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Massimiliano Damerini
Massimiliano Damerini - Biography


Instrument: Piano
Born in Genoa, he studied with Alfredo They and Martha Del Vecchio graduating in piano and composition with First Class Honours. He is considered one of the foremost pianists in his generation. He has played in some of the most famous concert halls throughout the world, i.e., the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Teatro Alla Scala in Milan, the Barbican Hall in London, the Herkules Saal in Munich, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Victoria Hall in Geneva, the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid. Among the many orchestras he has worked with: the London Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony, the Dutch Radio Orchestra, the Budapest Symphony, the WDR Symphony Cologne, the NDR Symphony Hamburg, the SWF Symphony Baden-Baden, the SDF Symphony Stuttgart, the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra, the Swiss Philharmonic, the Accademia di Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome, the Orquesta Nacional Española, the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, etc.
He is a regular guest at many international festivals: the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Venice Biennale, the Berliner Festwochen, the Holland Festival, the Wien Modern, the Music Biennale Zagreb, the Festival d'Automne in Paris, the Donaueschingen Festival, the Paìz Festival in Antigua (Guatemala), the Takefu International Music Festival (Japan). 
Besides cuntless radio and television recordings with several European and American networks, he has recorded for many labels: EMI, Etcetera, Arts, Accord, Marco Polo, Col Legno, BMG, Dynamic, Koch, Musikstraße, Agorà, etc. He is recording the complete Schubert's Piano Sonatas for ARTS.
Of the many composers who have written especially for him: Ambrosini, Di Bari, Donatoni, Fellegara, Ferneyhough, Gaslini, Gentilucci, Landini, Porena, Sciarrino, Skrzypczak, Sotelo, Tanaka, Vacchi, etc. 
He is often invited as a member of jury to many important International Piano Competitions. Nicholas Kenyon, in a review in The Times, wrote of his "complete command". Elliott Carter in New York in 1990 said: "To hear a concert by Damerini is an unforgettable experience." The Süddeutsche Zeitung, after his recital in Munich in 1997, wrote: "Damerini is one of three greatest italian pianist of our time, together with Benedetti-Michelangeli and Pollini."
In 1992 he was awarded the prestigious "Abbiati Prize" by the Italian Critics Association as "Soloist of the Year".
Updated to 10/2003