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Pianist renowned for innate virtuosity and skills and sophisticated stylistic knowledge, ALFONSO SOLDANO is born in 1986, and in young age reaches the Distinguished Degree with Honor Mention in Piano Performance at Conservatory “ N. Piccinni “ in Bari. His mentors during all over his artistic growth were Aldo CICCOLINI, Pierluigi CAMICIA. He obtained also the High Performance Diploma in National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome, under Benedetto LUPO. Mr. Soldano has classified first absolute winner in several piano competitions in Italy from 2003 to 2008 and is invited as Artist and Juror and Guest Professor in Italy and Eastern Europe.
- Gold Medal International Prize “ Maison des Artistes “ Rome -2013
- Finalist at Prize “Società Umanitaria” Milan - 2009
-Winner of Prize Scholarship in Conservatory of Bari Competition for best piano student after donation of Sultanate of Oman to young musicians 2008
Mr. Soldano was involved in production of Integral of Rachmaninov’s works for piano and orchestra, since when he was 17 with Bacau Philarmonic Orchestra. He worked with conductors like O.Balan, D.Frandes, M.Cormio, V.Zhadko, and performed with a lot of orchestras, italian and foreign: Symphony Orchestra of Province of Bari, Apulia Philarmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Balkan Festival Orchestra, etc. Artist recognized for his deep and special sound and breathtaking virtuosity, one of best italian talents of his generation, Mr. Soldano can count on large repertoire for solo and concertos with orchestra. Mr. Soldano has appeared in a lot of festivals and concerts, such Musikum Salzburg, Hindemith Foundation Switzerland, G.Enescu International Festival Bucarest, Bacau, Kiev (Concert Hall of Tchaikovsky National Academy, Philarmonie) lot of italian universities and recital in lot of major cities (Rome Auditorium Parco della Musica,Milan,Verona, Bologna, Theathers in Foggia, Lecce etc). As writer he published for Florestano Edizioni,first world’s biography of Ukrainian composer Sergej Bortkiewicz.
Mr Soldano is also active as a concert transcriber, (MusePress, Japan, Florestano Edizioni, Italy). He is ending the publishing of a large piano set of concert transcriptions for two pianos, with Florestano Edizioni. The great pianists that have listened him, have always highlighted the particular interpretative maturity of his performances, result of continuous insights into the history of piano technique and interpretation. Mr Soldano is Academic Professor of Piano Performance at Conservatory U.Giordano in Foggia, and has been already Professor in S.Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, as well in Conservatories of Teramo, Taranto, Lecce. He is Artistic Director of Foundation European Arts Academy “Aldo Ciccolini” in Trani. Mr. Soldano is Divine Artist (only Italian) and records for USA major label Divine Arts Recordings Group. His Cds are recognized 5 stars from major USA’s magazines (American Record Guide, Fanfares, First Italian Pianist to receive five stars) and Other 15 countries Magazines all over the world. His last Cd, Solo piano works by Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco, was selected in Florida on best Classical CDs of 2017. Upcoming release a Cd in Summer 2019 dedicated to solo piano works by Rachmaninov. Last Performance with orchestra of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto n. 2 received high critic acclaim and broadcasted in regional television.
He lives in Trani, Italy
"I had the opportunity to listen live performance [Rachmaninov 3rd Piano Concerto] of the pianist Alfonso Soldano and I was very impressed with his great temperament and his incisive performance. I wish him a prestigious career because his talent deserves."
Adam HARASIEWICZ , Gold Medal winner in Chopin International Competition in Warsaw 1955
“ Alfonso Soldano : a huge great promise for the piano, supported by extraordinary instrumental abilities as well a musical sensitivity absolutely out of the ordinary. Alfonso Soldano is born in Puglia[Italy] : and therefore belongs to a land which is, and has always been a breeding ground for top class artists. Congratulations with all my heart! “
Aldo CICCOLINI - Gold Medal Winner in Marguerite Long-Thibaud International piano Competition - Paris - 1949