Born in Empoli, she spontaneously approaches
keyboards and free composition from an early
age. She began studying the piano at the age of
6, demonstrating a very precocious talent. She
graduated in piano in 1987 with full marks and
honors at the Luigi Cherubini conservatory in
Florence, under the guidance of Maestro
Roberto Caglieri, performing the unabridged
repertory of studios by Chopin op.10 and op.25
and “Gaspard de la Nuit” di Ravel. She
perfected herself at the Imola Academy with
Franco Scala, Lazar Berman, Boris.
Petrusciansky, Jorg Demus, Paul Badura-Skoda
and later in Florence with M ° Clive Britton, a pupil of Claudio Arrau. Winner of numerous
national and international piano competitions, she is also the winner of the national
competition for qualifications and exams in music conservatories held in 1990, thanks to
which, from 1995 to today, she has been a tenured
piano teacher in Italian conservatories, contributing to the training of dozens of talents.
From 1995 to 2002 she is a piano teacher at the A. Scontrino Conservatory in Trapani.
From 2002 to today she has been a piano teacher at the Vincenzo Bellini conservatory in
Palermo. She has to her credit numerous concerts as a soloist (including one at the “Sala
Bossi” in Bologna , one at the Concert Hall of the Conservatoire “ B. Marcello” in Venice ),
solo piano concerts with orchestras (including the Stoccarda Philharmonic Orchestra) and
many concerts as a chamber musician or with important soloists, such as Calogero
Palermo and Fabrice Moretti. In 1987 she recorded the 12 studies op. 10 by F. Chopin in
the context of "live concerts" in Fiesole (Radio Montebeni). She has to her credit the
creation of CDs, including:
– a CD for KIWANIS INTERNATIONAL made with the "Cameristi dell'Accademia Musicale
DI Firenze" which includes, among other compositions, Arnold Schoemberg “Pierrot
- the CD "Recital" with Calogero Palermo;
- the CD "Colors Inside" with the violinist Maurizio Rocca - the latter CD includes some
world premiere performances of works by contemporary Sicilian composers such as Marco
Betta, Gaetano Randazzo, Giacomo Cuticchio, Gaetano Siino, Alberto Maniaci.
She also collaborated on the recording for Wide Records of a double CD of the complete
J.S. Bach concertos for two, three and four keybord. She has recently collaborated with
Ramin Bahrami, with whom she has created at the Bellini Conservatory of Palermo the
concert BWV 1060 by J.S. Bach as part of the "Migrant Literature Festival”, organized by
the City of Palermo, in collaboration with the Massimo Theater. Her participation as a
soloist in the "Piano City Palermo 2017" event is also recent, in which she performed a fullbodied extract of J.S. Bach's Well Tempered Clavier.
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Łukasz Byrdy - Biography
He has studied in prof. Waldemar Andrzejewski and prof. Joanna Marcinkowska piano class at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznan and in prof. Klaus Hellwig’s class at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. He is a prize-winner of numerous international piano competitions includig: 2nd prize on International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Hannover (Germany, 2019), 3rd prize on 1st Beijing International Chopin Competition for Young Pianists (China, 2016), 3rd prize on IV International Piano Competition „in memoriam Pietro Iadeluca” in Arsoli – Rome (Italy, 2016), 1st prize on International Malta Music Competition in Mdina (Malta, 2016), 2nd prize on Ischia International Piano Competition (Italy, 2017) and various top prizes on such competitions as Arthur Rubinstein in memoriam in Bydgoszcz (Poland, 2014), Halina Czerny-Stefanska in memoriam in Poznań (Poland, 2014), the Annual International Music Competition & Festival IBLA Grand Prize in Ragusa (Italy, 2015) among others. As a member of Paderewski Piano Trio Lukasz has won chamber music competitions in Geneva and Bydgoszcz. In 2015 he has qualified and reached II round of the XVII International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. He has received scholarships to music courses in Calgary (Morningside Music Bridge 2010 and 2011) and Aspen (Music Festival, 2012). Lukasz gave concerts on EXPO in Milan (Italy, 2015), “Chopin and His Europe” festival in Warsaw, International Paderewski Festival in Warsaw and “Chopin a Paris” festival in Paris as well as on festivals in Chengdu, Moscow, Duszniki-Zdroj, Slupsk and in the Young Talents cycle of concerts organised by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute. In Poland Lukasz performed in almost all philharmonic halls, Fryderyk Chopin’s birthplace in Żelazowa Wola, Fryderyk Chopin Museum in Warsaw, Polish Radio’s Concert Studio in Warsaw, Royal Castle and the Royal Lazienki Park in Warsaw and Polish Radio’s National Orchestra Concert Hall. Besides Poland he gave concerts in the USA, Canada, China, Russia, Austria, France, Lithuania, Norway, Italy, Malta and Germany. Lukasz has been awarded scholarships from the Polish Ministry of Culture and Prime Minister of Poland . In 2017 his first CD featuring Chopin’s and Mozart’s concertos in chamber version, recorded together with Altra Volta string quartet was released. In 2018 Lukasz Byrdy has been appointed teaching assistant at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań.
