Luísa Tender – Jury Chairwoman 

Luísa Tender was born in Porto, where she studied piano with Anne-Marie Mennet, Pedro Burmester and Helena Sá e Costa. Between 1997 and 2000, she was a student of Vitalij Margulis in Los Angeles; and later from Irina Zariskaya, at the Royal College of Music in London, where she obtained a Master of Music degree. She was also a student of Marian Rybicki and received the Diplôme Supérieur d’Exécution on piano at the École Normale de Musique de Paris.

Her first CD (Bach and Forward, author’s edition, London 2009) was Choice of the Month in the British magazine Classical Music. Her second record work, Página Esquecida, a double cd with Portuguese works for cello and piano with Bruno Borralhinho (Dreyer & Gaido, Berlin, 2009), also received the best accolades in publications in the area of ​​Music (Fanfare, Strings Magazine, Das Orchester, among others).

She recorded the integral of the piano sonatas by J. D. Bomtempo (Naxos / Grand Piano, 2019), a work that had great prominence in the specialized international press (Ritmo, Music Web International, Stretto, Musikalifeiten). The Spanish magazine Ritmo dedicated a long cover article to him entitled «Tiempo para Bomtempo – Luísa Tender». Luísa also published, in co-authorship with Manuel Pedro Ferreira, a multimedia didactic album: O pescador de sons (Lisbon, CESEM, 2019). Regarding one of its concerts, the London Independent described it as “the natural Beethovenian”.

For two academic years, she was an invited guest at the Higher School of Music and Performing Arts of Porto (ESMAE). Currently, she lives in Lisbon and is a Full Professor of Piano at the Escola Superior de Artes Aplicadas de Castelo Branco (ESART). She is president of the general assembly of EPTA-Portugal (European Piano Teachers Association).

Tiago Nunes – OPC Director

Tiago Nunes, from Coimbra, soon showed passion and aptitude for the world of music, having started studying piano at an early age, at the Conservatory of Music in Seia, where he completed the Basic Course. Later, he attended the Complementary Piano Course at the Conservatório de Música de Coimbra, in the class of professor Rita Dourado, having finished it with a high and distinct classification. Always seeking growth and improvement, he has participated in several masterclasses by several pianists, including: Aquilles Delle Vigne (Argentina / Belgium), Fausto Neves (Portugal), Álvaro Teixeira Lopes (Portugal), Paulo Oliveira (Portugal), Luísa Tender (Portugal), Nancy Lee Harper (USA / Portugal), Paul Badura-Skoda (Austria), Rudolfo Rubino (Italy), Shao Ling (China), Yi Wu (China / USA), among others. He completed his degree in piano performance under the guidance of the pianist Fausto Neves. His career contemplates several prizes, distinctions and solo recitals throughout Europe. Since the beginning of 2015, he has been the artistic director of the Coimbra Concert Cycle, that takes place in March in the city of Coimbra, having, this year, its fifth edition. Two years later, became founder and president of the CulturXis Artistic Association. He has been the director of the Oeiras Piano Competition since its foundation. In his activity as a professor, he has more than 20 students awarded in national and international competitions. Since 2017, he has been teaching and coordinating the piano department at the Montijo Conservatory of Arts. In 2020, with the pianist António Luís Silva, created a new project: the H4NDS Duo and recorded their first album.

