted an especially delicate and melancholy and most unusual timbre. Perhaps the sound of the untranslatable “saudade”.E. Cuesta, Diário de Burgos, Spain
(...) a pianist with much to say.Ricardo Hontañon, El diario Montañes, Spain
The warm and sincere ovations (...) were a just recognition of his convincing musicality and his complete technical domination of the instrument, both in terms of virtuosity and control of sound.Rene Brenes, La Prensa, Panama
Brilliant recital by pianist Eduardo Monteiro.Mariza Manzano, El Norte de Castilla, Spain
A technically brilliant and musically enthralling performance (...) superb both in tone and in structure.Annete Hüls, Westdeutsche Allgemeine, Germany
Monteiro gave us the subtlest of tonal magic, brilliant technique and poetry (…)Lilian Ortis, Rheinische Post, Germany
(...) superb stylist, and beautiful pianist who has an understanding of tone and colour in the great tradition (...)Dame Ruth Railton, DBE, FRAM, FRCM, FTLC,
More than extraordinary pianist, Eduardo is a musician of uncommon talent and sensibility.Nelson Freire,
His musical personality is warm, persuasive and communicative. His playing is on the highest level, and he is able to bring a musical idea to life with the greatest of ease. What makes this possible is an outstanding technical command, an ear that relentlessly seeks the most appropriate colour (…) a probing musical intelligence (…) Eduardo Monteiro is an artist of distinction.Patrícia Zander,
(...) an artist of real stature. His sound is rich and varied and he plays with great poetry (…) In my work (…) I hear many pianists. And I am pleased to attest that Mr Monteiro belongs to the upper echelon of pianistic talent.Anthony Fogg, Artistic Administrator, Boston Symphony Orchestra.,
Playing my Cartas Celestes no.1, of 1974, Eduardo Monteiro has gone beyond the limits of the piano, creating sound effects of high brilliance. He brings a new vision to the performance, making the instrument’s possibilities seem limitless. The result is dazzling, brilliant, cosmic magic. Eduardo Monteiro is a consummate artist, with all the qualities required to make him unique and special.Almeida Prado,
Monteiro presented an extremely mature performance of Prokofieff’s Piano Concerto no. 3, (...) going from sarcastic to lyrical, from drama to poetry, (...) always with a refined spirit and lively imaginationAntônio Hernandes, O Globo, Brazil
Prokofieff - Concerto no. 3
Teatro Municipal de São Paulo
St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra - Yuri Temirkanov, conductor
Schumann - Concerto
Palácio das Artes, Belo Horizonte
Minas Gerais Symphony Orchestra - Roberto Tibiriçá, conductor
Ravel - Gaspard de la Nuit
National Concert Hall, Dublin
Franck - Prelude, Chorale and Fugue
National Concert Hall, Dublin
Grieg - Concerto
Teatro Municipal de São Paulo
USP Chamber Orchestra - Gil Jardim, conductor
Beethoven - Diabelli Variations, op. 120
Wagner/Liszt - Isolde Liebestod
Teatro Municipal de São Paulo
Villa-Lobos - Minstrel Impressions
Palácio das Artes, Belo Horizonte
Liszt - Ballade no. 2
TVE, Rio de Janeiro
Brahms - Concerto no. 1
Teatro Tobias Barreto, Sergipe
Sergipe Symphony Orchestra - Guilherme Mannis, conductor
F. Mignone - Sonata no. 1 - I Moderato
Palácio Pamphilj, Roma
PIANO MUSIC OF BRAZIL
In this album, Eduardo Monteiro presents an overview of the piano repertoire of Brazil through significant works of the Romantic (Leopoldo Miguez), nationalist (Francisco Mignone, Lorenzo Fernandez and Heitor Villa Lobos) and contemporary periods (Almeida Prado and Claudio Santoro). The readings presented here are splendid benchmarks, receiving eulogies in music magazines and newspapers in Brazil and abroad, including: Folha de São Paulo, Gramophone, International Piano, Musical Opinion, Allmusic, Music and Vision.
Sonata no. 1
1. I Moderato (4:57)
2. II Andantino, quasi Allegretto (4:42)
3. III Moderato (3:17)
4. Impressões Seresteiras (6:28)
5. Saudades das Selvas Brasileiras: I. Animado (2:03)
6. Saudades das Selvas Brasileiras: II. Un Poco Animado (3:35)
7. Hommage à Chopin: I. Nocturne (2:47)
8. Hommage à Chopin: II. Ballade (4:24)
Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez
9. Três Estudos em forma de sonatina, Op. 62: I. Allegro con brio (3:55)
10. Três Estudos em forma de sonatina, Op. 62: II. Moderato (3:34)
11. Três Estudos em forma de sonatina, Op. 62: III. Allegro scherzoso (2:17)
12. Nocturno, Op. 10 (4:49)
13. Tango (4:23)
14. Prelúdio no. 1: Lento Expressivo (2:00)
15. Prelúdio no. 2: Andante - Cantabile (1:18)
16. Prelúdio no. 3: Lento Expressivo (1:12)
17. Prelúdio no. 12: Andante Expressivo (1:03)
José Antonio de Almeida Prado
18. Cartas Celestes, Vol. 1 (18:52)
MÚSICA DE CÂMARA - HENRIQUE OSWALD
This album brings together some of Henrique Oswald’s most important chamber works. Oswald is one of Brazil’s most expressive composers, whose work is recently obtaining due recognition. The São Paulo Ensemble, (Betina Stegmann and Nelson Rios violins, Marcelo Jaffé viola and Robert Suetholz cello) and Eduardo Monteiro, piano, play the Quintet op. 18, Quartet op. 26, Piccolo Trio, Elegy and Elegiac Song. The Trio performed here was carefully edited and this is its world premiere recording. Henrique Oswald was the subject of Eduardo Monteiro’s doctoral thesis at the University of Paris IV - Sorbonne.
