Considered one of Europe's leading pianists of his generation, Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro is celebrated for his poetic sensibility, musical intelligence and consummate artistry.
Born in Porto, he studied in various countries before becoming a disciple of Lyudmila Roshchina at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where he obtained a Doctorate in Musical Performance in 2000, with maximum classifications.
Playing the whole spectrum of the piano repertoire, from the Baroque to Contemporary Music, he has premiered many works from composers such as Dmitri Shostakovich, Marcelo Nisinman, Eurico Carrapatoso, Luís Tinoco and Sofia Gubaidulina.
As a soloist, he is frequently invited by the most important orchestras from Portugal and also from other countries, such as Russia, Spain, Cuba, Slovakia, Armenia or Belgium, collaborating with conductors John Nelson, Emilio Pomàrico, Charles Olivieri-Munroe, Boguslaw Dawidow, Rengim Gökmen, Daniel Smith, Marc Tardue, Misha Rachlevsky e Christoph Poppen Dmitri Liss and Mikhail Agrest, amongst many others.
A passionate chamber musician, he has performed regularly with outstanding colleagues, such as Gary Hoffman, Pascal Moraguès, Mihaela Martin, Janne Saksala, Corey Cerovsek, José van Dam, Tedi Papavrami, Renaud Capuçon, Adrian Brendel, Benjamin Schmid, Gérard Caussé, Michel Portal, Emily Beynon, Jack Liebeck, Christian Poltéra, Isabel Charisius, Radek Baborák, Eldar Nebolsin, Ramón Ortega, Lars Anders Tomter, Anna Samuil and Frans Helmerson, to name a few.
Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro is the founder (2006) and artistic director of the DSCH - Shostakovich Ensemble, based in Lisbon’s and considered one of the top ensembles in the current international scene. The Ensemble has recorded for Mezzo channel and performs regularly across Europe.
DSCH's discography includes the 1st world recording of Shostakovich’s Complete Chamber Music for Piano and Strings and Beethoven's Opus 11 and 38 Trios (Paraty / Harmonia Mundi), which received top distinctions from the specialised press: 5 Diapasons, Opus D’Or, Best Album of 2018 Classique News, maximum classifications from German magazine Das Orchester, Dutch magazine Luister, Belgian magazine Crescendo and from Kulturradio Radio Berlin-Brandenburg, great reviews from magazines Gramophone and Scherzo, The Guardian, among others.
He has released several CDs, highly appreciated by music critics, featuring works by Bach, Scarlatti, Seixas, Beethoven, Wagner, Debussy, Ravel, Mussorgsky, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, etc. His CD Piano Seasons, recorded in France for Paraty and distributed by Harmonia Mundi, received worldwide acclaim - BBC Music Magazine (4 stars), Klassik Heute (10/10), BR-Klassik (CD of the week), among others. It includes “The Seasons, opus 37-bis” by Tchaikovsky; the first recording of the new piano version of Piazzolla’s “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires”, composed by Marcelo Nisinman for Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro; and “Four Last Seasons of Lisbon”, by Eurico Carrapatoso, a cycle also dedicated to the pianist and having its first recording in this double CD.
A sua última gravação a solo, o duplo CD “Piano Seasons” recebeu mais elevadas classificações da crítica internacional (BBC Music Magazine, Klassik Heute, Classique News, BR-Klassik, entre outros). Foi gravado em França para a Paraty/Harmonia Mundi e inclui um tríptico de obras relacionadas com as estações do ano, incluindo: “As Estações opus 37-bis” de Tchaikovsky; a estreia discográfica de “Quatro Estações de Buenos Aires”, de Astor Piazzolla/Marcelo Nisiman; e “Quatro Últimas Estações de Lisboa”, de Eurico Carrapatoso, que tem a sua primeira gravação neste duplo CD.
Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro is often invited as artistic director of music festivals. He is the artistic and pedagogical director of Lisbon’s Festival and Academy Verão Clássico, which he founded in 2015 and quickly rose to be one of the world’s most prestigious events of its kind.
Starting in 2021, he is the artistic director of Capuchos Music Festival.
Besides his busy performing career, Filipe was Piano and Chamber Music Professor for more than one decade at some Portuguese Universities and frequently gives Masterclasses.
Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro is a Steinway Artist,a distinction received in 2014 from Steinway & Sons.