With the addition of our new residency in Foligno (Italy), we are delighted to welcome Italian classical pianist and composer Roberto Russo amongst our international faculty.
Roberto began his piano studies with his father Mario, a musician and painter. After graduating under the tutelage of Giuseppe Maiorca, he continued his piano training in Florence (Italy) with Daniel Rivera, in Imola (Italy) with Franco Scala and Geneva (Switzerland) with Maria Tipo. His performances were reviewed by Italian and international press, and recorded by RAI (Italy), Radio Vaticana, Radio Toscana Classica (Italy), Houston Public Radio (USA) and Radio Televisión Argentina. The musicologist Brenno Boccadoro said that his playing is ‘true, sincere, great and deeply poetic’; while the Italian pianist and critic Riccardo Risaliti brought out his ‘genuine sensitivity and knowledge of the instrument’, also speaking of him as a ’skilled composer’. The American critic Harvey Sachs pointed out the way of his ‘beautiful playing: the rhythm, the phrasing, the attacks, the releases, the beauty of the sound, the way he allows the motifs to stand out without actually underlining or exaggerating them’.
PIANO WEEK residency in Foligno, Umbria takes place in the spring 2017, between 20th and 23rd April.