*8 I 1973 Marsylia
PHILIPPE GIUSIANO - a finalist in the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1990, he returned five years later to win the competition. He was born in 1973 in Marseille, where he began learning piano aged five. He studied at the conservatories of Marseille and Paris. In 1993, he received a scholarship enabling him to study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. As a student, he won many prizes in national and international youth piano competitions. His success in the Chopin Competition led to appearances at some of the greatest concert halls, including the Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw, La Scala, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Salle Gaveau and Suntory Hall. He has taken part in many European festivals, toured Germany, Japan, Austria, Poland, Italy, Portugal, Morocco, Denmark, Lithuania, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Canada and the Middle East and performed with some of the most outstanding orchestras and conductors, such as Antoni Wit, Krzysztof Penderecki, Philippe Entremont, Kazimierz Kord, Yutaka Sado, Jacek Kaspszyk, Grzegorz Nowak and Jean-Jacques Kantorow. His recordings, focussed mainly on Chopin and Rachmaninov, have gained high recognition from critics and audiences. His last Chopin CD with the 24 Etudes and the 24 Preludes has been highly acclaimed all over the world. Giusiano is regularly invited to give master classes in Poland and in Japan, and since 2008 he has been a guest professor at Heisei Music College in Kumamoto, Japan.