Biography

Prize Winner in the Santander International Piano Competition (Spain) in 2018, Brazilian pianist Lucas Thomazinho started his musical studies at the age of eight, and a year later won his first contest, the Souza Lima National Piano Competition, followed by more than ten first prizes in national contests including the National Piano Competition Villa-Lobos and the XII Magda Tagliaferro National Piano Competition.

In 2016 he won First Prize in the XVIII Santa Cecilia International Competition (Portugal), and the Brazilian Music Award for his interpretation of Camargo Guarnieri's Toccata in the V BNDES International Piano Competition (Brazil).

In addition to winning the XVIII Santa Cecilia International Competition, Lucas won second prize and the public award in the Teresa Carreño International Piano Competition in Miami Beach playing in the final round, the third Piano Concerto by Sergei Prokofiev under direction of Dean Whiteside, and the Second Prize at the International Piano Competition of Works by Brazilian Composer Osvaldo Lacerda (Brazil).

He has appeared as a guest soloist with the Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra, playing Concerto No. 2 by F. Mendelssohn and Concerto No. 2 by C. Saint-Saëns under direction of Marcos Arakaki.

At the age of fourteen he was accepted in the 40th Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival, where he worked with pianists such as Michel Dalberto, Cristina Ortiz and Richard Bishop. In 2016 he was a finalist in the 10th PIANALE International Piano Academy & Competition (Germany), where he worked with pianists such as Joaquim Soriano, Jun Kanno, Jay Gottlieb, Uta Weyand, Justas Dvarionas and Erik Tawastsjerna. 

He has moreover taken part in master classes with renowned international pianists including Pierre Laurent Aimard, Elisso Wirssaladze, Alexander Toradze, Paul Lewis, Caio Pagano and many others.

In 2017, Lucas recorded his first CD with pieces by Czerny, Liszt, Scriabin, Granados, Carlos Gomes and Camargo Guarnieri, which will be released in Europe under the KNS Classical label.

Born in 1995 in São Paulo, Brazil, Lucas Thomazinho began his musical career studying with a full scholarship at the Magda Tagliaferro Foundation, with teachers Zilda Candida dos Santos, Armando Fava Filho and Flavio Varani. He is currently earning his bachelor’s degree in piano at the University of São Paulo (USP), under the tutelage of Eduardo Monteiro.

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