António Rosado is an “…interpreter in control of every note. He has so much emotion and poetry, as well as color and good taste” (in Diapason Magazine). Rosado is a nationally and internationally recognized pianist, result of his talent and taste for diversity, expressed in an extensive piano repertoire that includes works by composers as diverse as Georges Gershwin, Aaron Copland, Isaac Albéniz and Franz Liszt. This versatility allowed him to present for the first time in Portugal, outstanding works as the Sonatas of G. Enescu or the Paraphrases of F. Liszt, being the first Portuguese pianist to perform the complete Preludes and Etudes of Claude Debussy. Also, about his recitals can be underlined the interpretation of the complete Mozart and Beethoven Piano Sonatas.
Rosado has performed on stage for the first time at four years of age. His musical studies started with his father and continued at the National Conservatory of Music in Lisbon, where he finished the Piano Superior course, with the highest qualification. At sixteen Rosado left for Paris, and there he came to be a disciple of Aldo Ciccolini at the Music Conservatory and further training took place at Siena and Biella (Italy).
In 1980, took place is debut in concert with the Orchestre National de Toulouse, under the direction of Michel Plasson and since then Rosado has played with numerous international orchestras and notable conductors such as Georg Alexander Albrecht, Moshe Atzmon, Franco Caracciolo, Pierre Dervaux, Arthur Fagen, Leon Fleischer, Silva Pereira, Claudio Scimone, David Stahl, Marc Tardue and Ronald Zollman.
In chamber music he has performed with prestigious musicians such as Aldo Ciccolini, Maurice Gendron, Margarita Zimermann, Gerardo Ribeiro and Paulo Gaio Lima, with whom he played Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano.
Laureate by Maurice Ravel International Academy and the International Academy Perosi, António Rosado was distinguished by the Vianna da Motta International Competition and the International Competition Alfredo Casella in Naples. These awards are the international recognition of his virtuosity and the impetus for a brilliant career, with performing recitals and concerts throughout the world, and participation in various festivals. In the 90s, he was the pianist chosen by TF1 for the recording and transmission of three programs – Spanish and Portuguese music, Liszt and, finally, a recital with music by Beethoven, Prokofiev, Wagner-Liszt.
His first recording was in the 80s, took place in Paris and was dedicated to Enescu. Other albums followed, including the piano works by Vianna da Motta; a commemorative CD of the 150th anniversary of Liszt’s visit to Lisbon; Fantasie by Schumann and Liszt’s Sonata. With violinist Gerardo Ribeiro, Rosado recorded the violin and piano sonatas by Brahms and with the pianist Artur Pizarro, a disc entitled Mozart in Norway. With the NDR Sinfonieorchestra Hamburg, recorded the Concerto No. 2 and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini by Rachmaninov. In Portugal recorded the two Brahms Concertos with the National Orchestra of Porto, in 2004 all the piano sonatas by Fernando Lopes-Graça and in 2006 the eight suites “In Memoriam Bela Bartok” by the same composer. More recently the Preludes of Armando José Fernandes and Luís de Freitas Branco and, in 2012, Festive Music of Fernando Lopes-Graça. In 2016 was released by Calanda Music, the disc with all Preludes by C. Debussy.
António Rosado holds the prestigious título of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (French Government, 2007).
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