Paulo Lopes was born in Lisbon, Portugal, where he started playing the piano at the age of 6. At the age of 9 he was awarded a scholarship to the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon to study music and the arts. He joined the Conservatoire Nacional de Lisboa at the age of 12 where he had piano tuition from Leonor Leitão-Cadete for several years. He then came to London to continue his studies in music and the arts. He has studied at the Guildhall School of Music and with the Spanish pianist Maria Garzón. In 1997 Paulo was admitted as Licentiate, Trinity College London.
He has given various piano recitals throughout the country including the University of Essex and two charity concerts at Hengrave Hall in aid of Amnesty International. Paulo has also played in the south of France summer concerts and in Holland. He has given recitals with the soprano Yvonne Howard, the bass Stephen Richardson, as well as recitals with flutist Peter O’Connor. Paulo has won various competitions in regional music festivals; he was also awarded the prize for Excellence at the Sudbury Music Festival in 1997. He also teaches the piano privately.