Maria Joao Pires is out of hospital

Maria Joao Pires is out of hospital


norman lebrecht

September 06, 2021

The Portuguese pianist, who suffered a bad fall in Riga, passed her medical tests this afternoon.

Statement from the Riga Jurmala Festival:

After yesterday’s last minute cancellation, we are pleased to report that pianist Maria João Pires is doing well.  After a period of a few weeks of rest, she will be able to resume her majestic performances. She accidentally fell and as a precautionary measure was taken to the hospital emergency room. Outpatient examinations revealed that one of her shoulders sustained some damage but fortunately it will heal with the prescribed rest. We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to finding a date for her to return to the Festival next summer.



  • V. Lind says:

    Best news of the day.

  • E says:

    This is good news after bad.
    The angels have been watching over her! I join in wishing her a
    solid recovery, with my thanks for the glorious music that has
    strengthened us during this dark

  • BRUCEB says:

    Glad to hear it wasn’t [too] serious. Hopefully at this stage in her career, she knows enough to listen to her doctors… we don’t want a “Perahia’s thumb” situation.

  • Ricardo says:

    Wonderful news!

  • Peter San Diego says:

    That’s very good news. Rest, recover, and return!