Date: 12 September 2013 (Thu)
Venue: Le Quadri Ballroom, North wing campus
Chopin Fantasie op. 49, Scherzos nos. 1 & 3
Chopin Scherzo no. 1 in B minor, op.20
Chopin Scherzo no. 3 in C-sharp minor, op.39
— Intermission —
Schumann Fantasie op.17
Massimo Folliero was born in Novara (Italy) in 1973. At a later stage in his life attended classes and obtained a Masters Degree in Piano at the “G. Cantelli” Conservatory of Music with Professor Giuseppina Giarmaná.
Thereafter he attended several music seminars and master classes in Italy and abroad presented by renowned pianists like M° Tiziano Poli with whom he examined and developed the importance of technical skills as a service to music expression; the well-known pianist and tutor M° Antonio Ballista with whom he studied topics about 1900 music; and M° Alessandro Drago having attended his master classes about the “Phenomenology of Music”.
He continued improving his piano music skills by attending highly specialised master classes with important musicians like Walter Bozzia, Riccardo Zadra, Federica Righini, Stefano Mancuso, Mamiko Suda (Japan) and mainly with a well-known pianist in the international music field, M° Aquiles Delle Vigne (Argentina).
As a soloist and chamber musician he gave recitals in several and important venues in Italy and abroad like the “Teatro Civico” in Varallo Sesia (Italy), “Muza Kawasaki” Auditorium in Tokyo (Japan); the Appel Farm Arts and Music Center Theater in Elmer (New Jersey, United States); the “Kapelzaal of Volksuniversiteit” in Leiden (Holland); the “Heritage Chapel” of the Music Centre in Christchurch (New Zealand); the “Salon de Actos” of Madrid Ateneo (Spain); at the Italian Institute of Culture and for the “European Week of Culture” celebrations in Ljubljana (Slovenija), Copenhagen (Denmark), Koln (Germany), Bruxelles (Belgium) and Amsterdam (Holland); at the “Coenen Palais” in Koblenz and Ribbeck Castle for the Havelland Musikfestspiele (Germany); at the “Alliance Francaise Auditorium” and “Assumption International University” in Bangkok (Thailand); at the “Leela Auditorium” in Bangalore (India); at the “James Tatoulis” Auditorium in Melbourne and St. Augustine Church of Adelaide (Australia); for the Encore Music Society in Vancouver (Canada); for the Classical Music Society of Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); for the Brunei Music Society (Brunei); and at the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore (Singapore).
In December 2009, during his first tour of Asia, he was received with great enthusiasm by the Indian people and the press alike (“Pianist Extraordinaire” – BANGALORE MIRROR). His performance of the Mozart Piano Concerto K414 with the William Joseph Symphony Orchestra was aired by the Indian National Television.
In August 2011 he performed with great success the Rachmaninov 2nd Piano Concerto Op. 18 on his visit to Australia with Whitehorse Symphony Orchestra in Melbourne and Unley Symphony Orchestra in Adelaide. The German reviews have written about him: “…terrific technical skills in the service of musical ideas…” – “…you can feel his great temperament…” (STIMME.de).
In March 2004 he established “Camena Music Association” and since 2005, as an Artistic Director, he has been organising an annual International Piano Festival, now in its 9th year, at the historical venue of the Galliate Visconteo-Sforzesco Castle (Novara, Italy). This festival is dedicated to a variety of performances by young and famous pianists from all over the world, and involves all the towns and big cities around it always with huge success.
As Piano Professor he has been teaching in several schools as well as presenting master classes in Europe (Spain and Russia), Asia (Chinese University of Hong Kong and several Music Schools in Thailand, Malaysia and Japan) and Australia.
In 2009 he was chosen as Honorary Member on the panel of judges for the 9th International Piano Competition ”Ciudad de El Ejido” (Spain) where he also presented a master class to students who participated.
Future solo, chamber music and orchestral performances are going to be held in Italy, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Scotland, England, Denmark, Australia, Russia, a Canada/USA tour as well as a new Asia tour with scheduled concerts in Brunei, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong.