BIOGRAPHY

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Ferrara (Italy), Simone Ferraresi moved to New York in 2005.

In his career as a concert pianist he has performed at many important venues in Europe (Italy, United Kingdom, Austria, Germany, France, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia) and the US.

Recent performances were Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 and 4 with the Kiev Symphony Orchestra and the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, a sold-out debut solo recital at Carnegie's Weill Hall in New York, and his acclaimed recital for national Italian classical radio RAI Radio3 at Palazzo del Quirinale in Rome, broadcast live throughout Europe. In 2006 and 2007 he had a concert tour and taught master classes in Moscow, Russia.

Winner of many piano competitions, in 1995 he was admitted and took part in the Frederic Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland - by many regarded as the most prestigious and difficult piano competition in the world, where his performances were praised by critics and public.

His vast repertoire spans from Bach's Goldberg Variations to Frank Martin's Fantasy, focusing especially on the viennese classicism and on romantic and late-romantic composers, such as Chopin, Schumann and Scriabin; he is also very active in chamber music and as a soloist with orchestras. His recordings include works by Scriabin, Mussorgsky, Chopin, Liszt on CD and works by Chopin for TVP (Polish Television).

Simone Ferraresi studied at the Conservatory of Music in Ferrara where he earned his diploma with highest honors; at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna (now Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst) where he studied with world renowned pianist and musicologist Paul Badura-Skoda and specialized in classical composers interpretation; at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he was awarded the Diploma of the Royal Academy of Music - highest examinable award given by the Royal Academy, as well as three special prizes for the best performance in the final recital: Walter MacFarren Prize, Chappel Prize, Lloyd Hartley Prize.

He is the founder and artistic director of the Ferrara International Piano Festival.

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Repertoire

J.S. Bach (1685 - 1750)

  • Italian Concerto BWV 971
  • Goldberg Variations BWV 988
  • Toccata Adagio and Fugue in C major BWV 564 (Busoni)

F.J. Haydn (1732-1809)

  • Variations in F minor Hob. XVII:6

W.A. Mozart (1756 - 1791)

  • Sonata in E flat major KV 282
  • Sonata in G major KV 283
  • Sonata in D major KV 284
  • Sonata in A minor KV 310
  • Sonata in B flat major KV 333
  • Fantasia in D minor KV 397
  • Rondo in A minor KV 511
  • Adagio in B minor KV 540
  • Variations in D major KV 573
  • Concerto in E flat major KV 365
  • Concerto in A major KV 414
  • Concerto in D minor KV 466
  • Concerto in C major KV 467
  • Concerto in A major KV 488

L. van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)

  • Sonata in D major Op. 10 No. 3
  • Sonata in C minor Op. 13
  • Sonata in B flat major Op. 22
  • Sonata in C sharp minor Op. 27 No. 2
  • Variations in E flat major Op. 35
  • Sonata in C major Op. 53
  • Sonata in F minor Op. 57
  • Sonata in B flat major Op. 106
  • Sonata in A flat major Op. 110
  • Concerto in E flat major Op. 73

F. Schubert (1797 - 1828)

  • Sonata in A minor Op. 42
  • Sonata in D major Op. 53
  • Waltzes Op. 77
  • Sonata in C minor D 958
  • Military March (Tausig)

F. Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)

  • Rondo capriccioso Op. 14
  • Variations Sérieuses Op. 54

F. Chopin (1810 - 1849)

  • 12 Etudes Op. 10
  • Waltz in E flat major Op. 18
  • Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante Op. 22
  • 4 Ballades
  • 12 Etudes Op. 25
  • 24 Preludes Op. 28
  • Scherzo in B flat minor Op. 31
  • 2 Nocturnes Op. 32
  • Waltz Op. 34 No. 1
  • Polonaise in F sharp minor Op. 44
  • Polonaise in A flat major Op. 53
  • Sonata in B minor Op. 58
  • 3 Mazurkas Op. 59
  • Polacca-Fantasia op.61
  • Valzer op.64 n.1
  • Concerto in E minor, Op. 11

R. Schumann (1810 - 1856)

  • ABEGG Variations Op. 1
  • Toccata in C major Op. 7
  • Allegro in B minor Op. 8
  • Sonata in F sharp minor Op. 11
  • Etudes Symphoniques Op. 13
  • Novelletten Op. 21 No. 2 and 4

F. Liszt (1811 - 1886)

  • Polonaise No. 2 in E major
  • Sonata in B minor
  • Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12
  • Orage
  • Transcendental Etudes No. 4 and 11
  • Concert Etude "La leggerezza"
  • Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major

J. Brahms (1833 - 1897)

  • 4 Ballades Op. 10
  • Variations on a theme by Handel, Op. 24
  • 6 Klavierstücke Op.118

M. Musorgsky (1839 - 1881)

  • Pictures at an Exhibition

C. Debussy (1862 - 1918)

  • L'isle joyeuse

E. Granados (1867 - 1916)

  • El Pelele - Goyesca

A. Scriabin (1872 - 1915)

  • Fantasy Op. 28
  • Sonata in F sharp major Op. 30
  • 2 Poems Op. 32

S. Rachmaninov (1873 - 1943)

  • Sonata in B flat minor Op. 36
  • Concerto No. 2 in C minor Op. 18
  • Concerto No. 4 in G minor Op. 40

A. Schönberg (1874 - 1951)

  • Sechs kleine Klavierstücke op.19

M. Ravel (1875 - 1937)

  • Sonatine
  • Gaspard de la nuit

K. Szymanowski (1882 - 1937)

  • Variations Op. 10

F. Martin (1890 - 1974)

  • Fantasy on Flamenco Rhythms

S. Prokofiev (1891 - 1953)

  • Sonata No. 7 Op. 83

G. Gershwin (1898 - 1937)

  • Three Preludes

K. Stockhausen (1928 - 2007)

  • Klavierstücke VII, IX, X

P. Zimmerli (1968)

  • Narratives