The concert, under the direction of Grant Cooper, Artistic Director & Conductor of the WVSO, will feature pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi.
Born and raised in Foggia, Italy, Antonio Pompa-Baldi first came to the U.S. in 1999 to participate in the Cleveland International Piano Competition. He won the First Prize, and, while fulfilling all the engagements that came with it, he and his wife, Italian pianist Emanuela Friscioni, decided to make Cleveland their home. A top prize winner at the 1998 Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition of Paris, France, Antonio Pompa-Baldi also won a silver medal at the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, as well as the Award for the Best Performance of a New Work.
Mr. Pompa-Baldi has toured extensively in four continents, bringing his assured touch on the keyboard to some of the world's major concert venues including Cleveland's Severance Hall, Milan's Sala Verdi, Naples' Teatro Diana, New York's Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Boston's Symphony Hall, and Paris' Salle Cortot, Salle Gaveau, Salle Pleyel, Theatre des Champs-Elysees and Théâtre du Châtelet.
A passionate chamber musician, Antonio Pompa-Baldi is a frequent guest at events like the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, the Music in the Mountains Festival (Durango, CO), Strings in the mountains (Steamboat Springs, CO), and the Fort Worth Chamber Music Society Series among others, collaborating with such ensembles as the Takacs and Cavani String Quartets.
Mr. Pompa-Baldi's recordings include an all-Brahms disc (Azica), and a live and unedited recital from his award-winning Cliburn Competition performances (Harmonia Mundi). Since 2002, he has recorded for Centaur Records: the Josef Rheinberger Piano Sonatas; the entire piano and chamber music output of Edward Grieg, in 11 volumes; an all-Rachmaninoff CD; and the first volume of the Hummel Piano Sonatas. Soon-to-be-released are the second volume of the Hummel Sonatas and an all- Schumann album, also for Centaur.
Mr. Pompa-Baldi appeared again on PBS in the documentary Concerto: A Sense of Self, featuring his performance of Prokofiev's Concerto #3 with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and James Conlon. This performance was also seen on French National Television in May, 2003, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Prokofiev's death, as well as throughout Europe.
Antonio Pompa-Baldi is a Steinway Artist. He serves as Distinguished Professor of Piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and gives master-classes around the world, both in conjunction with his performing engagements, and at summer festivals including Piano Fest in the Hamptons, TCU-Cliburn Institute, Southeastern Piano Festival (University of South Carolina School of Music), Paisiello Academy (Lucera, Italy), and Napolinova Academy (Naples, Italy). He helped found the Academia Manuel Rueda in Santo Domingo, where he also gives regular masterclasses.
Upcoming orchestral engagements for pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi include performances with the Stockton and Pensacola Symphony Orchestras. Recital engagements include Orlando (FL), Fort Worth (TX), Cleveland (OH), the Liszt Society of Eugene (OR), and Corvallis (OR), as well as a tour of South Africa.
The program will include Benjamin Britten’s Suite on English Folk Tunes, Op.90, Dmitri Shostakovich's First Symphony, and Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16.
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