Ricardo Castro is a pianist, conductor, professor and cultural manager. He was the first Latin American to win first prize in the Leeds International Piano Competition. He also got the first prize in the ARD in Munich, the Rahn Competition in Zurich and the Pembaur in Bern. As soloist, he performed with the BBC London Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, City of Birmingham Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic and the Mozarteum of Salzburg, among others. Castro is founder and Artistic Director of Neojiba (State Centres of Youth and Children's Orchestras of Bahia), a pioneering social program in Brazil. In 2013, he was the first Brazilian to receive the Honorary Membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society. Besides his artistic and educational work with Neojiba, Castro teaches piano at the Haute École de Musique Vaud Valais Fribourg in Switzerland. The pianist has recorded five albums dedicated to the music of Chopin, and others featuring compositions by Mozart, Falla and Liszt.