INSTRUMENTALISTS - PIANO
Worldwide General Manager: Elisa Patria
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Hailed by the critics as the “natural successor to his great compatriot Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli,” Alessandro Taverna’s “music making stimulates the senses as does a visit to his native Venice” and gives “rise to a feeling of wonderment.” When he reached the finals of the 2009 Leeds International Piano Competition performing Chopin’s First Piano Concerto, “the world was suddenly suffused with grave beauty: flawless minutes of poetry,” said The Independent. Since then, Taverna has shown a most remarkable, constant development that makes him one of the most interesting, musical pianists of his generation, now in worldwide demand.
Alessandro Taverna has performed throughout the world in the most renowned series and concert halls, including Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Salle Cortot in Paris, Berlin Konzerthaus, Fazioli Concert Hall, Sala Verdi in Milan, Auditorium Stelio Moro in Lugano, Preston Bradley Hall in Chicago, Musashino Hall in Tokyo, as we well as Ottawa Chamber Festival, Unione Musicale in Turin, Maggio Musicale in Firenze and MITO Settembre Musica in Milano and Turin. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Orchestra del Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Bucharest Philharmonic and the Minnesota Orchestra.
Taverna has been supported by the Keyboard Charitable Trust (London), for which he has performed solo recitals and concertos in Europe and the United States. In 2009 he opened Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival (Virginia, US), after which the late Maestro invited him to perform Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with him and the Münchner Philharmoniker at the Gasteig in Munich and Musikverein in Vienna. Taverna thus became the last soloist performing with the Maestro. In 2015 he made his debut with Fabio Luisi at the Castleton Festival and with La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Daniel Harding. He has also worked with Thierry Fischer, Reinhard Goebel, Grzegorz Nowak, Michael Guttman, Andrew Penny, Enrico Bronzi, Joshua Weilerstein and a number of other conductors.
Alessandro Taverna has won numerous awards in national and international competitions, among them the international piano competitions of Leeds, London, Hamamatsu, Minneapolis/St. Paul, the Casella Prize in Venice, the Busoni Competition in Bolzano, the Scriabin Prize in Grosseto and Premio Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli of Eppan. He was also awarded from the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano with the Premio Sinopoli, for his artistic activity and international career.
A native of Venice, Taverna began his piano studies at the Fondazione Musicale Santa Cecilia, Portogruaro, with Laura Candiago Ferrari, graduating with honors. He achieved the Artist Diploma at the Scuola di Perfezionamento Musicale di Portogruaro, studying with Piero Rattalino, and completed his artistic formation at the Accademia Pianistica Internazionale Incontri col Maestro in Imola with Franco Scala, Leonid Margarius and Boris Petrushansky and Louis Lortie and he received his Master Diploma in 2008. Alessandro Taverna subsequently enrolled at the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome with Sergio Perticaroli, graduating cum laude, and he later continued his studies at the renowned Lake Como International Piano Academy William Grant Naboré, Fou Ts’ong and Dmitri Bashkirov and at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover (Germany) with Arie Vardi, graduating in 2013 in the Solo Performance Class.
He has given seminars and masterclasses at Bowdoin International Music Festival (USA), Willamette University, Salem (USA), Potchefstroom University (South Africa), St John’s University of York (UK). He is professor of piano at the Conservatory L. Perosi of Campobasso and at St. Cecilia Music Foundation of Portogruaro.
His concerts have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Rai Radio 3, Slovenian National Radio, RSI Swiss Radio. In 2015 the British label SOMM Recordings released his most recent album with works by Nikolay Medtner.