Jury Edition 2022
The same year he won the “City of Senigallia” and “Maria Canals” of Barcelona piano competitions, in 1975 the National Competition of Treviso and in 1976 he won the First Prize at the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition, an award that for 25 years was not awarded to an Italian pianist.
In his career he has given more than 2000 concerts. A guest of the major Italian and foreign concert institutions, he is regularly invited by the most important international festivals and has given numerous recitals in France, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Spain and Luxembourg. He also toured Australia in 1989. In 1991 he recorded the waltzes of Johann Strauss in the virtuosic transcriptions of the most famous pianists of the past.
In September 1994 he inaugurated the chamber season of the Teatro La Scala in Milan and in 1995, the chamber season of Santa Cecilia in Roma, performing on both occasions, the 12 Transcendental Studies of Liszt. In 1996 he was in Germany for a series of concerts with the RAI National Orchestra, performing Beethoven’s No.5 piano concerto. Between 1997 and 1998 he performed in Vienna, Budapest, Zagreb, Belgrade, Paris, Brussels, Antwerp, in the dual capacity of soloist and conductor of Mozart’s K466 piano concerto. In 2000 he supported a series of concerts in The UK (London, Manchester, Glasgow). The 2001 saw him engaged in the United States and Japan. The active chamber of staff plays an important role, in collaboration with the Budapest Quartet. He recorded the entire corpus of Schubert’s Lieder in Liszt’s transcription with Acoustic Editions. He recorded for Fonit Cetra, Pauline Editions, A.M.C. [Acustica]. In 2003 he recorded with BMG Ricordi Ariola some piano-orchestra concertos: Mozart, Piano Concerto and Orchestra No.20 K 466; Beethoven, Concerto No. 3 in C minor, op. 37; Tchaikovsky, Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor. He was a lecturer in principal piano and director at the Arrigo Boito Conservatory in Parma until 2016. He is constantly invited to preside over the juries of national and international competitions.
Lorenzo Di Bella
“Lorenzo Di Bella is a remarkable talented pianist, a brilliant virtuous, an exciting and refined musician. I was his teacher for three years and always admired his great technical skills and also his strong artistic personality, above all, his desire to “speak” to the public” …these were the words of Lazar Berman some months before he died.
Prize winner of several international piano competitions he received in 2005 the 1st Prize and Gold Medal at “V. Horowitz” International Piano Competition in Kiev.
In 2006 former Italian President C.A.Ciampi awarded him with the “Sinopoli Prize” in honour of the famous orchestra director Giuseppe Sinopoli, passed away in 2001.
In the last years he has performed with great success at the Two World’s Festival in Spoleto, Teatro “La Fenice” in Venice, “Teatro Olimpico” in Vicenza, “Teatro delle Muse” in Ancona, “Michelangeli” Hall in Bolzano, Montreal (Maison Symphonique), at the Liszt Festival in Utrecht, ETH of Zurich, Chopin Festival in Marianske Lazne, Sombor Festival, Hamburg, Berlin, Praha, Krakow, Sarajevo, Novi Sad, Beijing, Tianjin, Wuhan, Xi’han, Guangzhou, Shanghai(Oriental Center and Conservatory Hall), Denver (C.I.P.A.) at the “Società dei Concerti” and “Serate Musicali” in Milan, and in the Auditorium “Parco della Musica” in Rome where he played with the Santa Cecilia National Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Conlon.
Lorenzo Di Bella began his piano studies at the age of 5. A promising pupil, he graduated at the Conservatorio ‘Rossini’ of Pesaro. The following five years he attended the courses of Franco Scala and Lazar Berman at the “Piano Academy – Incontri col Maestro” of Imola, graduating in 2002, and completed his studies at the “National Academy of St. Cecilia” in Rome with Sergio Perticaroli, where he graduated on June 2004 with the highest vote.
His intense musical activities led him to collaborate with many orchestras: Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, Orchestra “Pomeriggi Musicali” of Milan , San Remo Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonie of Bacau, O’Porto National Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ucraine, Nancy Symphony Orchestra, SudWestDeutsche Philarmonie, Villingen-Schwenningen Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonisches Kammerorchester Berlin, Moravian Philarmonic Orchestra, West Bohemia Orchestra , Podkarpacka Symphony Orchestra, Philarmonia Sudecka, Kielce Philarmonic and New World Philarmonic. He has collaborated with important conductors: Kirill Karabits, Vassylis Christopoulos, Reinhard Seehafer, Jorge Iwer, Zbinĕk Müller, Vladimir Sirenko, Michael Maciaszczyk, Michel Brousseau, David Crescenzi, Francesco Lanzillotta, Luigi Piovano. Lorenzo Di Bella has a very active teaching schedule as a main piano professor at the Conservatorio “G.Rossini” of Pesaro and also as artistic director of the “Accademia Pianistica delle Marche” in Recanati (Italy). He is founder and artistic director of the “Civitanova Classica Piano Festival” , the “Mugellini Music Festival” and “La Palma d’Oro” International Piano Competition in San Benedetto del Tronto( Italy).
