Fabio Vacchi, president
Fabio Vacchi was born in Bologna (19 February 1949). In 1974 he took part in the Berkshire Music Center courses in Tanglewood (USA), where he won the Koussewitzky Prize for composition. In 1976 he won first prize at the Gaudeamus competition in Holland for his Les soupirs de Geneviève for 11 solo strings. He has written a number of operas including: Girotondo, after Schnitzler (1982, Maggio Musicale, Florence); La Station thermale, commissioned by the Opéra de Lyon (1993, with revivals in 1994 and 1995) and later staged at La Scala in Milan (1995) and at the Opéra Comique in Paris read more

Vovka Ashkenazy
Vovka Ashkenazy, who is of Russian and Icelandic parentage, began piano lessons at the age of six with Rögnvaldur Sigurjónsson in Reykjavík, where his family lived at the time. Ten years later he went to England to study with Sulamita Aronovsky at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He also benefitted from occasional study sessions with pianists such as Leon Fleisher and Peter Frankl.
Vovka Ashkenazy made his debut in London at the Barbican Centre in 1983 with the London Symphony Orchestra under Richard Hickox, performing Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto. ….read more

Olivier Gardon
Olivier Gardon was seven years old when he came to the attention of the hungarian pianist Lili Kraus. He went on to study at the Conservatoire de Nice and at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique (CNSM) in Paris with Pierre Sancan and Jean Hubeau, and he perfected his skills under the guidance of Jean Fassina, Géza Anda, Lili Kraus, and György Sebök.
Olivier Gardon has garnered numerous awards in prestigious international competitions, including the Marguerite Long competition (1973), the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition (1975) .…read more

Riccardo Risaliti
For many years, Riccardo Risaliti has actively pursued a career as concert performer, teacher, researcher into the performance and history of the piano, critic, and editor of piano scores. He has won many national and international awards, and has soloed and played alongside well-known musicians, singers and chamber music ensembles in an ever richer and more unusual repertoire, particularly within the romantic and contemporary music. Born in Tuscany, he completed his studies at the Florence Conservatory under the guidance of Rio Nardi and Luigi Dallapiccola, after which he attended master classes with Carlo Zecchi and Nikita Magaloff.r....read more

Daniel Rivera
Daniel Rivera made his Italian debut in the 70s thanks to some very important international competitions he was awarded in, like the “Ferruccio Busoni”, the “Dino Ciani”, the “Ettore Pozzoli” the “Rina Sala Gallo”, the “Cata Monti”, the “Beethoven” in Wien achieving three absolute first prizes, two second prizes and several other special mentions. He then started a prestigious piano concert career, performing in the most important theatres worldwide – among them the Sala Philarmonia in Kiev, the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Park Musik Hall in Dallas, the Musikverein in Wien, the Teatro Colòn in Buenos Aires  …read more

Álvaro Teixeira Lopes
Álvaro Teixeira Lopes is Professor in the Department of Communication and Art at Aveiro University, as well as the Artistic Director of Santa Cecilia International Competition (CISC), and Director of Curso de Música Silva Monteiro (CMSM). Álvaro Teixeira Lopes attended the Conservatório de Música do Porto and continued his studies in Vienna and Paris with Paul Badura Skoda, Noel Flores and Marian Ribicky. Awarded with several prizes, he developed intense national and international activities as a soloist and chamber musician a …read more

Marco Vincenzi
Born in Genoa, Marco Vincenzi obtained his piano degree summa cum laude in 1978, winning his prize for the best graduated of the year. Then he continued his studies with Maria Tipo in Geneva Conservatoire Superieur, winning his Prix de Virtuosité in 1986; in the same year he obtained also his composition degree and his university degree in modern letters summa cum laude, with a thesis about Dinu Lipatti, which won a prize for musicology from Lipatti Foundation in Bucharest. Winner of several prizes in national and international piano competitions, he obtained his 1st prize in Stresa and Salzburg Mozarteum Competitions
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