Pianist Catarina Amaral has appeared as both solo and chamber musician in Asia, Europe and United States. She is very active in New York City performing in renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall and The DiMenna Center. Ms Amaral’s musical path began at the age of six with Tam Man Man. She made her debut at the age of nine at the Macao Cultural Center. Throughout her early years, Ms Amaral has been in various local competitions receiving many top prizes including awards from the Macao Cultural Affairs Bureau. At the age of 15, she moved to New York City to pursue her musical studies at the renowned Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division under the tutelage of Miyoko Lotto while continuing her academic studies at the Prestigious Professional Children’s School. After graduating high school with honors, she was awarded scholarship to continue her studies at the Manhattan School of Music under the guidance of Professor Phillip Kawin. She is also the recipient of the “Cheng Ho Bi Yue Memorial Scholarship”.
As a pianist, Ms Amaral has worked with distinguished artist such as Daniel Barenboim, Robert McDonald, Matti Raekalio, Logan Skelton and Nelita True. She has also collaborated with various chamber musicians such as Lynda Chesis, Nicholas Mann and Wolfram Koessel from the American String Quartet. Ms Amaral has performed under the baton of George Manahan, Kent Tritle (Grammy Awards winner), and Leonard Slatkin, working along some of the world’s finest orchestras including New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms Amaral has been featured in the Teledifusão de Macau (TDM), Journal O Clarim, The Macau Post Daily, and Rádio e Televisão de Portugal International (RTPI).
You can find Catarina’s 2021 International Piano Competition performance here.