Music recorded by Fred Sturm

Mario Carro, Impromptu (2010)

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Fred Sturm specializes in the music of Latin America and Spain, with a special emphasis on Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos, and Mexican composer Federico Ibarra. He also has a strong affection for the music of Frederic Mompou, Rodolfo Halffter and Ernesto Nazareth.


His latest CD, Federico Ibarra - Music for Piano, was released in 2012. Peter Burwasser wrote of it (Fanfare Magazine, March 2013), "He plays the music of Ibarra as if he were writing it on the spot. It is rare to hear a musician so inhabited by the material. Sturm has played the piano his entire life, but did not have a typical conservatory training. Nevertheless, the technique he displays here can be astonishing, especially in his ability to draw out all of the inner voicings in the music, even as they are layered across a huge dynamic range. . . For the listener, this music can be challenging and even strange, but as an example of extraordinary artistry at the service of bold, iconoclastic music, this is a powerful release."


He has uploaded over 100 videos of musical performances - solo and ensemble, live concert and informal recording session - to his YouTube channel. These include a wide variety of works, in many cases the only readily available recordings.


Another of his interests is historical research, in the areas of the history of the piano and of tuning. He has translated The Art of Tuning, by Claude Montal a French piano technician and manufacturer of the mid 19th century. For more about that, see


He makes his home in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he makes most of his living as a piano technician.