Paulo Oliveira (b. 1979) is one of the most sought after Portuguese pianists of his generation. Born in Vila do Conde, he began his musical studies at age nine with Joaquim Bento. He then entered the “Academia de Música de S. Pio X” with a grant from the “Dr. Elias de Aguiar” Foundation. In this school he studied with Margarida Almeida and Felipe Silvestre, graduating with honors in 1998. He later studied with Tania Achot, completing his B.A. in Piano Performance at the “Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa.”
Paulo continued his studies with Sequeira Costa at the University of Kansas, with whom he studied for almost a decade, thus inheriting the most authentic knowledge of the golden age of the piano, which his master had received directly from Vianna da Motta, Mark Hamburg, Edwin Fischer, Marguerite Long and Jacques Février. He finished his master's degree in 2005, with a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Later, in 2009 Paulo concluded his doctorate with honors with the sponsorship of the Portuguese government - “Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia.”
Other relevant teachers and mentors included Helena Sá e Costa, Luiz de Moura Castro, Andrei Diev, Vladimir Viardo, Vitaly Margulis, Aldo Ciccolini, Paul Badura-Skoda and Dmitri Bashkirov.
Paulo has been awarded several prizes in national and international competitions, including the “Vianna da Motta International Piano Competition,” the 1st prize at the “Bartók-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition,” the 2nd prize at the “Estoril Competition | El Corte Inglés Prize” and the 1st prize at the “2010 Young Pianists Festival - Chopin Prize” - organized by the Metropolitan Orchestra of Lisbon. He was also the winner of the “Kansas University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.” His duo with cellist Teresa Valente Pereira was awarded after a recital in Barcelona’s mythic “Palau de la Música Catalana.”
Paulo has performed solo, chamber music and orchestral concerts in countries such as Portugal, Spain, Andorra, Italy, France, UK, Poland, Brazil, USA, and has recorded for RDP - Antena 2, Radio France and Catalunya Radio.
He appeared as a soloist with the Kansas University Symphony Orchestra, the Espinho Classical Orchestra, the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra and the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, collaborating with such conductors as Nicholas Uljanov, Steven McDonald, Pedro Neves, Cesário Costa and Daniel Klajner.
Paulo currently teaches at the National Conservatory in Lisbon and at the Piaget Institute of Viseu and Almada.