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Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri

Founder

The Italian pianist Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri was instructed by Magda Tagliaferro, Claudio Arrau and Gyorgy Cziffra.

In addition to his performing and recording career that took him to several continents, Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri is also a famed international piano pedagogue. He made his  pedagocical career at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris "Alfred Cortot", and was also appointed professor extraordinaire at the Chapelle Musicale "Reine Elisabeth" in Belgium.

Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri gives frequent master classes in France, USA, Canada, Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Greece, Russia, China, South Korea, Taiwan, etc. He also collaborated to the festivities of the European Union Day in Seoul, South Korea, by special invitation of the European ambassador. Cultural and pedagogical broadening is an important goal of his duties as general director of the Bell'Arte Foundation.

Delle-Vigne Fabbri is the artistic director of MusicA Braine l'Alleud, the Paris International Summer Sessions and of the EMS Music Group.

Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri is the founder and artistic director of The International Certificate for Piano Artists-programme. 

 

Michel Béroff

Michel Béroff, born in France, graduated from the Paris Conservatoire. In the following years, he won the  first international Olivier Messiaen piano competition.

He has been since considered one of the most outstanding interpreter of Messiaen's music. During the next years he played with the most prestigious orchestras around the world under the direction of such conductors as Abbado, Barenboim, Bernstein, Boulez, Dohnanyi, Dorati, Dutoit, Eschenbach, Gielen, Inbal, Jochum, Leinsdorf, Masur, Ozawa, Previn, Rostropovitch, …. As a chamber music partner, he has been very active playing with Martha Argerich, Barbara Hendricks, Jean-Philippe Collard, Augustin Dumay, Pierre Amoyal, Lynn Harrell.

During the past years, Michel Beroff has been developing a conducting career. Exclusive EMI artist for over 20 years, Michel Beroff has published more than 50 recordings; among them, the complete works for piano and orchestra from Liszt, Prokofieff and Stravinsky, conducted by Seiji Ozawa and Kurt Masur. For Deutsche Grammophon, he has recorded Ravel's left hand concerto with the LSO and Claudio Abbado.

His latest recordings includes the complete piano music from Debussy for Denon. Michel Beroff has been awarded five times the "Grand-Prix du Disque".

As a publisher, he participated, for Wiener Urtext, to a new edition of Debussy piano music. For the japanese network NHK, he realized, in 2006, a serie of fifteen master-classes on french music. During the last seasons, Michel Beroff played with the LSO under Pierre Boulez, the New-York philharmonic and Kurt Masur, as well as the London Philarmonic for an extensive tour of England and Spain . He also toured extensively in Germany, Holland, Sweden, Finland, Portugal, Greece, Brasil, Korea and China.

Michel Béroff is a former teacher of the Paris Conservatory.
 

Jerome Lowenthal

Vice President

Jerome Lowenthal, American classical pianist, teaches the Juiliard School in New York, where he was also chair of the piano department. He made his debut at 13 with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Returning to the United States from Jerusalem in 1963, he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic, playing Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 2.

Since then, he has performed with famous conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Seiji Ozawa, Michael Tilson, Leonard Bernstein, Thomas, Leopold Stokowski, Leonard Slatkin, Yuri Temirkanov, Eugene Ormandy and Pierre Monteux. He has played sonatas with Itzhak Perlman, piano duos with Ronit Amir, his late wife and Ursula Oppens, as well as quintets with the Lark Quartet, Avalon Quartet, and Shanghai Quartet.

His studies included lessons with Olga Samaroff in Philadelphia, William Kapell and Eduard Steuermann at the Juilliard School in New York, and Alfred Cortot at the École Normale de Musique de Paris in France. A prizewinner at Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels (1960) and Busoni Competition, he is a frequent judge in international piano competitions.

He is recognized as a specialist of Franz Liszt, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Béla Bartók, and more generally of virtuoso and late romantic music. His recordings include piano concertos by Liszt with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the complete Tchaikovsky concerto cycle with the London Symphony Orchestra. He has an extensive repertoire, including 59 performed piano concerti, and is the dedicatee of many new works and has unearthed some rare romantic piano works, such Liszt Third Piano Concerto.

Jean-Philippe Collard

Although pianist Jean-Philippe Collard's name is as French as his birthplace, Mareuil-sur-Ay, Champagne, his repertoire knows no geographical boundaries.

In addition to his complete mastery of French concerto literature, his interpretations of works by Bartok, Liszt, Haydn, Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Gershwin, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Strauss and Mozart have met with great acclaim.

