Born in Venice in 1983, Alessandro Taverna has already won numerous awards in international competitions, including in 2009 1st prize in the Minnesota International Piano Competition (leading to a prestigious American tour including his debut in New York City and a CD release on the Ten Thousand Lakes label), 2nd prize in the London International Piano Competition (playing Chopin Concerto No. 1 with James Judd and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall: The Independent review of this performance mentioned his "magisterial account . . suffused with grave beauty. This Italian is remarkable. . . 50 minutes of flawless poetry") and Bronze Medal at the Leeds International Piano Competition (playing Chopin No 1 again with the Hallé under Sir Mark Elder). Last September he won the Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Prize awarded by the Eppan Piano Academy.
He has performed throughout Italy and Europe, including recitals in the Maggio Musicale in Florence, the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Fazioli Concert Hall in Zaragoza, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the International Keyboard Festival in New York and the Centre d'Arts d'Orford in Quebec. He has also toured the major cities of South Africa. The prestigious Keyboard Trust has presented him in recitals in London, New York, Berlin and Hamburg and he opened the 2009/10 season of the Châteauville Foundation in Castleton, the Virginia estate of Lorin Maazel. His success at the Leeds Competition has led to many engagements throughout the UK including his debuts with the Royal Philharmonic and Scottish Chamber orchestras.
As well as his performances with the London Philharmonic and Hallé orchestras, he has worked with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin and the Salem Chamber Orchestra. A documentary on his life and his performances at the Leeds Piano Competition was shown on BBC-4. He has also recorded for Radio Classica in Italy, Slovenian National Radio and Television and for Classic FM in South Africa.
He has studied with Sergio Perticaroli at the Santa Cecilia National Music Academy in Rome and with Arie Vardi at the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover. Last year he was selected for the prestigious Lake Como Piano Academy where he had the opportunity to work with distinguished artists including Malcolm Bilson, Andreas Staier and Fou Ts'ong.
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