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. Since 2016, she has been performing weekly at Pavarotti Milano Restaurant Museum with the artists of Fondazione Pavarotti in Modena.
In the last years she has been piano accompanist for several major Italian Conservatories and for international singing competitions.
Justyna Gabzdyl, born in Poland and currently residing in Canada, is considered by Montreal’s La Presse to be “a pianist of high calibre.” After graduating from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (now Fryderyk Chopin University of Music), Justyna continued her education at École Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris. Her desire to perfect her skills was crowned with a Doctorate in interpretation from the Université de Montréal. During her studies, she worked with many distinguished artists, including Bronislawa Kawalla, Jerzy Marchwiński, Pascal Devoyon, Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri, Philippe Entremont, Michel Béroff, Paul Stewart and Jean-Eudes Vaillancourt.
She made her orchestral debut in Warsaw with the Student Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Lukasz Borowicz, at a concert commemorating the anniversary of Poland’s independence. She has since then performed with the Montreal Intercultural Orchestra, Orchestra 21, the Serghei Lunchevici Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Toronto Sinfonietta. She has worked with conductors such as Silvia Tabor, Paolo Bellomia, and Matthew Jaskiewicz.
Justyna has participated in several international celebrations, among others performing Fantasy on Polish Airs, Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise at the “Chopin 2010” bicentenary, and Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra at the "Lutoslawski 100" centenary.
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Lorenzo Salvagni is a well-established pianist, organist and composer in the Greater Cleveland area. Dr. Salvagni holds a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, a Master of Music Degree in Collaborative Piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music, a 3-year Chamber Music Diploma from the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, and other advanced degrees in music performance, communication, composition and literature. He studied piano with Benedetto Lupo, Sergio Fiorentino, Charles Rosen, Robert Levin and Rosalyn Turek.
He has given lecture-recitals on Italian popular, classical and contemporary music at academic conferences, workshops and seminars throughout the United States and Italy; the Cleveland Orchestra invited him to introduce the world premiere of a piano concerto by the Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino at Severance Hall.
He is a member of the faculty at Hathaway-Brown School and Cuyahoga Community College.