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SOLD OUT: Maria João Pires, piano

Part of the Skyline Piano Artist Series

Friday, April 12, 2024 at 7:30pm CDT

Galvin Recital Hall

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Winner of the 2023 Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance

"Sparkle as well as high seriousness" —The Guardian

Born in 1944 in Lisbon, Maria João Pires gave her first public performance at the age of 4 and won first prize at the Beethoven Bicentennial Competition in Brussels in 1970. She has since toured or performed with many of the world’s greatest orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, London Philharmonic, Wiener Philharmoniker, and Orchestre de Paris, among others.  Pires has won the Grand Prix du Disque four times, and her extensive discography includes recordings for Deutsche Grammophon and Erato. A devoted teacher, Pires created the Belgais Centre for the Study of the Arts in Portugal and initiated two complementary projects in Belgium: the Partitura Choirs and workshops and the Hesperos Choir, which aim to create an altruistic dynamic between artists of different generations by proposing an alternative in a world too often focused on competitiveness. Pires is the recipient of the Don Juan de Borbón da Música Prize for her artistic and human qualities and the Prémio Eduardo Lourenço for her contribution to the diffusion of musical culture. 

W. A. Mozart, Piano Sonata No. 10 in C Major, K. 330 
Claude Debussy, Suite bergamasque 
W. A. Mozart, Piano Sonata No. 13 in B-flat Major, K. 333 
Claude Debussy, Pour le piano 

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Single tickets are $30 for the general public and $10 for students with valid ID.

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70 Arts Circle Drive
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Located in the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, this 400-seat hall features a 40-foot glass wall offering views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Undulating walls of Forest Stewardship Council–certified wood, covered with a thin layer of African moabi wood, provide optimal acoustics, and the hall is equipped with state-of-the-art sound and video equipment for recording.