2005 Van Cliburn Piano Competition finalist Davide Cabassi made his orchestral debut at the age of thirteen with the RAI Radio Symphony Orchestra in Milan. He has also collaborated with the Munich Philharmonic, the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, the Russian Chamber Philharmonic, OSI Lugano, Orchestre Romantique Paris, as well as with several Italian orchestras working with such conductors as Gustav Kuhn, James Conlon, Asher Fisch, Vladimir Delman, Antonello Manacorda among others. In recital, he has been engaged by most of the prominent musical associations of his native country, including Serate Musicali and Societa dei Concerti in Milan and Festival Pianistico in Brescia and Bergamo. Mr. Cabassi has played concerts in Austria, China, France, Germany, Japan, Portugal, Russia, Scandinavia, and Switzerland, highlighted by appearances in Salzburg’s Mozarteum, the Gasteig in Munich, and Rachmaninoff Hall in Moscow, Roque d’Antheron, Tiroler Festspiele. He was featured prominently in the film documentary about the Twelfth Van Cliburn Piano Competition, In the Heart of Music, which was aired by PBS stations in all major U.S. markets. In 2008 the Italian channel “Classica” dedicated him a special in their series “Note-Voli”.
Appreciated for the warmth and sincerity he brings to his performances, Mr.Cabassi has been popular with U.S. presenters and audiences since he was declared a winner of the Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in June 2005. In 2006, Mr. Cabassi was selected by the Association of Performing Arts Managers (APAP) to showcase at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall at its annual conference in New York attracting over 4000 industry professionals. After the cliburn he made his debut with the Amarillo, Hartford, Imperial (FL), and Mid-Texas Symphony Orchestras, and toured with the Manchester Music Festival Orchestra, which included engagements in Vermont and New York. He was engaged for recitals and educational programs by Purdue University in West Lafayette (IN); the University of Wyoming in Laramie; and the Portland Piano International Festival in Oregon.
This season 2007-2008, he performs in fifteen states and is featured with the Illinois and Florida West Coast Symphony Orchestras. International engagements took him to Austria, Finland, Germany, Italy, Poland, and France, where he appeared in recital at the Louvre in Paris. In Oct 2010 he will make his debut in Teatro alla Scala with Mozart concerto K 488.
Davide Cabassi’s debut CD for Sony-BMG records, Dancing with the Orchestra, featuring works by Bartók, De Falla, Ravel, and Stravinsky, was released worldwide in the spring of 2006 for which he won the Italian Critics Award for “best debut recording of the season.”
This season of 2007/2008, Mr. Cabassi recorded "Brahms Concerti" and the Schumann Concerto with the Haydn Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Gustav Kuhn for Col Legno label in Italy, and produces in the United States "Pictures" and "Escaping" on Allegro label.
In 2010 he recorded (first not cuben pianist) the 40 Danzas Cubanas by Cervantes. In 2011 he will release two more albums for Concerto Classics, one cd for the magazine “Amadeus” (with his quintet, Opus 5) and he will record for Col-Legno and Universal pianist
After graduating from Milan’s Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory, where he was a student of Professor Ponti, Mr. Cabassi spent several years as one of the few select students at the International Piano Foundation in Cadenabbia, Italy, taking masterclasses with Karl Ulrich Schnabel, Dmitri Bashkirov, Leon Fleisher, Rosalyn Tureck, and William Grant Naboré.
He is a faculty member of the Monteverdi Conservatory in Bolzano and he’s artist in residence at the Col-Legno festival in Lucca and at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl.