Sergio Tiempo


"playful, open-hearted, a total delight"

Financial Times

"a colourist in love with the infinite variety a piano can produce"


"Tiempo finally unleashed the full force of his pianistic arsenal, leaving his listeners in a breathless daze"


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Sergio Tiempo is regarded as one of the most individual and thought-provoking pianists of his generation. He made his professional debut at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw aged fourteen and soon became internationally renowned for his raw energy and musical versatility, from Brahms to Villa-Lobos and Ginastera.

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Sergio Tiempo began his piano studies with his mother, Lyl Tiempo. Whilst at the Fondazione per il Pianoforte in Como, Italy, he worked with Dimitri Bashkirov, Fou Tsong, Murray Perahia and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. He continues to receive frequent musical guidance and advice from Martha Argerich and Nelson Freire and performs regularly with fellow-countryman and friend Gustavo Dudamel.

Recent highlights have included an eight-concert tour across US and Europe with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel, performing Ginastera’s First Piano Concerto in the composer’s centenary year.

Further orchestral collaborations include the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Brussels Philharmonic, Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Simón Bolívar Orchestra, Singapore Symphony, BBC Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Northern Sinfonia, St Petersburg Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Zurich Chamber and Stavanger Symphony Orchestras alongside eminent conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Myung Whun Chung, Thierry Fischer, Emmanuel Krivine, Alondra de la Parra, and Leonard Slatkin.

A committed recitalist, engagements have included a sell-out recital debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London’s International Piano Series, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Wigmore Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie and Edinburgh International Festival as well as return visits to the Oslo Chamber Music Festival, Warsaw Chopin Festival, Music Days in Lisbon, and recital tours in China, Korea, Italy, and South America. Sergio Tiempo performed at the Martha Argerich Festival in Lugano each year, with recital partners including the formidable Mischa Maiski, Nelson Freire, and fellow pianist and sister Karin Lechner.

This season he performs Liszt’s First Piano Concerto with the Auckland Philharmonia, Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto at the George Enescu International Festival in Romania, and Jusid’s Tango Rhapsody with Karin Lechner, Alondra de la Parra and the Queensland Symphony, giving recitals in China and Taiwan as well as for the Klavier-Festival Ruhr and Bergen International Festival.

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Ginastera Piano Concerto No.1

Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel (March 2016)

[The] drama was brilliantly realised with the extraordinary Sergio Tiempo at the keyboard [...] Tiempo’s performance was astonishing by its combination of unbuttoned wildness and fastidious precision.

Michael Church, The Independent *****

Best of all was the rare performance of Alberto Ginastera’s First Piano Concerto [...] Dudamel was joined by his fellow Venezuelan Sergio Tiempo, an astonishing soloist who played with fearless attack and commanded the complex score from memory.

John Allison, The Telegraph

The massive solo part, fearlessly played by Sergio Tiempo, ranges from hauntingly jazzy bits to great bursts of keyboard colour that the Venezuelan pianist seemed born to reveal.

Mark Swed, The LA Times

Ginastera’s Piano Concerto No. 1 has a fiendish solo part that the undaunted Sergio Tiempo dispatched with fierce control.

Neil Fisher, The Times

The Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera’s rarely heard first piano concerto [was] played with authoritative dexterity by Sergio Tiempo.

Martin Kettle, The Guardian ****

Sergio Tiempo played with grand vivacity.

Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times

Beethoven Choral Fantasy / Gustavo Dudamel / Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra / Bogota Philharmonic

July 2015

The pianist Sergio Tiempo gave a virtuous version of the Choral Fantasy [...] a lively and exciting interpretation.

El Comercio

Liszt and Tchaikovsky with the Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana

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Virtuoso glowing, but especially [an] inventor of new sounds: listen how suddenly he transforms his piano dulcimer in the Totentanz of Liszt [...] And in terms of style, [...] could teach Martha Argerich herself.

Jean-charles Hoffelé, ARTAMAG'

Solo Recital at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

April 2014

Playful, open-hearted, a total delight.

Richard Fairman, The Financial Times

Sergio Tiempo’s Concerto Repertoire


Concerto for Two Pianos in C minor, BWV 1062


No. 1 in C major, Op.15
No. 3 in C minor, Op.37
No. 4 in G major, Op.58


No. 1 in E minor, Op.11
No. 2 in F minor, Op.21


No.1, op.28


Concerto in A minor, Op.16


Tango Rhapsody


No. 1 in E-flat major, S.124
Totentanz, S.126


Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, H292


Concerto for Two Pianos in A flat major, MWV O 6


No. 21 in C major, K. 467
Concerto for 2 pianos in E flat major, KV.365


Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in D minor, FP 61


No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43


Concerto in G major, M. 83
Concerto in D major for the Left Hand, M. 82


Le carnaval des animaux


Concerto in A minor, Op. 54


No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

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