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The bolder the personality, the greater the sound

The Pharos Arts Foundation, with the support of The Keyboard Charitable Trust in London, will present a recital by Italian pianist Andre Gallo on Friday at the Shoe Factory in Nicosia.

Gallo, who is one of the most prominent Italian pianists of his generation, will perform pieces by Claude Debussy, Francis Poulenc, Erik Satie and Maurice Ravel during his first recital in Nicosia.

Described by the famous English piano scholar Bryce Morrison, as “a masterly pianist with a bold and intriguing personality”, Gallo studied with maestro Franco Scala at the prestigious International Piano Academy Incontri col Maestro in Imola, and he has appeared in recitals all over the world, in notable venues such as Konzerthaus Berlin, Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Steinway Hall in London, the Ra’anana Music Centre in Israel, Het Klooster Theatre in Nuenen, Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, Teatro Olimpico in Venice, Teatro Verdi in Pisa and Teatro Manzoni in Milan, to great audience and critical acclaim.

The pianist has appeared as a soloist with important orchestras, including the Mozart Orchestra, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra and the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. He is regularly invited by eminent festivals and concert series such as Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Festival MiTo Milano-Torino, Al Bustan Festival in Beirut, GOG Giovine Orchestra Genovese and Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel.

In his repertoire, ranging from classical to contemporary, Gallo has demonstrated particular interest in the French composers of the twentieth century, and he has performed the complete piano works of Ravel, Poulenc, Debussy and Satie. His performances have been broadcast numerous times by Mediaset, the Dutch National Television and Radio Rai 3, amongst others, and he has recently starred in the documentary Pianists, which was produced and broadcast by Sky Classic.
Gallo has frequently collaborated with Marc Taube’s Trio, consisting also of Konstantin Katz and Vadim Pavlov, as well as the great violinist Pierre Amoyal, soprano Alda Caiello and fellow pianist Alessandro Tardino. In 2006 he established the Trio Richard Wagner with Roberto Baraldi and Alessandro Zanardi – first violin and cello of the Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice, respectively.

He was awarded the 2006 Galarte Prize in Music, conferred under the auspices of the President of the Italian Republic. In 2008, he was appointed Fellow of the Association Bayreuth Richard Wagner Venice. He is a Guest Professor at the prestigious Zuyd University of Applied Sciences in Maastricht, lecturer at the International Piano Academy Incontri col Maestro in Imola, and Director of the Imola Piano Academy – Talent Development in Eindhoven.

The Keyboard Charitable Trust, that is supporting the concert, has as its mission to help young keyboard players reduce the element of chance in building a professional musical career. The Trust identifies the most talented young performers (aged 18-30) and assists their development by offering them opportunities to perform in the most important music centres in Europe and the Americas.

Andre Gallo
The Pharos Arts Foundation presents a piano recital with Andre Gallo. October 28. The Shoe Factory, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €15/10. Tel: 22-663871

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