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Gabriele Baldocci, Pianist and Teacher

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.

Gabriele’s recordings have received high praise, with Jed Distler from Gramophone describing him as “a pianist of formidable capabilities.”

Career as a Composer

In addition to his achievements as a pianist, Gabriele is also a respected composer. His album “Ageless” showcases his talent for composition, blending classical influences with contemporary styles. This work highlights his versatility and creative vision, further establishing his prominence in the music world.

Lineage of Teachers

Gabriele Baldocci is a true heir to a tradition of piano secrets that stem back to Beethoven and Liszt. His studies with William Grant Naboré and Lèon Fleisher connect him to a lineage that includes Fleisher’s teacher, Artur Schnabel, who studied with Theodor Leschetizky, a student of Carl Czerny, who was a student of Beethoven. Similarly, his work with Dmitri Bashkirov ties him to the esteemed Russian school of piano. Years of close collaboration with Martha Argerich have allowed him to learn and internalize her artistic insights and techniques, further enriched by her teacher Vincenzo Scaramuzza, who was influenced by Liszt. All these influences are passed on to his students, offering them a deep and rich musical education.

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.

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