Mr. Collard was admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris at an exceptionally young age. At sixteen he was unanimously awarded the Conservatory's First Prize, and subsequently he has won many others, including the Grand Prix du Concours National des Artistes Soloistes, Prix Albert Roussel, Prix Gabriel Faure, Prix du Concours International Marguerite Long/Jacques Thibaud, and Grand-Prix du Concours International Cziffra. Mr. Collard was named Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur in January, 2003.

In addition to recitals throughout Europe, North and South America, Russia and the Far East, Mr. Collard has appeared as soloist with the world's greatest orchestras. He has also performed at the London Proms Concerts, and the Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, Bad Kissingen, Salzburg, Bath, Caramoor, Newport, and Saratoga Festivals.

A prolific recording artist with more than thirty titles to his credit, Mr. Collard's discography includes the Rachmaninov Etudes-Tableaux and Brahms Hungarian Dances (with pianist Michel Beroff), both named Stereo Review's Record of the Year in their respective years; the Ravel Concerti with Lorin Maazel and the Orchestre National de France, cited by Gramophone Magazine as Best Concerto Recording; and the Chausson Concert, Op. 21 (with Augustin Dumay and the Muir String Quartet) which won the Grand-Prix du Disque.

Josep Colom

Josep Colom was born in Barcelona, Spain, in the difficult years of the Spanish post-war. He began piano lessons in Barcelona with his aunt Rosa Colom, and later moved to Paris to study at the École Normale de Musique.
His many awards include First Prize at the Santander Paloma O'Shea International Piano Competition (1978) and First Prize at the Jaén and Épinal International Competitions. Since his debut at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris in 1979, he has regularly toured the five continents giving recitals and concerts with orchestras and performing chamber music with a wide variety of ensembles and artists.

His first recordings in 1982 include the complete Sonatas of Manuel Blasco de Nebra (Etnos), for which he was awarded the Spanish Ministry of Culture Prize. In 1989 he recorded the complete works of Manuel de Falla (Circe), an album that Fanfare magazine hailed as the best version of Falla’s works. He has also recorded the complete works of Frederic Mompou, the complete concertos and variations of Johannes Brahms, as well as works by Fauré, Debussy, Ravel and Brahms in collaboration with the pianist Carmen Deleito.

Mr Colom has served as jury of many important piano competitions, including the Paloma O'Shea International Piano Competition and the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. In 1998 the Spanish Ministry of Culture awarded him the Premio Nacional de Música.
Since 2010 he regularly teaches in Valencia at the Musikeon Postgraduate Programs,[2] and gives masterclass in Spain (Aula de Música de la Universidad de Alcalá de Henares), Switzerland (Cours International de Blonay) and France (École Normale de Musique de Paris), among others.

Bruno Rigutto

Bruno Rigutto studied the piano in CNSM of Paris in the class of Lucette Descaves, chamber music with Jean Hubeau, composition and direction of orchestra. He also had the chance to be, during ten years, one of the rare adherents of Samson François. Laureate of Competitions Margaret Long in Paris and Tchaikowsky in Moscow, Bruno Rigutto started very early his international career, invited by most big Chiefs: C.M. Giulini, L. Maazel, G. Prêtre, S. Skrowaczewski, K. Masur, S. Macal, S. Baudo, etc.

 

He is also the soloist of prestigious orchestras such as Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Orchestra of Cleveland, the Orchestra of Paris, Royal Liverpool Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK of Tokyo, orchestra of the Santa Caecilia of Rome, orchestras of Barcelona, Madrid, Leningrad, Monte Carlo, the Orchestra of Foundation Gulbenkian, etc.

 

Bruno Rigutto dedicates himself, moreover, to the chamber music, through which he scoops out the substance of his researches.

His partners are Isaac Stern, Jean-Pierre Wallez, Pierre Amoyal, Raphaël Oleg, Patrice Fontanarosa, Brigitte Engerer, Olivier Charlier, Barbara Hendricks, Michel Portal, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Arto Noras, Yo Yo Ma, etc. His discography is important. He recorded for Decca, EMI, Forlane, Denon, Lyrinx, and got several Grand Prizes of the Disc.

Conductor since 1984, Bruno Rigutto composed several musics of stages and of films. He teaches in CNSM of Paris where he succeeded Aldo Ciccolini. He also teaches in the Ecole Normale of Paris, and offen in masterclasses in Japan an Korea.

