Igor AMARAL, piano
Dr. Igor Amaral, a native of Macao, studied at the Academia de Música S. Pio X and the Macao Conservatory with Prof. Luong Kim Ying. He graduated from the Wright State University as a scholarship student of Dr. Jackson Leung. While being awarded the prestigious music scholarship, Igor received Doctoral of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and holds two Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from Michigan State University, where his main teachers were the winner of the Van Cliburn Competition Prof. and Artist in Resident Panayis Lyras, Dr. Derek Polischuk and winner of the Chopin, Leeds and Cleveland International competitions Prof. Margarita Shevchenko. Igor is also currently one of the very few selected students of the international acclaimed Sony Artist Simone Dinnerstein.
Igor received numerous prizes and awards and his concert activities have taken him around the globe. He has performed extensively in North America, Europe and Asia including important concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Ernst C. Stiefel Hall, Giles-Lefebvre Concert Hall, Teatro Jovellanos, The Hugh Lane, Wharton Center, Guangzhou Xinghai Concert Hall, Macao Cultural Center, etc. He has worked as well with many internationally renowned artists, including Edmund Battersby, Jonathan Biss, Vladimir Feltsman, Phillip Kawin, Alexander Korsantia, Yong Hi Moon, Susan Starr, Zhe Tang, and Ralph Votapek.
He is the recipient of the Macao Foundation Sponsorship, Education and Youth Affair Bureau Sponsorship, Macao Cultural Bureau Sponsorship, the Macao Tertiary Education Postgraduate Scholarship, Irene Romanowski Piano Music Scholarship and was also awarded Presidential Commendation for Excellence during his undergraduate years. He also holds the DipABRSM Performer’s Diploma from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, England. Igor was part of the piano faculty at the Michigan State University Community Music School, and has held teaching position at Interlochen Center for the Arts. He has been invited to give masterclasses and presentations in Music Teachers National Association and Michigan Music Teachers Association. Currently he is teaching at the Macao Polytechnic Institute and Academia de Música S. Pio X.