Clélia Iruzun

Brazilian Pianist Based in London

Clélia Iruzun’s endearing artistic personality, which combines her native Brazilian spirit with her exceptional musical gifts, has enabled this much-admired London-based pianist to build an enviable reputation for her performances of a wide range of music, from the great classical repertoire to works by significant figures from across the Americas.

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New World Sounds at Purcell Room

1st February 2019 | 7:45pm | Purcell Room at Southbank Centre, Waterloo Clelia Iruzun – Piano Sarah Neill – Double Bass Coull Quartet Programme Marlos Nobre (Recife, Brazil: 1939-) – Desafio for piano and string quartet Alberto Ginastera (Buenos Aires, Argentina: 1916-1983) – Sonata No.1 Op.22 Allegro marcato, Presto misterioso, Adagio molto appassionato, Ruvido ed ostinato João Guilherme Ripper (Rio…


Fundação Maria Luisa e Oscar Americano São Paulo

5th August 2018 | 11:30hrs | Fundação Maria Luisa e Oscar Americano by Trio Nobile ( Fundação Maria Luisa e Oscar Americano Av. Morumbi, 4077 – Morumbi, São Paulo – SP, 05607-200, Brazil Tickets: Full R$50.00, Half R$25.00 For more information:


Sala Cecília Meireles Rio de Janeiro

3rd August 2018 | 20:00hrs | Sala Cecília Meireles by Trio Nobile ( Sala Cecília Meireles Rua da Lapa, 47 – Lapa, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 20021-180, Brazil Full price: R$ 40,00 For more information:


Have a look at Clélia’s complete discography with recorded music from composers from Europe and the Americas


Reviews from Clélia’s concerts

“This was, simply, one of the best piano recitals I’ve heard in many a long year. She has an easy manner and good rapport with her audience, and we all enjoyed this programme of mainly South American music, plus magical, unforgettable Chopin.”
Peter Grahame Woolf, Musical Pointers, 3 June 2013

”Clélia Iruzun, a one-time pupil of Nelson Freire, is domiciled in London and has established a reputation in South American music with discs of Lecuona, Mignone and Villa-Lobos. She opened the evening with four piano pieces, the earliest the deliciously Chopinesque Tango brasileiro by the short-lived Alexander Levy (1864-1892)…there followed the energetic Dança de Negros by the wonderfully named FructuosoVianna (1896-1976), and a similarly energetic DançaNegra by Camargo Guarnieri (1907-1993)…Less unfamiliar is the music of Villa-Lobos (1887-1959), one of the most prolific composers. Festa no Sertão (1936), an extended piece, is sometimes translated as Jungle Festival. It makes considerable demands on the pianist. Iruzun despatched it with an insouciant panache.
Classical Source, Douglas Cooksey, Purcell Room, London, 24th November 2011

“Last night the pianist Clélia Iruzun played a wonderful concert. The variety of repertoire with the classics and Brazilian works were a new experience for the people of Shanghai.”
Xinming Evening News, Shanghai 2005

“The Mephisto Waltz sounded as if the composer himself was playing it… The Mozart Variations on a Theme by Duport were impeccable”
O GLOBO, Rio de Janeiro, BRASIL

“A recitalist who seemingly puts no more physical effort into playing the piano than it takes to read the newspaper, yet somehow produces sounds which go from stage whispers to tones of laser-beam strength… Schumann’s Etudes Symphoniques, grandly conceived, her interpretation reached the audience in well-packed maturity… Iruzun brimmed with fresh ideas and an untiring technique”

“Clélia Iruzun is a great ambassador for Brazil, which was no better demonstrated than in her opening piece. Villa Lobos Fourth Bachianas Brasileiras. The Prelude was finely executed, it’s varied shades considered and aptly defined. The First Ballade by Chopin was a stylistic delight. Iruzun’s mellifluous technique melding notions into a dreamily clad whole.”


Listen to this wonderful performance of Quintal by Mario Ferraro by flutist Lucas Jordan and guitarist Fabricio Mattos.

Looking forward to playing with these excellent musicians @GDiLaccio

What a pleasure to perform such a wonderful programme at @southbankcentre with music by @marlosnobre @joao_ripper #Ginastera and #AmyBeach with the @coullquartet and Sarah Martin

Wonderful evening of ‘New World Sounds - Music of the Americas’ from @CleliaIruzun (who played a stunning Ginastera Piano Sonata No.1), @coullquartet and Sarah Neil at @southbankcentre’s Purcell Room tonight. Super programme, brilliantly performed. @poliphoniauk


Discover the music of Brazil tomorrow night in a special concert from pianist @CleliaIruzun, @coullquartet and double bass player Sarah Neil performing works from Marlos Nobre and João Guilherme Ripper.

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