Pedro Burmester was born in Porto. He was a student of Helena Costa for ten years, having finished the Superior Piano Course of the Conservatory of Porto with 20 values in 1981. Later, he moved to the United States where he worked with Sequeira Costa, Leon Fleisher and Dmitry Paperno between 1983 and 1987. In parallel, he attended several masterclasses with pianists like Karl Engel, Vladimir Ashkenazi, T. Nocolaieva and E. Leonskaja. Still very young, he was awarded prizes in several contests, including the Moreira de Sá Prize, the 2nd Vianna da Motta Prize and the special jury prize at the Van Cliburn Competition in the United States.
He started the concert activity at the age of 10 and since then he has performed more than 1,000 times between solo and chamber music concerts and concerts with orchestra in Portugal and abroad. Participated in all Portuguese music festivals. La Rocca d’Anthéron, Salle Gaveau, Flanders Festival, Frick Collection and 92nd Y in New York, Cologne Philharmonia, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Beethoven House in Bonn and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
He collaborated with Manuel Ivo Cruz, Miguel Graça Moura, Álvaro Cassuto, Omri Hadari, Gabriel Chmura, Muhai Tang, Lothar Zagrosek, Michael Zilm, Frans Brüggen, Georg Solti, Leopold Hager, Baldur Brönnimann and Peter Rundel. He also dedicated himself to chamber music. He had a duo with the pianist Mário Laginha a few years ago and performed with the violinists Gerardo Ribeiro and Thomas Zehetmair, with the cellists Anner Bylsma and Paulo Gaio Lima and the clarinetist António Saiote. He formed a group of pianos and percussions that has performed with great success in Portugal. He performed in France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Brazil, United States, South Africa, Canada and Australia where he toured with the prestigious Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Pedro Burmester’s discography includes three solo CDs with works by Bach, Schumann and Schubert, one in duo with Mário Laginha and three recordings with the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa. In 1998 a solo CD was published with works by Chopin. In 1999 he recorded the ten sonatas for violin and piano by Beethoven with the violinist Gerardo Ribeiro. In 2007, together with Bernardo Sassetti and Mário Laginha, he edited the CD and DVD “3 Pianos”, recorded live at the Centro Cultural de Belém. In 2010 the Sonata was published in Lá major D. 959 by Franz Schubert and the Symphonic Studies op . 13 of Schumann.
In 2013, he debuted at the Casa da Música in a double disc recital in January 2015. In that same year, on the same stage, he embraced the challenge of performing the five concerts for piano and orchestra of Beethoven with the Porto Casa Symphony Orchestra from music. The following year he resumed his collaboration with the pianist Mário Laginha, with whom he recorded the album “Duetos” (1994).
He was Artistic and Education Director at Casa da Música, a project he helped create and implement. Currently, in addition to his artistic activity, he is a professor at the Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo (ESMAE) in Porto.