Since 1995, his main teachers have been Bruno CANINO, Colette ZERAH and Aquiles DELLE VIGNE, all of which were paramount in his artistic evolution. Under their supervision Mr. Giraud studied chamber music, accompaniment, composition, musical analysis, and improvisation.
Mr. Giraud has won numerous national and international musical contests, such as the Flame Competition and the Chopin Piano Competition (Texas, USA), in which he was awarded the second prize. Mr Giraud has performed not only in Europe (France, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, England, Germania, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugual, Rumania, Russia, Spain, Serbie, Switerland, Turkey, Ucrainia), but also Morrocco in the two Americas, China, Japan, Singapur, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailandia. An experienced soloist, he has worked with numerous conductors and orchestra (Lodz Philharmonic, North Czech Philharmonic Teplice, Lublin Philharmonic, Orchestre symphonique du Sodre, Orchestre provincial de Rosario) and played in several duets with other well-known musicians and chamber groups such as Pierre AMOYAL, Bruno Canino, Bruno Pasquier, Henri Demarquette, Ami Flamer, Philippe Pierlot, Benoit Fromanger and L’Octuor de France among others. Also, he played with some orchestra’s of Paris or Cleveland soloists in the season of the orchestra.
Many players of the frenchs orchestras ask his collaboration for concerts in the official season. In 2000, he did his debut at New York, city where he is now invited on a regular basis. The acknowledgement of his craftsmanship lead him to work with France-Musiques, as well as the American TV, Italian TV and Thai TV. In this last instance, he had the pleasure to perform for the Queen of Thailand. He is jugde for many nationals and internationals competition ( Audition of Sydney, Porto, Premio Zanfi of Parma/Liszt , Marsala, Safonov, AMA CALABRIA, Bitola…) In addition to possessing a wide solo and chamber repertory including the main works of the tonal repertoire, Mr. Giraud has championed new music written by composers like Francaix, Pessina, and Kutnowski. He has also commisioned and premiered a new work written for him by composer Jean Louis PETIT.
Since 1998, he is the artistic Director of the Jean FRANCAIX ‘s competition. Mr. Giraud has recorded 17 cds for Erol, Maguelone and Anima-Records. All of these releases were received with acclaim in the especialized press. He gives many masterclass in Serbie, Germania, Kazakhstan ( Academy of music of Astana), Lebanon, (conservatoire supérieur du Liban), DMBUC Ilija Nikolovski Luj Skopje, Université of music (Pristina/Kosovo), USA, Yonsei University of Seoul (South Korea), Gnessin School of Moscow.
From 2010 to 2013 was Director of the Conservatory “N. Piccinni” in Bari.
He teaching Piano in the Conservatory N. Piccinni” in Bari..
For his artistic and organizing activity he was awarded the ’ Disfida di Barletta’ Prize in 1993, the ’Telethon BNL’ Prize in 1994, ‘ Opened Theatres ‘ Prize in 1999 and Award to the professionalism, in 2011.
At the age of 16, he began studying at the Royal Conservatorium of Brussels in the class of Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden. In the same year, he obtained his first degree with the highest honours. He then joined the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel (still with Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden) and graduated again with the highest honours, receiving the diploma from H.M. the Queen of Belgium. During the same period, he completed his Master’s degree at the Royal Conservatorium of Brussels in piano and chamber music.
In 2005 he entered the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia in Madrid where he worked for four years under the tutelage of Dimitri Bashkirov and Claudio Martínez Mehner. As early as the first year, he received from H.M the Queen of Spain the Sobresaliente Prize at the Pardo Palace. In 2010, Philippe started studying at the Strasbourg Conservatory with Amy Lin for a “Diplome de Spécialisation” where he graduated with the highest honours. In 2012 & 2013, he worked with Leonel Morales.
