Described by Gramophone magazine 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 14 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. While 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 he performs regularly with fellow-countryman and friend Gustavo Dudamel, including concerts with the Simón Bolívar Orchestra.
Sergio Tiempo has made a number of highly distinctive and acclaimed recordings. On EMI Classics’ Martha Argerich Presents series, he recorded Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition, Ravel Gaspard de la Nuit, and three Chopin Nocturnes, and for Deutsche Grammophon he has recorded several discs with Mischa Maisky, including a disc of Rachmaninoff which was awarded five stars by Classic FM and the BBC Music Magazine, which also named it their benchmark recording. In June 2010, Tiempo gave the world premiere of a new work for two pianos and orchestra, Tango Rhapsody by Argentinean composer Federico Jusid, with Karin Lechner and the RSI Lugano under Jacek Kaspszyk at the Martha Argerich Festival in Lugano, where he is a visitor each year. Most recently, Sergio Tiempo released a disc of French music for two pianos with Karin Lechner for Avanti Classic entitled La Belle Epoque.
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, the Singapore Symphony, and the Music Days in Lisbon Festival, as well as debuts with the BBC Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Northern Sinfonia, Queensland Orchestra, and the Auckland Philharmonia. Recent 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 the Edinburgh International Festival, as well as return visits to the Oslo Chamber Music Festival and the Warsaw Chopin Festival.
More recently, Tiempo performed two return engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with Gustavo Dudamel and with Nicholas McGegan, and return engagements with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, a European tour with the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra, and debuts with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orquestra Nacional do Porto, as well as recital tours of Seoul, Italy, and South America.
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, Bergen and Bucharest.