Luísa Tender was born in Porto, Portugal. She studied piano with Anne Mennet, Helena Costa and Pedro Burmester. In 1997 she became a pupil of Vitalij Margulis in Los Angeles, where she studied until she was admitted at the Royal College of Music in London in 2000. There she studied with Irina Zaritskaya and obtained her Master of Music degree in 2002. Later on, she earned the Diplôme Supérieur d’Exécution at the École Normale de Musique in Paris, where she was a student of Marian Rybicki. She holds a doctorate degree in Music Education and Psychology (NOVA University, Lisbon).
Her first published CD (Bach and Forward, author’s edition, London, 2009) was Classical Music Magazine’s Choice of the Month. Her second recording, Página Esquecida, a double CD with Portuguese music for cello and piano (with cellist Bruno Borralhinho, Dreyer & Gaido, Berlin, 2009), was praised by internacional critics (Fanfare, Strings Magazine, Das Orchester, amongst others).