Armando Mota

Armando Mota was born in Lisbon. At the age of five, he gave his first piano recital at the National Conservatory, where he finished his course with 18 values. In Portugal studied with Francine Benoit, Campos Coelho and Lourenço Varela Cid. With eight years old, he wrote his first compositions that he played for João de Freitas Branco, at the Teatro Nacional S. Carlos. Although his musical activity at the beginning of his career was concentrated on the piano, later, after having completed the course of orchestral conducting in Vienna, he also began to dedicate himself to the activity of conductor, having founded his own orchestra, Akademia, with which he has recorded records. As his pianist and conductor activity was not enough, he later devoted himself to another of his favorite activities, composition. As a pianist, he performed throughout Europe with emphasis on Austria, Germany, Portugal and Italy. He lived 10 years in Vienna where he studied and graduated from the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, under the guidance of Hans Graf (piano) and Karl Randolf (orchestra conducting). He was a student of Armando José Fernandes in composition. As a conductor, he directed the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Portugal, The Orquestra do Algarve, OSA and abroad the Gdansk Orchestra, the Akademia Vienna Orchestra, the Chinese orchestra by Zhie Jang, among others. His production, as a composer, contemplates several symphonic works, a clarinet concerto, two piano concerti, one for violin, one for accordion and orchestra and one for piano 4 hands. He was a professor in Vienna and later at the Lagos Music Academy and at the Algarve Regional Conservatory. He settled in the Algarve region for 20 years, where he was a teacher and founder of a Conservatory, having recently founded the Orquestra Sinfónica do Algarve. He is the artistic director of the International Piano Festival of the Algarve, and president of Artedosul – the entity responsible for the biggest events of classical music in the region. Berlin was the city where he lived for eleven years and where he had the opportunity to personally meet big names in music, becoming friends with some like Vladimir Askenazy, Alexis Weissenberg and Itzak Perhlman. It was in this city that he had the opportunity to learn the intricacies of management and the business world in the field of classical music. He never dedicated himself exclusively to a single activity without having the fascination for a career. Endowed with various talents, the different requests can go through preparing a piano concert, as well as directing a concert, or writing a work. He received a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, from the Portuguese state, and from the Austrian state.

He has a deep knowledge of the world of entertainment. His father was a musician, and since he was a child he accompanied the rehearsals of his father’s orchestra. His grandfather was the stage master of the Teatro Nacional S. Carlos for 40 years, which allowed him to hear a great repertoire of operas and dances from a very young age.

Leonardo Hilsdorf

Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, Leonardo Hilsdorf has performed extensively throughout Europe and South and North America. He is currently a young-soloist-in-residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium, under the tutelage of Maria João Pires. Leonardo won first prize and the special prize at the San Sebastián International Piano Competition in Spain, as well as the Nadia and Lili Boulanger Prize in Paris. In Brazil he has won awards from the Young Artists of Brasil, Villa-Lobos, and BNDES Competitions. As a first-prize winner of the first Grieg International Piano Competition, Leonardo appeared as a soloist and chamber musician at many Norwegian festivals, including the Grieg Festival in Oslo and Grieg in Bergen. He recorded the second concertos of Saint-Saëns and Rachmaninoff for radio and television stations in Brazil and has appeared as soloist with numerous Brazilian orchestras. Festival appearances include Kneisel Hall, Villecroze in France, Orford in Canada, Felbach and Emil Gilels in Germany, and Campos do Jordao in Brazil. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from the University of São Paulo in the class of Eduardo Monteiro, he was accepted, at age 20, to the master’s program at the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Wha-Kyung Byun and Russell Sherman, graduating with academic honors. In 2014 he earned the Concertist Diplome of the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris A. Cortot, under the direction of Guigla Katsarava.

Rosgard Lingardsson

Born in Denmark, Rosgard Lingardsson began her studies with Gunnar Hallhagen. In Florida (USA) she also studied with Harold Sanford – a disciple of Joseph Lhevinne. Under the guidance of the acclaimed pianist and pedagogue Stanislav Knor, she successfully completed his studies in Piano Performance (1986) and Piano Pedagogy and Chamber Music (1988) at the Royal Danish Academy of Music (Copenhagen). She won several first prizes in competitions, including Den Kungliga Musikaliska Akademis Utlands Stipendium (1983), one of the most important in Scandinavia, as well as numerous scholarships to study in the USA, Sweden and Denmark. Living in Portugal since 1992, she has been a piano teacher at the Oporto Conservatory of Music since 1999. Her students are regularly awarded in national and international competitions. She has performed in concerts and festivals in Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Portugal, Greece and the United States. In Portugal, she played in renowned rooms such as Teatro Ibérico and Palácio de Foz (Lisbon). Recently participated in the Piano Meetings of Fundação Eng.º António de Almeida (Oporto).

