Born in Brazil, Lilian Barretto made her studies with Gilberto Tinetti, Gloria Maria Fonseca Costa and Jacques Klein. She received awards at local Piano Competitions in São Paulo and Bahia, in 1968, and was granted a scholarship by the Government of Poland to study at the Fréderick Chopin Music University in Warsaw in Prof. Jan Ekier class in 1969/1970. In 1970 she took part in the International Music Festival of Annecy, France, where she had classes with Amy Dommel-Dieny and Norbert Dufourcq. Back in Brazil she played as soloist with some of the major orchestras of the country.
Vis-à-vis with her career as soloist and chamber music performer, Lilian developed an intense activity as an artistic producer and as Programming Director of Rio de Janeiro Art Foundation (FUNARJ), General Director of Sala Cecília Meireles and Artistic Director of Theatro Municipal, all in Rio de Janeiro.
In 1980 she made tournées throughout Europe, performing with the Brazilian violinist Paulo Bosisio in Lisbon, London, Madrid, Oslo, and Milan. In 1983, in Germany, Lilian recorded with tenor Aldo Baldin the “Preludes and Love Songs” by Claudio Santoro. In 1984 she attended the International Musicist Women Congress in Paris, and that same year she was granted the “Order of Merit Award” by the Culture Ministry of Poland. In 1985 and 1987 Lilian underwent a professional training with the Royal Opera House in London, at invitation of the British Council in Rio de Janeiro.
In Brazil, she has played under the batton of Isaac Karabtchevsky, Roberto Tibiriçá, Olivier Toni, Camargo Guarnieri, Simon Blech, David Machado, Julio Medaglia, Helder Trefzger, Y. Sharowski, Roberto Duarte, Diogo Pacheco, Alceu Bocchino, and many others.
In 2001 she was a juror at the Vianna da Motta International Piano Competition in Lisbon, Portugal. In August 2003 and 2004 she played at the “Festival Musical du Château de la Follie” in Ecaussines, Belgium, and at the Music Festivals of Grottammare, Rapallo and San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy. In December 2004 she played Mozart at the Festival “Les Nuits Pianistiques” in Marseille, France, with the Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Werner Stiefel.
In December 2006 Lilian performed at the Musée Debussy in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France and, in August 2008, at the Amiata Piano Festival, in Italy. In November 2019 she served as juror in the Paderewski International Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz, Poland. From 2008 to 2016 she was the Artistic Director of the BNDES International Piano Competition of Rio de Janeiro.
Lilian Barretto is the director of Sonata Artistic Productions and president of Instituto Arte Plena (www.institutoarteplena.org.br), as well as Artistic Director of the International Piano Festival of Rio de Janeiro.
Preludes and Love Songs–Aldo Baldin/Lilian Barretto–recorded in Germany – 1983
Piazzollando alive with Daniel Binelli – recorded in Rio de Janeiro – 1994
Romantic Sonates – Paulo Bosisio/Lilian Barretto – recorded in Geneve, Radio Suisse Romande – 1998
Francisco Mignone–works for violin and piano–Paulo Bosisio and Lilian
Barretto – recorded in Rio de Janeiro – 2005
Ana Botafogo and Lilian Barretto – Love in Three Moments – recorded alive in the Theatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro – 2006
Some international critics opinion:
“El Duo Bosísio-Barretto han triunfado en Madrid… Lilian Barretto posee una tecnica muy completa y musicalidad sensible y de gran flexibilidad” – El Imparcial, Madrid, Spain.
“Un franco successo la Suite Baal Schem, uno dei punti più alti della serata. Lilian Barretto há messo in risalto la sua ottima preparazione” – Il Giornale, Milan, Italy.
“Decisive participation in the highlights of the performance, L. Barretto has played with absolute firmness and musical quality”.
Karlheinz Ebert – Badishe Neueste Nachrictten, Karlshue, Germany
“En duo, en trio, en solo, Lilian Barretto a témoigné de tout ce qui fait le bonheur de la musique: l’ardeur et la virtuosité tuout d’abord, gage d’un climat d’euphorie, la capacité de s’investir à fond et l’art de parler la musique”.
MDM – La Libre Belgique, Bruxelles, Belgium
Esecutori d”eccezione per uma serata d’eccezione…un ascolto vivace apprezzato dal publico come e più dei precedenti…”
Giovanni Desideri – Il Quotidiano, Grottammare, Italy