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 14 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. While at the Fondazione per il Pianoforte in Como, Italy, he worked with Dmitri 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.
Further orchestral collaborations include the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Brussels Philharmonic, Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony, BBC Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Northern Sinfonia, St. Petersburg Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Zurich Cham- ber, 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, he made a sold-out recital debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London’s International Piano Series and has also appeared at Wigmore Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Berlin Philharmonie, and Edinburgh International Festival, as well as having return engagements at the Oslo Chamber Music Festival, Warsaw Chopin Festival, Music Days in Lisbon, and making recital tours in China, Korea, Italy, and South America. Tiempo has performed at the Martha Argerich Festival in Lugano each year, with recital partners including the formidable Mischa Maisky, Nelson Freire, and fellow pianist and sibling Karin Lechner.
Sergio Tiempo has made a number of highly distinctive and acclaimed recordings. For EMI Classics, he recorded Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit, and three Chopin Nocturnes as part of “Martha Argerich Presents,” and for Deutsche Grammophon he has recorded several discs with cellist Mischa Maisky, including a Rachmaninov program which was awarded five stars
by Classic FM and the BBC Music Magazine. Sergio Tiempo and Karin Lechner recorded Tango Rhapsody, a new work for two pianos and orchestra by Argentine composer Federico Jusid, commissioned especially for the duo and the RSI Lugano.
They recently performed the work with the Queensland Symphony under Alondra de la Parra. Other recordings with Karin Lechner include a disc of French music entitled La Belle Époque from Avanti Classics, a label for which Sergio Tiempo will be recording two separate duo recitals with his musical mentors Martha Argerich and Nelson Freire. His newest recording, entitled Legacy (January 2018 on Avanti Classics), features a track list inspired by members of his family and comprises diverse repertoire including music by Beethoven, Debussy, Villa-Lobos, and Piazzolla.
Season highlights include performances of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Xian Zhang at Walt Disney Concert Hall, after which he was invited to appear with the orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl. In May 2018, Tiempo toured South America with cellist and frequent collaborator Natalie Clein, and throughout 2018, he returns to the Queensland Symphony Orchestra as Artist-in-Residence.