In 2016 he has been awarded the prestigious Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Prize for young interpreters. A new addition to the Prize that since 2000 has been awarded by the International Piano Festival of Brescia and Bergamo, in Italy, and the CAB Foundation to personalities such as Pollini, Argerich, Kissin, Uchida, Ashkenazy, Sokolov, Lupu, Lang Lang, Temirkanov, Muti, Maazel, Ughi, Rostropovich, Maisky, and that for the first time ever has been assigned to a young pianist with an emerging international career.
Besides focusing on his solo recitals and being a soloist with orchestras, Mauro is an accomplished chamber musician and has appeared together with several renowned soloists. He lives in Ottawa, Canada where he is Part Time Piano Professor at Ottawa University and Piano Accompanist at the Conservatoire de Musique de Gatineau. Thanks to his interest in the different aspects of classical music, Mauro is also the founder and director of MitBravour – Artist Collective, a Management Agency for instrumentalists.
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Claudia Mariano graduated in piano at the Conservatorio "F. Dall’Abaco” in Verona and obtained a post graduation degree with honours in Vocal Chamber Music at the Conservatorio "G. Verdi” in Milan.
She studied Lieder and piano Korrepetitor at the “Hochschule für Musik und Theatre F. Mendelssohn”, and opera korrepetition at the “OperaHaus” in Leipzig (Germany). She has participated in masterclasses with Irwin Gage, Helmut Deutsch, Karl-Peter Kammerlander, Francoise Ogeas, Guido Salvetti, Stelia Doz and Lidia Stix.
Claudia has performed all over the world in prestigious venues and is in great demand as an accompanist for singing/instrument courses and masterclasses. She often collaborates with Vittorio Terranova, Francesca Patanè, Denia Mazzola Gavazzeni, Adriana Stamenova-Porta, Rosetta Ely, Hans-Joachim Beyer, Stelia Doz, Jacques Tis, Jean Louis Capezzali, Giuliano Sommerhalder, Omar Tomasoni, Enzo Caroli, Paolo Carlini.
As a pianist repetiteur she has worked for the Teatro dell'Opera in Milano and for the Italian Operetta Company for more than 20 opera productions. Claudia is currently collaborative pianist for SOI, the Singing Academy of Fiorenza Cedolins.
In the last years she has been piano accompanist for several major Italian Conservatories and for international singing competitions.
NykkÖ Grégoire studied music (organ, harpsichord, ondes Martenot) in France at the conservatoire of Bordeaux with François Espinasse, Martine Chappuis, and Dominique Kim. He has also studied piano with Sarah Cohen and Harmonie with Claude Bass.
He moved to the UK in September 2009 where he works with various choirs and theatre ensembles.
M. Grégoire has developed an international career performing music in Europe and South East Asia and America.
He also plays the cello, duduk (
Katherine Rockhill attended the Royal College of Music in London, where she was a Foundation Scholar, Major Prize-Winner and Junior Fellow. Upon graduating, she won the RCM's most prestigious award, the Tagore Medal, which was presented to her by HRH the Prince of Wales. At the personal request of Prince Charles, Katherine has twice performed at Sandringham House.
Katherine has appeared on BBC Television, BBC Radio and Classic FM and performed at the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. She has toured extensively with internationally renowned flautist, Susan Milan including concerts in the United States, Australia and South Korea. In 1998 Katherine was the pianist for Mike Oldfield's 'Tubular Bells 3' performed at the Horse Guards Parade in London.
In September 2019 Katherine was delighted to perform Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue' as the soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra on board the QM2 travelling from New York to Southampton. It was so well received, she has been invited to repeat the occasion again on the return trip later this year.
Katherine has played keyboard in many West End musicals including, 'Grease', 'Jesus Christ Superstar', 'Crazy for You', 'Whistle down the Wind', 'My Fair Lady', ‘Miss Saigon’, Ingmar Bergman ‘Fanny & Alexander’ at the Old Vic and 'Pinocchio' at the National Theatre.
Katherine's most recent orchestral work has been with the RPCO, National Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and with the London Concert Orchestra accompanying Katherine Jenkins on keyboard on her 2019 'Guided Light' tour.