Alessandro STELLA

Alessandro STELLA © Corrado Murlo

Alessandro Stella has been a regular guest artist at the «Martha Argerich Project» in Lugano, Switzerland, since 2008 and his performances at the festival (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012) were included in the yearly compilation series of box sets that EMI Classics dedicated to the Project, always receiving a warm welcome by music critics all over the world and winning important prices like the ECHO Klassik Award and the Gramophone Editor's Choice.

His concert appearances have brought him to numerous Italian and European cities (such as Rome, Paris, Nice, Aix-en-Provence, Berlin, Salzburg, Athens, Valencia, Bern, Lugano) and on several occasions these performances have been broadcasted by important radio networks such as BBC, RAI, Bayerischer Rundfunk, RSI, Radio Clásica, WDR, Vatican Radio and many other members of the Euroradio Network.

Since 2005 he has collaborated assiduously with the «Isabella Scelsi Foundation» and has been engaged especially in "rediscovering" Giacinto Scelsi's first artistic period. Supported by the Foundation, he has proposed successfully to the Italian and European public original programs of Scelsi's music for piano solo, for piano and voice and chamber music.

To his activities as a solo artist he adds his intense involvement with chamber music, regularly playing with Giorgia Tomassi and Carlo Maria Griguoli, as a three pianos ensemble, and with Mauro Conti, Giovanni Gnocchi, Giorgia Milanesi, Chiara Opalio and Marco Rogliano.

Notable contemporary composers, like Carlo Boccadoro, Sergio Calligaris, Daniel Matrone and Matteo Sommacal, have written and dedicated important works to him, wich he has created and often recorded.
Since 1998, he has been the music consultant of the «Institut Français - Centre Saint-Louis» in Rome as well as the artistic director of the "Five Pearls of the Baroque Festival" which biennially hosts acclaimed European soloists and ensembles.

Together with Giorgia Tomassi, he released a monographic CD on the KHA label dedicated to Maurice Ravel's music for two pianos in 2007. In 2011 Alessandro Stella has dedicated an original project about Edvard Grieg's piano and vocal music, released on CD by AYRE CLASSICS. A new CD containing the first world recording of two new compositions for flute and piano, dedicated to Alessandro Stella and Mauro Conti by Sergio Calligaris and Daniel Matrone, has been recently published by CONTINUO Records.

Alessandro Stella studied with Raffaella d'Esposito at the «Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia» in Rome where he graduated in piano with honours. He then continued his studies at the «Accademia di Alto Perfezionamento» in Cremona where, under the tutelage of Franco Scala (piano) and Marco Di Bari (musical analysis and composition), he graduated again with distinction. He attended seminars and master classes with pianists of the caliber of Bruno Canino, Maria João Pires, Maurizio Pollini, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Alexis Weissenberg and Christian Zacharias.

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