One of Brazil’s most prolific pianists, Rio-born Eduardo Monteiro has earned critics acclaim as one of the leading exponents in the national piano scene.
He has shared his musical talent with demanding audiences at some of the most important venues in Brazil and abroad, including the Wigmore Hall in London, the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire, the Philharmonie in Cologne, Gasteig in Munich, Sala Verdi in Milan, Liceo in Barcelona, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, the National Concert Hall in Dublin, the Houston University Opera House, Jordan Hall in Boston, Sala São Paulo, Sala Cecília Meireles in Rio de Janeiro, Sala Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Teatro Amazonas in Manaus, and the São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro Municipal Theatres.
He has performed with Brazil’s foremost orchestras and renowned orchestras abroad, including the St. Petersburg, the Moscow, the Munich, and the Bremen Philharmonics, the Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Spanish Radio and Television Orchestra. He has played under the baton of Brazil’s most acclaimed conductors, as well as outstanding foreign conductors as Yuri Temirkanov, Mariss Jansons, Dmitri Kitayenko, Philippe Entremont, Arnold Katz, Sergiu Comissiona, Emil Tabakov, Kirk Trevor, and Asher Fisch.
He is often in demand to coach and perform at important festivals, such as Campos do Jordão, Texas Music Festival and Folle Journée do Rio de Janeiro, performing the opening concert at the latter two events.
He was the creator and director of the Piano Solo series at Rio de Janeiro’s Sala Cecília Meireles and Sala Promon in São Paulo, where budding talents, who opened each concert, would make contact with leading lights of the piano world like Nelson Freire, Cristina Ortiz and Diano Kacso, and Eduardo himself.
His recording career includes the remarkable Piano Music of Brazil CD on the British label Meridian Records, launched with a recital at London’s Wigmore Hall with praising reviews from top specialised publications worldwide.
Eduardo Monteiro has won major piano competitions in Brazil and abroad, including first place (by unanimous vote) at the 3rd Cologne International Piano Competition, in Germany in 1989, as well as prizes at the Dublin (1991) and Santander (1992) competitions. He twice won the Carlos Gomes Music Award, in Brazil (2004 and 2005).
Monteiro earned his Bachelor and Master degrees from the Music Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and his doctorate from Sorbonne in Paris. He also studied in Italy at the International Piano Academy Lake Como, and in 2002 he received an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory, in Boston, USA, in the class of Wha-Kyung Byun.
Monteiro currently holds a Full Professorship at the Music Department of the Communications and Arts School of the University of São Paulo, where he devotes his energies to developing the talent of young pianists. Students of his have won a variety of awards in Brazil and abroad, notably first prize at the 25th Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland.
From 2008 to 2010 Eduardo Monteiro sat on the Consultive Forum for Music of the São Paulo State Board of Culture. He has served as Director of the São Paulo University Symphony Orchestra, Vice-president of the Academic Activities Committee and the Permanent Evaluation Committee of the University of São Paulo, Director and currently Vice-director of the School of Communications and Arts at São Paulo University and Culture Director of the Maria Luisa and Oscar Americano Foundation.