Pietro De Maria

Univ.-Prof. for PianoDepartment Keyboard Studies
Pietro De Maria is an academician of Santa Cecilia, belongs to the team of lecturers of La Scuola di Maria Tipo and teaches at the Mozarteum University. His repertoire includes works from Bach to Ligeti. He is the first Italian pianist to perform the complete piano works of Chopin in concert.
Pietro De Maria received his piano training in his native city of Venice, and at the age of 13 he won first prize at the Alfred Cortot International Piano Competition in Milan. He later continued his studies with Maria Tipo at the Geneva Conservatory, graduating in 1988 with a Premier Prix de Virtuosité. After being awarded the Critics' Prize in 1990 at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition, Pietro De Maria won first prizes in renowned piano competitions such as the Dino Ciani Competition (1990) at La Scala in Milan and the Concours Géza Anda (1994) in Zurich. In 1997 he was awarded the Mendelssohn Prize in Hamburg.  Pietro De Maria's busy concert schedule takes him to the most important halls and festivals in Europe and overseas; as a soloist he has appeared under conductors such as Roberto Abbado, Gary Bertini, Myung-Whun Chung, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Daniele Gatti, Alan Gilbert, Eliahu Inbal, Marek Janowski, Ton Koopman, Michele Mariotti, Ingo Metzmacher, Gianandrea Noseda, Corrado Rovaris, Yutaka Sado , Sándor Végh and Jonathan Webb performed. He can also be heard regularly with well-known chamber music partners. In recent years he has focused on the works of Bach and has included both volumes of the Well-Tempered Clavier and the Goldberg Variations in his concert repertoire.