Semifinal round at The Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition held at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo Ralph Lauer)

Winner of the “Raymond E. Buck” Jury Discretionary Award at the 2017 “Van Cliburn” International Competition, 28-year-old Italian pianist Leonardo Pierdomenico is also a first prize winner at the 2011 “Premio Venezia” Piano Competition held in “La Fenice” Opera House and a semifinalist at the 2016 “Queen Elisabeth” International Piano Competition. His semifinal performance of Chopin’s Ballade in g minor was included in the CD box with the best of 2016 “Queen Elisabeth” competition.

He has performed with many prominent orchestras, including the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the North Czech Symphony, the Orchestre Royal De Chambre de Wallonie, La Fenice Symphony Orchestra, LaVerdi Orchestra, the Wuhan Philarmonic and the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra among the others, collaborating with such esteemed conductors as Nicholas McGegan, Paul Meyer, Yves Abel, James P. Liu and Diego Matheuz.

In 2015 Leonardo was one of the six pianists selected to compete for the “Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli” Prize and to participate to the exclusive masterclass held by M° Daejin Kim at the prestigious Eppan Piano Academy. He was also named Fellow of the prestigious 2016 Music Academy Of The West Festival in Santa Barbara, California, having the opportunity to perform, work, and collaborate with Guest Artists like Jeremy Denk, Jerome Lowenthal, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Julian Martin and Leon Fleisher.

Solo recitals have brought him to major venues worldwide, including the Bass Hall in Fort Worth (TX), Sala Verdi of Milan Conservatory, Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, La Fenice Opera House, Studio 4 Flagey in Brussels, Konzerthaus Berlin, Qintai Concert Hall in Wuhan (China), Hahn Hall in Santa Barbara (CA).

Mr. Pierdomenico has been featured in both live and recorded performances on (more than 3 hours of performances), RTBF (Belgium), KUSC California (USA), RAI Radio3 (Italy), Euroclassical (Eurovision) and France Musique (France).

His debut recording, dedicated to Franz Liszt and published by the prestigious label Piano Classics (Brilliant Classics), was internationally praised by public and critics and received an “Editor’s Choice” as one of the best album of September 2018 by the renowed english magazine “Gramophone” and received one of the 7 nominations for the best Classical solo piano recording of the year for the Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik (Prize of the German national musical Critque).

His disc was also presented by France Musique and the Belgian Musiq3 (RTBF).

Raised in Pescara, Italy, Pierdomenico graduated cum laude from the city conservatory, then studied with M° Pietro De Maria at the School of music of Fiesole: the advices from the legendary Maria Tipo were also really important for his musical training. In 2017 he earned a Master’s degree cum Laude at the “Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia” of Rome, in the class of M° Benedetto Lupo. He went on earning another Master in Foggia conservatory under the guidance of M° Alessandro Deljavan and he’s currently a pupil of the Lake Como Int. Piano Academy.

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