Andrea Baggioli – chairman of the jury

Andrea Baggioli

Andrea Baggioli

 

Andrea Baggioli began studying piano with Mirella Salesi, then proceeded to get his degree under the guidance of Martha del Vecchio, at the “N.Paganini” Conservatory in Genova, where he also attended the chamber music course held by Massimiliano Damerini. He then attended advanced study courses with Alberto Mozzati, Hector Pell and Aldo Ciccolini at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena and at the Accademia Perosi in Biella. He also obtained degrees in Choral Music and Choir Conducting as well as in Composition with Vittorio Fellegara. Besides his music studies, he also took a degree “cum laude” in Modern Literature, with focus on Music history, at the Genova State University.

 

He has had a brilliant career as an accompanist in the vocal chamber repertoire with Antonella Banaudi, with whom he recorded rarely performed lyrics by Franco Alfano for RAI 3, and also with Tiziana Sojat, with whom he has performed in many prestigious concert associations (Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti in Rome, where he participated in the performance of Chopin’s complete chamber and piano works, Nuovi Spazi Musicali Festival, broadcast by RAI…).

 

As a soloist, he has devoted his attention mainly to the lesser known areas of both the nineteenth and the twentieth Century repertoire. The former group includes piano music by Fanny Hensel, Clara Schumann and Edward Mc Dowell, whose 2nd Sonata and the Sea pieces he has also recorded, while the second group includes piano music by H. Villa-Lobos, P. Dukas, Ludus tonalis by Hindemith, which he has performed in important music instituitions such as Società Barattelli in L’Aquila, Rive Gauche Concerts of Turin, Festival del ‘900 in Trento).

 

He played with the Sanremo Symphony Orchestra, with the Orchestra of the Conservatory of Rome, with the Orchestra “La Piccola Sinfonica” of Milan, as well as with the Camerata Transilvanica and the Junge Sinfonie Köln.

 

Besides his concert activity, he has devoted himself to musicology research and collaborated as reviewer and essayist to the Bollettino del Centro Rossiniano di Studi, to the Nuova Rivista Musicale Italiana, to Musica e storia, Analecta Musicologia, as well as to Studi Musicali. He has curated for the Curci Editions the first publishing of some Schumann unprecedented works (Six Counterpoint Studies), which he has recorded for the label Niccolò as world premiére.

 

He has also drafted the scripts and has presented several RAI third Channel radio programs, such as Pomeriggio Musicale, Diapason, Scatola Sonora, Il giornale del pianoforte. He has interviewed many outstanding personalities of the international piano concert scene (Nikita Magaloff, Alexis Weissenberg, Aldo Ciccolini, Barry Douglas, etc.). he has collaborated with the Universities of l’Aquila, The University “La Sapienza” of Rome, the University of Rio de Janeiro, dealing in particular with the relationship between music and literature. In addition, he has collaborated as a critic with the magazines Piano Time and Fedeltà del suono. He has been the Artistic Director of the chamber music season “Inverno Musicale” in Bordighera since 1992 to 1999.

His teaching activity took place in the Music Conservatories of Castelfranco Veneto, Pescara, L’Aquila. Since 2001 he has being teaching Lettura della Partitura (piano for composition students) at the Music Conservatory of “S. Cecilia” in Rome.

He has recently recorded for the label Hungaroton, with the chamber group “I Bricconcello”, a CD entirely devoted to the composer Alfredo Piatti. In September 2011 he has held a long tournée of 10 concerts in Brasil and in October of the same year he has performed in the prestigious saison Concerti del Quirinale, which is broadcast live by the RAI 3 national radio station.