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Brazilian pianist Luiz de Moura Castro offers lecture-recital on Villa-Lobos

January 11, 2010

luiz_castroTo mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos (1884-1959), the piano department of the Yale School of Music presents a lecture-recital of the eminent Brazilian pianist Luiz de Moura Castro. The lecture-recital will feature piano music of Villa-Lobos and will take place Wednesday, February 3 at 5:00 pm in Sudler Hall. Castro is a professor of piano at the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford. The event is free and open to the public.

About the Performer

Luíz de Moura Castro, born in Rio de Janeiro, gave his first concert at the age of 9 in the Teatro Municipal. He studied at the National Music School of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (summa cum laude), the Music Academy Lorenzo Fernandez, Rio de Janeiro, and the Liszt Academy, Budapest.

He has played with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Orquestra da Rádio de Lisboa, the Filarmonichi di Turino, the orchestras from Bratislava & Janacek, the Yaroslav Symphony Orchestra (Russia), the symphonic orchestras of Dallas, Fort Worth, Hartford and Syracuse, the Parabobo Orquestra de Venezuela, and all major Brazilian orchestras.

He gave recitals at the Piccolo Scala (Milan), Teatro Ghione (Rome), Salle Gaveau (Paris), Palau de la Música (Barcelona), Rubinstein Hall (St.Petersburg Academy), and Merkin Hall (New York). In 1998, Lilli Kraus invited him to teach at the Texas Christian University, Fort Worth. He is also a guest professor at the Catholic University (Washington, DC) and at the Pro Arte Seminários de Música (Rio de Janeiro).

Moura Castro has recorded more than 20 CDs for Ensayo (Spain), Euterpe (Switzerland), L’Art (Brazil), and Musical Heritage (USA). His most recent recordings include the Variations on a theme by Paganini, Rachmaninov’s Concertos Nos. 2 and 3, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Villa-Lobos’s Momo Precoce, and Liszt’s Concertos Nos. 1 and 2.

Highly regarded as a pedagogue, Professor Moura Castro was included in the international Music Who’s Who and in the American list The Most Wanted Piano Teachers. He organizes the Liszt Festival in Rio de Janeiro and is a member of the American Liszt Society.


What an accomplished musician. It would be an astounding acheivement for anyone to make that many recordings in their lifetime. To begin performing in concerts at the age of nine is also quite an acheivement. Some people are just meant to be musicians, and you know at a very young age. It’s just a part of your intuition.

Weston Brown

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