Maria Joao Pires

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.

This week, the acclaimed Portuguese pianist Maria Joao Pires announced that she would retire in 2014.  Earlier this year, after an absence of more than a dozen years from the United States, the demure but exquisite Pires returned to perform with The Philadelphia Orchestra. David Patrick Stearns has this appreciation.

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.