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Pietro De Maria

Pietro De Maria

Pietro De Maria

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After receiving the Critics' Prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1990), Pietro De Maria won First Prize in other prestigious international piano competitions, such as the Dino Ciani - Teatro La Scala in Milan (1990), the Géza Anda in Zurich (1994), and the Mendelssohn Award in Hamburg (1997).

An active concert pianist, he has played as soloist with the best known orchestras, with conductors of the  stature of Roberto Abbado, Gary Bertini, Myung-Whun Chung, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Daniele Gatti, Alan Gilbert, Eliahu Inbal, Marek Janowski, Ton Koopman, Peter Maag, Ingo Metzmacher, Gianandrea Noseda, Corrado Rovaris, Kwamé Ryan, Yutaka Sado and Sándor Végh.

Born in Venice in 1967, De Maria studied piano with Giorgio Vianello and Gino Gorini. Revealing a precocious talent, he won First Prize at the Alfred Cortot International Piano Competition in Milan at the age of 13. He graduated from the Conservatory of Venice and continued his studies with Maria Tipo at the Conservatory of Geneva, where he obtained the Premier Prix de Virtuosité with the highest honours in 1988.

His repertory ranges from Bach to Fedele. He is the first Italian pianist to have played Chopin's complete piano works in public concerts. These works are being recorded by Decca and have been received with enthusiasm by the critics:

"... these are among the finest of all Chopin discs, easily excelling recordings by almost all the most celebrated names in the catalogue."
Bryce Morrison, International Piano.

"... a marvellous version of Chopin's Etudes... a consistency of thought which is the hallmark of great interpreters of Chopin."
Etienne Moreau, Diapason.

"When Pietro De Maria puts his hands on the piano, it comes spontaneously to revive an old definition: he is a poet of the keyboard."
Lorenzo Arruga, Il Giornale.

De Maria has recorded three Sonatas by Clementi for Naxos, a live recital at the Miami International Piano Festival for VAI Audio, and Beethoven's complete works for cello and piano with Enrico Dindo for Decca.

He teaches at the School of Music in Fiesole, at the Academy of Music in Pinerolo and at theInternational Engadin Summer Piano Academy, which is held in Switzerland every two years.

Information from the official artist's website: www.pietrodemaria.com


 

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