Allan Duarte Manhas is a brazilian prize-winning concert pianist. He has been perfoming in Europe, USA and South America, in such venues as Curt-Sachs-Saal in Berlin, Scriabin Museum in Moscow, Chopin House in Zelazowa Wola, Georg-Friedrich-Haendel-Hall and Haendel House in Halle, and Mendelssohn House in Leipzig.
Born in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, he first got in touch with the piano at the age of 7. Years later he would earn his Bachelor’s degree in piano with honors from the University of São Paulo, under Prof. Fernando Corvisier. After an intense semester as a visiting scholar in Ukraine (National Academy of Music "Peter Tchaikovsky", Kiev) he finally transferred to Germany to pursue graduate studies. There he earned his Master’s Degree and Artist Diploma (Konzert Examen) from the Martin-Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, under Prof. Marco Antonio de Almeida. Further studies took place at the Fondation Bell'arte-ICPA (Belgium), under the guidance of Maestro Nelson Delle-Vigne (École Normale).
Allan Manhas has attended masterclasses with acclaimed artists such as Luis Carlos de Moura Castro, Gilberto Tinetti, Ricardo Castro, Jean-Louis Steuerman, François-Frédéric Guy, Lilya Zilberstein, Robert Roux, Boris Berman, Paul Badura-Skoda, John Perry, Felix Gottlieb and Pascal Devoyon. Furthermore, he has been given the opportunity to receive precious artistic coaching on a more regular basis by Josep Colom, Björn Lehmann and Jerome Lowenthal.
He has won prizes in competitions in South America and Europe, such as the "Convocatoria Internacional Claudio Arrau" in Quilpue, Chile (2006), and the Prize "Musik braucht Freunde" Halle-Saale (2009).
He has been performing with traditional orchestras, such as the Halle State Orchestra (Germ.), the West Palm Beach Atlantic University Orchestra (USA), the Academic Orchestra Halle (Germ.), and the Symphony Orchestra of the University of Londrina (BR).
After several year as an Assistant Professor at the Martin-Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, he moved to Berlin, where he currently holds a teaching position for piano in the State Music Schools Leo Kestenberg (Tempelhof-Schöneberg) and Fanny Hensel (Central).