GIULIA CONTALDO, PIANO
Thursday 10 November 2022, 1pm, Howden Minster
Free admission with retiring donations
Debussy Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Beethoven Sonata No. 32 in C minor Op. 111
Schumann Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
Liszt/Wagner Isolde’s Liebestod
Italian/American pianist Giulia Contaldo was one of the 62 pianists chosen to participate in the first round of the Leeds International Piano Competition in April 2021. In 2021 she performed Beethoven's fourth Piano Concerto with the Manchester Camerata and RNCM Symphony Orchestra.
Giulia recently won both the Concerto Competition and the Piano Duo Prize of the Royal Northern College of Music and was awarded the RNCM's Gold Medal. For 2021/2022 Giulia has been accepted on the highly selective International Artist Diploma Course of the RNCM, which will include a solo debut with the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester.
Giulia completed her degree studies under Giovanna Prestia at Florence's 'Luigi Cherubini' Conservatory. From 2012, Giulia studied at Imola International Piano Academy with Jin Ju, where she completed her final artist diploma in 2019. That same year she won a scholarship for the Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Piano Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music with Graham Scott and Dina Parakhina, thanks to the generous support of the Helen Mackaness Award. She graduated with distinction.
Giulia has performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.1 with both Orchestra del Carmine and Giovane Orchestra d’Abruzzo. She was a soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Florence Conservatory Orchestra, with whom she also performed the Schumann Piano Concerto in 2017 at the Teatro Verdi of Florence.
Giulia has received numerous awards including first prize at the 28th J.S. Bach Italian National Competition (S.Levante), first prize at the Gradus ad Musicum Certamen Competition, the National Competition 'Città di Bardolino', the Chianti International Music Competition, the competition 'Citta di Piove di Sacco', first prize at the Zuccotti International Piano Competition, and at the 15th International Maria Giubilei Piano Competition with an award to the Mozarteum Sommerakademie with Aquiles Delle Vigne.
Watch Giulia Contaldo play Scarlatti's Sonata in G major