Giuliano Mazzoccante piano
Born in Chieti, he studied under the guidance of Lucia Passaglia at the Conservatory “L. Cherubini” in Florence graduating with highest honours. He participated as a student performer on a three-year piano perfection course at the “Accademia Musicale Umbra” where he achieved a “Diploma of Excellence”. Later, he participated in the “International Master Classes” in Klaipeda (Lithuania), held by Lazar Berman. With him, his concert repertoire deepened and improved with particular attention to the music of F. Liszt, at the European Academy of Music, Erba (CO). He perfected Chamber Music at the International School of Chamber Music in Duino under the guidance of “Trio of Trieste” achieving a “Diploma with Merit”. He has won national and international competitions, including “M. Clementi” in Florence, “Agorà 80″ in Rome, “F. Liszt” in Lucca, and “Città di Stresa”. In 1997 he won second prize at the ‘T. I. M. ” – International Music Tournament; in 1998, he was awarded the prestigious “Prix Venice”; in 1999 he won second prize at the international competition “Ecomusic” of Monopoli (BA); in 2002 was the winner of the 40th International Piano Competition “Arcangelo Speranza” in Taranto. In October 2009 he was awarded in the “4th International Tbilisi Piano Competition” in Georgia (WFIMC).
Considerable concert activity has seen him engaged both as a soloist and as a chamber musician at major Italian venues and overseas such as, Milan (Teatro Dal Verme, Casa Verdi), Rome (Palazzo Venezia, Instituto Cervantes), L’Aquila (Teatro Comunale), Trieste (Teatro Verdi, Museo Revoltella), Bologna (Sala Mozart della Filarmonica, Sala Bossi del Conservatorio), Perugia (Sala dei Notari), Venice (Palazzo Albrizzi), Chiavari (Teatro Cantero), Alessandria (Teatro Parvum), Salerno (Sala Napolitano), Rovigno (Croatia), Szombathely (Hungary), Klaipeda, Palanka (Lithuania), Schloss Elmau, Weimar “Liszt House”, Munich “Prinzregenten” Theatre”, Cologne “Hochshule” (Germany), Brno “Sale Bretislava Bakaly” (Czech Republic), Istanbul (Turkey), Utrecht “Concert Hall” (Netherlands), Oxford “Holywell Music Room” (England), Schaffusen (Switzerland), Shanghai (China), La Valletta “Emmanuel Theatre” (Malta). He is regularly invited to hold concerts and master classes at international festivals such as “ClaviCologne Festival” in Germany, the “Malta International Music Festival” and the “International Piano Festival & Competition” in Italy.
He has been a regular guest of the “International Sommer-Akademie Schloss Pommersfelden” (Germany) where he has performed as a soloist and in chamber music performances and and where he teaches chamber music from 2010. He has appeared as a soloist with different such Camerata Baltica, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonica Abruzzese, Sinfonica di Lecce, Sinfonica di Bari, Solisti Aquilani.
He is often invited to be part of the jury in national and international piano competitions, he is the founder and Artistic Director of the national piano competition ”Citta di San Giovanni Teatino” and in 2007 he founded and is Artistic Director of the Scuola Civica Musicale.
He plays with musicians of calibre like Karl Leister (historical 1st clarinettist of the Berlin Philharmonic), Pavel Berman, the famous Dora Schwarzberg, Francesco Manara and Franco De Angelis (first violinists of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan), Romain Garioud, Grazia Raimondi, Antonio Tinelli, Rita D’Arcangelo, Gaetano Di Bacco and Liliana Bernardi.
His conspicuous record productions range from solo repertoires, chamber music and to a soloist with an orchestra, including recordings for Wide Classique, DAD Records, Camerata Tokyo, Radio Vatican, Radio Bavaria etc. The monographic CD dedicated to J. Brahms, containing the sonates for clarinet and piano op. 120 No. 1 and no. 2 and the Trio op. 114, Published by Phoenix Classics and distributed by Ducale Music, became a finalist at the IMAIE awards 2009 and was reviewed with acclaim by specialised Italian and overseas magazines (Musica, Suonare News, Giornale della Musica, Fanfare and The Clarinet).
From 2012 he has been an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Subiaco (Rome) and in 2014 he was awarded from the Rotary Club of Pescara West with the “Paul Harris Fellow” for commitment in spreading music and its culture.
In 2013 he was named Artistic Director of the “Cenacolo della Musica – International School” which aims at promoting artists and the development of the arts.