biography : :
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 Grosman, 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 internationally acclaimed Hartt School (University of Hartford, CT) under the tutelage of Professor Luiz de Moura Castro. While at the Hartt School, Arthur Villar has furthered his studies in musical analysis and composition with professors Michael Schiano, Partick Miller, Kenneth Nott and Larry Alan Smith.
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). Arthur Villar has attended both master classes and individual classes with renowned pianists throughout the world, such as Paul Badura-Skoda (Austria), Martin Bally (Czech Republic), Yun Ha Huang (South Korea), Andrei Gavrilov (Russia), Luiz Carlos de Moura Castro (Brazil), Boris Berman (Russia), Ian Jones (England), Florence Millet (France), Miriam Grosman (Brazil), Irina Plotnikova (Russia), Eduardo Monteiro (Brazil), Vitaly Margulis (Ukraine), Alexandre Dossin (Brazil), Rita Nuller (Russia), Paul Ostrovsky (Russia) and Inessa Zarestsky (Russia).
Mr. Villar has maintained an active schedule of concerts in Fribourg (Switzerland), Obidos (Portugal), Barcelona (Spain), Boston, New York, New Britain, Manchester and Hartford (US), São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais (Brazil) and Prague (Czech Republic). In 2012, Arthur Villar graduated from the Hartt School of Music and currently lives in Connecticut, US. Most recently he recorded the first book of the famous 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. Mr. Villar is recipient of the following scholarships and awards: E.B. Storrs Scholarship, Hartt Performing Arts Scholarship and F. Parker Scholarship.