We are thrilled to welcome Sicilian pianist, and accomplished physicist, Gabriele Taranto, to our summer concert this year! It will take place on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 2 PM at the VSO School of Music (843 Seymour Street.)
Here is the programme:
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
Prelude and Fugue in F sharp minor BWV 883
SERGEI RACHMANINOV *
From the Preludes
Op. 23, No. 4 in D major (Andante cantabile)
Op. 23, No. 5 in G minor (Alla marcia)
Op. 23, No. 6 in E-flat major (Andante)
Op. 23, No. 7 in C minor (Allegro)
Op. 32, No. 1 in C major (Allegro vivace)
Op. 32, No. 2 in B flat minor (Allegretto)
Op. 32, No. 5 in G major (Moderato)
Op. 32, No. 10 in B minor (Lento)
Op. 32, No. 12 in G sharp minor (Allegro)
Barcarolle Op. 60
FRANZ LISZT *
Sonata in B minor
Here is more on Gabriele Taranto:
He graduated with highest honours at the Institute of Musical Studies “Vincenzo Bellini“ in Catania (Sicily-Italy). After studying at the Piano Academy of Imola “Incontri col Maestro” with Leonid Margarius, he continued his studies with Corrado Ratto, Federico Gianello (Steinway Artist) and Giuliano Mazzoccante.
Gabriele has already received acclaim from audiences and critics. He gave several concerts in many concert halls and in many theaters, playing in several Italian and European cities such as Salzburg, in the prestigious “Wiener Saal” of Mozarteum, in the famous “Auditorium Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli” of Bolzano, in Aachen, Koln, Malta and Lisbon. In 2009 and in 2013 he recorded his recital at the RAI Auditorium in Palermo for the Italian State Television. In February 2012 he performed in the Ukraine, as a soloist with the Orchestra of Luhansk with great appreciation from the audience. He recently had the privilege of performing for the great pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy. He received national and international awards, among which it is worthwhile to mention the first prize at the 3rd European Competition “Città di Campobello di Licata”; the first prize at the International Competition “ Gianluca Campochiaro in Pedara“; the first prize at the International Competition “G. De Vincenzi” (Genova); the first prize at the second edition of the National Competition “Musica al Cenacolo” winning also the chance to make a recording; the first prize at the National Music Competition “Città di Barcellona” in 2003 and 2005; first prize in “Stefano D’Agata Competition”; he qualified at third place in the section “ J.Brahms’ Interpretation “ in 2005 and second in 2007.
He received an award for the best performance of a piece of Claude Debussy at the 26th Valsesia Piano Competition.
He was a finalist and semifinalist in many International Competitions among which include “Città di Osimo”, “Madesimo Piano Competition”, “Premio Venezia”, “Città di Cantù”, and the prestigious “Busoni competition”.
As a duo with his brother, a skillful violinist, he won first prize at the competition “Città di Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto” (Sicily) for the interpretation of a work by Johannes Brahms.
He attended, as a student, many International Masterclasses for musical interpretation held by famous pianists and teachers such as Pietro De Maria, Andrea Lucchesini, Epifanio Comis, Violetta Egorova, Sergio Perticaroli, Vincenzo Balzani, Boris Petrushansky, Reid Smith, Shuku Iwasaki, Andreas Frolich, Ilja Scheps, Yuri Didenko, Siegfried Mauser, Leonel Morales and Aquiles Delle Vigne.
In 2008 Gabriele graduated in Physics at Catania University, in 2012 he specialized with highest honors in Nuclear Physics and now is attending the third year of the PhD course.