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Simone Ferraresi, Pianist


Updated on May 7, 2009

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“... Simone Ferraresi, whom I consider one of the best pianists of his generation, a mature artist despite his young age. I have followed his career over a long period and was always deeply impressed by his playing.” Paul Badura-Skoda, 2004

Born in Ferrara (Italy), Simone Ferraresi studied at G. Frescobaldi Conservatory of Music in Ferrara where he got his diploma in 1992 with maximum results. Afterwards he studied with pianist and musicologist Paul Badura-Skoda and specialized in classical composers interpretation at the Universität für Musik in Vienna; he successively attended Prof. Christopher Elton's Advanced Course at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he was awarded the Diploma of the Royal Academy of Music - highest examinable award given by the Royal Academy, as well as three special prizes for the best performance in the final recital: Walter Macfarren Prize, Chappel Prize, Lloyd Hartley Prize. He returned to Ferrara where he temporarily put perfomance career on hold for seven years, studying composition, organ, and choral conduction. He published his own pieces for Italian music publisher Bèrben and some of his works are being performed with success by Paris-based Trio Contempo.

Winner of many piano competitions, (Città di Cesenatico, Terme di Saturnia, Otello Calbi, Pausilypon-Denza, Città di Alessandria, S. Pietro in Vincoli, Camillo Milano, Carlo Vidusso, Sasso Marconi), in 1995 was admitted and took part in the prestigious Chopin Competition in Warsaw, where his performances were praised by critics and public.

In July 2004 he was invited - with other eleven pianists selected among 172 from all over the world - to take part in the Sixteenth New Orleans International Piano Competition finals, held at Loyola University. In March 2005 he was a finalist in the First Iowa International Competition.

His vast repertoire spans from Bach's Goldberg Variations to Frank Martin's Fantasy, focusing especially on romantic and late-romantic composers, such as Chopin, Schumann and Scriabin; he’s also very active in chamber music, often performing with celebrated violinists Paolo Mancini and Kristin Lee, and as a soloist with orchestras.

He has developed an intense concert activity in Europe (Italy, United Kingdom, Austria, Germany, France, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia) and U.S.A. Recent performances were Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No.2 with Kiev Symphony Orchestra and his acclaimed recital for national Italian classical radio RAI Radio3 at Palazzo del Quirinale in Rome, broadcast live through Europe.

In 2006 he had a concert tour and taught master classes in Moscow, Russia.

His recordings include works by Scriabin, Chopin, Liszt on CD and works by Chopin for TVP (National Polish Television).

He has been a very busy and requested piano teacher for the last fourteen years and now lives in New York, where he was invited to teach piano at the Piano School of New York City. He is also a visiting professor at the "Petrov" and "Ippolitov-Ivanov" State Music Schools in Moscow, Russia and at the "Central School of Music" in Rowland Heights, Los Angeles.
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