Alessandro Taverna - Concert Pianist
"We must make music together!” (Lorin Maazel after hearing Alessandro Taverna in New York, 2009)
The Guardian: "He confirmed those initial impressions of a serious and potentially major talent: this was a tremendously exciting evening"
"He commanded the platform as if it were his by right, and looked to be thoroughly enjoying himself. Remember his name, I suspect we shall be hearing much more of him in the future"
The Daily Telegraph: "A hugely impressive recital"
Hailed in the world of music as the “natural successor to his great compatriot Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli”, Alessandro Taverna’s “music making stimulates the senses as does a visit to his native Venice”, and "gives rise to a feeling of wonderment”. When he reached the final and performed Chopin’s First Piano Concerto at the 2009 Leeds International Piano Competition, “the world was suffused with grave beauty”, said the British newspaper The Independent. Since then, Alessandro Taverna has shown a most remarkable, constant development that makes him one of the most interesting, musical pianists of his generation, being in worldwide demand.
Alessandro Taverna has won numerous awards in national and international competitions, lately 2nd Prize at London International Piano Competition (2009), 1st prize at Minnesota International Piano Competition (2009), 3rd prize in Leeds (2009), and Premio Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (2010).
Alessandro has performed throughout Italy, Europe, North America and South Africa including the MITO Settembre Musica/Milan, Konzerthaus/Berlin, Fazioli Concert Hall, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festivals, Salle Cortot/Paris, International Keyboard Festival/New York as well as major cities of South Africa. He also appears regularly as soloist with orchestra, e.g. London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Orchestra del Teatro Olimpico/Vicenza, G. Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He has recorded for Rai Radio3 and Radio Classica in Italy, Slovenian National Radio Television, Classic FM Radio in South Africa and RSI Switzerland Radiotelevision.
In 2009, Taverna was chosen by the international foundation The Keyboard Charitable Trust (London), for which he performed at Steinway Halls in London, New York, Berlin, Hamburg and Munich, as well as opening the 2009-2010 season of Lorin Maazel’s Châteauville Foundation in Castleton (Virginia). This is when Maestro Maazel invited him to tour with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during the 2012-2013 season.
A native of Venice, Italy, Alessandro Taverna began his piano studies at the Fondazione Musicale Santa Cecilia, Portogruaro, with Laura Candiago Ferrari, graduating with honours in 2001. He achieved the Artist Diploma at the Scuola di Perfezionamento Musicale di Portogruaro, studying with Piero Rattalino, and continued at the Accademia Pianistica Internazionale “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola with Franco Scala, Leonid Margarius and Boris Petrushansky. He received his Master Diploma in November 2008. In January 2009, Alessandro Taverna enrolled at the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome with Sergio Perticaroli, graduating cum laude, and he later continued his studies with Arie Vardi at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hanover/Germany, graduating in 2013 in the Solo Performance Class. He also attended the renowned Lake Como Piano Academy, where he had the possibility to work with some of the finest personalities of the piano world, including Fou Ts'ong, William Grant Naboré, Dmitri Bashkirov, Malcolm Bilson, Peter Frankl, John Perry.
In 2012 he was awarded the title "Premo Sinopoli" by the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano, for his artistic activity and his international career. In February 2014 he was the soloist in Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto with the Münchner Philharmoniker at Gasteig Munich and Musikverein Vienna, invited by Lorin Maazel who conducted the orchestra.
Alessandro Taverna teaches at the Music Academy Santa Cecilia in Portogruaro and he is Artistic Director of the Music Association "Alapiano" based in Ala (Italy). Since 2013 he has been piano professor at Conservatorio L. Perosi in Campobasso (Italy).