Leonora Armellini was a very young winner of the “Janina Nawrocka Prize” for the “extraordinary musicality and beauty of sound” at the F. Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (2010). Her result was brilliantly confirmed in the 2021 edition, with a Fifth Prize that makes her the first Italian woman to have climbed the heights of the competition considered as the top of international pianism.
Leonora Armellini was born in Padua (Italy) in 1992. She graduated summa cum laude from the Padova Conservatory at the age of 12 with Laura Palmieri then won the first prizes at the “Premio Venezia” (2005) and at the “C. Togni” International Piano Competition in Brescia in the section piano and orchestra (2009).
Finalist at the XVI Busoni International Piano Competition, she achieved many awards for her qualities and artistic career such as the “Galileo 2000” for her “great courage and talent”, received by Zubin Mehta.
She graduated summa cum laude at the age of 17 at the National Academy of S. Cecilia in Rome, under the guidance of Sergio Perticaroli and her artistic development is also influenced by Lilya Zilberstein (Musikhochschule Hamburg) and Boris Petrushansky (Accademia Pianistica “Incontri col Maestro”, Imola).
She made more than 500 public appearances in important concert halls and festivals worldwide (Carnegie Hall – New York, Mariinsky Theater – Saint Petersburg, Salle Cortot – Paris, National Philharmonic – Warsaw, Teatro La Fenice – Venice, Steinway Hall – London, Tongyeong Concert Hall – South Korea, Musashino Concert Hall – Tokyo, Millennium Monument Theater – Beijing, Martha Argerich Project – Lugano, to name a few). Leonora performed as a soloist with many orchestras, (Orchestra Teatro “La Fenice” di Venezia, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Orchestra dell’Arena di Verona, Orchestra da Camera del Teatro “Alla Scala” di Milano, Warsaw Philharmonic, “Sinfonia Varsovia”, Cracow Philharmonic, Ukraine National Orchestra, Belarus Symphonic Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra of Lodz Philarmonic, …) conducted by Alexander Rabinovich-Barakowsky, Jacek Kaspszyk, Ola Rudner, Andrea Battistoni, Claudio Scimone, Zoltan Pesko, Anton Nanut, Massimiliano Caldi, Christian Benda, Bassem Hakiki, etc.
Leonora is very passionate about chamber music: she plays regularly in the FortePiano Trio and the Duo Pianistico di Padova, and as a member of the AMAR Trio won the prestigious “Abbiati Prize” for chamber music assigned by Italian Association of Music Journalists.
She has recorded many CD, including the two Chopin Piano Concertos, the complete Album for the Youth by Schumann, the complete music for two pianos by Brahms and Poulenc Concerto for two pianos and orchestra (Duo Pianistico di Padova, with Mattia Ometto) and a lot of her concerts and interviews were broadcast by Italian and international TVs and radios: worth to mention are her appearance as a special guest in “Sanremo Festival” 2013, broadcasted worldwide by RAI TV, the recitals for “I Concerti del Quirinale” in Rome for RAI Radio 3, a piano recital and Beethoven Piano Concerto n. 1 with Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto conducted by Marco Angius for Rai 5.
She wrote a book in collaboration with Matteo Rampin, “Mozart era un figo, Bach ancora di più”, reprinted eight times and translated in Spanish.
She is currently Faculty Member of Piano at the Buzzolla Conservatory of Music in Adria (Italy).
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