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Biography: Luiz de Moura Castro, Resident Piano Faculty

Luiz de Moura Castro is a graduate of the National School of Music, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (summa cum laude) and of the Lorenzo Fernandez Academy of Music, Rio de Janeiro and the Liszt Academy, Budapest.

A native of Rio de Janeiro, he gave his debut recital at the age of 9 at the Teatro Municipal after winning a competition. Moura Castro has appeared with the Orchestre de Chambre, Lausanne, Lisbon Radio Orchestra, Filarmonichi di Turino, Bratislav & Janacek orchestras, Yaroslav Symphony, Russia, the Dallas, Fort Worth, Hartford and Syracuse symphonies, besides all the major Brazilian orchestras and Parabobo Orquestra, Venezuela. Solo recitals include Piccolo Scala, Milano Teatro Ghione, Roma Salle Gaveau, Paris; Palau de la Musica, Barcelona; Rubinstein Hall, St. Petersburg Academy; Merkin Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. He was invited by Lily Kraus to teach at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth in 1968. In 1998, he began a visiting professorship at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He is currently on the full-time faculty of The Hartt School of Music at The University of Hartford. In addition, he works in Rio de Janeiro as a visiting professor at the Pro Arte Seminarios de Musica and is chair of the Piano Department at the Conservatori Superior del Liceu in Barcelona, Spain.

His discography includes over 40 CDs for Ensayo (Spain), Euterpe (Switzerland), L’Art (Brazil) and Musical Heritage (United States). He appeared on the front cover of the June 1998 issue of Amadeus, the most important music magazine of Spain with a four-page extensive interview included within. He was nominated among the top 10 recordings of the November issue of Ritmo, the recording magazine in Spain, in “The Great Unknown-Piano de Cuba, Brasil Y Argentina.” The magazine praised, “marvelous music translated into sound by a great pianist. Three memorable discs full of essence and very beautiful feelings.”

Professor de Moura Castro is included in the “World’s Who’s Who of Musicians”, Benjamin Saver’s “The Most Wanted Piano Teachers in the U.S.A.” and has lectured at the World Piano Pedagogy Conferences, 1996-2006 and is a regular adjudicator for the Fulbright Commision.

This past year, Luiz de Moura Castro appeared in festivals in Brazil, Argentina, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Japan, Canada, Venezuela and the United States. He organizes the annual Liszt Festival in Rio de Janeiro and is on the board of the American Liszt Society. He has lectured and played at the National Piano Pedagogy Conference in Ekaterinenburg, Russia; at the Ravello Summer School, Italy; and in Prague, Czech Republic. He has performed at Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.

His latest recordings include the Rachmaninov Second and Third Piano concertos, Paganini Variations, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Momo Precoce by Villa-Lobos, Liszt's Concertos No. 1 and 2, Brazilian songs and piano music with Maria Jose Montiel (which was nominated for a Latin Grammy), a Piano Quintet of Henrique Oswald, a Schubert CD “Encanto”, Rachmaninov's Suite for 4 Hands with Bridget de Moura Castro, the second volume of Chopin’s Nocturnes, Brazilian cello music with Guerra Vicente, and the 5 Beethoven Concertos with the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra.

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