Portuguese pianist Ana Telles has pursued musical studies in Lisbon, New York and Paris. She has graduated from Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa («Bacharelato»), Manhattan School of Music (Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance) and New York University (Master’s Degree in Piano Performance), having studied with Sara D. Buechner, Nina Svetlanova, Dmitry Paperno, Sequeira Costa and Alicia de Larrocha (piano), as well as Isidore Cohen and Sylvia Rosenberg (chamber music), among others. She holds a doctoral degree in Music and Musicology from the Paris IV University (Sorbonne) and the University of Évora (Portugal), where she conducted her research project under the guidance of Danièle Pistone and Rui Nery; her thesis on Portuguese composer Luís de Freitas Branco’s piano music was distinguished with the highest classification.
Ana Telles has devoted much attention to the study and interpretation of Olivier Messiaen’s piano music; she has played all of his works for piano and small orchestra (plus Le Réveil des Oiseaux and Trois petites liturgies de la présence divine) with the Lisbon Metropolitain Orchestra and the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. Between 1999 and 2002, she studied privately with Yvonne Loriod- Messiaen.
Ana Telles plays regularly in Portugal, Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, Croatia, Cuba, Brasil, Taiwan and the United States, as a soloist or integrated in chamber music groups. She performed in prestigious venues, such as: the “Salle Cortot” (Paris), the Auditorium of Dijon (France), Borden Auditorium (New York), Sophiensaele (Berlin), the Great Auditorium of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Great Auditorium of Culturgest Foundation, the Small Auditorium of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Small Auditorium of Belém Cultural Center (Lisbon), among others.
She participated in festivals such as: International Computer Music Conference (2001), Jornadas Nova Música (Aveiro, Portugal, 2001), Música Viva (Lisbon, Portugal, 2002, 2007, 2008), International Music Festival of Aveiro (Aveiro, Portugal, 2004), "Colla Voce" Festival (Poitiers, France, 2004), Young Soloists’ Cycle of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon, Portugal, 2006), 26th “Música em Leiria” Festival (Leiria, Portugal, 2008), “Música portuguesa hoje” Festival (Lisbon, Portugal, 2008), Warsaw Autumn Festival (Warsaw, Poland, 2008), City of London Festival (2010), 28. Music Biennale Zagreb (Zagreb, Croatia, 2015).
She played as a soloist with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, the Nuova Amadeus Orchestra (Rome, Italy), the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Lisbon Metropolitain Orchestra, the Classical Orchestra of Madeira, the “Filarmonia das Beiras” Orchestra and the OrchestrUtopica as well as the Symphonic Band of the National Republicain Guard (Portugal), the “Orchestre de flûtes français”, the Tutti Orchestra of Levallois and the “Rouvres en Musique” Festival Orchestra (France).
Ana Telles has worked with major international soloists (Pierre-Yves Artaud, flûte; Arne Deforce, cello; Frances Lynch, voice, to name but a few) and conductors (David Allen Miller, Peter Sundqvist, Franck Ollu, Jean-Sébastien Béreau, Paul Méfano, Adriano Martinolli D’Arcy). She has toured extensively and taught masterclasses in Taiwan (2002), South Corea (2011), Brasil (2012, 2015) and Spain (2013), as well as in France and Portugal .
She received a Fulbright Scholarship.
Ana Telles is Associate Professor with Habilitation at the Music Department of the University of Évora; she is currently the Dean of the School of the Arts.