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Considered one of the great pianists on the Brazilian scene, Eduardo Monteiro gained international recognition after winning first prize, and special jury award for best performance of Beethoven, at the 1989 Cologne International Piano Competition in Germany. He was also a prize winner at the Dublin International Piano Competition in 1991 and at the Santander International Piano Competition in 1992.

He studied in Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Italy (Fondazione Internazionale per il Pianoforte – Lake Como), France (Sorbonne) and USA (New England Conservatory).

Mr Monteiro has performed as soloist with the major orchestras of Brazil, and internationally he has appeared with the St Petersburg Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Bremen Philharmonic, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Novosibirsk Symphony and the Spanish Radio and Television Orchestra, with leading conductors including Yuri Terminakov, Mariss Jansons, Dimitri Kitayenko, Philippe Entremont and Arnold Katz. 

One of the main characteristics of Eduardo Monteiro’s extensive repertoire is the refinement he brings to his choice of programme. He takes a special interest in Brazilian music and his interpretation of it is today considered a benchmark of excellence by many music critics. In 2007, Monteiro recorded a CD, Piano Music of Brazil, with the English label Meridian Records, which was released at a recital at Wigmore Hall in London that same year. The CD received enthusiastic reviews in major international specialist journals. 

In 2002 he became Professor of Piano in the Music Department of the School of Communication and Arts at the University of São Paulo, where he is engaged in remarkable work training young pianists. Since then his pupils have performed in prestigious international halls with renowned orchestras and received important awards in competitions at home and abroad, including first prize in the 25th International Piano Competition Clara Haskil, in Switzerland.

Between 2008 and 2010 he served on the Advisory Board of Music of the State Council of Culture of São Paulo. In 2016 he was the director of the Symphony Orchestra of the University. He is currently the vice-president of the Commission of Academic Activities (CAA) and Dean of the School of Communications and Arts at the University of São Paulo.

Eduardo Monteiro