R. Cappello

ROBERTO CAPPELLO

Piano

Artistic Agency BAMA is very pleased to announce a new representation of one of the most important Italian pianists Roberto Cappello!
A divine technique, a refined artistic and spiritual sensibility, a constant cultural dedication and intellectual in the repertory choice aimed to enhance the highest contents and put the interpretative art of Roberto Cappello to the greatest heights of the contemporary concerts scene.
He combines the intensive and aristocratic concert production to the exemplary rigour and commitment to reaching - including several masterclasses, highly specialised courses. Due to his acknowledged fair and objective ability to evaluate he is constantly invited to adjudicate at national and international piano competitions.

Born in Campi Salentina, Lecce, in 1951, Roberto Cappello began his musical studies with his father, learning from a very young age to play both the piano and the violin. At the age of six, he made his public debut at the prestigious Konzerthaus in Vienna. He was immediately invited by important Italian and international music societies, enjoying the great enthusiasm of the public and critics. He then continued his studies of the piano under Maestro Rodolfo Caporali at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome, from where he graduated in 1974. The same year, he won the International Piano Competition “Citta di Senigallia” and “Maria Canals” in Barcelona. In 1975, he won the National Competition of Treviso, and in 1976 he was awarded the First Prize at the prestigious International Ferruccio Busoni Competition, which had not been awarded to an Italian pianist for 25 years. Invited to the most prestigious international festivals, such as those at Besançon, Spoleto, Stresa, Bergamo and Husum, he has also given numerous recitals in France, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Yugoslavia, Luxembourg and Hungary. He also made a successful tour of Australia in 1989.
In September 1994, he opened the Chamber Music Season at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, and in 1995 at the Auditorium of Santa Cecilia in Rome, performing in full the 12 Transcendental Études by Liszt, enjoying great success both with the public and with critics. In 1996, he toured Germany (Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Kiel) with the RAI Orchestra, performing Beethoven’s Piano concerto No 5. In 1997 and 1998, he performed Mozart’s Piano concerto K466 in Vienna, Budapest, St Petersburg, Belgrade, Brussels and Paris, in the double role of soloist and conductor.
In 2000, he undertook a series of concerts in Great Britain (London, Manchester and Glasgow). The year 2001 saw him busy in the United States and Japan, where he returned to tour in 2005. Chamber music is important to him, which he plays in quintet with the Kodaly Quartet of Budapest. He has recorded with Fonit-Cetra, A.M.C., Edizioni Paoline and Acustica. With the latter, he recorded the entire corpus of Schubert’s Lieders transcribed by Liszt. In 2003, he recorded concertos for piano and orchestra with Ricordi BMG Ariola: Mozart’s Piano concerto K466, Beethoven’s Piano concerto No 3, and Tchaikovsky’s Piano concerto No 1. He recently recorded the waltzes of J. Strauss, in the virtuoso and brilliant transcriptions of the most famous pianists of the past.
He has been a professor of piano at the A. Boito State Conservatory of Music in Parma and was also director there from 2010 to 2016.