Evangelia Koulianou - Biography
Evangelia Koulianou, born in Kastoria, Greece, in
1988, is a pianist, répétiteuse and piano teacher.
She received her first piano lessons at the age of
four and gave her first concert as a soloist with an
orchestra at the age of nine. In addition to awards
at Panhellenic competitions (including 1st prize for
piano at the "Panhellenic Student Music
Competition" 2001, special prize in the "Young
Talents Philonas 1999" competition in Piraeus), she
received a scholarship for piano seminars in Upper
At the age of sixteen she finally moved to Austria
and graduated from the music high school
“Musikgymnasium Neustiftgasse” in Vienna. At the
age of seventeen she was admitted to the
University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna,
where she studied piano with Prof. Michael Hrubý.
She received the performance scholarship from the
music university and completed her master's
degree in 2013 with distinction. Her diploma thesis
"On the idea of chaos in music" was published by
AV Akademiker Verlag in Saarbrücken, Germany.
In Austria she has had numerous performances as a soloist and chamber musician,
among others in the Brucknerhaus in Linz, in the Festspielhaus St. Pölten, in the ORF
LIVE campaign "Licht ins Dunkel" on state television. Her concert activities also took her to
Germany, Greece and South Korea. As a répétiteuse she repeatedly accompanied
winners of the state and national competition "Prima la Musica" and the international
competition for violin "Váši Příhody" in České Budějovice 2017. Evangelia Koulianou also
performs on the harpsichord and is a permanent member of the “Ensemble Barock”.
Anthony Ciaccio - Biography
Anthony Ciaccio is an Italian piano teacher, piano ballet and pianist who has performed in various concert halls
across Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, the UK, Finland, Netherlands, Hungary and Romania. He is a piano
professor in Italy. He graduated with full marks at the Palermo Conservatory “Vincenzo Bellini” with the Professor
Dorotea Cei. He obtained a Master in Advanced Music Performance at the “Escola Superiore de Musica de
Catalunya” in Barcelona (“ESMUC”) with the Professor Vladislav Bronevetzky with the thesis "Brahms the Ignored".
