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Brenno Ambrosini

Liszt and Venice feature constantly in the work of this Italian pianist who was born in 1967 and who started studying the piano aged six, made his first public appearance aged eleven in Venice, the City of the Water, and was trained in the school of Liszt – the composer and performer of genius who wrote many of his works in Venice barely 100 meters from the very place of Ambrosini’s birth.

Ambrosini studied piano, organ, violin and composition with M.I. Biagi (school of Liszt), R. Cappello and U. Amendola. After graduating in Italy with maximum scores and cum laude he continued his studies with G. Oppitz in Munich (school of Liszt), M. de Silva-Telles in Paris and J. Soriano in Madrid where he graduated with honours. He is currently working on his doctorate in Ethics and Politics in Universitat Jaume I in Castellón, Spain.

Many times acclaimed for his interpretation and performances as full of colour and with moments of great transcendental depth, critics have said: His Liszt sonata has been a sacred performance – a monumental interpretation (El País, Madrid - Spain) His symphonic piano style shone at every performance. (Westfälische Rundschau, Dortmund - Germany) The right choice, a pianist who is always elegant and refined. (Pianotime, Milan - Italy)

Winner at the XXXIV Concurso Internacional de Piano "Premio Jaén” and the "Rosa Sabater Prize" for the best performance of Spanish music in the same election. Ambrosini won the First Prize, the Debussy Prize and the Beethoven Prize in the International Piano Competition "Cidade do Porto". He was lauded in the X Concurso Internacional de Piano de Santander "Paloma O'Shea". He won Second Prize in the International Piano Competition "José Iturbi" of Valencia. He was awarded Second Prize and the "Golden Harp" in the International Concourse "Jeunesses Musicales" of Belgrade and won the “Piano Festival Alumni Prize” in the "William Kapell” International Piano Competition at College Park (Washington D.C., USA).

After his orchestral debut at the Liederhalle (Beethovensaal) of Stuttgart in 1986, Ambrosini has performed many concerts as soloist in cities in Europe, the USA and Japan accompanied by ensembles such as the Royal Orchestra of Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Belgrade, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the New Philharmonia of Japan and the Hermitage State Orchestra of St. Petersburg, performing with conductors such as M. Bamert, H. Vonk and A. Ros-Marbá.

Since 1990 Ambrosini has performed in duets with the Russian violinist M. Lubotsky and since 2000 with the Russian violinist I. Grubert. He also collaborates regularly with the Prazak and Brodsky string quartets.

Ambrosini has recorded CDs for Symphonia, Almaviva, ETG, Several and Dynamic record labels and has recorded for top European radio and television channels and for NHK of Japan. Special mention should be made of his collaboration with the Radio Clásica of Radio Nacional de España which has resulted in more than 350 recordings.

Composers such as H. Vartan, V. Suslin, R. Flender, F. Llácer-Pla, T. Catalán, C. Cruz de Castro, Z. de la Cruz, T. Marco, J. Jacinto, J. Medina, E. Calandín, J. M. Sánchez-Verdú, C. Maresca, A. Meoli and G. F. Prato have dedicated works to Ambrosini. He was first to perform works by composers such as A. Pärt, N. Roslawietz, S. Gubaidulina, S. Slonimsky, A. Bax, B. Britten and F. Delius in Spain. Special attention is due to his study of the works of Russian composer Alfred Schnittke: he has performed Schnittke’s works in Europe, Russia and Japan and has offered Schnittke Master Classes at London University and the Russische Musik Akademie de Dortmund. Ambrosini is honorary member of the Deutsche Alfred Schnittke Gesellschaft.

Professor of various piano skill development courses in Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, the United Kingdom (Goldsmith’s College, University of London) and Poland, Ambrosini is tenured professor at the Conservatorio Superior of Castellón, where he leads the Artistic Deparment and International Relationships. Consultant (Master Professor of Piano) at the VIU – Valencia International University, Professor at the Alfred Schnittke Akademie International of Hamburg and serves as a Jury Member at important international piano competitions and as a Board member of the Franz Liszt Foundation (France). Actually, he leads a piano class at the International Conservatory “am Phoenixsee” in Dortmund (Germany) and he teach piano (Bachelor and Master) at the CSEMKG in Madrid.

In 2011, the year of Liszt, Ambrosini offered a series of recitals and performed with orchestras in Germany, France , Holland, Italy, Poland and Spain.

In 2012 he won the position as piano professor (bachelor and master) at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

He's member of the German Artists Association “Pegasus”, member of the Italian CSI, of the Club Renacimiento in Madrid and Knight Grand Commander of the “International Order Knight of the Thunderbolt”.

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