Worldly acclaimed as one of the best interpreters of Frédéric Chopin, Arthur Moreira Lima also had success in the field of popular music. At nine he won a soloist contest promoted by the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira (Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra) with a Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart concert. In 1952 he won the contest again, interpreting a Ludwig Van Beethoven concert. In 1956 he won a Rádio MEC contest, winning a scholarship from the Brazilian government to study in Paris, France, with Marguerite Long. In 1962 he got the third place in the III International Piano Contest (Rio de Janeiro), being invited to work as the assistant to professor Rudolf Keres at the Moscow Conservatory (then U.S.S.R.A.), position that he held for the next three years. In 1965 he got the second place at the Frédéric Chopin International Contest (Warsaw, Poland). Returning to Moscow, he continued his studies until 1970, when he moved to Vienna, Austria, when he started his acknowledged career as an international concerto player. His activities in popular music included a celebrated mid-seventies English recording of Ernesto Nazareth's works (Nazareth being himself deeply influenced by Chopin), the no less important association with Elomar, Heraldo do Monte and Paulo Moura in the ConSertão series, and the performances/recordings with Rafael Rabelo, Época de Ouro, Nelson Gonçalves and Ney Matogrosso.
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