Cesare Pezzi

Italian concert pianist

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"An extraordinary sensitiveness artist"
Maria Tipo

 

Italian pianist Cesare Pezzi performs regularly in Europe (Italy, Austria, Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Lithuania, Estonia, Monaco, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland) and in the United States as both a soloist and in chamber music ensembles. This contributed to his winning the prestigious Chiarappa Chamber Music Prize in Florence in 2013 and to playing with many eminent musicians, such as Francesco Manara, Paolo Andreoli, the Quartetto di Cremona, the Čiurlionis Quartet, the Quartetto Guadagnini, Nikolay Sugahev, Sylvia Danburg Volpe (from MET Orchestra), world-renowned tenor Matthew Polenzani and many others. His New York débuts in 2015 at the Lincoln Center and in Vilnius Philharmonic Hall in May 2016 received both great critical acclaim.

In 2012 he made his début at the 75th Festival of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino with a Debussy Recital. In Italy he has played at the most important festivals of Rome, Florence, Venice, Genoa, Bologna, Brescia, Pisa, Bari, for Ravenna Festival, Società del Quartetto of Milano, Mantova Chamber Music Festival, ROF Pesaro, Amici della Musica di Cagliari, Festival "Città di Lucca", Associazione Mariani of Ravenna and many others. Furthermore, in 2008 he did the première of the Menuhin Sonata by Russian composer Rodion Schedrin in Sala Piatti, Bergamo. 

He has recorded for RAI, for Vatican Radio, for Lithuanian National Radio, for Lithuanian Television as well as for Naxos Records, and has obtained distinction in many important piano competitions. Since 2009 he has played with the violinist Justina Auškelytė, acclaimed by critics and audiences. Their first-world recording of the Complete Works for Violin and Piano by the Lithuanian composer Balys Dvarionas for the largest classical music label Naxos has been released in May 2017 and is now available in record stores worldwide and online.

Born in Ravenna in 1989, he studied the piano from a young age and made his concert début at the age of six. He studied at Florence Conservatory with Maria Teresa Carunchio as well as in Turin with Enrico Pace, in Imola "Incontri col Maestro" Academy with Konstantin Bogino and also in Rome "Santa Cecilia" Academy with Carlo Fabiano. He has received guidance from many great musicians, including Elena Ashkenazy, Bruno Canino, Aldo Ciccolini, Pavel Gililov, Sergio Perticaroli, Daniel Rivera, Pavel Berman, Dario De Rosa, Bruno Giuranna, Silvia Marcovici, Pavel Vernikov and Mats Widlund.

He performs regularly in Italy and abroad as a soloist and chamber musician.

 

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