Eugen Indjic

A French-American pianist of Russian origin, Eugen Indjic began his study of  the piano with Alexander Borovsky and later with Arthur Rubinstein, who remained a mentor and friend. Rubinstein considered Indjic “ world-class pianist of rare musical and artistic perfection”.
 

He already performed on U.S national network television at age 11. “ He plays Chopin as a pole, Debussy as a Frenchman and Prokoviev as a Russian master” an early critic wrote.

 At age 12, he made his first recording of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations for RCA Victor on Rachmaninov’s own piano. Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor Erich Leinsdorf invited him to play Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto in his senior year at the Phillips Andover Academy, making Indjic at age 18 the youngest pianist ever to have performed with that orchestra.

On his graduation from Harvard University, Indjic was called “an extraordinary pianist and musician” by conductor Leonard Bernstein. Russian pianist Emil Gilels called him “a unique and inspired artist”. Prize-winner of three international contests - Warsaw (1970), Leeds (1972), and Rubinstein (1974) - Indjic has performed with the leading orchestras of the United States, Europe and Asia, and under such conductors as Solti, Bernstein, Leinsdorf, Sinopoli, Gergiev, Fedoseiev, and Zinman, among others.

He has played a series of series of special concerts in “Homage to Arthur Rubinstein” throughout the United States and Europe, and regularly performs in world capitals and in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, La Scala, Musikverein, and Concertgebouw.

His present discography includes works of Debussy and Stravinsky for Sony, of Chopin for Claves Records, as well as Chopin, Schumann, Debussy for the Andante Spianato and DUX Labels.

In addition to performing, Eugen Indjic regularly teaches master classes in Europe, Japan and the Unites States, and is a frequent jury member of international competitions including the Chopin, Liszt Wroclaw, Rubinstein Tel Aviv, Prague Spring Festival, Lisbon Vianna Da Motta…

In 2010, he was named “artist-in-residence” at the Prague Symphony Orchestra.

Daniel Blumenthal

Daniel Blumenthal enjoys an international reputation as soloist, concert musician and chamber artist. He is professor at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, Belgium. He is artist professor at the Thy Masterclass Chamber Music Festival, Denmark. Mr Blumenthal has recorded more than 80 compact discs.

Born at Landstuhl in Germany, Daniel Blumenthal is of American origin. He started his musical studies when just shy of 5 years-of-age. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan (Bachelor of Music) and The Juilliard School, New York (Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts).

Daniel Blumenthal is a laureate of several international competitions: Sydney and Leeds in 1981, Geneva and Busoni in 1982, and the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium in 1983. In 1995 he was on the jury of the Queen Elisabeth Competition of Piano.

Blumenthal is honorary member of Icons of Europe and musical advisor to this not-for-profit cultural association.

Boaz Sharon

Boaz Sharon is a pianist, recording artist and professor of piano at Boston University as well as Director of Piano Studies at Boston University Tanglewood Institute.
He is a frequent performer in the U.S., China, Russia, Czech Republic and other countries.

He was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and studied with Emma Gorochov,then with Stefan Askenase in Brussels,  and later  in the US with William Doppmann and with Leonard Shure.

Before his present position at Boston University, he was Pianist-in-Residence at Duke University, and Professor of Piano at the University of Florida.
He is a frequent judge at competitions including the Rudolf Firkusny International Piano Competition, Prague, the Liszt International Piano Competition-"Dedication to Franz Liszt", Moscow and the Jaen International Piano Competition in Spain. Having directed the Prague International Piano Masterclasses for the last 13 years he is also on the artist faculty of the Ruza International Piano Festival in Russia, and  the International Certificate for Piano Artists.

He is first-prize winner and gold medalist at the Jaen International Piano Competition, Spain, and has received the Jubilee Medal from Charles University, Prague, on the 600th anniversary of that university's foundation, given for "significant contributions" to Charles University.
Sharon is Honorary Fellow at Charles University, Prague. In 2009 he was appointed Visiting Professor at the China Conservatory in Beijing.

 

Piotr Folkert

iotr Folkert is widely regarded as one of the most gifted and sensitive pianists performing today. His “stellar technique and insightful interpretations” have won him consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences worldwide, whether for his solo recitals, his orchestral engagements or his growing catalogue of recordings. His broad repertoire ranges from music of the Baroque period to new works of contemporary composers, with some especially commissioned and written for him. His performing schedule regularly takes him to the great concert stages of North America and has been highlighted by frequent engagements at the Carnegie Hall. Internationally, he has appeared in cultural capitols of Europe, Australia and Far East.

