October 19-24, 2015

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Elisa D'Auria

Italy

Elisa D’Auria has played as a soloist and with orchestra in Austria, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Holland, Poland, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, South America and Asia. She has performed for numerous festivals and musical associations  (Amici della Musica di Taranto, Aosta Classica, Associazione Musicale Lucchese, Centre St. Louis de France, Centro Studi Musicali Ferruccio Busoni, Engadiner Kammermusik Festwochen, Estate Musicale in Portogruaro, Euromusic Festival, Mozartfest Hastings Musical Festival, International Festival,  Journées Européennes de Piano,  Walton Foundation, I Pomeriggi Musicali, Società del Quartetto, Società dei Concerti, Shanghai International Arts Festival,Tanglewood Music Center, The International Holland Music Sessions) in distinguished halls (Aosta: Teatro Romano; Brescia: Teatro Grande; Cincinnati: Corbett Auditorium, Como: Teatro Sociale; Cosenza: Teatro Rendano; Genève: Grande Salle du Conservatoire; ; Gdansk: Polish Baltic Philharmonic Hall; Guangzhou: Tianhe Cultural Center; Istanbul: Notre Dame de Sion Concert Hall; Leipzig: Hochschule für Musik und Theather;  Lenox: Seiji Ozawa Hall; London: Steinway Hall; Madrid: Auditorium Sony; Milan: Sala Puccini and Sala Verdi, Teatro Dal Verme; Montecarlo: Palais des Congrès; New York: Carnegie Hall;  Perugia: Teatro Morlacchi; Rio de Janeiro: BNDES Auditorium; Roma: Teatro Ghione;  Salzburg: Mozarteum, Shanghai: Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Fudan University and He Luting Concert Hall; Taranto: Teatro Orfeo; etc).

In December 2011 she has given an extensive recital tour throughout China’s major venues. In May 2013 she made her solo debut with great success at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York, where she has performed again in the 2014 Season.
Since  the age of twelve, she has been soloist of many orchestras, among which the Orquestra de Mallorca, the Bacau Philarmonic Orchestra, the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra, the Finchley Chamber Orchestra, the Philarmonia Mediterranea Orchestra, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, the Chioggia Simphony Orchestra and the Domenico Alaleona Orchestra,  collaborating with Italian and foreign conductors such as Ovidiu Balan, Massimiliano Caldi, Luigi De Filippi, Dario Garegnani, David Lardi, Pietro Perini, Nicola H. Samale, Barry Sargent, Florin Totan, etc.  
Her talent allowed her to appear soon on renowned international stages: in 1996 she played in eurovision as the Italian winner of the international contest “Mozart Prize”. She is a laureate of more than forty national and  international competitions in Italy and abroad, such as Debut International Piano Competition (2014), “Vulaines sur Seine International Piano Competition” (2014), “Baltic International Piano Competition” (2013), “Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition” (2013) “Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition” (2012), “Schumann – Chopin Piano Competition” (2010) “Carlo Vidusso Piano Competition” (2009) Vila de Capdepera International Piano Competition” (2008), “Anton Rubinstein International Piano Competition” (2000). In 2008 she was awarded  the Marco Koliqi Prize.  She has received scholarships from “Accademia Franco Ferrara”, from the  Rotary Club Milano-San Babila, from the “Scuola di Musica” in Fiesole  and others.
Elisa also loves dedicating herself to chamber music. Both in 2006 and in 2007 she took part in the complete performance of all the violin and piano sonatas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven  in important Italian venues. She has performed with chamber music partners such as Fanny Clamagirand, Josu de Solaun, the Faust-Quartett, the Mark Morris Dance Group. Her diverse repertoire embraces a wide range of styles, from barocco to contemporary music, in which she is very interested, and includes rare works such as the Concerto for piano and Orchestra by Ignaz Brüll.
She has been invited in many television and radio broadcasts throughout Europe, United States, South America and Asia. She has also been the special guest of the broadcast “Il Pianista” on  Radio Classica. She has recorded for the label Musikstrasse. Her new CD/DVD will be released in 2015 by the international label Limenmusic.
Elisa D’Auria was born in Salerno and started to play the piano at the age of five with her mother. She graduated at seventeen with Prof. Edda Ponti at the Conservatory of Milan, where she then obtained her “Master’s Degree” summa cum laude. She continued her studies with Maria Tipo and Pietro De Maria at the “Scuola di Musica” in Fiesole. Later, she has completed with the highest honors the post-graduate course in Piano and Chamber Music at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève with Sylviane Deferne. She has also deepened some aspects of the piano repertoire with Aldo Ciccolini, Jerome Lowenthal, Steven Hough, Joseph Kalichstein, Meng-Chieng Liu, Stephen Drury, Franco Scala, Jeffrey Swann, Arie Vardi e Maria João Pires. In 2004 she got the “Bachelor’s Degree” summa cum laude in harpsichord and fortepiano with Marina Mauriello at the Conservatory of Milan.
Elisa is one of the eight pianists in the world selected to participate in the Music Academy of the West Summer Festival 2014 in California, where she was awarded the Natalie Mc Fadden Memorial Fellowship. 
In 2015 she is the recipient of the Felicia Montealegre Bernstein Fellowship and the Adele and John Gray Memorial Fellowship at the Tanglewood Music Center, the summer festival of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, where she collaborates, among others, with Michael Tilson Thomas, Andris Nelsons, Garrick Ohlsson, Emmanuel Ax and Peter Serkin.
Program: 

First Round
J.S. Bach Prelude & Fugue No.3 in C sharp Major, BWV 848, WTC I
Chopin Etude Op.10 No.8
Scriabin Etude Op.42 No. 1
Wagner-Liszt Isolde’s Liebestod
Liszt Legende No.2—St. François de Paule marchant  sur les flots

Semifinal Round
Beethoven Sonata in A Major ,Op.101
Schumann Fantasia in C Major, Op.17

Final Round
Chopin Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11

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