FRANCESCO NICOLOSI - "Special Project in the name of Rachmaninov"

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Italian pianist and artistic director of the Massimo Bellini Theatre in Catania  FRANCESCO NICOLOSI  has been awarded the Sergei Rachmaninov International Award in the nomination 
“SPECIAL PROJECT IN THE NAME OF RACHMANINOV” 
for organizing the “Rachmaninov Marathon” in the Theatre Bellini, Catania.

The award ceremony took place  at the Pillar Hall of the House of Unions in Moscow on the 8th of June, 2017.

Award Ceremony in Pillar Hall opened the Rachmaninov Marathon,  supported by the  Sergei Rachmaninov International Award.

He is one of the most distinguished pianists of the italian tradition. He studied under Vincenzo Vitale and in the 1980 he was third prize at the International Santander Piano Competition.

He has recorded for three famous record labels: Nuova Era, Naxos and Marco Polo; His recordings were reviewed always in enthusiastic way by the most famous european, asian and american musical magazines and are frequently broadcast worldwide on the radio.

The same year he came second at the Concours International d' Exècution Musicale in Geneva and began as one of the world' s foremost pianists of his generation.

He has played both recitals and as a soloist with prestigious orchestras, in some of the most famous concert halls in the world (Queen Elizabeth Hall andWigmore Hall in London, Victoria Hall of Genève, Radio Nacional in Madrid,Salle Gaveau in Paris, Teatro alla Scala and Sala Verdi in Milano, Teatro dell’Opera and Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Roma, Teatro di San Carlo in Napoli, Herkulessaal in München, Brahmssaal in Wien, Kennedy Center in Washington among others).

Well as all Europe he toured in Iceland, United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Russia, Singapore, Japan and China and he was guest at Festivals such as: Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Rossini Opera Festival, Ravenna Festival, Festival di Ravello, Festival Pianistico Internazionale di Brescia e Bergamo, Taormina Teatro Musica, Settimane Musicali in Stresa, Estate Musicale Sorrentina, Settembre Musica in Torino, Marathon Internacional in Sevilla, Festival de Musique in Menton, Rencontres Musicales en Artois,Weimar Kunstfest, Budapest Liszt Festival, Emilia-Romagna Festival, Festival Ljubjana, Vilnius Piano Festival and many others;  

He has recorded for three famous record labels: Nuova Era, Naxos and Marco Polo; His recordings were reviewed always in enthusiastic way by the most famous european, asian and american musical magazines and are frequently broadcast worldwide on the radio. 

The authoritative critic and musicologist Paolo Isotta has written of him on the occasion of the recording of two rare concerts of Paisiello: (...) listening to him playing  is enough to remind us that no one today can match his luminosity of sound, his ability to draw out the song-like legato qualities of a keyboard instrument (...) he has acquired a reputation as one of our greatest living pianists (...) The great Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli performed eighteenth-centuryworks, his inspiration came principally from the same source as Nicolosi’s, but perhaps lacked some of the latter’s lucidity and coherence. Nicolosi is now perfecting the process begun by Michelangeli.

His recordings of Thalberg and Liszt Bellini paraphrases received the 1994 Bellini Golden Prize, as president of the Sigismund Thalberg International Study Centre  he  has developed for years an intense work of search and revaluation of the music of the legendary austrian pianist, of which today he is, thanks also to the numerous recordings, the only recognized interpreter in the world.    

In the 1998 he has founded theFranz Liszt Piano Duo with the pianist Vittorio Bresciani with the aim of promoting Liszt' Symphonies works in two piano version.

On october 2002 he has been invited to Copenhagen by the Queen of Denmark and the Prince Consort to perform in the Real Chapel of the Castle of Fredensborg.

He is moreover Artistic Director of the Sigismund Thalberg International Piano Prize, Artistic Director  of the “I concerti d’Estate di Villa Guariglia” in Vietri sul mare, Artistic Director of the Festival "Jeux d'art a Villa d'Este" in Tivoli, Artistic Director of the Summer Masterclass"Roccaraso in Musica" and of theCorsi Internazionali di Alto Perfezionamento e Formazione Musicale in Naples and Rome. From January 2015 he is Artistic Director of Teatro Massimo Bellini of Catania.

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Francesco Nicolosi

Francesco Nicolosi with President of Sergei Rachmaninov International Award Violetta Egorova. "Special Project in the name of Rachmaninov" Sergei Rachmaninov International Award. 8/06/2017/ The award ceremony took place at the Pillar Hall of the House of Unions in Moscow on the 8th of June, 2017. Award Ceremony in Pillar Hall opened the Rachmaninov Marathon, organised and supported by the Moscow and Muscovites Cultural Foundation in collaboration with Sergei Rachmaninov International Award.