He studied at the “A. Cortot” Varesina Academy in Travedona Monate (Varese) with the Professor Roberto Plano
and Musical Pedagogy at the University “Dimitrie Cantemir” in Targu Mures (Romania). Over the years he
completed various advanced courses including masterclasses held by the Professors Vincenzo Balzani, Epifanio
Comis, Violetta Egorova, Roberto Plano, Sergio De Simone and others. He has performed for important institutions,
concert halls, festivals and cities including the Concert Hall of Einsiedeln Abbey (Switzerland), the “RKK Pfarramt
St.Peter und Paul” in Oberwill organized by the Italian Embassy in Basel, the Eutherpe Hall for the Eutherpe
Foundation in Leon, the Concert Hall of the “Max-Rill-Gymnasium Schloss” in Reichersbeuern (Germany), at the
"Clavis" festival in Munich, the ESMUC Concert Hall in Barcelona, in the XVII artistic season of the Athenaeum
Cultural Artistic Association of Barletta (Italy), for the Ars Omnis Cultural Association and the Concert Hall at the
Feszek Muveszklub in Budapest, at the Fenyves event in Nograb (Hungary), the Saint Andrew's Church of
Scotland for the IX artistic season of “Amici della Musica di Roma”, the Archaeological Park in Caltanissetta for the
recital organized by the Sicily Region (Italy), the Concert Hall of the Szeged Symphony Orchestra (Hungary), the
“Centro Aragonese de Cultura” in Barcelona for the first performance of the “Sonata Israelita” by Jose Espeita, the
Kirjasto Bibliotek and the Arkadia International Bookshop in Helsinki performing the complete Etude op.10 and 25
by Chopin, the Concert Hall of the Musical Institute “Rodolfo del Corona” in Livorno (Italy), the Officers' Club in
Padua (Italy), the “Sala degli Archi” in Sciacca for the “Letterando in Fest” event, at the Prince Hall of the
Castelbuono Castle Museum, at the Auditorium of Menfi’s library for the cultural institution “Federico II”, the Concert
Hall of the Diocesan Museum in Piazza Armerina for the Policromia Association, for the artistic season of the
Vincenzo Bellini Conservatory, the Politeama Theater, the “Oratorio del Rosario di Santa Cita” and the RAI
Auditorium in Palermo, the “S.Cicero” Theater in Cefalu’, the “L’Idea” Theater in Sambuca di Sicilia (Italy), for the
Foundation “Franco Zeffirelli” in Florence and several others across Italy and Europe. He won several national and
international piano competitions and in 2015 he performed at the "Crescendo" prize, organized by the Sicilian
Symphony Orchestra at the Politeama Theater in Palermo, obtaining the second prize. He collaborates with various
artists including singers and instrumentalists and, being active since 2015 as a piano ballet for classical dance, he
was invited to participate in the “World Day of Dance” at the Camploy Theater in Verona for Classical Dance and
Bolera lessons. Previously he worked as piano professor at the “Skené Academy” of Sciacca, at the "Niccolini-Palli”
music and dance high school in Livorno, at the Ferrara Conservatory "G. Frescobaldi", at the "Polo Bianciardi"
music and dance high school in Grosseto, at the Trapani Conservatory “A. Scontrino” and as Pianist for Classical
Dance at the "Tito Livio" dance high school in Milan.
Lelin Qi - Biography
Born on April 13, 1995 in Guangdong, China, and began to learn the piano at the age of four. She obtained a bachelor's diploma from the Xinghai Academy of Music in China and graduated master’s degree with the highest marks under the supervision of prof. Jerzy Sterczyński at the Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Currently, she is continuing her doctorate studies in the piano chamber music department at the Frederic Chopin University of Music under the supervision of prof. Katarzyna Jankowska, meanwhile she’s also completing her postgraduate studies under the supervision of prof. Mariola Cieniawa at the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Kraków. Lelin won several significant awards in such competitions as First prize in the Chinese Open Piano Competition in 2017, Silver Award in the professional musician category of the International Online Music Talent Competition in 2020, Third Prize in the International Piano Competition "Chopin Remembrance Awards" in Hong Kong in 2015, Special Individual Prize of International Piano Forum "Bieszczady without borders" in Poland in 2019. She was also a laureate of the 2019 XXXII Tournament "Prince Antoni Radziwiłł Award" in