A great website!

Dear friends,

take a look at this great website: All Piano Lessons

If you live in the United States and you are searching for a piano teacher, no matter in which town you live, they will search for it and arrange you a lesson!

And… I particularly like them because they have dedicated me a whole section :-)

 

Cheers,
Gabriele

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Happy birthday aunt Martha!

Happy Birthday zia Martha!
You will always be my greatest source of inspiration and one of the persons I love the most.
I’ll see you soon in Lugano!

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…Sheer Piano Attack, two weeks later!

…almost two weeks from the launch of the Sheer Piano Attack funding campaign. The Queen Piano Tribute project seems to be very successful and we almost reached the 30% of the goal. This is a page of the “Kee
For those of you who don’t know what my project is about yet… here you can find the official page and videos of Sheer Piano Attack.http://www.musicraiser.com/projects/847-sheer-piano-attackp Yourself Alive” piano etude that I wrote for the CD.

Don’t stop me now… support the project!

Thank you everybody for your generous collaboration and… God save the QUEEN!

 

 

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Sheer Piano Attack: a QUEEN piano tribute

Dear friends,
today is an important day and I would like to make a special announcement about a very nice project, quite unusual for me: I will record an album of my PIANO TRANSCRIPTIONS OF QUEEN SONGS which will be called SHEER PIANO ATTACK! I would like you all, friends and music lovers, to be co-producers of the album through a crowd funding platform called Musicraiser. Basically you will give a contribution which is nothing more than a presale of the album and of the merchandise and you will be active part of this idea. The goal is to reach 3000 Euros for the production of the album. If we reach it, you’ll receive your rewards.. if we don’t reach it, you will be given your contribution back immediately. Watch the video here, spread the news and… support SHEER PIANO ATTACK!

Love, Gabriele

http://www.musicraiser.com/projects/847-sheer-piano-attack

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New recording available

Dear friends,

during the Liszt-Beethoven Volume 1 recording sessions, I recorded my performance of “Reminescences de Don Juan”, possibly one of the most difficult pieces Liszt wrote for piano. You can find the recording (and the score!) at this YouTube link. I hope you enjoy!

Cheers,
G.

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Italian blood..

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Today is my first concert in London. I am now waiting for the concert to begin, with my wife and my little baby boy, Alessandro.
It is such a great sensation to play at the Italian Cultural Institute… I will remember forever my London debut, as it is my “first time” in many different ways: it is the first time my baby comes to one of my performances, it is the first time my students at Trinity listen to me live, it is the first time I play in London. And my italian blood pulses in my veins strong and happy because here I feel home!

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The wrong notes paranoia

One of my first blog posts (click here to read it) was about a very common concern among pianists: memory.  Today I want to analyze another major fear which i call “the wrong notes paranoia”.

Usually we start our musical training when we are children. I was six years-old and I clearly remember my first piano lessons. One of the biggest tasks a child has when he begins playing an istrument is to learn how to read a score and to apply this new skill practically. A little kid is usually not focused on the musical aspect during a performance, as that is usually something that flows naturally (especially if he is naturally gifted for music) and is “inside him”. His biggest concern is playing all the notes right. In Italy, at Potenza Conservatoire, I saw kids playing beautifully live, with a very deep sense of line and a great deal of charme, being upset and discouraged because of some dirty notes in their playing. As a teacher, I strongly believe we should encourage discipline and accuracy but we must, first of all, let our pupils understand that the final goal of music is transmitting emotions and beauty.

Ufortunately, since some decades we live in the era of perfection. There is a lot of competition, a huge amount of show-business and an enormous usage of new technologies. The advent of editing in the recording business made everything even tougher. People bought vinyles and CDs and expected to hear the same kind of perfection in live performances. Musicians started to move their priority from “creativity, pathos and poetry” towards “perfection and impeccable control”. This is quite obvious when we compare recordings from the past with nowadays’ products.

Piano competitions played their part in this game: more and more, jurors started to stand for the “more anonymous but perfect pianist” instead of the “pianist who takes risks and plays beautifully, with a personal identity, and sometimes screws up”. Of course, usually the second kind of pianist was audience’s favourite and some kind of scandal always emerged.

Last but not least, there is a more philosophical aspect that affected twentieth-century artists and intellectuals: the end of World War II. War affected people and led them to a more detached relationship with life: time of being carried away by emotions was just a memory; they needed to rebuild, to erase the horror of death, to be lucid and pragmatic. Pianists became more perfectionists and researchers, piano playing almost became a science.

All those aspect resulted in a very strong message: we are not allowed to make mistakes. We MUST be perfect.

This is extremely frustrating and let pianists getting far from what the main sense of music should be: joy and pleasure.

I strongly believe that the medicine for the wrong notes paranoia is love for music and respect for the composers. If we respect the composer, we will surely and naturally do our best to play “all the notes right” while at the same time our priority will be (as it should be) giving an emotional, blissful and convincing reading of the music we offer to our audience, which will understand and will be touched by our love for music.

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Liszt-Beethoven Complete Symphonies: the first review is out…

Finally, after a couple of months in stores, I start seeing the Volume 1 of my Liszt-Beethoven complete Symphonies adventure reviewed by eminent critics. I just found a great review by italian musicologist Luca Chierici on the prestigious magazine Classic Voice.

Four stars, and listed in the Recommended section of the magazine. Now I know for sure that my efforts did not go wasted! So, let’s go on with this monumental recording… waiting for more reviews to come!

 

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Charles Rosen – One of my greatest Maestros died

Charles Rosen, the world’s greatest musicologist, a man of amazing talent and knowledge died. I studied with him at the Como Lake Academy and he was one of the most amazing “human encyclopedias” I ever met.
He wrote me a great recommendation letter back in 2002, which I used when I applied at International Piano Competitions around the world. I will always be immensely grateful to him about it.
Dear Maestro, I will remember you forever.
May You rest in peace.
Gabriele.
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The meaning of life

I have been searching for the true sense of life only to discover it was hidden in the purest emptiness of meanings. We are generated by our own projections. As soon as we’ll be able to see things in a truly objective way, we’ll be free. Thanks, Siddharta, my Lord. You said that millenniums ago and still we are trying to fight against our ignorance here. Ignorance is the most terrible of the poisons: it corrupts our minds and leads us to the deepest circles of samsara. Emptiness: that should be our final goal. Free of prejudices, free of projections, free of dualism, free of judgement.

Will I be able to be free one day?
GB

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