'De Maria’s playing abounds in a quality that seems to be virtually a trademark of the best Italian musicians… : long-lined lyricism. In the Schubert, not one melodic phrase, inner voice or bass line was allowed to be unlyrical. Even passagework was lyrically shaped. Everything sang and breathed.'
After receiving the Critics' Prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1990), Pietro De Maria won First Prize in other prestigious international piano competitions, such as the Dino Ciani - Teatro La Scala in Milan (1990), the Géza Anda in Zurich (1994), and the Mendelssohn Award in Hamburg (1997).
An active concert pianist, he has played as soloist with the best known orchestras, with conductors of the stature of Roberto Abbado, Gary Bertini, Myung-Whun Chung, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Daniele Gatti, Alan Gilbert, Eliahu Inbal, Marek Janowski, Ton Koopman, Michele Mariotti, Ingo Metzmacher, Gianandrea Noseda, Corrado Rovaris, Kwamé Ryan, Yutaka Sado and Sándor Végh.
Born in Venice in 1967, De Maria studied piano with Giorgio Vianello and Gino Gorini. Revealing a precocious talent, he won First Prize at the Alfred Cortot International Piano Competition in Milan at the age of 13. He graduated from the Conservatory of Venice and continued his studies with Maria Tipo at the Conservatory of Geneva, where he obtained the Premier Prix de Virtuosité with the highest honours in 1988.
Italian pianist Pietro de Maria performs Chopin's Scherzo No. 2 at Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, Florida, 2017 season.
Pietro de Maria performs Chopin's Mazurkas A minor Op 67, No. 4 / C Major Op. 24, No. 2 / C# minor Op. 63 No. 3
Russian pianist Ilya Itin speaks about Nikolai Medtner's Op. 38 & 39 "Forgotten Melodies", prior to a performance of the same pieces.
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