Saskia Giorgini, piano
Saskia Giorgini’s latest album of Franz Liszt’s Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses (Pentatone) has been awarded with a Diapason d’Or, selected as Instrumental Choice of the Month in the BBC Music Magazine with a 5 star review, as a pick of the week in the Guardian. It has been widely praised: “Her masterful authority immediately captures your attention” ( Gramophone); “Her Liszt is simply stunning. Her lyrical signature is just as overwhelming as the technical allure of her playing” (Opus Klassiek)
“A superb recording.. a miraculous experience…a major voice in the world of Liszt”
– International Piano
She has made two other recordings for Pentatone: an acclaimed Schöne Müllerin and Respighi Songs with tenor Ian Bostridge.
Winner of the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg in 2016, where she also got the special prize for the best interpretation of the commissioned work, Saskia Giorgini is also winner of the special Chopin Special Prize at the 2015 Busoni Piano Competition. She is praised for her unerring technique, a beautiful and moving sound, a phrasing full of fantasy and a pure musicality .
Saskia Giorgini has appeared widely in acclaimed recitals and live radio recordings in halls and festivals including the Lingotto–Hall in Turin, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Concerti del Quirinale in Rome, Meistersingerhalle in Nürnberg, Liederhalle in Stuttgart, Großer Saal Stiftung Mozarteum in Salzburg, Konzerthaus and Muzikverein in Wien, Philharmonia Skt. Petersburg, Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht, Eindhoven Muziekgebouw, Utrecht Kamermuziek Festival, MiTo Settembre Musica Festival, Unione Musicale Torino, Vancouver Summer Festival, Warsaw’s Filharmonia Narodowa, Festiwal Katowice Kultura Natura, Seoul Arts Center, Cairo Opera House, Toppan Hall and Suntory Hall in Tokio, Wigmore Hall in London.
She has played together with many orchestras, including the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Lodz Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland, CBC Radio Orchestra in Canada, under the baton of conductors as Simon Gaudenz, Eliahu Inbal, Mario Bernardi, Antonello Manacorda, Tadeusz Wojciechowski, Antonello Manacorda, Andrea Battistoni, Massimiliano Caldi.
A special affinity for chamber music brings her regularly together with renowned partners: Ian Bostridge, Vilde Frang, Martin Fröst, Janine Jansen, Gilles Apap, Mario Brunello, Thomas Demenga and many others.
Upcoming and recent highlight projects include: the Enescu Festival in Bucharest, with the Athens State Orchestra and Stefanos Tsialis, MiTo Festival and other concerts in Italy, at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Konzerthaus Wien, at the Musikverein in Graz with Liszt’s piano concerto n.2, in Switzerland, Germany, France, Spain, The Netherlands, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Lithuania.
Ms. Giorgini received her first piano lessons at the age of four. At fifteen she was admitted to the piano academy “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola, where she studied with Riccardo Risaliti, Leonid Margarius and Louis Lortie. At the same time she graduated from the Conservatorio di Torino with Claudio Voghera, with the highest grades and honours. She then completed her studies at the Accademia di Musica di Pinerolo with Enrico Pace, at the KUG in Graz with Julius Drake, and at the Mozarteum Salzburg with Pavel Gililov.
Saskia Giorgini is a Bösendorfer Artist. She holds a professorship for piano at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität in Linz, Austria.