Born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1968, Artur Pizarro performs internationally in recital, chamber music and with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Philippe Entremont, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Sir Andrew Davis, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yuri Temirkanov, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Ilan Volkov, Franz Welser- Most, Tugan Sokhiev, Yakov Kreizberg, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Libor Pešek, Ion Marin, Vladimir Jurowski, and the late Sir Charles Mackerras.
Artur Pizarro was introduced to the piano by his maternal grandmother, pianist Berta da Nóbrega, and her piano-duo partner, Campos Coelho. He gave his first public performance at the age of three and made his television debut at the age of four. After initial studies in Lisbon, he moved to Lawrence, Kansas, where he worked with Sequeira Costa, distinguished professor of piano at the University of Kansas. Other instructors include Jorge Moyano, Aldo Ciccolini, Géry Moutier, and Bruno Rigutto.
After a brief hiatus, Artur Pizarro began performing publicly again at the age of 13 with his recital debut at the São Luíz Theatre in Lisbon, and made his concerto debut with the Gulbenkian Orchestra later the same year. Pizarro won first prizes in the 1987 Vianna da Motta Competition, the 1988 Greater Palm Beach Symphony Competition, and the 1990 Leeds International Pianoforte Competition.