A Steinway artist, Sergio Gallo specializes in the repertoire of the Romantic period, especially Liszt and his contemporaries, including Schumann, Henselt, Brahms, and Chopin. He has also championed the work of composers in Brazil, the nation of his birth.
Gallo has made several acclaimed recordings for Eroica, and a recent release with Naxos of Liszt’s transcriptions of opera by Meyerbeer, which was critically acclaimed by BBC Magazine: “Gallo makes a good case for Liszt’s honouring of the operatic originals” (Naxos 8.573235). In 2011 he won the Global Music Awards Award of Excellence for his album, Mostly Villa-Lobos: 20th Century Piano Music from the Americas.
Gallo has performed with orchestras throughout the Americas and worldwide. Since his Brazilian national radio début in 1986 (Radio Cultura, São Paulo) and his European radio début in 1988 (Radio France, Paris), his work has been regularly played on classical music radio outlets around the world.
Sergio Gallo is the winner of concerto competitions of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and of the University Symphony in Santa Barbara. He has received a grant from the Henry Cowell Incentive Funds at the American Music Center in New York to record works by that composer. He holds the Diplôme d’Excellence from the Conservatoire Européen de Musique de Paris (1987), a post-graduate certificate from the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest (1992), an M.M. and an Artist Diploma from the University of Cincinnati (1994 and 1995 respectively), and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara (1998). He lives in the United States where he is Associate Professor of Piano Performance at Georgia State University in Atlanta, and is on the affiliated artist staff of the Rocky Ridge Music Academy in Estes Park, Colorado.