Steinway Artist and Director of Piano Activities at the Wanda Bass School of Music, Oklahoma City University, Sergio Monteiro was born in Niteroi, Brazil. He holds Bachelor and Master Degrees from the National School of Music of Rio de Janeiro, where he studied with Myrian Dauelsberg. During these years, he won several Brazilian and other South American piano competitions. In 2000 he was awarded a scholarship by the Ministry of Culture to study at the Eastman School of Music, where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts under Nelita True.
In 2003, Sergio won the 2nd Annual Martha Argerich International Piano Competition in Buenos Aires. Since then, he has appeared with several orchestras in South America, Europe, North America and Asia under the direction of various conductors such as Charles Dutoit and Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos. Sergio has played with prestigious orchestras such as the Dresdner Philharmonic, Lubeck Philharmonic, Buenos Ayres Philharmonic and the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra and performed in venues such as the Toronto Center for the Arts, in Canada, the Konzerthaus and the Philharmonic, in Berlin, the Teatro Colon, in Buenos Ayres, the Kennedy Center in Washington and the Martha Argerich Festival in Beppu, Japan.
In addition to performances in Portugal, Switzerland, Italy, Holland, Germany and Brazil, he has lectured, adjudicated and led master classes at schools in North and South America, Europe and Asia, most notably China, where he is invited several times each year. An energetic champion of Brazilian music, Sergio has been honored by many composers with invitations to give premieres of compositions written for and dedicated to him.
In the last three years, he has launched three well-acclaimed albums with Naxos Classics featuring the music of Henrique Oswald, Domenico Scarlatti and Franz Liszt. In 2019, two new albums (Mendelssohn and Scarlatti) will be released.