Nuno Batoca

He began his piano studies at the age of 8 with Maria Fernanda Macedo, having later been a private student of Professor Campos Coelho. Joins the National Conservatory where he will study with Paulo Santiago and António Toscano (piano) and Fernando Eldoro (chamber music) having finished the course with a high rating. He continues his studies at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa (studying with Tânia Achot and Olga Prats) and later at the University of Évora where he finishes his degree (teaching) in the classes of Miguel Borges Coelho and Elizabeth Allen (piano) and Liliana Bizineche (chamber music). At the same time, he has pursued a teaching career at institutions such as the Professional School of Music of Almada, the Regional Conservatory of Almada, the Regional Conservatory of Setúbal (since 1995) and the School of Music of the National Conservatory (from 2005 to 2019) as Professor of Piano and Chamber music. He attended several Masterclasses, as a participant or as a listener, of renowned pianists such as Pedro Burmester, Sequeira Costa or Claude Frank and won the 1st place (regional) of the Portuguese Musical Youth Competition in 1988 held in Linda-a-Velha and the 3rd Prize of Portuguese Musical Youth Competition in 1995 in the Chamber Music area. He was Pedagogical Director of the Regional Conservatory of Setúbal in 2003 and Coordinator of the Piano Class of the same institution from 2004 to 2006. From 2012 to 2016 he was a juror and organizer of the piano aspect of the “Cidade de Almada International Music Competition”.

He has performed as a soloist or as part of chamber groups in places such as: S. Roque Museum (Lisbon), National Museum of Ancient Art (Lisbon), Taborda Theater (Lisbon), Forum Romeu Correia Auditorium (Almada), Noble Hall of the Setúbal City Hall, University of Évora Auditorium, José Lúcio da Silva Theater (Leiria), Club Setubalense (Setúbal), Fataúnços House (Vouzela), Capuchos Convent (Almada) and Lagos Cultural Center, among others.

Pedro Ferro

Pedro Ferro received the first musical influences at the hands of his Father, Jazz pianist João Maurílio. Later, he joined the private piano class of the professor Maria Fernanda Chichorro, having continued her musical studies at the National Conservatory of Lisbon in the piano class of professor Melina Rebelo, where he concluded, in 2000, with the highest classification, the Complementary Piano Course . That same year, he entered the Lisbon Higher School of Music, where he finished his degree in Music / Piano in the class of Professor Tânia Achot and Chamber Music with Professor Olga Prats. In 2012, he concluded his Master’s Degree in Interpretation / Piano at the University of Évora, with a classification of 19 values, under the guidance of pianist António Rosado and Prof. Dr. Christopher Bochmann. In July 2016, under the guidance of Professor Jorge Moyano, he completed his Master’s Degree in Music Teaching at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa. He took courses and master classes with Helena Sá and Costa, Paul Badura-Skoda, Pedro Burmester, Sequeira Costa, Vladimir Viardo, Francisco Sassetti and Maria João Pires. As a young pianist, he participated in several competitions, of which the Maria Campina Contest in 1997 stands out – 2nd Prize; Florinda Santos Contest in 1998 and 2000 – 2nd Prize. In 1999, the Yamaha Musical Foundation of Europe awarded him the “Yamaha Scholarship / Piano” Scholarship. He performed in several rooms in the country, such as Palácio Foz; Museum of Music; Auditorium of the S. João da Madeira Music Academy; Luísa Todi Auditorium; Municipal Theater of S. Luiz; Recreios da Amadora, Casa da América Latina, with live transmission to Antena 2 radio; São Lourenço Cultural Center, in Almancil; Cascais Cultural Center; Belém Cultural Center; S. Roque Church. He performed as a soloist with the Orchestra of the Escola Superior Música de Lisboa, under the direction of Maestro Vasco Pearce de Azevedo, having performed concerts at the Ajuda National Palace and the Almada Municipal Theater (Teatro Azul).

