Artur Pizarro and Vita Panomariovaite
Artur Pizarro and Vita Panomariovaite
Celebrated pianist Artur Pizarro combines his extensive experience with that of his pupil and friend Vita Panomariovaite.
Born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1968, Artur Pizarro gave his first public performance at the age of three and made his television début on Portuguese television at the age of four. He had 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 studied with Sequeira Costa who had also been a student of Vianna da Motta and of 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. During a brief interruption of his studies in the USA, Artur also studied with Jorge Moyano in Lisbon, and in Paris worked with Aldo Ciccolini, Géry Moutier and Bruno Rigutto. Artur won first prizes in the 1987 Vianna da Motta Competition, the 1988 Greater Palm Beach Symphony Competition and won first prize at the 1990 Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, which marked the beginning of an international concert career.
Artur Pizarro performs internationally in recital, chamber music and with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Philippe Entremont, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Sir Andrew Davis, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yuri Temirkanov, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Ilan Volkov, Franz Welser- Most, Tugan Sokhiev, Yakov Kreizberg, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Libor Pešek, Vladimir Jurowski, Ion Marin, John Wilson and the late Sir Charles Mackerras.
Artur is an active chamber musician and has performed at chamber music festivals throughout the world. Artur Pizarro has recorded extensively for Collins Classics, Hyperion Records, Linn Records, Brilliant Classics, Klara, Naxos, Danacord, Odradek Records and Phoenix Edition.
Artur Pizarro has received various awards from his native Portugal for services to classical music and culture including the Portuguese Press Award, the Portuguese Society of Authors award, the Medal of Culture of the City of Funchal and the Medal of Cultural Merit from the Portuguese Government.
Artur Pizarro is currently teaching piano and chamber music at the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra in Lisbon.
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.