Mr. Folkert is a winner of The Annual Young Artist International Piano Award in New York (1995), The International Chamber Music Competition in Caltanisetta, Italy (1990) among others. He has participated in numerous festivals including The Flaine Music Festival (France), The Summit Music Festival (New York), The Guelph Spring Festival (Canada), Burg Music Festival (Berlin), The Music Festival of Baltic Countries (Poland), Kun-Ming Festival (China). He was bestowed the honor of performing a special recital for the King of Malaysia at the Royal Palace in Kuala Lumpur. Mr. Folkert gave the New York premiere performance of Henryk Mikołaj Gorecki’s Concerto for Piano and Strings. In 1995, he performed Gorecki’s Piano Concerto at Carnegie Hall receiving excellent reviews in The New York Times by Allan Kozinn and other New York newspapers. During the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta his performance and musical tribute to Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and the Olympic Committee at Spivey Hall was broadcast nationwide on NPR’s “Performance Today”.,

Concert tours including recitals and concert appearances with orchestras brought Piotr Folkert to the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, New Zealand, Russia, Turkey, India, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand.

Mr.Folkert has recorded many recitals for radio and television around the world, including a live performance on New York’s WNYC and WQXR Radio Stations, Washington’s “Performance Today” on National Public Radio, Dublin’s RTE Radio, Polish Radio and Television, and a live recording from Ongakonotomo Hall in Tokyo among others. His recording of J.S.Bach Keyboard Concertos with The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Poland, conducted by Grzegorz Nowak was highly acclaimed by both critics and audiences worldwide. In addition, Mr.Folkert has recorded solo and chamber music for European and American labels including: Arti, Zuk, Sanibel and Dux. His discography is further highlighted by a chamber music recording with music of Brahms, Berkley and Banks which was selected by German Music Magazine „Klassik Heute” as the Recording of the month (May 1998). His most recent releases of works for Piano, Violin and Cello by renown American composer David Diamond, which included world premier performances of these works, was hailed by David Lehman of the American Record Guide as “the best performances of David Diamond’s chamber music since the Beaux Arts Quartet ”. Upcoming releases include “Polish Piano Concertos of the 20th Century” (Gorecki, Szymanowski and Panufnik) and “Piano Concertos” with String Orchestra (Morton Gould, Malcolm Williamson and a work especially written for Mr.Folkert by American composer Thomas Ludwig).

Piotr Folkert received his Master’s degree from The Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland. After winning several competitions for young pianists, he continued his studies at Yale University in New Haven, Indiana University in Bloomington and The Mannes College of Music in New York City. Mr.Folkert has worked with such distinguished musicians as Professor Andrzej Jasinski, Grant Johannesen, Richard Good, Oxana Yablonskaya, Murray Perahia.

Mr.Folkert is on the International Roster of Steinway Artists.

ChinChuan Chang

Dr. Chin-Chuan Chang, is currently chairman of the music department at the National Taipei University of Education. He was the First Prize winner of the "Franz Liszt" International Piano Competition in Los Angeles in the Category C, age 17-32, and the Best Etude Prize. During his studies in Europe, he was a prize winner in the "Ciudad de Manresa" International Competition in Barcelona, Spain; the "Le Muse" International Competition in Salerno, Italy, and the "Ataurfo Argenta" Competition in Santander, Spain.

Dr. Chang studied later with Professor Fr. Wu in Taiwan. As a child, he was selected for the "Gifted child" program of the Minister of Education to study at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid in Spain with Fernando Puchol and graduated with the highest honor. In 1990, he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he studied with Prof. Solomon Mikowsky and Prof. Donn-Alexandre Feder. During his stay in New York, he won the First Prize at the Manhattan School of Music Concerto Competition, as well as several other concertos competitions, including the Manhattanville Symphony Concerto Competition and the Bergen Philharmonic Concerto Competition. After he obtained his Master of Music degree in 1993 at Manhattan School of Music, he was awarded an assistantship and full scholarship at the College-Conservatory of Music in the University of Cincinnati, where he studied with Professor William Black.

In 2000, he obtained the degree of Doctor of Music Arts, and returned to Taiwan. He has performed as soloist with several orchestras, and performs extensively throughout Taiwan, China, other Asian countries and Europe; he also conducts master classes all over the world, such as "The Paris International Summer Sessions" organised by The Fondation Bell'Arte in France, 2010 "Forum Internacional de Musica de Orihuela" in Spain and 2010 "Forum Internacional de Musica de Torrelodones" in Spain. Currently, not only he is a professor at the National Taipei University of Education; he is also artist-in-resident with the Fortune Art Enterprise Agency. He has been interviewed several times by the Taipei Philharmonic Radio Station and recorded various Public Broadcast TV programs.

