International Piano Competition Winners' Recital

August 29, 2014
Editor: Tracy Zhu

Venue: Concert Hall of the National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA)
Dates: August 29, 2014

Artists:

Maria Mazo Winner of the 2013 International Beethoven Piano Competition

Maria Mazo, already an award winner at the Van Cliburn (USA), Honens (Canada) and Busoni (Italy) International Piano Competitions, is the winner of the 2013 International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna (playing with the Camerata Salzburg conducted by Louis Langrée). She achieved great success of audience and critics winning the Audience Prize at the 2014 Arthur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition in Tel-Aviv (playing with Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Asher Fisch).

Although dominating a broad repertoire ranging from Bach to nowadays, Maria Mazo is since young age fascinated by Beethoven's music. It has been precisely her interpretations of some of these masterpieces what first definitely established Maria Mazo in the international concert scene. Her deep connection to this music led her first to win the Beethoven Piano Competition in Mannheim, Germany, in 2004. One year later she revolutionized the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and made herself a reputation with a highly acclaimed performance of Beethoven′s Hammerklavier-Sonata. It was there that she was also selected as one of the main characters for the documentary In the Heart of Music, directed by Andy Sommer. In this film thewinning the First Prize at the Beethoven Competition in Vienna which is one of the oldest, most traditional pianist of the legendary Beaux Arts Trio and jury member Menahem Pressler praised Maria Mazo's performance of said sonata, emphasizing his admiration "for someone that young being capable of playing Beethoven on such a high level, that we have not heard from anyone". The circle came to a close with her and prestigious music competitions in the world and allows exclusively the performance of Beethoven's works. This definitely establishes Maria as one of the greatest ambassadors of the music of the universal genius.

Maria Mazo began playing the piano at age five. She made her orchestra debut at age nine with Mozart's Concerto K.414. In 2014-2015 Maria Mazo will be performing in Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, Israel, Japan, China and Australia. She is also present in the social networks with a Facebook page that has thousands of fans from around the globe, and a Youtube channel that has received over 200.000 views.

Maria Mazo's upcoming debut CD featuring an all-Beethoven program will be released in autumn 2014.

Rodolfo Leone Winner of the 2013 Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition

Born in 1991, Rodolfo Leone graduated with top honors in 2009.

After a long study with Pier Narciso Masi and masterclasses with Andrzej Jasinski, Enrico Pace and Dmitri Bashkirov, he is now studying under Fabio Bidini at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin.

He was awarded the 2nd prize at the '59th Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition' in 2013 (1st prize was not awarded) and also won the Audience Prize, the 'Alice Tartarotti' and the 'Keyboard Trust Career Development' special prizes.

He played for dozens of musical societies in Italy and Germany receiving wide acclaim from audiences and critics.

In 2014 he will be playing D.Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 1, touring with the 'Orchestra Haydn di Trento e Bolzano'. A series of recitals in China in August is also planned.

Some of his performances have been broadcasted by Deutschlandradio Kultur, Radio RAI and RaiTRE TV.

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