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Sergio Tiempo

Piano

  • a colourist in love with the infinite variety a piano can produce
    Gramophone
  • playful, open-hearted, a total delight
    Financial Times
  • Tiempo finally unleashed the full force of his pianistic arsenal, leaving his listeners in a breathless daze
    Bachtrack
  • Described by Gramophone as “a colourist in love with the infinite variety a piano can produce” Sergio Tiempo has developed a reputation as one of the most individual and thought-provoking pianists of his generation. Tiempo established his international credentials at an early age, making his professional debut at the age of fourteen at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. A tour of the USA and a string of engagements across Europe quickly followed. Since then he has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors and is a frequent guest at major festivals worldwide.

    Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Tiempo began his piano studies with his mother, Lyl Tiempo, at the age of two and made his concert debut when he had just turned three. Whilst at the Fondazione per il Pianoforte in Como, Italy, he worked with Dimitri Bashkirov, Fou Tsong, Murray Perahia and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. He has received frequent musical guidance and advice from Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire and Nikita Magaloff and performs regularly with fellow-countryman and friend Gustavo Dudamel including concerts with the Simón Bolívar Orchestra.

    Recent concerto highlights for Tiempo have included return visits to the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Paris and on tour to his native South America, a European tour with the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony and the Music Days in Lisbon Festival, as well as debuts with the BBC Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia.

    Notable recital engagements have included a sell-out recital debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London in the International Piano Series, debuts at the Vienna Konzerthaus, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie and Edinburgh International Festival as well as return visits to the Oslo Chamber Music Festival and the Warsaw Chopin Festival. He has also toured Seoul, Italy and South America extensively.

    This season, he performs Liszt’s First Piano Concerto with the Auckland Philharmonia, Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto with the Stavanger Symfoniorkester and gives recitals in Chengdu, Zhengzhou, Taipei, Ruhr, Bergen and Bucharest.

    • 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

    BACH
    • Concerto for Two Pianos in C minor, BWV 1062
    BEETHOVEN
    • No. 1 in C major, Op.15
    • No. 3 in C minor, Op.37
    • No. 4 in G major, Op.58
    CHOPIN
    • No. 1 in E minor, Op.11
    • No. 2 in F minor, Op.21
    GINASTERA
    • No.1, op.28
    GRIEG
    • Concerto in A minor, Op.16
    JUSID
    • Tango Rhapsody
    LISZT
    • No. 1 in E-flat major, S.124
    • Totentanz, S.126
    MARTINŮ
    • Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, H292
    MENDELSSOHN
    • Concerto for Two Pianos in A flat major, MWV O 6
    MOZART
    • No. 21 in C major, K. 467
    • Concerto for 2 pianos in E flat major, KV.365
    POULENC
    • Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in D minor, FP 61
    RACHMANINOV
    • No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
    • No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
    • Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43
    RAVEL
    • Concerto in G major, M. 83
    • Concerto in D major for the Left Hand, M. 82
    SAINT-SAËNS
    • Le carnaval des animaux
    SCHUMANN
    • Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
    TCHAIKOVSKY
    • No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
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