Arthur Villar ('12)
Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance
Why I Chose Hartt?
I decided to move to Hartford and attend The Hartt School after I met Luiz de Moura Castro. At the end of my first year of studies in piano, I attended one of his master classes in Rio de Janeiro. He encouraged me strongly enough to make me believe that I could become an accomplished musician even after having started so late.
I am very happy and satisfied with my decision. Not only is Luiz a great maestro but The Hartt School is a very strong and solid institution with a great music program.
More about Arthur
Why the Piano
At the age of 21, I decided to pursue a music career and I applied as a conducting major at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Music was always an important part of my life. I remember going to concerts in my youth and dreaming that one day I would learn how to play the piano, even though I felt somehow frustrated because I felt that at the age of 17 or 18 one could never become a professional musician.
Piano is a requirement for a conducting major. This is why I started studying it back in 2004. Not even months or weeks, but very few days later I realized that my passion was lying there right in front of me. I promptly decided that I would do everything I could to become a pianist, even if it took me a very long time. I met Luiz de Moura Castro in January 2005, started the conducting major one month after our meeting and three years later, came to Hartford to study the piano with him.
Pianist Arthur Villar was born in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). He started his studies in piano, chamber music, theory and conducting in 2004, at the age of 21, at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). One year later, Arthur Villar gave his first piano recital with the Well Tempered Clavier and since then he has been performing, with great success, the 24 preludes and fugues from the first book of the Well Tempered Clavier by Johann Sebastian Bach in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo (Brazil), Hartford and Manchester (US), and Viladrau and Barcelona (Spain). Among his achievements, he won the first prize in the Souza Lima National Piano Competition in Sao Paulo (Brazil), in 2007, for his piano performing and musical excellence.
In February 2008 Arthur Villar was granted a scholarship to pursue his Bachelor's degree in Piano Performance at the internationally acclaimed Hartt School (University of Hartford) under the tutelage of Professor Luiz de Moura Castro.