Alessandra Pompili has performed for years as a soloist to critical and public acclaim in Italy, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Iceland, Germany, Poland and the US in locations such as the Teatro Ghione (Rome), St. David’s Hall (Cardiff), the Concert hall of the Liszt Museum and Academy (Budapest), the Filharmonia Krakowska (Poland), Casa Verdi (Milan), Musei Vaticani, Villa d’Este (Tivoli), the Cathedrals of Wrexham, Sheffield, Lancaster and Glasgow, St. Ann’s (Manchester), the Armenian Cultural Foundation (Arlington, USA) and many others.
Beside the traditional repertoire Alessandra is an advocate of the music of Alan Hovhaness and Sergio Calligaris, often performing and/or recording it as premières (for example Hovhaness’ Sonata Cougar Mountain op. 390 and Fantasy op.15 or Calligaris’ Ave Verum op. 42a).
Religious music for piano is another interest. Since 2009 Alessandra has been performing the piano solo version of Liszt’ Via Crucis in almost eighty occasions across Europe (hers was the first performance of the solo piano version at the Liszt Museum and Academy of Budapest). Her Via Crucis recital at the Vatican Museums was recorded live by Vatican Radio, sent to the EBU-UER and inserted within the special day for Easter and Holy Week 2013. As such it has been requested and broadcast by about fifteen important radio stations across Europe. It was also the first time a solo piano composition was chosen for the Holy Week programme of the EBU.
Since 2006 Alessandra has been one of Vatican Radio’s recording artists: featured composers include Beethoven, Weber, Chopin, Brahms, Liszt, Hindemith, Hovhaness and Torp. Her first recital has been presented to the EBU and requested by networks in Austria, Romania, Korea and Australia. Since 2009 she cooperates with the same radio in the production and presentation of music programmes (Liszt, Hovhaness and Rota). At the end of 2015 she also recorded live for the London-based radio ResonanceFM in a programme about Alan Hovhaness.
Her first CD (“Hovhaness: Piano Works”, published by Italian label Dynamic), containing four premières, received glowing reviews and was one of Naxos Critics’ Choice for June 2015. The CD has since been broadcast extensively worldwide. Alessandra will record a second Dynamic CD with music by Alan Hovhaness at the end of 2019, with further world premières.
In July 2010 Alessandra took part to Martin Berkofsky’s masterclass as a guest artist and recorded music by Hovhaness, as a soloist and four-hand with Berkofsky, for the Cristofori Foundation. Her 2015 tribute recital in honour of Martin was enthusiastically received and broadcast via radio in the U.S. She has given other masterclasses in Glasgow and Boston.
Alessandra studied for more than 15 years with celebrated pianist and composer Sergio Calligaris: under his guidance she graduated with the highest mark at L’Aquila Conservatoire. She also studied with Arnaldo Graziosi and Marcella Crudeli at the École Normale de Musique de Paris A. Cortot” where she was awarded the first prize. Technically speaking, thanks to her studies with Luigi D’Ascoli Alessandra belongs to the Neapolitan school linked to Vincenzo Vitale.
She has also pursued her interests in History of Art and Archaeology, obtaining a degree, a postgraduate degree (Italy), an MA and a PhD (England).