In 2009, he was invited by Maestro José Atalaya to participate in the Closing Concert of the 1st part of the Season “Música em Diálogo”, at the Ruy de Carvalho Auditorium. Pedro Ferro is a piano teacher at the Gregorian Institute of Lisbon and an accompanying professor at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa.

Rita Dourado

Rita Dourado was born in Coimbra and started his artistic studies at the Regional Conservatory of Coimbra in the Piano class of professor Viriato Marinho Marques. She finished the course at the Conservatory in the class of professor Fernanda Casais and later joined the University of Aveiro, an institution where he finished his Bachelor’s Degree and, later, his Masters in Piano, always under the guidance of pianist Álvaro Teixeira Lopes. She studied with pianist Helena de Sá e Costa and participated in several Master Classes as a graduate student in Piano at AU. Since 1988, he has been part of the Monteverdi Academy, having performed in Chamber Music in several concerts across the country. She was a pianist accompanying several Singing courses, guided by singers of national and international renown, such as Fernanda Rovira, Mário Mateus and Oliveira Lopes. As a soloist, she performed at several Music Festivals, in Portugal and Italy, having since 2009 participated as a guest in Chamber concerts with the Baroque Orchestra, directed by violinist António Ramos.

She has been a piano teacher at the Artistic School of the Conservatório de Música de Coimbra since 1989. As a teacher she has integrated, as a speaker, seminars related to musical pedagogy and the professional career of teachers of artistic education. He has integrated several Piano Jury at the National level, as a guest member.

Zoran Imširović

Zoran Imširović was born in 1979 in Yugoslavia. At the age of fourteen, he started his music education in Niš in Svetlana Korunović’s class, while simultaneously being tutored by Miroslava Lila Petrović in Belgrade. In 1997, Zoran was accepted in the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich, his main professors having been distinguished pianists such as Vadim Sukhanov, Michael Leslie, Gernot Sieber, Roxana Steubing and Olaf Dressler. Pivotal musical impulses arose from the longtime work with Klaus Schilde and Eliso Virsaladze and from master classes with Rudolf Kehrer, Michail Voskresensky, Amadeus Vebersinke, Georg Sava, Karl Betz, Naum Starkman, Eliso Virsaladze, Klaus Schilde, Konrad Richter and Menahem Pressler. 
After completing his studies, he started an international concert career by presenting his work in Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Malta and the former Yugoslavian countries.
Especially noteworthy is his FRANZ LISZT SUPERSTAR tour, which took place on the occasion of the composer’s 200th birth anniversary and was also showcased on German public television. Among other awards and distinctions, he has won the Golden Lion of Veneto in Italy.

Zoran has participated in festivals such as Kammermusik Festival Nürnberg, Klavierfestival Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Musikherbst Radolfzell, The Flower of Tisa, Chopin Fest Belgrade, Brahms Festival Heide. He is also a regular performer at concerts organized by the Goethe-Institut, Heinrich Böhl Stiftung, Pinakothek der Moderne Munich, Konzerthaus Berlin, Konzerthaus Bleibach, Richard Strauss Villa Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Palazzo Del Gran Guardia Verona, Hubert Burda Hall Munich, Nymphenburg Palace, the Munich Residence, Ars Bosnae, Centre Culturel de Serbie Paris, Balkannet, Sarajevo Art and SANU.

As an artist, Zoran is constantly looking for new ways to bring music closer to the audience and for this reason launched the European cultural platform PIANO SUMMER in 2014. The project includes festivals, competitions and summer academies and takes place in Serbia, Germany, Italy and South Africa.

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