Antonin, Poland. Lelin has given concerts at such essential concert halls in Poland: the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, the Royal Castle in Warsaw, and the Krzysztof Penderecki European Music Center in Lusławice. She has performed in many countries, such as China, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, and Belgium. She also played recitals at the 38th International "Chopin in autumn leaves" Festival and the "VI International Ignacy Jan Paderewski” Festival. In 2019, she showed up at the celebration of “The 70th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between China and Poland " and played for the Chinese embassy in Poland. In January 2022, as a representative of the piano departments of the Academy of Music in Kraków and the Fryderyk Chopin Universikty of Music, she played two successful concerts to celebrate Alexander Scriabin's 150th birthday. In July 2022, Lelin completed the recording of Brahms - Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op.25 on Polish National Radio. Currently, she is a regular artist performing at the Chopin Salon in Warsaw and the "Chopin en Vacances" International Festival. Andrzej Leraczyk - Director of the Culture and Arts Department of the Ostrów Wielkopolski City Hall once commented on her performance: "What a bold, perfect interpretation, such "revolutionary romanticism"! This young Chinese pianist attracted attention... Lelin Qi, remember this name! In August 2022, Lelin appeared in one of the most influential newspapers - "Nouvelles d'Europe", as well as some other overseas Chinese newspapers in other countries, such as France, Italy, Portugal, Germany, and the United Kingdom. During her artistic life, she has gained experience working with many renowned pianists such as Dmitri Alexeev, Philippe Giusiano, Andrzej Jasiński, Mikhail Voskresensky, and Anna Malikova.
Filip Pinczewski - Biography
Born in 1993 in Kalisz. A graduate of Jadwiga Kaliszewska Music High School in Poznan (piano class of prof. Waldemar Andrzejewski) and Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna in piano class of Professor Manfred Wagner-Artzt (diploma with honors) as well as composition class of Professor Martin Lichtfuss. Award winner of numerous international piano and composing competitions. He has given concerts as a soloist and his works have been premiered in many European countries, incl. Norway, Iceland, Malta, Latvia, Hungary, Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland. In 2018 his first album, that included Johann Sebastian Bach works, was released. The CD was sponsored by Piotr Kler Foundation, which supports Filip Pinczewski as their scholar since 2017. Filip Pinczewski’s work often concentrates on promoting culture. As a cultural manager and animator, he was a co-organizer of two concert series: “Let’s open up to new music” and “Student Music Quarters”, which were held in Poland, as well as the International Composers’ Competition “Over the Rainbow. Compositions for Human Rights ”in Austria. Since 2020, he is a member of the Student Parliament as well as Equality Office at the student council of the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna. He’s also working as a piano teacher in Vienna and Lower Austria.
Gianluca Faragli - Biography
Gianluca Faragli graduated in piano with honors, honors and honorable mention at the N. Paganini Conservatory in Genoa. He continued his studies with Maria Grazia Bellocchio at the G. Donizetti Conservatory of Bergamo, where he obtained a second level academic diploma in solo piano with honors. He is currently attending the high piano specialization course at the Academy of Music of Pinerolo in the class of Enrico Pace. Winner of the Laudisi-Ponte and Giuseppe Ponta scholarships at the N. Paganini Conservatory in Genoa. He has enriched his training by participating in several masterclasses in Italy and abroad and in the High Specialization Courses held by M. G. Bellocchio (CFYP Mauricio Kagel 2019 – Salvatore Sciarrino 2022) at the Contemporary Music Hub Milan. He has participated in several national and international piano competitions, always ranking at the top. Among these are some of the first prizes and first prizes: European Music Competition Città di Moncalieri; 14th International Piano Competition City of Castiglion Fiorentino; 7th International Music Festival F. Mendelssohn; 22nd International Competition for Musical