Gabriele, a child prodigy of the piano, started giving public concerts at the age of nine, and he maintained a successful career since then, winning prizes in numerous international piano competitions.
Early Life and Education
Born in Livorno, Italy in 1980, Gabriele Baldocci became known as a child prodigy at the piano; he started giving public concerts at the age of nine. After his studies at Imola with Franco Scala, he studied at the prestigious International Piano Foundation “Theo and Petra Lieven” and at the International Lake Como Piano Academy with William Grant Naboré, Lèon Fleisher, Alicia De Larrocha, Dmitri Bashkirov, Fou Ts’Ong, Charles Rosen, Andreas Staier and Claude Frank. He finally finished his studies at the Santa Cecilia Academy in Rome with Sergio Perticaroli.
Performing and Recording Career
Gabriele has performed at Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tonhalle in Zurich, Switzerland, and Sala Verdi in Milan, among many other well-known performing arts venues. While he remains dedicated to solo work, he is also an active chamber musician; he performs with Martha Argerich, Daniel Rivera, and a progressive rock band, The Gift. Additional chamber work includes a recording of Nino Rota’s complete works for piano and violin and piano and viola.
His recordings include Chopin’s Ballades and Impromptus, various works by Liszt and Schumann, and more recently, Liszt’s transcriptions of Beethoven’s symphonies for piano. You can also keep up with his YouTube channel here — you will find a wide variety of works, ranging from Prokofiev to piano transcriptions of popular songs by Queen.
The Martha Argerich Presents Project
Gabriele is an ambassador for the Martha Argerich Presents Project, a programme that brings both established and up-and-coming musicians together to perform a set repertoire of obscure or otherwise underappreciated pieces of music.
Career As an Educator
Gabriele Baldocci is often invited to give masterclasses in many of the world’s most prestigious universities, and he also adjudicates at international piano festivals and contests. He spent several years as a professor in the piano faculty at Potenza State Conservatory in Italy, and he currently serves as a professor at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London.