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ALEXANDER PANIZZA

Of Argentinian descent, Alexander Panizza was born in Toronto. He received his musical education in Canada, Argentina, France and England. Among his main piano teachers Roberto Caamaño, Aldo Antognazzi and Irina Zaritskaya stand out. He has been awarded scholarships from many institutions in Argentina, Spain and the UK. He participated in various competitions—“María Callas” in Athens, “Pau Casals” in Rosario, “Homenaje a Alberto Williams” in Necochea, “Juan José Castro”, “Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires” and “Outstanding Soloists” in Buenos Aires—being awarded the first prize in most of them. At the Royal College of Music in London, where he completed a Postgraduate Diploma, he won the 2000 Esther Fisher Prize (for the best performance of French music), the 2001 Frank Heneghan Prize (for his performance of Studies by Chopin, Rachmaninov and Scriabin) , the 2001 Cyril Smith Prize (where he played Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3), and the Hopkinson Gold Medal and Shimmin Prize, in the College’s main piano competition. As a soloist, he has performed with the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra (Argentina), Iasi Symphony (Rumania), Exeter Symphony, LSSO, KCYO (England), Montevideo Philharmonic (Uruguay) as well as the main Argentinean orchestras. He gave the world première of Luis Mucillo’s Piano Concerto at the Teatro Colón. Following his performance of Ginastera’s Piano Concerto No. 1 at the Barbican Hall in London, he was praised by the press for his “real command of pianistic colour” (The Times), and “feeling and panache” (The Independent).

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