Biography

Praised by audiences and critics for his sensitive interpretations and refined touch, the italian pianist Angelo Arciglione came to international attention by winning major prizes at numerous international piano competitions, including the 2012 “San Marino” Competition, the 2012 “San Antonio” (Texas) Competition, the 2010 “Hilton Head” Competition, the 2010 “Scriabin” Competition in Grosseto, the 2010 “Schumann Prize”, the 2010 “Porrino” Competition in Cagliari, the 2008 “Iturbi” Competition in Valencia, the 2005 “Pozzoli” Competition in Seregno.

He has performed in major international venues and renowned festivals, including Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Festival dei 2 Mondi in Spoleto, Teatro Verdi in Pisa, Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna, Teatro Lirico in Cagliari, Centro Studi Musicali F. Busoni, Auditorium San Barnaba in Brescia, Festival Dino Ciani in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Teatro Orfeo in Taranto, Festival Aosta Classica, Teatro Verdi in Salerno, Miami International Piano Festival, Gasteig in Munich, Steinway Hall in London, Palau de la Musica in Valencia, Governador Pedro Ivo Theater in Brazil, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Hamamatsu Concert Hall and Sendai Grand Hall in Japan, Unisa in South Africa.

He is often featured in many television and radio broadcasts in Italy, Spain, Usa, Brazil, Japan and South Africa. In 2004 he was invited from the prestigious “2 agosto” International Composing Competition in Bologna to premiere the new work of Eddy Serafini “Movimento concertante In antiqua silva obscura…” with the Symphonic Orchestra of Emilia Romagna “Arturo Toscanini”. In 2006 he took part in the performance of the complete Mozart’s Concertos for piano and orchestra with a chamber ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra at the Festival Opera Barga. 

From several years he deals with research, with particular attention to twentieth century music, an attitude already manifested in 2013, when he won the 1st Prize at the "Mencherini" International Contemporary Music Competition in Cagli. His passion for twentieth century Italian music led him to rediscover and record rare repertoires. In 2018, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the death of the Florentine composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, the monographic CD "Exotica" (label Digressione Music) dedicated to him was released: a world premiere recording of his unpublished pages for solo piano and for violin and piano. The album achieved enthusiastic reviews and gave rise to an extensive recording project. The unpublished manuscripts of the compositions of Castelnuovo-Tedesco rediscovered by Angelo Arciglione will be published by Edizioni Curci. Also in 2018 he performed in Russia the Fantasia and the Concertos for piano and orchestra by Giorgio Federico Ghedini, of rare listening, with the North Caucasus State Philharmonic.

He also has a keen interest in chamber music. He has collaborated with the “Ensemble Le Musiche” of Simone Bernardini, with the singers Laura Polverelli and Raffaella Lupinacci and with the violinists Alissa Margulis, Maria Kouznetsova, Anna Mazor, Silvia Mazzon and Caroline Loeffler in the performance of Mozart's (2006) and Beethoven's (2007) complete Sonatas for violin and piano in several important italian venues. 

Born in Acri in 1982, Arciglione studied with Maria Tipo and Elisso Virsaladze at the “Scuola di Musica di Fiesole” (Florence) and obtained a Master of Music degree with honours from the Music Conservatory of Siena. His artistic training was enriched also by the masterclasses with Pietro De Maria, Boris Berezovsky, Alexander Lonquich, Boris Petrushansky, Boris Berman, Fou Ts’ong, Dmitri Bashkirov and Lilya Zilberstein. He also graduated summa cum laude at the “Accademia di Santa Cecilia” in Rome. 

He lives in Florence. To the intense concert duties, he always adds an intense work in the teaching field, with courses and masterclasses at Music Conservatories in Italy and International Music Institutions. Currently he is piano professor at the Music Conservatory of Modena. He received the Award for Teaching in many music competitions thanks to the numerous successes achieved by his students and is often invited to sit on the jury in prestigious national and international competitions. Since 2013 he is the founder and Artistic Director of the “Campus Musica Acri” (summer masterclasses & festival) in Calabria.