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One of the brilliant South American pianists who have burst onto the international music scene in recent years, LINDA BUSTANI was a student of Arnold Estrella in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A prize winner at the Vianna da Motta International Piano Competition in Lisbon at age 15, she was invited by Iacov Zak to work under his guidance at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where she also studied with E. Virsaladze. She went on to receive awards in international competitions in Rio de Janeiro and Bratislava, but it was her highly acclaimed participation in the 1974 Leeds International Piano Competition that brought her into the limelight and launched her international career.

Concerts and recitals in Portugal, the Netherlands (Concertgebouw), Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, the Soviet Union, Scotland, England, Japan and Latin America followed upon her Leeds appearance. She subsequently performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the New Philharmonia, the Bournemouth Symphony, the City of Birmingham Symphony, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the BBC Welsh, the BBC Scottish, the Halle, and the Bratislava Symphony, under the direction of masters such as Simon Rattle, Charles Groves, William Tausky, Anatoli Fistoulari, Louis Fremaux, Okko Kamu, Gunther Herbig, Isaac Karabitchevsky, Eleazar de Carvalho, Roberta Duarte,, Henrique Morelenbaum, Alceo Bocchino and others.

The sensitivity and emotional vibrancy that transforms an artist's energy and talent into music is a delicate thing, and the exacting demands of Miss Bustani's blossoming career took their toll. In the early eighties, after a demanding recital tour in Europe, she took a long break from the concert podium, during which she devoted herself to her family, to the teaching of music and, above all, to her own personal growth.

Linda Bustani has returned to the performance of music as a more mature, self-critical and searching interpreter. She is now pursuing an intensive concert career, having added to solo appearances very frequent chamber music recitals.

Music clip - click HERE
to listen to a minute of the track "Kreisleriana"
'Schumann and Chopin", Schumann, op 16.
from the CD "Linda Bustani - Piano"