Pianist Arthur Villar was born in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in June 1984. He started his studies in piano, chamber music, theory and conducting in 2004, at the age of 21, at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and joined the piano studio of Miriam Grossman, a renowned Brazilian pianist and pedagogue. One year later, Arthur Villar gave his first piano recital with the complete Well Tempered Clavier book 1 by Johann Sebastian Bach and since then he has been performing, with great success, the 24 preludes and fugues in several cities in Brazil, United States, Spain, Portugal and Switzerland. Among his achievements, he won the first prize in the Souza Lima National Piano Competition in São Paulo (Brazil), in 2007, for his piano performing and musical excellence and performed in 2009 Bach’s twenty-four preludes and fugues at the Forum Internacional del Piano de Barcelona.
In the January 2005 Mr Villar met the pianist Luiz de Moura Castro, with whom he began to study regularly since then. After a few master classes and individual lessons, in February 2008 Arthur Villar was granted a scholarship to pursue his Bachelor's degree in Piano Performance at the Hartt School (University of Hartford, CT) under the tutelage of Luiz de Moura Castro. While at the Hartt School, Arthur Villar has furthered his studies in piano pedagogy with Maggie Francis and David Westfall, as well as Fay Adams (University of Tennessee). Mr. Villar is recipient of the following scholarships and awards: E.B. Storrs Scholarship, Hartt Performing Arts Scholarship, SUNY Purchase Conservatoire of Music Merit Scholarship and F. Parker Scholarship.
Since 2008 Villar has been participating in the following festivals and workshops: SIPO - Semana Internacional de Piano in Óbidos (Portugal), Forum Internacional del Piano in Barcelona (Spain), Performing Bach in Baroque Style in New York (US), PMPIF - Prague Music Performance Institute and Festival in Prague (Czech Republic) and Gijon International Piano Festival (Spain). Arthur Villar has attended both master classes and individual classes with renowned pianists throughout the world, such as Andrei Gavrilov (Russia), Paul Badura-Skoda (Austria), Martin Bally (Czech Republic), Yun Ha Huang (SouthKorea), Robert McDonald (US), Julian Martin (US), Boris Berman (Russia), Ian Jones (England), Florence Millet (France), Irina Plotnikova (Russia), Eduardo Monteiro (Brazil), Vitaly Margulis (Ukraine).
Mr. Villar has maintained an active schedule of concerts in Fribourg (Switzerland), Obidos (Portugal), Barcelona (Spain), New York and Connecticut (US), São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais (Brazil) and Prague (Czech Republic). Most recently he recorded the first book of The Well-Tempered Clavier by Johann Sebastian Bach. The twenty-four preludes and fugues album was recorded between September and November (2012) and was released in February 2013. Arthur Villar is currently living in New York City while finishing a Masters degree in Piano Performance at SUNY Purchase University under the tutelage of pianist Paul Ostrovsky. Mr Villar is also a piano faculty member of the Hartt School Community Division (University of Hartford, CT).