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Ayrton Pisco

World Classical Music Awards 2023 S4 Grand Prize Winner 

Ayrton Pisco performs “with aplomb, displaying a spirited line, crystalline and deftly defined” (San Diego Story) and has received top prizes in numerous competitions in the U.S. and abroad. Concert engagements have taken him around the world to North and South America, Europe and Asia.


Mr. Pisco has performed as a soloist in venues such as Walt Disney Concert Hall, Copley Symphony Hall and Cláudio Santoro National Theater (Brazil), and collaborated with ensembles such as the La Jolla Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra of Brazil.


As an orchestra musician, Mr. Pisco has performed with prestigious ensembles such as The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and under the batons of Gustavo Dudamel, Zubin Mehta, Michael Tilson Thomas, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Larry Rachleff. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with principal players of the New York Philharmonic and been featured on WQXR and KUSC radio stations.


Mr. Pisco is also a passionate educator. He has previously served as a teaching artist at Yale

University’s Music in Schools Initiative, the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, the San Diego State University Community Music School and the Ibero-American Philharmonic Academy in Medellín, Colombia.


Mr. Pisco is a first prize winner of the World Classical Music Awards, the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus’ Young Artists Competition, the Giavanna Kersulis Memorial Endowment Scholarship Auditions, the Grossmont Music Scholarship Council Competition and the San Diego University Concerto Competition. He has also received awards at the Musical Merit Foundation Scholarship Auditions, the University of Southern California’s Solo Bach Competition, the Música no Museu Young Musicians Competition, the Francisco Mignone String Competition and the Paulo Bosísio String Competition.


In addition to classical music, Mr. Pisco also enjoys performing in genres such as jazz, tango, bossa nova, choro, mariachi and others. He has collaborated with groups such as Trio Gadjo and Besos de Coco and participated in shows in spaces such as House of Blues San Diego and Clube da Bossa Nova in Brasília, Brazil.


A native of Brazil, Mr. Pisco holds a Master of Music degree from Yale University, a Graduate

Certificate from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Music in Performance degree from San Diego State University. He has held fellowships at the Aspen Music Festival, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, The Orchestra of the Americas, the Sarasota Music Festival, the Bayreuth Young Artists Festival (Germany) and the Pacific Music Festival (Japan). His principal teachers include Ani Kavafian, Margaret Batjer, Pei-Chun Tsai and his father, Ayrton Macedo Pisco.

Ayrton Pisco
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