Sergio De Simone
Head of Keyboard
Born in Florence, Italy, Sergio De Simone is laureate of numerous international piano and chamber music competitions, including the 'V. Bellini' International Piano Competition, 'Premio Trio di Trieste' International Chamber Music Competition, Beethoven International Piano Sonata Competition (Memphis, TN). Sergio has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in Italy, Spain, France, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and USA for prestigious concert societies. Examples include La Società dei Concerti in Milan, Amici della Musica in Florence, Sagra Musicale Umbra, Verdi Theater in Pisa, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Biennale Musica of Venice, Harris Auditorium in Memphis, TN (USA), International Music Festival in Torroella de Montgrì-Barcelona, Mills College Hall in Oakland, CA (USA), Settimana Musicale Chigiana, 'Valli' Theatre in Reggio Emilia, 'Bellini' Theatre in Catania, Winter Festival in Sarajevo, Tartini Atelier in Ljubljana and the National Theatre in Sarajevo.
He has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Romanian State Orchestra, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Meadows Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Strumentale- Città di Prato, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Sarajevo Philarmonic Orchestra , the 'Solisti di Città Lirica Orchestra' of Pisa, Intersezioni Festival Orchestra ect., conducted by Jonathan Webb, Anton Nanut, Paul Philips, Alessandro Pinzauti, Augusto Vismara, Giuseppe Camerlingo, Daniele Giorgi, amongst others. His chamber music repertoire is vast and ranges from duo to quintet. He dedicates part of his activity to contemporary music both as solo and ensemble performer. He has been 'pianist in residence' at the Chigiana Academy in Siena since 2000 for the Composition Summer Course given by Azio Corghi and Giorgio Battistelli and the Film Music Course given by Academy Award winner Luis Bacalov.
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Qualifications/ Educational Background
Sergio De Simone graduated from the 'A. Boito' Conservatory of Music in Parma with full marks, summa cum laude and honourable mention. His musical development was deeply influenced by the cellist of the Quartetto Italiano, Franco Rossi (with whom he studied chamber music) and by Joaquin Achucarro with whom he studied at the Chigiana Academy in Sienna, (where he was awarded the Diploma of Merit as well the Guido Agosti, SIAE, and the E. Contestabile scholarships) and at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX (USA) as a recipient of the Joel Estes Tate Scholarship and where he was winner of the the Von Mickwitz Prize for Piano Performance. He also has attended master classes with Murray Perahia, Aldo Ciccolini, Philippe Cassard, Bruno Canino, Pier Narciso Masi and Christopher Elton.
Sergio is currently Professor of Piano at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Potenza State Conservatoire 'Gesualdo da Venosa' and Sesto Fiorentino Music School, where he is also Director. Sergio has been invited to give Piano and Chamber Music Master Classes and Summer Courses by the Split Music Academy (Croatia), Music Academy of Sarajevo (Bosnia), Perugia Music Fest (Perugia, Italy), 'Roncofreddo in Musica' (Cesena, Italy), 'Musica e Mare' (Marina di Pietrasanta, Italy) and Umjetnicka Å¡kola Luke SorkocevicÌa Dubrovnik (Croatia), in several American Universities (UCFresno, UCSanta Barbara, SMU, Dallas) and for the Achucarro Foundation. Sergio is Artistic Director of 'Intersezioni' festival, in the historical villas of Florence.
Sergio De Simone
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