Portuguese pianist Luis Magalhães, started playing piano at the age of five, receiving formal tuition from Eduardo Rocha, José Alexandre Reis, Pedro Burmester and Vladimir Viardo. He received master classes from such notable teachers and performers as Helena Sá e Costa, Paul Badura-Skoda and Alicia de Larrocha.
Mr Magalhães won several prizes at national and international level, including first prize at the Maria Campina Competition, second prize at the Juventude Musical Portuguesa Competition, second prize for chamber music at the Jóvens Músicos Competition, honorary mention at the Helena Sá e Costa Competition, as well as second prize for the best performance of Russian music and first prize for the best performance of Rachmaninoff at the 2002 Russian Music International Piano Competition (USA). A concert pianist since the age on nine, Mr Magalhães has given numerous recital, concerto and chamber music performances in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa, rendering rave reviews. He also regularly appears in concert with his wife, pianist Nina Schumann, in their internationally renowned piano duo, simply called TwoPianists.
TwoPianists is also the name of their record label which is distributed globally by industry-giant Naxos. Mr Magalhães' CDs, which include a catalogue of two piano duo-CDs as well as a ground-breaking version of the Beethoven Cello Sonatas, have received rave reviews from such publications as American Record Guide, International Record Review, Strad Magazine as well as being selected for the top 10 of Three of his CDs have been shortlisted for Grammy Nominations and the piano duo CD titled TwoPianists was nominated for the 2010 SAMA Awards.
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