Interpretation Franz Schubert Award; VI Clara Wieck Schumann International Music Performance Competition 2019; X International Music Competition Premio Crescendo Città di Firenze following which he performed in the Salone dei Cinquecento of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence; International Music Competition "Paris and London" Grand Prize Virtuoso 2020; National Piano Competition A.Gi.Mus. City of Francavilla Fontana; 17th National Piano Performance Competition "Città di Bucchianico". He has played as a soloist in Italy and abroad with the Orchestras: Junior Classica of Alessandria, Ligeia of Sanremo, "Mihail Jora" of Bacau, "Amici del Pianoforte" of Cosenza and Classica of Alessandria collaborating with prestigious conductors including Gudni Emilsson, Daniele Camiz and Arman Azemoon. He regularly gives piano recitals and concerts in chamber ensembles both in Italy and abroad in prestigious festivals. Among others he has performed for: Polish Community of Turin, Recondite Armonie and Scriabin Concert Series of Grosseto, Ensemble Musik Festival of Ferrara, Palazzo Pesce in Mola di Bari, Festival Antonio Vivaldi of Castrovillari, Viotti Club of Vercelli, Ars Modi Association at the Diocesan Museum Hofburg of Bressanone, Festival Terre d'Arte 2021 at the Teatro Carisma of Gorlago, Festival Suoni In Movimento - Percorsi Sonori nella rete museale biellese, Incontri Musicali Mediterranei in Crotone, Concerts at Villa Bertelli in Forte dei Marmi, Stiftssaal in Fröndenberg (DE), Festival Careggi in Musica in Florence, Classiche Armonie Piano Festival in Cuneo, Conservatorio della Valle d'Aosta, Stagione Musicale di Sassello, Settimane Musicali Internazionali, Festival Estate in Musica di Folgaria, Liguria in Musica di Alassio, Associazione Euterpe di Corato, RaddAEstate di Radda in Chianti, Musica al tempio di Pinerolo, MusicaNovi auditorium Alfredo Casella di Novi Ligure, La città della musica di Rossano Calabro, Fondazione Calasanzio a Empoli, Pomeriggi Musicali a Palazzo Albrizzi di Venezia, Conservatorio N. Paganini di Genova, Monferrato Classic Festival, Associazione Amici di Paganini e GOG di Genova, Association C.A.M.T. Monferrato, A.Gi.Mus. in Modica, Conservatory A. Vivaldi of Alessandria. He performed the Concerto op. 19 by Beethoven in Lachner's transcription for piano and string quintet at the Teatro Sociale in Camogli. He has played as a soloist in the Biellese Youth Festival and the Alba Music Festival. In 2018 he was selected to participate in concerts entitled "The festival speaks Russian. Tchaikovsky, mon amour! " organized by the Conservatory of Bergamo in collaboration with the International Piano Festival of Brescia and Bergamo in the Sala Fellegara of Bergamo. He performed at the Milano PianoCity 2018 and 2019 event respectively at the Feltrinelli Foundation and at the Fonderie Napoleoniche. He premiered compositions by Mattia Clera, Stefano Teani and Carlo Maria Barracano. He played in Unna (DE) on the occasion of the opening concert of the Festival dedicated to the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven both as a soloist and in a cello duo formation. He participated in the performance of the complete piano and chamber music of M. Kagel playing "Zweites Trio in einem Satz" for violin, cello and piano in Milan at the Museo del Novecento, as part of the Rondo 2019 event organized by the Divertimento Ensemble Association, and in Bologna at the Oratorio San Filippo Neri, for the fourth edition of the Bologna Modern Festival organized by the Musica Insieme Association. He played for the "Paganini Genova Festival" both as a soloist, at the Palazzo Ducale, and in Duo Violin-Piano, at the Museo dell'Accademia Ligustica di Belle Arti. He is currently working on a recording project on the piano music of composer Ferdinand Ries with the label BrilliantClassics. Former piano teacher at the State Middle School "G. Boccardo" in Novi Ligure and at the Saluzzo-Plana Music High School in Alessandria. From November 2020 to today he is professor of piano at the G. Donizetti Conservatory of Bergamo. He was awarded the Luciano Delucca 2021 Solidarity Award for the charitable activity carried out in favor of LILT. He is president of the Associazione Musica&Cultura Pentagramma and artistic director of the Festival Settimane Musicali Internazionali and of the Oltregiogo Piano Competition, respectively at the 9th and 2nd edition in 2023.