Maria João Pires
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Maria João Pires, born in 1944 in Lisbon, played in public for the first time in 1948 and went on to study with Campos Coelho and Francine Benoît, and later with Rosl Schmid and Karl Engel.
In addition to her concerts, she recorded for Editions Erato for fifteen years and has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon for twenty years.
Ms. Pires devotes herself to the consideration of art’s influence on life, the community and education, seeking to discover new ways to implement these teaching methods in society, through new forms of transmission that respect the development of the individual and of cultures.
She created the Centre for the Study of the Arts in Belgais in 1999, and promoted this philosophy in Salamanca and Bahia in Brazil.
In 2012, she joined the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel and developed the Equinox project, devoted to the creation and development of choirs of children from underprivileged environments, and the Partitura Project, to create an altruistic dynamic between artists of different generations.