Luísa Tender was born in Oporto, Portugal. She studied piano with Anne Mennet, Helena Sá e 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 at NOVA, Lisbon. Luísa is Principal Piano Professor and director of the Master of Music Education Programme at ESART in Castelo Branco, Portugal.