Selected Reviews

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New York Philharmonic: Esteban Benzecry Piano Concerto 'Universos Infinitos'
David Geffen Hall, Jan 2020

Anthony Tommasini,  Jan 16 2020

Mr. Tiempo gave a scintillating and virtuosic performance.

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New York Philharmonic: Esteban Benzecry Piano Concerto 'Universos Infinitos'
David Geffen Hall, Jan 2020

Eric C. Simpson,  Jan 16 2020

The evening’s most rewarding item was the New York premiere of Universos infinitos, a piano concerto by Esteban Benzecry. Pianist Sergio Tiempo gave an inspired reading, showing in this first movement complete comfort with the virtuosic demands of the part, but also finding moments to pull back and draw whispering phrases out of the instrument.

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Frankfurter Museumsorchester: Rachmaninov 'Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini'
Alte Oper / November 2019

Bernhard Uske,  November 2019

The phenomenal pianist Sergio Tiempo, from Venezuela, formed a dream team with conductor Alexander Prior. The two made all aspects of the work their own, with a swirling, percussive but also subtle shape. At the same time, it was completely unforced, sparkling, and crystalline. Rachmaninov's ideas were exposed, broken down with rapidly changing perspectives. Tiempo and Prior - remember these names.

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Los Angeles Philharmonic: Esteban Benzecry Piano Concerto 'Universos Infinitos' World Premiere
Walt Disney Concert Hall, October 2019

Mark Swed,  October 2019

Tiempo somehow made the impossible possible.

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Boston Symphony Orchestra: Ravel Piano Concerto
Boston Symphony Hall, April 2019

Stephen Wigler, International Piano June 2019

When I last heard Sergio Tiempo play, he was a teenager. I thought then that he was one of the greatest talents of his generation. He had everything: taste, tone, technique, temperament and intelligence. I finally got a chance to hear him again and my opinion hasn't changed. At 47, he remains one of the best pianists alive. His performance of Ravel's Concerto in G major with the Boston Symphony surpassed every live and recorded version of the piece I've ever heard. The encores made me desperate to hear him again.

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Boston Symphony Orchestra: Ravel Piano Concerto
Boston Symphony Hall, April 2019

Zoë Madonna,  April 12 2019

Through the lushness of the orchestra, pianist Sergio Tiempo's phrases glistened with a pearly sheen, manifesting with nonchalant loveliness. The slower second movement took a prayerful, introspective tack...from there it was an all-out gymnastic Presto to the end, and Ginastera's roaring Danza del gaucho matrero came as an encore in lieu of the canceled concerto. With luck, Symphony Hall will see Tiempo again.

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Würth Philharmonic: Rachmaninov Concerto No. 3
Künzelsau, February 2019

Andreas Dehne,  May 2 2019

This difficult piece begins quite light-footed as the Argentinian star pianist Sergio Tiempo displays his technical brilliance... One experiences a mature pianist, who brings a fresh approach to Rachmaninov's music. Tiempo masters the fast passages with a playful lightness and elegance... he carries us away with this work.

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Queensland Symphony Orchestra Residency: 'Soloists and Spontaneity'
Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Brisbane, August 2018

Gillian Wills,  august 6 2018

Sergio Tiempo was sensational in Rachmaninov’s colossal Third Piano Concerto... [he] had the virtuosic challenges nailed yet consistently directed towards pathos. Demanding though the big and scampered chordal flurries were, the clarity of the melodic line, accents and harmonic nuance was superb. Meaning flowed through Tiempo’s fingertips and never more so than in the light and feathery tender passages. His charismatic persona and luminous exploitation of the Concerto’s mood swings ensnared the audience who were swept up in Tiempo’s insightful pianistic might from start to finish.