Marta Menezes is one of the most prominent Portuguese pianists of her generation. Her recitals explore the dialogue between tradition and originality, through proposals that highlight the nuances, subtlety, and musical sensitivity characteristic of her interpretation. Her carefully chosen repertoire, which reflects an affinity with Beethoven, spans from the Baroque to the present day and often includes works by lesser-known composers, many of them Portuguese.
Among her recent collaborations, notable are the concerts with the Orquestra Metropilitana de Lisboa, the Orquesta Nacional de España, the Orquesta de València, the Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras, the Orquestra Clássica do Centro, and the Orquestra sem Fronteiras. She has worked with conductors such as Nuno Coelho, Jaime Martín, Karel Mark Chichon, Pedro Amaral, Pedro Neves, Jan Wierzba, and Martim Sousa Tavares. In recital, she has performed in important auditoriums and festivals around the world, including, the National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing), St. Martin-in-the-Fields (London), Festival Urodzinowy Fryderyk Chopin (Warsaw), and Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon).
Marta plays an active role in promoting Portuguese music, by including this repertoire in her concerts. Among her recent projects, “5 Encores for Beethoven” (2020) stands out, in which she presented Beethoven’s five Piano Concertos and premiered five encores to the Concertos, commissioned from composers of her generation. Last season, she gave the world premiere of Tiago Derriça’s Piano Concerto, dedicated to her.
Marta completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa. She finished her master’s degree with the highest distinction. She continued her studies in London at the Royal College of Music with Dmitri Alexeev and later in the United States with Arnaldo Cohen, earning her doctorate from the Indiana University – Jacobs School of Music.
Throughout her career, Menezes has won several awards and distinctions, including First Prize in the Beethoven Competition at the Royal College of Music and in the Nice Côte D’Azur International Piano Competition, the Silver Medal of Honor and Distinction for her career as a pianist, awarded by the Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa, and the Silver Medal at the Global Music Awards (USA) for her CD featuring works by Beethoven and Lopes-Graça, in the categories of Classical Piano and Emerging Artist. Marta Menezes currently resides in Madrid.