Described by Gramophone magazine as “perhaps the most dazzling and spontaneous pianist of his generation”, Sergio Tiempo has developed a reputation as one of the most individual of pianists, able to make even the most frequently played piano works sound freshly-minted.
Tiempo established his international credentials at an early age, making his professional debut aged fourteen at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. A USA tour and a string of engagements across Europe quickly followed.
Since then he has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors – among them Gustavo Dudamel, Claudio Abbado and Christoph Eschenbach - 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 at 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 and Los Angeles Philharmonic.
A number of highly distinctive and praised recordings includes, on EMI Classics’ 'Martha Argerich Presents' series, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit and three Chopin Nocturnes, and for Deutsche Gramophon he has recorded several discs with Mischa Maisky, including a Rachmaninov album 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, alongside Karin Lechner (Sergio Tiempo’s sister and piano duo partner) and the RSI Lugano at the Martha Argerich Festival in Lugano, where he is a regular.
The work was recorded as the centerpiece of Tiempo and Lechner’s recent tango album on Avanti Classics, described by The Arts Desk as “ummissable – the most enjoyable disc so far this year”. Other Sergio Tiempo recordings for Avanti include La Belle Epoque, also with Karin Lechner, and a highly acclaimed pairing of Tchaikovsky and Liszt concertos which Gramophone named Editor’s Choice and “a record in a thousand” and moved the UK’s Sunday Times to describe Tiempo as “a pianist of electrifying brilliance”.
Recent highlights for Tiempo have included major tours of China and South America, a triumphant reunion with Gustavo Dudamel at the Hollywood Bowl (the Los Angeles Times called Tiempo's playing "sensational"), and concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Upcoming highlights, as well as his extensive tour of Australia and New Zealand, include his debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Schloss Elmau in Germany and a return to the prestigious London International Piano Series.
The Artist-in-Residence program is supported by the T & J St Baker Charitable Trust and The University of Queensland.