One of Portugal’s leading pianists, Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro has earned broad international recognition both as a soloist and a chamber musician.
Born in Porto, after studies in various countries, he got his degree and Doctorate of Musical Arts from the famous Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, where he studied with Lyudmila Roschina, Head of the Piano Department, thereafter working his way up in all of Portugal’s main concert halls and festivals, and in a number of prestigious concert series and festivals across Europe and North America. 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, 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, Viviane Hagner 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 (both 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 solo 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, 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. He also recorded a CD with his wife, pianist Rosa Maria Barrantes, with whom he has a piano duo since 1998, including works by Fauré, Satie, Debussy, Poulenc and Ravel. Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro 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. He is also the artistic director of the concert cycle Music4l-mente, that explores the intersection between music and neurosciences, and of the Bragança ClassicFest. 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. Since 2021, he is the artistic director of the Capuchos Music Festival.