Aldo Ciccolini is considered one of the greatest pianists of his time. His extraordinary career began in 1949, when he won the Long-Thibaud Competition in Paris.
Ciccolini’s recordings include the complete piano works of Satie, Debussy, Séverac and Ravel, Saint-Saëns’ five piano concertos, and over one hundred recordings for EMI-Pathé Marconi and other labels.
He collaborated with conductors such as Furtwängler, Ansermet, Cluytens, Mitropoulos, Munch, Maazel, Kleiber, Prêtre, Martinon, Monteux, Plasson, Giulini, Gavazzeni, Caracciolo, Ceccato, and many others.
The Officier de la Légion d’Honneur, Commandeur des Arts et Lettres and the Accademico di Santa Cecilia, were among the honours conferred on him. He was also awarded many prizes, such as the Edison Award and the Gold Medal of Art and Culture from the President of the Italian Republic.
He became a French citizen in 1971. His final recital took place in Lucca, Puccini’s birthplace, in November 2014, performing on the composer’s restored piano.
Role: Classical Artist