Artur Pizarro was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1968, and first played the piano on Portuguese television at the age of 4 having been introduced to the instrument by his maternal grandmother, pianist Berta da Nóbrega, and her piano-duo partner Campos Coelho who was a student of Vianna da Motta, Ricardo Viñes and Isidor Philipp. From 1974 to 1990 Artur Pizarro studied with Sequeira Costa who had also been a student of Vianna da Motta, Mark Hamburg, Edwin Fischer, Marguerite Long and Jacques Février. This distinguished lineage immersed Artur in the tradition of the Golden Age of pianism and gave him a broad education in both the German and French piano schools and repertoire.
After initial studies in Lisbon, Artur moved to Lawrence, Kansas, USA and continued working with Sequeira Costa at the University of Kansas. Artur began performing publicly again at the age of 13 with a recital début at the São Luíz Theatre in Lisbon and gave his concerto debut with the Gulbenkian Orchestra later in the same year. While still under the tutelage of Costa, Artur Pizarro won first prizes in the 1987 Vianna da Motta Competition, the 1988 Greater Palm Beach Symphony Competition and the 1990 Harveys Leeds International Pianoforte Competition which saw the beginning of an international concert career.
Artur Pizarro performs internationally in recital, chamber music and with the world's leading orchestras and conductors. In addition he is an active chamber musician and has performed at chamber music festivals throughout the world. In 2005 he formed the ‘Pizarro Trio' with violinist Raphaël Oleg and cellist Josephine Knight. He has recorded five solo albums for Linn Records. Click here for his solo albums.
Vita Panomariovaite was born in Lithuania and began her studies with Prof. Serksnyte at the J. Naujalis School of Arts in Kaunas. Aged 14 Vita toured Lithuania with the Kaunas Chamber Orchestra and in 1998 she graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music. During her studies she won several prizes at international piano competitions, including "Città di Senigallia" in Italy and "M.K.Ciurlionis" Competition in Lithuania.
In 1998 Vita was awarded a full scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Artur Pizarro and in the same year won first prize in the Città di Sulmona competition in Italy and the Ville de Brest competition in France. Throughout her three years at GSMD, Vita performed solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United Kingdom, Portugal, Italy and Lithuania. Since graduating with a Master of Music Degree and a Concert Recital Diploma from GSMD in 2001, Vita has continued her recital appearances and performed with the Orquestra da Fundaçäo do Conservatório Regional de Gaia in Portugal with Torsten Ostergren and with the Orquesta de la Radio-Televisión de España with Adrian Leaper in a concert broadcast by Radio Nacional de España. In 2004 Vita was third prize winner in the Joaquin Rodrigo International Piano Competition in Madrid where she also won the special Joaquin Rodrigo prize for the best interpretation of the composer's works.
"...s'écoute avec bonheur sous un ciel étoilé."more >>Atlanta Audio Society
A beautiful jobmore >>Audiophile Audition
...extremely rich and sumptuous...more >>International Record Review
This is a wonderful releasemore >>Nottingham Evening Post
The duo "play immaculately"more >>Music Web International
...a thoroughly invigorating Capriccio Espagnol, makes this worth investigating.more >>SA-CD.net
...a surge of electricity...more >>The Sunday Times
Pizarro and Panomariovaite bring the music to life...more >>The Scotsman
Pizarro and Panomariovaite deliver their performances with generous panachemore >>BBC Online
...the two pianists respond with a unity that shimmers...more >>