Robert Roux

Robert Roux began his career at age 10 with a performance on the nationally televised Lawrence Welk Show. Since that time, he has been a winner of several piano competitions in the United States, including the United States Information Agency's Artistic Ambassador Competition and the International Piano Recording Competition. 

A Steinway Artist, Roux's performances include appearances at the White House, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., Merkin Concert Hall in New York, Stude Concert Hall in Houston on the Horowitz Steinway, St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music, and Villa Pignatelli in Naples. 

He has toured as recitalist and concerto soloist in sixteen countries.


Dr. Roux's students have been frequent prize winners and award recipients at the national and international level. He has been featured as a master teacher at the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, and also has taught on the faculty of the University of Southern California at Los Angeles, where he took over John Perry's class in 1995. 

He has been Associate Director of the Prague International Piano Masterclasses since 1997, and has served on the faculty of the prestigious Van Cliburn Institute, the Moscow International Piano Masterclasses, the Paris International Piano Sessions and the Association of German Music Schools. 

His list of teachers and coaches include Lili Kraus, Adele Marcus, William Race and Leonard Shure. He is listed in Who's Who in America and is also interviewed as one of the top teachers in Benjamin Saver's publication, The Most Wanted Piano Teachers in the USA. 

Mikhail Karpov

Mikhail Karpov has a reputation of the one of the most subtle highly professional pianist and teacher. 
He graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory P. I. Tchaikovsky under professor Yakov Milshtein. 

Mikhail Karpov teaches since 35 years at the College of this same conservatory, preparing the young pianists aiming a professional career to enter to the Conservatory. He also teaches piano chamber ensembles. Mikhail Karpov is regularly on the faculty of the international piano festival "MusicA Braine l'Alleud" and of the ICPA.

Several of his students are winners of prestigious international piano competitions, developing their career in Russia and abroad. 

Roberta Rust

Hailed for her recordings on the Centaur and Protone labels, Rust has appeared with the Lark, Ying, Serafin and Amernet String Quartets and at Miami's Mainly Mozart Festival, the Philippines Opusfest, the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, Festival Miami, Long Island's Beethoven Festival, and France's La Gesse. Her concerto appearances have included engagements with the Houston Symphony, Philippine Philharmonic, New Philharmonic, Redlands Symphony, Boca Raton Symphonia, Knox-Galesburg Symphony, New World Symphony, and orchestras in Latin America. She served as Artistic Ambassador for the United States, was awarded a major National Endowment for the Arts grant, and also received recognition and prizes from the Organization of American States, National Society of Arts & Letters, and International Concours de Fortepiano (Paris).

Dr. Rust serves as Artist Faculty-Piano/Professor and head of the piano department at the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida. In 2016 she received the "Deanne and Gerald Gitner and Family Excellence in Teaching Award." She has given master classes throughout Asia and the Americas and at the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, the Manila International Piano Masterclasses Festival, the University of Florida International Piano Festival and the Fondation Bell'Arte's International Certificate for Piano Artists program. Rust has served as a competition adjudicator for the New World Symphony, the Chautauqua and Brevard Festivals, and the Colburn School's Music Academy. She studied at the Peabody Conservatory, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin, and earned performer's certificates in piano and German Lieder from the Mozarteum in Salzburg. A student of Ivan Davis, Arthur Balsam, John Perry, and Phillip Evans, she received a master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a doctorate from the University of Miami. Master class studies were with Gary Graffman, Leon Fleisher, Carlo Zecchi, and Erik Werba.

Irena Kofman

Russian-American pianist Irena Kofman, D.M.A., is widely acclaimed across five continents as a solo and chamber musician.

 

A recipient of many prestigious awards, she maintains an active performance and lecture schedule. Renowned as a teacher, many of her piano students are distinguished performers and educators throughout the Americas and in Europe.

 

She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Miami and is the Director of Keyboard Studies at Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters in Boca Raton, Florida.

Marlene Woodward Cooper

Marlene Woodward-Cooper is Professor Emeritus of Music and served as Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University for 48 years. She holds the B.M. and M.M. degrees from Manhattan School of Music and completed additional studies at the Juilliard School of Music.

She joined the PBA faculty in 1970 having moved to Florida to pursue a career as a professional musician. She has performed and composed music since she was eight years old. Several of her teaching pieces for piano were published by Belwin and newer compositions, especially for four-hands, have been performed extensively and recorded.

