Contestant 15: Victor Cayres
Just listing up his results from competitions, is enough to fill a book. Victor has come out as the, erm, victor so many times, it is unbelievable.
He received 1st prizes at Richmond Piano Competition Boston University 2013, Respighi Prize Competition 2012, Concerto Competition at Boston University 2011, Nelson Freire Piano Competition (Rio de Janeiro) 2003, Petrobras International Competition (Rio de Janeiro) 2002, Magdalena Tagliaferro Piano Competition (São Paulo) 2000 and National Youth Instrumentalists Competition (Piracicaba, Brazil) 1998.
On top of that, he has received the Special Prize for “Best Performance of J.S.Bach” at Magdalena Tagliaferro Piano Competition (São Paulo) 2000 and “Best Chamber Musician” at National Youth Instrumentalists Competition (Piracicaba, Brazil) 1998. He has also received Honorable Deference Title, from the Congress of Piracicaba City Hall, Piracicaba, Brazil, for “great artistry and command in the music field”, and was the Recipient of 2012 Zulalian Award at Boston University.
Cayres was also a top six semi-finalists at the 54th International Piano Competition Premio (Jaen, Spain) 2012, and won 2nd Prize at the 18th Leos Janacek International Piano Competition in Brno, Czech Republic, the same year. He has also been honored with 2nd prizes at New England Conservatory Commencement Competition 2007, Gina Bachauer South American Competition 2002 and Sommerfestspiele Klavier Wettbewerb (Murten, Switzerland) 2001. Not to mention his 3rd prizes at Florianopolis National Piano Competition 2004 and Artlivre International Piano Competition (São Paulo) 2003.
Victor Cayres has earned praise for concerts with the Sine Nomine string quartet in Switzerland, and as a soloist with such orchestras as the Boston Pops and Brno Philharmonic in the Czech Republic. Mr. Cayres has been a frequent guest artist at Interlochen Center for the Arts, MI and Boston University Tanglewood Institute. He has recently released a CD on Albany Records with works by David Owens. Previous engagements included concerts in Brazil and in the U.S., including a debut at Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall, as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of New York. Victor Cayres studied at University of São Paulo, Staatliche Hochschule für Muzik in Karlsruhe, Germany, New England Conservatory and Boston University. Mr. Cayres serves on the piano faculty at Boston University School of Music.