Related Program: Arts Desk One Of The Finest Pianists Of Her Generation: Calling It Quits By David Patrick Stearns • Dec 22, 2012 Related Program: Arts Desk TweetShareGoogle+Email Listen Listening... / 10:35 The acclaimed Maria Joao Pires announced that she will retire in 2014. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns profiles the demure but exquisite Portuguese pianist. Tags: Maria Joao PiresTweetShareGoogle+EmailView the discussion thread. Related Content Portuguese Pianist Maria João Pires By David Patrick Stearns • May 26, 2012 On a rare visit to the United States, the internationally renowned pianist and humanitarian Maria João Pires performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra last week. David Patrick Stearns explores the life and career of the great piano virtuoso.