Bangkok Post reviews
Acclaimed Italian to give piano recital
- Writer: Bangkok Post Editorial
- Published: April 20, 2012 at 7:12 am
Italian pianist Simone Sala.
D&M Music Studio presents a piano recital by internationally acclaimed pianist Simone Sala from Italy at Goethe Institute Bangkok on May 11 at 8pm.
The 30-year-old pianist began studying piano at age nine, continuing a 100-year-old family legacy of musicians. At 20, he graduated with "10/10, laude and special honours" from L. Perosi Conservatorium in Campobasso, Italy, with a degree in piano.
Since 1996 he has won the first prize in many national and international piano competitions.
After graduation he won a scholarship as one of the best students admitted to the master classes of Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, where Joaquin Achucarro, considered one of the world's finest pianists, holds the piano class.
After the great experience in Siena, Sala was invited by Achucarro to continue studying with him in Dallas, Texas, at the Southern Methodist University.
In 2006 he earned a full scholarship to attend Southern Methodist University and graduated in April 2008 with an Artist Certificate.
As a classical pianist, Sala has performed recitals and concerts throughout Europe and all over the US and Mexico, as a chamber musician and soloist accompanied by orchestras such as the Orchestra Regionale della Regione Molise, Meadows Symphony Orchestra, Young Texas Orchestra, SMU Orchestra and many others.
His latest CD, Duende, released in June 2011, showcases him as a pianist, arranger and songwriter. It features works from the finest classical composers (Chopin and Rachmaninov) to the famous Italian movie score composer Ennio Morricone, as well as the jazz and latin influences in Sala's own compositions.
The evening programme for his Bangkok concert will feature Scriabin's Sonata Fantasy, opus 19 No.2, Rachmaninov's 3 Etudes/Tableaux, opus 39 No.2-6-9, Liauponov's Studio Trascendentale No.10, "Lesginka" (Balakiriev style), Chopin's Nocturne, opus postume in C Sharp Minor, and Etude in A Minor, opus 25 No.11, Simone Sala's Variazioni per Francesco, Simone Sala-Gershwin's Gershwin Medley, and Simone Sala-Michel Camilo's Latin Fantasy.
Tickets cost 500 baht (250 baht for students) and can be purchased from Robinson Piano Showroom at Siam Discovery (tel 02-658-1080/1) and at the door. Call 081-682-8000 for more information.