Marco Antonio de Almeida

Marco Antonio de Almeida

(EN:) Born in Brazil to a German-Russian mother and an Italian father, de Almeida took his first piano lessons from his sister and, at age 13, made his debut in São Paulo, playing Mozart Piano Concerto in D major (KV 537). 

After graduating from Medical School and completing his piano studies in Brazil, he received a German scholarship to continue his music studies under Prof. Yara Bernette, at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, where he graduated with honors. He also attended master classes by Paul Badura-Skoda, Christoph Eschenbach, Nikita Magaloff, Elgin Roth, Magda Tagliaferro and Carlo Zecchi. 

Winner of several national and international competitions, including the Brazilian Young Soloists in Rio de Janeiro, the Covilhã Piano Competition (Gulbenkian Foundation Prize), the 1979 Viotti Competition in Italy and the 1980 International Gina Bachauer Competition in the USA.

As a Mozart interpreter he was invited to perform at prominent German music festivals: Würzburger Mozartfest, Kissinger Sommer, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Schwetzinger Festspiele, and the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival. 

Presently, apart from his radio and TV performances, de Almeida has participated in chamber music concerts and has given solo performances in Eastern and Western Europe, Scandinavia, North and South America, as well as with leading German orchestras. In the field of modern music, he has given the works of Benjamin Britten and Brazilian Marlos Nobre their German premiere and was, after Heitor Villa Lobos, the first musician to record the Choros n. 11 (Sweden).

Artistic Director of the Londrina International Music Festival in Paraná, Brazil from 1990 to 1995. Invited to perform in Canadá (1990) and Brazil (1995) during the State Visit of German Presidents Richard von Weizsäcker and Roman Herzog.

A member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Musikphysiologie und Musikermedizin (German Society of Medicin and Performing Arts) since 1995. 

Professor of piano at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg since 1980, and at the Martin Luther Universität Halle Wittenberg since 1996. 



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