Musical passion in all its facets: the young Venezuelan pianist Sergio Tiempo has made an international name for himself with his energetic performances. At the age of 14, he made his highly acclaimed debut at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw – and with a musical versatility that ranges from Beethoven, Chopin and Prokofiev to Villa-Lobos and Ginastera, soon became internationally renowned.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Sergio Tiempo had early piano lessons from his mother Lyl Tiempo before studying at the Fondazione per il Pianoforte in Como, where he worked with Dmitri Bashkirov, Fou Tsong, Murray Perahia and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. He received further inspiration from Martha Argerich and Nelson Freire, who became his mentors. His emotional playing ranges from a dry, forceful touch to a languid, lyrical emphasis. Sergio Tempio has made guest appearances with the major orchestras of New York, Boston and Los Angeles, with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the Simón Bolívar Orchestra, with whom he enjoys a close artistic partnership. The pianist performs regularly with his fellow countryman Gustavo Dudamel and works with distinguished conductors such as Myung Whun Chung, Emmanuel Krivine and Leonard Slatkin. The musician has given solo recitals at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London as part of the International Piano Series, at the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Wigmore Hall, the Philharmonie Berlin and the Edinburgh International Festival. Sergio Tiempo also gave guest performances at the Martha Argerich Festival in Lugano, where he performed with recital partners such as Mischa Maisky and Nelson Freire as well as with his duo partner and sister Karin Lechner. His highly acclaimed recordings include several with Mischa Maisky.