Pianist and pedagogue Alberto Portugheis was born in La Plata,Argentina, to parents of Russian and Rumanian descent. His international career began after winning First Prize at theGeneva Concours de Virtuosité. He performs in recitals, chamber-music concerts and as soloist with major orchestras, including: Royal Philharmonic, LondonSymphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Philharmonia, English Chamber Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Parisand Israel Sinfoniettas, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Sinfonica Nacional of Argentina, Filarmonica of Buenos Aires. His annual Steinway Masterclasses are now legendary. Alberto Portugheis’ repertoire includes music from the baroque to contemporary, with several composers writing specially for him. His acclaimed recordings include: 4 Chopin Ballades, Alfred Nieman 2nd Sonata, Ginastera complete piano music and chamber music with piano, Khachaturian Piano Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra, Khachaturian solo works, Rachmaninov and Shostakovitch cello and piano Sonatas with the cellist Gwyneth George, a CD dedicated to the piano music of Rossini. 2013 saw the release of a double CD with The Complete Piano Works by Spanish composer Elena Romero, followed this year by a CD of music by Bach and Dinu Lipatti, partnered by Italian pianist Stefano Greco and the Youth Orchestra of León, Spain, conducted by Georgina Sánchez. Alberto Portugheis is founder member and Vice-chairman of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe, Vice-chairman of the International Society for the Study of Tension in Performance, Vice-president of the European Piano Teachers’ Association and founder of the Asociacion Latino-Americana de Pianistas Pedagogos. Like his colleague and compatriot Daniel Barenboim, Alberto Portugheis dedicates much time and energy to campaign for lasting World Peace though the organization he presides, HUFUD (Humanity United for Universal Demilitarisation). Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008 for his Peace work and proposals, Portugheis published The Game of War and a Path to Peace the following year. His second book “In Their Hearts” was released in 2014.