Released in 2013 on the LAMI label of the Department of Music of the School of Communications and Arts of USP.
Quinteto, op. 18 (1895)
1. I Allegro moderato (9:14)
2. II Scherzo Prestissimo (4:17)
3. III Molto Adagio (7:06)
4. IV Molto Allegro (7:28)
Quarteto, op. 26 (1898)
5. I Allegro moderato (7:08)
6. II Andante con moto (tema com variações) (8 :19)
7. III Prestissimo (2 :29)
8. IV Romanza - Adagio (2 :54)
9. V Molto allegro (6 :25)
10. Piccolo Trio para violino, violoncelo e piano (4:47)
11. Elegia para violoncelo and piano (4:11)
12. Canto Elegíaco para violino e piano (3:01)
EDUARDO MONTEIRO - PIANO
This album was recorded during the recital held in 2005 at the Teatro Cultura Artistica of São Paulo to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the journal Revista Concerto. The recording includes landmarks of the piano repertoire such as the Appassionata Sonata op. 57, by Beethoven, and the Dante Sonata by Liszt. Works by Debussy, Villa-Lobos and Wagner complete the album.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata n. 23, in f minor, op. 57 "Appassionata"
1. I Allegro assai (9:52)
2. II Andante con moto (6:15)
3. III Presto (7:37)
4. Voiles (3:46)
5. Cathèdrale Engloutie (6:00)
6. Ce qu’a vu le vent d’Ouest (3:30)
7. Après une Lecture du Dante (Fantasia quasi Sonata) (17:48)
Richard Wagner/ Franz Liszt
8. Isolde Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde (6:58)
9. Ballade (Hommage à Chopin) (4:17)
LEOPOLDO MIGUEZ E HENRIQUE OSWALD
In this album Eduardo Monteiro plays the Andante with Variations for Piano and Orchestra by Henrique Oswald, accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of the School of Music of UFRJ conducted by André Cardoso. This work was composed in 1918 and premiered in Paris in 1926 at the Salle Gaveau, with Maria Antonia Castro, former student of the composer, as soloist, with the Orchestre Colonne conducted by Gabriel Pierné. Henrique Oswald was the subject of the doctoral thesis written by Eduardo Monteiro, at the University of Paris IV - Sorbonne. For this recording the pianist has undertaken a review and editing of the score based on seven manuscripts, including autographs and copies. The result of this work was published by the Brazilian Academy of Music.
Released by the Foundation José Bonifácio, in 2003.
This album contains:
Suíte à Antiga, op. 25
- I Prelúdio (4:03)
- II Sarabanda (5:01)
- III Gavota (1:47)
- IV Ária (6:32)
- V Double (3:47)
- VI Giga (4:19)
- Chanson d’une jeune fille, op. 24 (3:28)
- Sylvia – Elegia for strings, op. 22 (7:51)
- En rêve (3:54)
- Andante con variazioni for piano and orchestra (10:50)
PIANO – UMA HISTÓRIA DE 300 ANOS
This DVD traces the development of the piano through excerpts from concertos played by Rosana Lanzelote, Eduardo Monteiro, Maria José Carrasqueira and André Mehmari at SESC Consolação de São Paulo in 2010. The material, in documentary form, is presented by Joao Marcos Coelho and shows the development of the instrument from its invention by Bartolomeo Cristofori in Florence at the beginning of the eighteenth century to its recent transformation, including electronic keyboards. The DVD also contains a full audio of the four artists’ recitals and a booklet on the topic. We owe to Eduardo Monteiro the recordings of the composers of the classical period, the Fantasy in D minor K 397 by Mozart, Hob. XVI: 23 by Haydn, the Sonata op 109 in E Major by Beethoven, and the first movement of the Concerto no 1, op. 15 by Brahms in the version for two pianos, accompanied by his pupil Paulo Henrique Almeida.
MÚSICA CONTEMPORÂNEA BRASILEIRA - VOL. 2: EDINO KRIEGER
This CD accompanies the second volume of Contemporary Brazilian Music, a collection published by the Centro Cultural São Paulo and Discoteca Oneyda Alvarenga, and coordinated by Francisco Coelho. The aim of this project is to edit and record works by some of the most significant contemporary Brazilian composers. This second volume is devoted to the work of Edino Krieger and includes a musicological review of Três Estudos Intervalares, by Eduardo Monteiro whose performance is recorded on the enclosed CD.