Collora Piano will be offering piano lessons for all levels beginning in April 2018 with Alessandro Mazzamuto, Artist In Residence at Collora Piano.
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Pianist Alessandro Mazzamuto is “one of the most inspiring, extraordinary pianists that I have had the joy to hear” writes Martha Argerich, and when she was recently asked by the French newspaper L’Expresso to name her ten favorite young pianists, she included Alessandro in the company of artists such as Danil Trifonov, Beatrice Rana, Yuja Wang, Sergio Tiempo, Katia Buniatishvili. He is “no virtuoso of show, no ruthless technician, but a pianist absorbed in the music who plays with as much spontaneity as poetry,” claims Pizzicato Magazine (Germany). Winner of International Classical Music Awards’ 2013 Young Instrumental Artist of the Year, the 28-year-old Sicilian pianist has won more than 60 national and international competitions in piano and chamber music. Mazzamuto has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as Orchestra Sinfonica “La Verdi” (Milan), the Tokyo-NCO (Japan), the Berlin Rias Philarmonic (Germany), the Ukrainian Symphony Orchestra, the “George Enescu” Philharmonic (Bucarest), the Chamber Orchestra of Kiev (Ukraine), the Ploesti Philharmonic (Romania), the West Chester Symphony Orchestra (WC, USA), Meadows Symphony (Dallas, USA), and the Bacau Philharmonic (Romania), with conductors such as Daisuke Soga, Amaury du Closel, John Axelrod, Yuta Shimizu, Tomasz Bugaj, Ovidiu Balan, Valentin Doni, Paul Phillips, Ovidiu Marinescu, and Epifanio Comis. He has performed in numerous Asian, European, North American, and South American venues such as Carnegie Hall (New York), Tokyo “Metropolitan Theatre” (Japan), Auditorium of the Santa Cecilia Conservatory (Rome), the Salle Cortot (Paris), Opera House “La Fenice” (Venice), Maly Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire (Russia), Ateneo Romano of Bacau (Romania), Il Tempio (Florence), Auditorium Giuseppe Verdi (Milan), Caruth Auditorium (Dallas), Centro Cultural Kirchner (Buenos Aires), Auditorium Juan Bautista Gutiérrez (Guatemala City), Teatro Massimo Bellini (Italy – Catania), etc. Finalist at the 58th edition of the prestigious “Ferruccio Busoni” International Piano Competition in 2011, Alessandro Mazzamuto was awarded the special prize “Gianandrea Lodovici,” which allowed him to record a CD for the German label ARTS with worldwide distribution. This prize was given at the discretion of the president of the jury, Martha Argerich, as the result of playing that possessed “a particular depth and originality of interpretation.” Thanks to the recording of the above-mentioned CD with music by Rachmaninov, Mazzamuto, together with the ARTS record company, was awarded by international critics the prize “Supersonic – Pizzicato” in 2012. Also, he became a winner of 2014 Center for Musical Excellence (CME – New York) International Grant, Birte Moller Young Artists Award, and a CME Young Artist. Most recently, he gave the two most important debuts of his life, first in New York (June 29th, 2015) with a recital at Carnegie Hall – it was a sold out standing ovation concert – and December 2015 in Tokyo at the Tokyo Metropolitan Opera with a sold out house, the Tokyo-NCO and Chopin’s Piano Concerto n. 2. Alessandro has taught piano for six years at the Musical Institute “Pietro Vinci” in Caltagirone (Italy), the Municipal Institute “Giuseppe Privitera” in Syracuse (Italy), the Accademia Musicale Siciliana in Adrano (Italy), and currently at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts where he serves as a teaching assistant. In the fall of 2016 Mr. Mazzamuto became Artist in Residence at “Collora-Piano” in Dallas where he serves as a piano teacher, doing masterclasses, and invite international guest artists. Alessandro is graduated in 2007 with the highest honours at “V. Bellini” Institute of Music in Catania, under the guidance of M° Epifanio Comis, and currently he is enrolled in the Artist Diploma program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas under the guidance of Dr. Carol Leone. He and his brother, violinist Lorenzo Mazzamuto, perform often as a celebrated duo.