Luisa Tender, piano
Luísa Tender was born in Porto, Portugal, in 1977. She studied piano with Anne-Marie Mennet, Helena Costa and Pedro Burmester. In 1997 she became a pupil of Vitalij Margulis in Los Angeles, where she studied until she was admitted at the Royal College of Music in London in 2000. There she studied with Irina Zaritskaya and obtained her Master of Music degree in 2002. Later on, she earned the Diplôme Supérieur d’Exécution at the École Normale de Musique in Paris, where she was a student of Marian Rybicki.
Her first published CD (Bach and Forward, author’s edition, London, 2009) was Classical Music Magazine’s Choice of the Month. Her second recording, Página Esquecida, a double CD with Portuguese music for cello and piano (with cellist Bruno Borralhinho, Dreyer & Gaido, Berlin, 2009), was praised by international critics (Fanfare, Strings Magazine, Das Orchester, amongst others). In 2019, Luísa released the complete recording of J. D. Bomtempo’s piano sonatas (Naxos/Grand Piano), a double CD that attracted the attention of international music magazines such as Ritmo, Music Web International, Stretto and Musikalifeiten. The Spanish music magazine Ritmo published a cover article about this double CD, intitled «Tiempo para Bomtempo – Luísa Tender». Luísa is also the co-author (with Manuel P. Ferreira) of a didactic multimedia book, O pescador de sons (Lisboa, CESEM, 2019). Following one of her concerts, the London Independent described her as «a natural Beethovenian». Luisa is the Principal Piano Professor at ESART, a higher-education Arts college in Castelo Branco, Portugal. She previously taught Piano at ESMAE, in Porto. She is also the president of the general-assembly of EPTA Portugal (European Piano Teachers Association). Many of her former students are active pianists and piano teachers across Europe and the USA. During her studying years, she was the recipient of a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and of a study support grant from the Royal College of Music. She is a researcher in Music Psychology and Education at CESEM (NOVA University, Lisbon).