She served as the staff accompanist for the Palm Beach Opera (1965-1987), the accompanist for the Choral Society, pianist/organist at Lakeside Presbyterian Church, a founding member of the Society Trio of the Chamber Society of the Palm Beaches, and a well-known solo pianist and accompanist in South Florida. She has appeared as soloist with the PBA Symphony on numerous occasions, and has frequently served as an adjudicator for various competitions. In 1992, she was voted PBA Professor of the Year and is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

Mrs. Woodward-Cooper still teaches piano, and taught accompanying, keyboard literature and pedagogy. An avid painter, she also serves as pianist at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Lake Worth. Her latest work is the encore piece for eight hands on one piano, entitled American Vignette, to be performed at the end of the final concert of the Festival by the pianists of the ICPA.

Paola Del Giudice

Pedagogical Division

Pianist and harpsichordist, Paola del Giudice graduated with top marks from the "Nicolini"
Conservatory in Piacenza, under the guidance of Olga Scevkenov (piano) and Mariolina Porrà
(harpsichord).
She studied piano with the maestros: V. Vitale, M. Tipo, A. Ballista, B. Canino and chamber
music with maestro P. Guarino as well as at the Chigiana Academy in Siena with the duo
Gulli-Cavallo.
Winner of many national and international competitions, she performed alongside illustrious
artists in Italy and abroad: Valli Theatre in Reggio Emilia, Municipal Theatre in Piacenza,
Bonci Theatre in Cesena, Regio Theatre in Parma, "Rosetum" Theatre in Milano, Stadttheater
in Konstanz, Concert Hall in Lausanne.

As a pianist and harpsichordist she collaborated with symphonic orchestras such as the
"Toscanini" Foundation Symphonic Orchestra - Parma, the "OFI"- Piacenza, the "Barocco
Veneziano" Ensemble and the Camerata Opera Ensemble under conductors M° Neuhold, M°
Garbarino and M° Gavazzeni. With the above mentioned orchestras she toured in Germany,
Austria, Sweden, France and Japan at prestigious halls such as the Gewandhaus in Leipzig,
the Konzerthaus in Vienna... She has been an accompanist pianist and teaching assistant at
numerous courses. Paola de Giudice premieres regularly contemporary music, some of them
dedicated to her; she recorded under labels as Fonit Cetra, Rusty Records and Mondo Musica.
A CD of Antionio Lolli's works for violin and harpsichord under the label Dynamic (at the
violin: Luca Fanfoni) has recently been released. For a few years now she dedicated herself to
the fortepiano repertoire both as a soloist and with chamber ensembles. Paola del Giudice has
an intense didactic activity and many of her students have been awarded in national and
international competitions. Paola del Giudice teaches piano at the "Nicolini" Conservatorium
in Piacenza.

Chiara Cipelli

Pedagogical Division

Chiara Cipelli graduated with Highest Honours from the Conservatory "G. Nicolini",
Piacenza, under the guidance of Lucia Romanini and from Musikhochschule Freiburg i. Br.
where she studied with James Avery and Chamber Music with Felix Gottlieb.
She continued her studies with Nelson Delle Vigne Fabbri at "Ecole Normale de Musique
Alfred Cortot"(Paris) where she awarded the scholarship "A.Roussel" and holds the "Diplome
Supérieur de Piano".
She was prize winner of many national and international competitions (Coppa Pianisti d'Italia-
Osimo, Rassegna Kawai-Como, Premio Carlo Soliva, Casale Monferrato, Pavia Piano
Competition, Premio Città di Pisa, Premio Città di Cesenatico, International Piano
Competition Città di Pietra Ligure, International Piano Competition Fausto Zadra...)
Ms. Cipelli was invited to perform in many concert halls in Italy and abroad (Taiwan, France,
USA, Belgium, Germany, Canada ...) receiving outstanding reviews. As solo she has
performed with the Palm Beach Symphony Orchestra and the TNSO and collaborated with
the Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana,Orchestra Pomeriggi Musicali of Milano and Gruppo
Strumentale Ciampi, playing with conductors Amedeo Monetti, Fabrizio Dorsi, Ramon Tebar,
Lee-Hsih Wen,etc.
Ms. Cipelli is currently Professor of Piano at the Scuola Civica di Musica "C. Monteverdi" in
Cremona and the Istituto Superiore Studi Musicali "A. Peri" Reggio Emilia and holds
Masterclasses in Italy, Spain, France and Belgium.

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