He has played the piano since his childhood, having a career at an international level and he is one of the mentors of Casa da Música. Pedro Burmester is one of the greatest icons of the Portuguese culture.
Born in Porto on October 9, 1953, Pedro Burmester studied for ten years with Helena Sá Costa (1913-2006), a renowned pianist, who in addition to a notable international career, also excelled in teaching. Burmester has been since an early age a prodigious student. His first concerts happening when he was only 10 years old
In 1981 he finished a Superior Course of Piano at the Porto Conservatory with full marks. Between 1983 and 1987 he was in the United States, where he worked with Sequeira Costa, Leon Fleisher and Dmitry Paperno. He also attended several master classes with pianists such as Karl Engel, Vladimir Ashkenazi, T. Nocolaieva and E. Leonskaja.
He has won prizes in several contests, such as the Moreira de Sá Prize, the 2nd Vianna da Motta Prize and the Special Jury Prize at the Van Cliburn Competition in the USA.
Throughout his career he has participated in all Portuguese music festivals and in international events around the world. In the late 90’s he toured Australia with the prestigious Australian Chamber Orchestra.
He collaborated with conductors such as Manuel Ivo Cruz, Miguel Graça Moura, Álvaro Cassuto, Omri Hadari, Gabriel Chmura, Muhai Tang, Lothar Zagrosek, Michael Zilm, Frans Brüggen and Georg Solti.
Pedro Burmester has a vast discography, including solo albums, but also has collaborated with other artists.
In December of 2013 he performed at Casa da Música in a recital edited in January of 2015. That same year he performed the five Concertos for piano and orchestra of Beethoven with the Symphony Orchestra of Porto Casa da Música.
He was Artistic and Education Director at Casa da Música, a project he helped create and implement. Nowadays, besides his artistic activity, he is a professor at Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espetáculo (ESMAE) in Porto.