Described as possessing a “wonderfully full sound” (American Record Guide) and a “polished, refined technique” (Allmusic.com), Stellenbosch-based pianist Luis Magalhães has achieved critical acclaim as both a soloist and a chamber musician.
In addition to numerous performances in South Africa and his native Portugal, Luis has also appeared in Germany, Austria, the United Kingdom, Poland, Holland, Spain, Switzerland, Russia, France, Italy, Brazil, China, Japan, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and the United States.
In the studio, Luis has collaborated with Frank Stadler, Priya Mitchell, Daniel Rowland, Julian Arp, Gareth Lubbe, Madeline Adkins, Peter Martens, and James Austin Smith. These partnerships have resulted in glowing reviews, as well as a coveted South African Music Award (2011).
As one half of the Schumann-Magalhães duo, better known as TwoPianists, Luis has also released a further four critically acclaimed CDs, with another soon to be released. This collaboration with his wife, Nina Schumann, has been compared to the duos of Ashkenazy-Previn and Argerich-Freire (American Record Guide). Luis is a co-founder of the independent label TwoPianists Records which has been the recipient of both local and international accolades. He is a co-founder of the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival, which has since 2004 become the premier classical music festival on African soil. He also co-founded the Stellenbosch International Piano Symposium.
Luis was awarded a DMus from the University of Cape Town in 2011, and currently holds an Associate Professorship at the University of Stellenbosch.
Luis has also given extensive masterclass tuition including lessons at New York’s fabled Juilliard School and numerous universities across Europe, Asia and the United States. As an expert pianist and educator, Luis has also served in the jury of many competitions including the prestigious Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition for Young Musicians (2012).
Luis is a Yamaha International Artist.