Sandro De Palma 
Sandro De Palma is considered to be 'one of the most qualified and original expressions in Italian concert playing'; the critics constantly underline his special attitude which puts "prestigious instrumental possibility at the service of a personal and profound interpretative vision which finds its core in poetry which is rich and sonorous".

The pianist was born in Naples, and was taught by Massimo Bertucci and Vincenzo Vitale. He subsequently perfected his playing with Nikita Magaloff and Piero Rattalino. He made his debut at the early age of nine in a concert with a programme of music by Bach, Chopin and Schubert.

At the age of nineteen he won the International Competition 'Alfredo Casella', and two years later he won first prize in the 'Bruce Hungeford Foundation' competition in New York. He also became known due to his taking part in other International Competitions (first classification at the Clara Haskil Competition in Montreux, the third classification at the Dino Ciani Competition in Milan).

In 1993 he interrupted his concert activities to attend an intense study course with Alice Kezeradze-Pogorelich.

In 1983 he made himself known to the critics at the 20th International Festival in Brescia and Bergamo with the execution of 24 of Chopin's studies.

Sandro De Palma has held concerts all over Europe and has been on tour in the USA, Russia, Hungary, Germany, the Czech Republic, France, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Luxembourg, England and Mexico.

In Italy he has been a guest at many of the major concert Institutions and has collaborated with the most important orchestras. He has worked intensely with chamber music, particularly in duets with violinists like Ilja Grubert, Boris Belkin and Pierre Hommage. He has collaborated with the viola player Toby Hofmann, with the clarinet player Wenzel Fuchs and with the wind instrument group at the Berliner Philarmoniker. He is also a member of the Salzburg Piano Quartet.

In February 1998 De Palma made his successful debut at the Wigmore Hall in London where he was immediately invited to return in 1999. In January 2000 he performed Franz Liszt's Concerto no. 1 with the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic.

In 2002 he went on his first tour to Japan.

Sandro De Palma recorded his first disc with music by Liszt at the age of sixteen and participated in the first recording world-wide of Gradus ad Parnassum by Muzio Clementi for la Fonit Cetra, a recording which obtained the 20th Prize from the Italian discographic critics. He also recorded music by Brahms and Cilea.

De Palma is currently artistic director of the 'Maggio della Musica' Festival in Naples.

October 2002 
 
 
On Stage
Un ballo in mascheraDonnerstag 31 Juli
um 21:00
in Arena
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