Sergio Monteiro was born in Niteroi, Brazil. He began piano study at the age of four with his mother and went on to work under the guidance of Jose Henrique Duprat and Myrian Dauelsberg at the National Music School of Rio de Janeiro. During this period, he won several Brazilian and other South American piano competitions. In 2000 he was awarded a scholarship by the Ministry of Culture to study at the Eastman School of Music in the United States, where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts under Nelita True.
Since 2009, Monteiro has been the Director of Piano Activities at the Wanda Bass School of Music, Oklahoma City University. In 2003 Monteiro won the 2nd Annual Martha Argerich International Piano Competition in Buenos Aires. Since then, he has appeared with important orchestras in South America, Europe, North America and Asia, appearing in venues such as the Toronto Center for the Arts in Canada, the Konzerthaus and the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Kennedy Center in Washington and the Martha Argerich Festival in Beppu, Japan.
An energetic champion of Brazilian music, Monteiro has been honoured by many composers with invitations to give premières of compositions written for and dedicated to him. In 2010 he was invited to join the Steinway Artists’ Roster.