Born in Trapani, after getting the piano diploma with the highest marks at the Bellini Conservatory of Palermo under the guidance of A. Fortunato, he has continued to study in Italy and Germany with E. Sollima, E. Kolodin, I. Edelstein, E. Picht Axenfeld and N. Tichman and with D. Taubman in the United States. He has given concerts for some of the most important cultural centers and festivals both in Italy and abroad, on the occasion of artistic and institutional important events, both as soloist and with orchestra and also in piano duo with his sister Giacometta with whom he has recorded, moreover, the Saint-Saëns’ “Animal Carnival” and two CDs with music of Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Ravel and Liszt under the aegis of the German Stock Exchange and of the International Bankers Forum. His repertoire extends from the baroque to contemporary music. He taught in Frankfurt and Amsterdam, holding also numerous masterclasses in some countries and he has been piano professor in the Lecce and Messina State Conservatories and, after being appointed by the Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Rome, at the State “C.G. da Venosa” State Conservatory of Potenza. His class has been defined by the press as “golden” and boasting ninety first prizes got both in national and in international piano competitions in four years. Throughout the years, he has performed several times in the presence or on behalf of the Dutch royal Family. Right in Holland he has been awarded by Bechstein the International European Prize and Recognition and also the “Plötz Top 500” (international lifetime achievement award); the lifetime achievement “Sicanorum Cantica” award by the President of the Republic and by the President of the Senate; the UNESCO Prize for art and culture awarded by the Club for UNESCO of Trapani and the honorable appointment as UNESCO Ambassador for the new generations for the Western Sicily and the Netherlands. In 2013 the Chamber of Commerce of Trapani and the Telesud 3 Television awarded the lifetime achievement “Saturn” Prize. He is also founder and art director of the Trapani Piano Festival, supported by the local Department for Culture.
- Silvia Cappellini Sinopoli (ITA)
- Luca Rasca (ITA)