2024 Competition Jury

Sergio Tiempo


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In the last five years alone, pianist Sergio Tiempo has performed with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, LA Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo and Berliner Philharmoniker. He has played with conductors including Claudio Abbado, Marin Alsop, Christoph Eschenbach, Thierry Fischer, Emmanuel Krivine, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Rafael Payare, Alexander Prior, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas and, maybe most of all, with his fellow countryman and friend Gustavo Dudamel. Particularly well known for his performances of Ginastera’s Piano Concerto No.1, Tiempo has also premiered Esteban Benzecry’s new piano concerto Universos Infinitos, and regularly plays Beethoven, Chopin, Grieg, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, and Tchaikovsky.

As a recitalist, he has appeared at Konzerthaus Wien, Wigmore Hall, Berliner Philharmonie, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and Edinburgh International Festival, at Klavier Festival Ruhr, the George Enescu Festival, the Warsaw and Brussels Chopin Festivals, Dias Da Música, and on recital tours across China, Korea, Italy, and North and South America.

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Tiempo first studied with his mother, Lyl Tiempo. He pays tribute to her and some of his closest musical mentors in his new album ‘Hommage’ (2023). Among them are his sister and regular recital partner Karin Lechner, Martha Argerich Nelson Freire, Alan Weiss and Mischa Maisky. He made his professional debut aged 14 at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and later went on to study at Fondazione per il Pianoforte in Como, Italy, where he worked with Dimitri Bashkirov, Fou Tsong, Murray Perahia and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.