Philippe has won several national and international competitions, amongst others: the J.S. BachCompetition, the Gretry Rotary Competition, the Paris International Piano Competition, the Lions ClubCompetition, and the AndréDumortier International Piano Competition. In 2012, he became a prizewinnerat the Lyon International Piano Competition and won first prize at the “Spanish Composers” InternationalPiano Competition in Madrid.
Philippe has performed many recitals, as part of chamber groups and as a soloist with orchestras all overthe world – in renowned concert halls such as the Grand Hall of Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, theShanghai Conservatory of Music, Musikverein in Vienna, or at the Philharmonie in Berlin. He was alsoinvited by the Chopin Foundation in Warsaw to perform in the birthplace of the composer. Philipperegularly performs with orchestras, notably the Belgian National Orchestra, the Flanders SymphonyOrchestra, and the Salzburg Chamber Soloists amongst many others. His chamber music partners includeartists such as Clemens Hagen, Jérôme Pernoo, Miguel Da Silva, etc.
Philippe also regularly performs contemporary music and has taken part in several world premieres. Manycomposers have dedicated works to him, including “Stringent & Tremulation” from Belgian composerJean-Marie Rens, “Piano Sonata” from Turkish composer Serkan Gürkan and “Sonata Der Hunt” fromAustrian composer Christoph Ehrenfellner.
Philippe is invited each year to be a member of the jury in several international piano competitionsincluding the International “Piano Talents” Competition Milan, the Lyon International Piano Competitionand is the artistic director of the César Franck International Piano Competition and the InternationalMusic Festival (IMF) Paris. He is also a regular member of the jury at the “MozArte” Competition inCologne, the “Spanish Composers” Competition in Madrid as well as the Chopin Competition in theUnited States, the “Cita de Cantu” Competition etc.
In 2009, Philippe opened his piano school and also gives many masterclasses in Belgium and abroad. From2016, Philippe was also the artistic director of the “Resonances Musique de Chambre” Festival in Franceand began teaching at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. Philippe is also a member of the internationalpiano faculty in Brescia and at the International Academy of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
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At the same time, he showed interest in teaching the instrument, obtaining the qualification to teach children with the Yamaha method. He enrolled in the two-year Didactic Specialization for the training of music instrument teachers at musical schools and in the active training internship that have allowed him to participate in the 2016 exam to become a qualified teacher and to obtain a position as an instrument professor at the Tenca Music High School in Milan.
He earned the Academic Diploma of Concert Performing with teacher Lorenzo di Bella at the Pianistica delle Marche, where he had the opportunity to attend masterclasses held by concert performers such as Leslie Howard, Lucia Passaglia, Vincenzo Balzani, Roberto Cappello, Kostantin Scherbakov and conductors such as Manlio Benzi and Reinhard Seehafer.
In 2013, he met Maestro Enrico Pace at the Imola Summer Piano Academy and continued to study with him at the Pinerolo Music Academy.
He won numerous prizes in piano competitions, including the Bach Competition of Sestri Levante, the International Fortini Competition in Bologna, the Euterpe Competition in Corato, the City of Cesenatico Competition, the National Competition of the City of Ortona and the International Competition of Ostuni.
He performed in various piano recitals and, as a soloist with the orchestra, he performed the Concerto in A minor by Grieg, Beethoven’s Concerto n. 1 op. 15, Mozart’s Concerto 467, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Saint Saens’s Carnival of Animals and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.
He specialized in chamber music, specifically in piano duo, piano four hands, cello and piano, violin and piano, attending the annual courses by Maestro Piernarciso Masi in Torano.
He was the accompanying pianist at the Maria Malibran International Music Academy of Altidona, at the High Specialization Courses of Piceno Classica, at the International Competition for oboe Tomassini and the International Singing Competition Anita Cerquetti.
He started to study composition at the Pergolesi Conservatory with Maestro Ignelzi to better understand the music he was playing and, later, with Maestro Fulvio Delli Pizzi who encouraged him to express his personality through composition and led him to a Diploma with distinction in 2017.
He won a competition for an advertising jingle with a piece for String Quartet. He composed “Melodien” (2011) for wind instruments and percussions, “Mirages” (2014) for a European tour of the Stanford Wind Ensemble (California) directed by Maestro Aquilanti, “Pneumata” (2014) on a poem by Marco Fontana, “Kalèidoscope” (2017) for small orchestra, Réfraction (2021) for Bb clarinet and loop station.
He has been the art director of the Cupra Musica Festival since 2014