Leonardo Angelini

 

 

The Roman pianist Leonardo Angelini gained his Diploma with Honours in piano under the guidance of Elio Maestosi, pupil of Alfredo Agosti and Alfred Cortot. He later attended Masterclasses held by Vlado Perlemuter, György Sándor and then High Specialization courses held by Piero Rattalino and Aldo Ciccolini. He attended also Master courses in lied accompaniment held by Erik Battaglia in Pinerolo and by Marco Boemi in Riva del Garda. Of great importance for his completion as an opera and lied accompanist was his collaboration with Margaret Baker- Genovesi which lasted 20 years. He furthermore studied composition with Vieri Tosatti, and gained his degree Magna cum Laude at “La Sapienza” University of Rome with a thesis on “Frédéric Chopin – Etudes op.10: the Origin of the Romantic Piano Technique”.

Along with his career as solo pianist (his recital repertoire ranges from Mozart to Hindemith, and his repertoire with orchestra includes concertos from Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt) his collaborations with singers and instrumentalists (duo, trio and quintet with strings) were always a major part of his activity. His knowledge of Italian, English, French, German and Hungarian enables him to study and teach a particularly wide repertoire of vocal music. He worked with Opera Houses and Institutions such as Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Opéra de Lausanne, Europäische Akademie für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Köln, singers such as Mirella Freni, Renato Bruson, Fiorenza Cossotto, Antonietta Stella, June Anderson, Luciana Serra, Bernadette Manca di Nissa, Gianni Raimondi, Jaume Aragall, Louis Alva, conductors such as Maurizio Arena, Bruno Aprea. Since 1999 he collaborates with the Ateneo Internazionale della Lirica in Sulmona and from 2004 to 2006 he worked with Mirella Freni, Sergio Bertocchi, Lamberto Puggelli and Eva Wymola at the Centro Universale del Bel Canto in Vignola.

Since 2001 he is the official accompanist of the prestigious “Maria Caniglia” International Singing Competition of Sulmona, and he has been Professor of Pianoforte and Functional Piano Technique at the A.I.D.A Music Academy of Rome. He was official accompanist of the International Singing Competitions "Ottavio Ziino", “Lauri Volpi”, “Fedora Barbieri”, “Benvenuto Franci”, “Cappuccilli, Patanè, Respighi”, “Mario Lanza”, “Myricae”, "Fausto Ricci".

He played at the Opera Festival in Avenches, Verbier Festival and in several other cities of the Suisse Romande as Maestro concertatore at the piano for staged concerts of Aida, Traviata, Lucia of Lammermoor and Rigoletto.