with Maria João Pires
Creative Journey explores how Maria’s compassionate and creative approach to life, music and sharing with others interacts with her experience as a pianist and her sensitive interpretation at the highest levels. It is an invaluable source of knowledge for piano lovers and a revelation for everyone else interested in creativity, mindfulness, and music’s potential for a meaningful life and a better world.
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The philosophical, technical and performance aspects of piano playing will be covered, with subjects carefully chosen to be relevant to musicians with different levels of skill. Context is provided by historical and analytical contents directly related with the repertoire being worked on.
“Art and music are the deepest expressions of our soul and the direct transmission of our universe. I think everyone is born an artist and art should be shared with all people on this planet”
– Maria João Pires
The music will be accompanied by dialogues and interviews, creating a harmonious and coherent experience. It will be a revelation for anyone seeking to understand the role of music, its deeper meaning, and the contribution it can make for a meaningful life and a better world.
“We have a responsibility to lead our life in the best possible way: to help others and to share this planet with compassion. Music and art belong to that process. They belong to life, they are expressions of our surroundings and transmissions.”
– Maria João PiresStart your Journey
About Maria João Pires
Born on 23 July 1944 in Lisbon, Maria João Pires gave her first public performance at the age of 4 and began her studies of music and piano with Campos Coelho and Francine Benoît, continuing later in Germany, with Rosl Schmid and Karl Engel. In addition to her concerts, she has made recordings for Erato for fifteen years and Deutsche Grammophon for twenty years.
Since the 1970s, she has devoted herself to reflecting on the influence of art on life, community and education, trying to discover new ways of establishing this way of thinking in society. She has searched for new ways which, respecting the development of individuals and of cultures, encourage the sharing of ideas. In 1999, she created the Centre for the Study of the Arts of Belgais in Portugal. She broadened the reach of this philosophy to Salamanca and Bahia in Brazil. In 2012, in Belgium, she initiated two complementary projects; the Equinox project which creates and develops choirs for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, and the Partitura project, the aim of which is to create an altruistic dynamic between artists of different generations by proposing an alternative in a world too often focused on competitiveness.
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