The pianist Max Barros was selected as Soloist of the Year in 1985 by the São Paulo Art Critics Association for his performance of Brahms’s Piano Concerto in D minor with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra. A dedicated champion of Brazilian music, he has given premières and recorded several works by some of Brazil’s foremost composers, including the North American première of Ronaldo Miranda’s Concertino for Piano and Strings, performed also in a tour of South America with the Virtuosi di Praga. His recordings of Guarnieri’s six piano concertos with conductor Thomas Conlin and the Warsaw Philharmonic won the Discovery Award from Diapason magazine. He is the founder and president of Ponteio Publishing Inc, a company devoted to the preservation and dissemination of Brazilian music. Born in California of Brazilian parents and raised in Brazil, since 1984 Max Barros has lived and taught in New York City, where he is co-artistic director of the Ensemble for the Romantic Century. He has collaborated with the American String Quartet, Enso String Quartet, Quartetto di Venezia, Biava String Quartet, Esher String Quartet, St Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, and Ensemble Capriccio. A Steinway artist, his performances in America are frequently recorded for National Public Radio.