Brazilian pianist Paulo Guimarães Alvares, born in 1960, finished his piano studies at the University of São Paulo in his native country. After further studies in the USA under Caio Pagano and Steven de Groote, he received his Masters in Music from the Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. A DAAD scholarship enabled him to attend the Musikhochschule in Cologne, where he studied with Aloys Kontarsky (piano) and Hans Ulrich Humpert (electronic music). among other awards, Alvares has received the Kranichstein Music Prize at the Darmstadt New Music Courses. He is much in demand as a solo and chamber musician, particularly in contemporary music.
His solo recitals and engagements with orchestras have taken him all over Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North and South America. Having been based in Germany since 1988,he has undertaken many collaborations with orchestras such as the Westdeutche Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester, Gürzenich Orchestra K öln, Bochumer Symphoniker, Saarländisches Rundfunk Orchester and several new music ensembles. He has worked with conductors and composers including Mauricio Kagel, Helmut Lachenmann, Luciano Berio, Earle Brown, Tristan Murail, Emmanuel Nunes, Peter Eötvös, Dieter Schnebel and Gerhard Stäbler. Since 1997 Alvares has taught contemporary chamber music and improvisation at the Musikhochschule in Cologne and founded the school’s Ensemble for Aleatoric Music.