Maria João Pires is back at the piano

Maria João Pires, who initially retired from public performance last year, has signed up for a workshop and concert in the US. The Portuguese pianist will bring her Partitura Project to the Gilmore Keyboard Festival in May 2020.

Pires launched the Partitura Project in 2014 as a way of encouraging cooperation and social engagement amongst pianists. It takes the form of nine-day workshop, where musicians work collaboratively together, sharing ideas – a far cry from the usual teacher-pupil structure of a masterclass.

She will lead the sessions pianist Miloš Popović and another collaborator (TBC). Six selected pianists will take part, with a concert (including Pires) given at the end of the project as part of the Gilmore Keyboard Festival.

“I am extremely happy to have the opportunity to give this workshop at The Gilmore,” said Pires. “In my view, the US has for many years represented a culture where creative diversity and the pursuit of new paths are embraced.

“With the Partitura Project in collaboration with my colleague Milos, we have created a different approach to teaching that more fully involves everyone – engaging each participant with respect, understanding, and attention, and helping them form a richer relationship with the music and its sources. I am hoping for a great experience in which everyone can develop their talent and deepen their love for music.”

This latest instalment of the Partitura Project runs from 1-9 May 2020.