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4 october


Theater Hall

Maria João Pires and Miloš Popović



Franz Schubert

Allegro for piano four hands in A minor, D. 947 Lebensstürme
Four impromptus for piano, D.935


Three pieces for piano, D. 946
Fantasy for piano four hands in F minor, D.940

"How does one define a great talent? For me, it is the symbiosis between profound sensibility and refined musicality, mixed with discipline and rigour. That's what I discovered in Milos." The great Portuguese musician Maria João Pires presents Milos Popovic, a 32 year-old Serbian pianist, with whom she will make her comeback to Lugano. Pires’ intimate, delicate and sensitive piano playing – mirrored by her elegant and discreet presence on stage – fully matches the artist’s musical personality in the field of chamber music. The pianist’s increasing tendency of not appearing "alone", but of sharing the concert stage with all sorts of chamber ensembles, from duo to quintet, emphasizes her genuine interest for transmitting her musical passion to the younger generations through joint performances with young musicians.

Maria João Pires
Her first recital was at the age of five, and at the age of seven she was already playing Mozart piano concertos publicly. Two years later she received Portugal's top prize for young musicians. In the following years, she studied with Campos Coelho at the Lisbon Conservatory, taking courses in composition, theory, and history of music. She continued her studies in Germany, first in the Musikakademie of Munich with Rosl Schmidt and then in Hanover with Karl Engel.

Miloš Popović
Born in Belgrade in 1985, Milos began learning the piano at the age of 10 and from his first lesson, he knew it was to become his life companion, as well as his means of expression. He studied at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad with Biljana Gorunović then at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles alongside Eugène Moguilevsky, a collaboration that lasted more than 10 years. He studied further at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel with Abdel Rahman El Bacha. He met Maria João Pires at a festival in 2007.Since 2013, Miloš has participated regularly in the ‘Equinox’ project, a project created by Maria João Pires which is devoted to developing children’s choirs in underprivileged areas with the aim of promoting mutual respect through learning music and developing stability and inner strength, so often buried inside or oppressed by modern society.


The Partitura Project is a movement founded by a collective of artists, questioning their role and responsibility - be it æsthetic, ethical, social, pedagogical or spiritual - in a society where some of the most fundamental human values seem in crisis. It is the group’s aim to enable an open dialogue between different genres of art and science, and to contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of humans in their environment.

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