“Techinical control and gorgeus sonority...” H.Schonberg (NY Times)
“Admirable in the interpretation of the Preludes of Chopin. Miguel Proença’s sonority has life…” Daily Telegraph (London)
Miguel Proença is a Steinway artist and featured on Steinway&Sons Wall of Fame in Hamburg, Germany, together with the greatest pianists of all time.
At present, he is the Director of Sala Cecilia Meireles in Rio de Janeiro.
Miguel Proença is a worldwide known artist, in permanent evidence in the Brazilian and international music scenario, immensely applauded by the audience and critics in his 50 year career, celebrated in 2012.
He was the Artistic Director of “Teatro do SESI-RS” for ten years.From 1997 to 2002, professor at the Music University of Karlsruhe, Germany. Having a Doctor’s Degree in Music from the Hannover Music School, he was part of the body of professors of the Arts Institute of the “Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ)”. Miguel Proença has performed in every states in Brazil, as well as in several countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas, as soloist and as a member of chamber music groups. He played duets with Salvatore Accardo, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Leonard Rose, Paul Tortelier, Arto Noras, Janos Starker, among others. He has released numerous CD's of the international repertoire on the Vox Classics label (Germany), with Sonatas by Schubert and Chopin. He recorded the CD Brazilian Impressions. on M.A Music International label. He has participated on the jury of several international piano competitions, such as Gina Bachauer in Salt Lake City, Piano Wold Master (Paris), Senigaglia (Italy), Jose Iturby (Spain), 5th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Tokyo, Japan; International Vianna da Motta Piano Competition in Lisbon, Portugal and of XLVII the International Competition of Piano - Premio Jaén, Spain,among others.
He received the Order of Rio Branco Medallion, Honorary Citizen of Rio de Janeiro,Leaders and Winners Prize from the Legislative Assembly of Rio Grande do Sul, among other awards. He exercised positions as Director of Sala Cecilia Meireles, Director of the Villa-Lobos Music School and Municipal Secretary of Culture, between 1983 and 1988.
In 2003, 2004 and 2005 he gave many concerts in Europe and Japan.
In April, 2005, he released the CD collection entitled “Piano Brasileiro”, with the studio “Biscoito Fino”, launching the brand “Biscoito Clássico”, dedicated only to classical music. He is considered by UNESCO “Brazilian Music Heritage”. In this same year, Miguel Proença visited thirteen cities in Brazil publicizing this masterpiece in his tour “Piano Brasil”.
In 2006, he began the second phase of this tour, called “Piano Brasil II”, which visited fifteen Brazilian cities. In this same year, together with the actress and singer Bibi Ferreira, he released the CD “Tango”, with the studio “Biscoito Fino”, chosen as the Best Foreign Language Record at the “Prêmio TIM de Música Brasileira” Awards.
In 2007, the tour “Piano Brasil” had its third edition, visiting twenty Brazilian cities. In 2008, Miguel Proença played the fourth edition of the tour “Piano Brasil”, visiting twenty-five cities in Brazil, and the international tour “Piano Brazil in the World”, debuted with a presentation in Carnegie Hall in New York; besides, he participated in many festivals in Italy, France, Spain and Macedonia. In 2009/2010, the acclaimed tour “Piano Brasil” had its fifth edition, visiting another twenty cities in Brazil. He also gave master classes and participated in festivals in Europe and the tour “Piano Brasil” had its sixth and last edition, with performances in twenty cities in Brazil.
In 2011, Miguel Proença participated in the tour “Alô, Clássicos!”, visiting cities throughout the state of Rio de Janeiro, giving acclaimed performances.
In 2012, Miguel Proença started the tour “Piano Itinerante”, with the sponsorship of Eletrobrás, Furnas, visiting six cities in Brazil. In the same year, he released the triple album “Pianíssimo”, in celebration of his 50 years of career, which features the main recordings of his vast international repertoire. Miguel Proença participated, under the invitation of Brazil’s president, as a special guest of the ceremony which gave the official culture merit insignias “Ordem do Mérito Cultural”.
2014 - Miguel Proença was artistic director and advisor of the “Nucleus for Pianistic Excellence” and invitation of Faculty of Music of Espirito Santos.
2015- he returned with the Piano Brazil VII tourne, with BNDES and Caixa Economica sponsorship, organized by Ministry of Culture and the Federal Government. The project was consolidated iniciatives of recent years and toured 150 brazilian cities.
In 2016, he carried out the Piano Brasil tourné, sponsored by BNDES.