Sergio Monteiro emerged as a new and shining star of the international scene in September 2003, after enchanting the public and the critics who heard him win First Prize in the Second Martha Argerich International Piano Competition.
A young musician does not often engender the same intense admiration from his fellow performers, composers, public and critics. Monteiro belongs to the small group of pianists able to break down the resistance and to expand the borders of his art.
Monteiro has appeared with all the most important Brazilian and South American orchestras, and with some of the most prestigious orchestras in Europe and North America.
He has performed under the direction of Charles Dutoit, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Pedro Ignacio Calderon, Isaac Karabitchevsky, Richard Rosenberg, Joel Levine, Mendi Rodan, Neil Varon, Tsung Yeh, Eduard Schmieder, Misha Raschlevsky, Ira Levin, Anton Nanut, Grahan Jackson, Gabor Hollerung, and others. Among Brazilian conductors, he played under the direction of Ligia Amadio, Roberto Tibiriçá, Carlos Moreno, Roberto Duarte, Flávio Florence, Diogo Pacheco,
Northon Morozowicks, among many others.
Among his artistic engagements, Sergio has played with the Dresdner Phillarmonic in its brazilian tour, the Oklahoma City Phillarmonic at the Music Civic Center, OK; and the Symphony Toronto at the Toronto Center for the Arts, Canada. He also gave the Brazilian premiere of John Corigliano’s Piano Concerto with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra in Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; gave the premiere of Almeida Prado’s Gravuras Sonoras a D. Joao VI - for piano and orchestra; performed at the Kremlin in Moscow with the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra; and gave recitals at the Palestrina Hall in Rome, at the Konzerthaus and the Philharmonie in Berlin, at the Mozarteum Argentino, in Buenos Ayres, at the Sibelius Academy, in Helsinki, at the Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center, Washington, at the Reial Cercle Artistic, Barcelona, at the Steinway Halls in New York and Dallas, and at the Martha Argerich’s Festival, in Beppu, Japan.
Sergio Monteiro has been honored by many composers, with numerous invitations to give premieres of compositions written for and dedicated to him.
In 2008, a well-acclaimed recording featuring Villa-Lobos’ complete cycle of Prole do Bebe was released. In 2015, Sergio Monteiro started recording for Naxos. Since then, he has released three CDs featuring music of Henrique Oswald, Liszt and Scarlatti, all of them receiving excellent reviews. Two more recordings, music of Mendelssohn and Scarlatti, are scheduled to be released in 2019.
After five years living in Europe, Sergio moved to the United States where he was appointed director of the piano program at the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, an All-Steinway School. Since then, his students have been receiving several prizes in National and International Competitions.
In 2010, Sergio was invited to join the Steinway Artists' Roster. In 2011, he received a commendation from the Governor of Oklahoma. Sergio is an active recording artist and is frequently invited to adjudicate and lead master classes regionally and abroad; most notably in China, where he is a regular guest in several Universities and Conservatories.
Along with Sergio’s musical talents, he is able to teach in six languages: Spanish, English, Italian, Portuguese, French and German.
On the steps of the Wanda L Bass School of Music with the 2017/2018 Piano Class.