Alessandro Taverna

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Alessandro Taverna was born in Caorle near Venice in 1983. He began his piano studies at the Music Academy of Santa Cecilia in Portogruaro with Laura Candiago Ferrari, graduating cum laude at the Conservatorio C. Pollini in Padua in 2001 He continued with Piero Rattalino at the Portogruaro Music School for Advanced Studies where he obtained his Final Diploma. Currently, he works with Franco Scala and Leonid Margarius, and as well as attending classes of Boris Petrushansky, Louis Lortie and Piero Rattalino at the International Piano Academy in Imola, where he received his Artist's Diploma in November 2008. In January 2009, Alessandro enrolled at the ‘Santa Cecilia’ National Music Academy in Rome to study with Sergio Perticaroli.

Alessandro Taverna has won numerous awards in national and international competitions, among them the Alfredo Casella special prize at the 2002 Premio Venezia, the Skryabin 2003 International Piano.Competition in Grosseto, and the 2006 International Piano Competition ‘Concerti in Villa’ in Vicenza. He was a semi-finalist at the 6th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition .in Japan and at the UNISA International Piano Competition in Pretoria in 2008. In April 2009, he was awarded 2nd Prize in the London International Piano Competition having played Chopin Concerto No.1 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall.

Alessandro has performed with the Citta di Grosseto Symphony Orchestra under Enrique Batiz, the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra directed by Misha Rachlevsky, the Vicenza Olimpico Theatre Orchestra and the Trento Chamber Orchestra. He has played in concert halls throughout Italy and Europe, participated in the 69th Maggio Musicale in Florence, played in London for the Italian Cultural Institute and for the Semaines Musicales in Crans-Montana (Switzerland). In February 2007 he performed at the prestigious Berlin Konzerthaus.

In 2008 the Government Commissariat for Expo Zaragoza and Fazioli Grand Pianos invited him to play in the Italian pavilion on the new Fazioli M. Liminal model. He participated in the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festivals in 2007 and 2008 and the summer season of Centre d' Arts d'Orford (Quebec), invited by Louis Lortie. In September 2008 he toured the major cities of South Africa.

Alessandro Taverna has recorded for Radio Classica in Italy, for the Slovenian National RadioTelevision and for ClassicFm Radio in South Africa.