Luiz de Moura Castro
Professor Luiz de Moura Castro is a world-renowned pianist, master teacher and adjudicator. He is a graduate of the National School of Music, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (summa cum laude) and of the Lorenzo Fernandez Academy of Music, Rio de Janeiro and the Liszt Academy, Budapest and is Eminent Alumnus of the College of Peter II in Rio de Janeiro. A native of Rio de Janeiro, he gave his debut recital at the Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro at nine years old, performing works of Bach, Beethoven, Schumann, Debussy, and Chopin. His discography includes over 40 recordings of piano literature ranging from the complete piano works of Ginastera, Rachmoniov’s second and third concerti, the five Beethoven concerti, 16 romantic and 15 South American releases, Chopin, Bach, Schubert, the French romantics, and music of Argentina and Cuba.
Along with Spanish soprano Maria Jose Montiel, their album Modhina was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2002. He has also been named the “2014 Immigrant of the Year” in Connecticut, where he received citations from the State of Connecticut and was inducted into the Immigrant Heritage Hall of Fame in November; was awarded an Honorary Hungarian Citizenship and Medal of the Silver Raven in 2013 from the Corvino Cultural Association in California for his life-long dedication to the works of Liszt; and received a special citation as “Supreme Lisztian” along with renowned Liszt scholar Alan Walker.
Especially renowned as a pedagogue, Professor de Moura Castro was included in the International Music Who’s Who and “The Most Wanted Piano Teachers” in in America. He has been a professor of piano at the Hartt School of Music in the University of Hartford since 1978, where he was chair of the piano department for 15 years. In addition, he began a visiting professorship at Catholic University in Washington DC, is associate professor at the Juan Pedro Carerra Music School in Barcelona, and a teacher at the Pro Arte Seminaros de Musica in Rio de Janeirol. He is the President of the Frédéric Chopin Society of Connecticut, has been on the board of the American Liszt Society for over a decade, regularly teaches at the Escola de Musica in Brazi and has served as adjudicator for the Fullbright Commission, the Van Cliburn and Maryland International Piano Competitions, and the Music Teacher’s National Association’s Performance Competition.
He has appeared with the Orchestre de Chambre Lausanne, Lisbon Radio Orchestra, Filharmonichi di Turino Bratislavia, Janek Orchestras, Yaroslav Symphony and the London, Dallas, Saint Louis, Fort Worth, Hartford and Syracuse symphonies, in addition to all the major orchestras in Brazil. He has given solo recitals at the Metropolitan Museum and Merkin Hall (New York), Rubinstein Hall (St. Petersburg Academy), Piccola Scala (Milan), Teatro Ghione (Rome), Salle Gaveau (Paris), Palau de la Musica (Barcelona), Studio Ansermet (Geneva), and the Sala Cecilia Meireles and Teatro Municipal (Rio de Janeiro).