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Mario Galeani

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Mario Galeani is considered among the most important italian pianists of his generation and he dues
his musical formation to the well known pianist Aldo Ciccolini.
He performes in recitals, chamber music and as soloist with orchestras in all Europe, North and
Central America, Middle and Far East and in North Africa for some of the most prestigious world
musical venues.

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He workes with such famous artists as Yuri Bashmet, Peter Lukas Graf, Saulius Sondeckis, Anton Nanut, Grzegorz Nowak, Enrique Batiz, Boguslaw Dawidow, Christopher Warren Green, Michael Sanderling, Kyong Soo Won, Vladimir Valek, Alberto Veronesi and with such prestigious orchestras and ensembles as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, Soloists of Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Teatro Bellini di Catania, Philarmonie de Lorraine, Moscow Soloists, Virtuosi of Prague, Orquesta Sìnfonica del Estado de México, Asheville Symphony Orchestra, Vermont Philharmonic, Symphonie Orchester Zurich, Cappella Istropolitana of Bratislava, Athens Camerata, Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, Erfurt Philarmonisches Orchester, Robert Schumann Philarmonie, Dvorak Symphony Orchestra, Cairo State Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian National Orchestra, Bulgarian and Romanian Radio Television Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino, Orchestra Sinfonica Italiana Guido Cantelli, Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese, Orchestra Teatro Vittorio Emanuele di Messina among others.
He represents Italy at 32nd International Cervantino Music Festival in México, together with such
important artists as Uto Ughi, Claudio Scimone, Solisti Veneti and Amati Quartett.
On August 2004 he makes his debut in the wonderful Taormina Greek Theatre playing Schumann
Concerto op 54 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and with the same orchestra Mario Galeani
debuts in England on November 2004. He is invited at 54th Santander International Music Festival in Spain, to perform with Yuri Bashmet and Moscow Soloists. On 2006 he plays as soloist with London Chamber Orchestra at Taormina Arte Festival. On August 2013 he returns in a solo recital with a great success of public and critic at the magnificent Taormina Greek Theatre for Taormina Arte Festival.
On 2017 he is invited from Anfiteatro Sicilia Festival in a Tourneé of three concerts at the beautiful Sicilian Greek Theatres of Morgantina, Tindari and Catania. He is the only italian living pianist who recorded all Beethoven Piano Concertos with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra released by RPO Records, completing this project on 2012. The cd with Beethoven 4th and 5th concertos is reviewed by “Classical net review” as one of the best interpretations of last decades and compared to the recordings of Kempf and Baremboim of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s with Bohm and Klemperer respectively. His last Cd with Beethoven 3rd piano concerto and Moonlight sonata, is included in Radio Classica’s “Top Ten”. In occasion of the release of Beethoven Piano Concertos’s cds, he performs at London’s Cadogan Hall on 2008, 2011 and 2013 with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. On 2005 Mario Galeani records a cd for the Italian label PHOENIX CLASSICS playing Chopin four Ballads, op. 22 and op.61, with great success of public and critic. Mario Galeani is a “Steinway Artist” since 2006. On 1988 he creates and is appointed as artistic director of “Naxos Musica” International Music Festival in Sicily since 1994, when the Festival has his last season. On 2004 he is appointed as Music Adviser of “Taormina Arte” Festival. His concerts are recorded by international broadcasting companies such as RAI, RTVE , France 3TV, RTP, SWR, NBC, CBC, EURORADIO, RADIO CLASSICA, RTV, HRT, ETV and RTM. He is regular piano teacher at Musical Courses of the Istituto Comprensivo n 1 in Taormina.

Reviews

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Gerald Fenech, "Classical Net Review”
and ready to be opened to new suggestions”
remarkable technical fluency”
REVIEWS
“this new recording with Mario Galeani, Nowak and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,
reminded me of those seminal performances as the music sounds as fresh as a daisy and
the wonderful interplay between soloist and conductor is palpable just as with Baremboim
and Klemperer...Galeani is never rushed or hurried and plays his part with extreme
technical conviction"
Carlo Goldstein, “SKY Classic Magazine”
“Galeani proposes a Beethoven classic in concept but vivid and imaginative in the sound
Marcello Passeri, “La Gazzetta del Sud”
“Mario Galeani has a clear artistic personality, acutely capable of exact perception of
formal values and timbre modeling”
Rocco Mancinelli, “Suono”
“The incredible personality of Mario Galeani stands out every note together to a

Luis Lerma, A.M. Mèxico
“The public was witnessed of a rich reading of depth psychological, emotional intimacy and
wide sound. We refer to extraordinary musical qualities that the Italian pianist Mario
Galeani has shown in his recital in which he included some of the most famous works as
the sonata n. 2 of Sergej Rachmaninov”
Niny Ganguzza, “La Sicilia”
“Extremely refined Galeani with Royal Philharmonic. Mario Galeani struggling with such an ardous Beethoven, he emerges as a persuasive and even vigorous winner..Galeani knows how to find the right caliber of keyboards that over all appear very engaging..”
“Donau Kurier”, Wien
“Refined interpretation of Liszt and Chopin...the perfect pedal has made forget the
acoustics of the Church...”
Sandro Cappelletto, “La Stampa”
“Intelligence and personality; excited and deep..”
Alessandro Mastropietro, “Il Messaggero”
“The Interpreter has highlighted the richness and complexity of Schumann style, showing a
very good technical fluency, but knowing also make good fascination with the timbre
important moments”
Gerhard Hellwig, “Sud Deutche Zeitung”
"das belegt der Interpret schon mit den ersten funf Solo-Takten"
Natsuiko Fuyuno, “The Ongaku Geijitsu”
"Galeani's view is completely different: he doesn't just play. His Liszt's performances
demonstrate all the subtle changes in colour and dynamic"
Martha Fairbush, “Citizen Times” Asheville – NC, United States
Piero Maenza, RAI 3
“His ballads found in the pianist Mario Galeani a perfect interpreter ... Galeani performs Chopin's music as it deserves and expects without giving into virtuosic temptations, sacrificing introspection..”
Nicoletta Sguben, “Amadeus”
“and we find all this in the very tasted and awaited interpretation of Mario Galeani”
Paolo Petroni, “ANSA”
“The four ballades, the op 22 and the op 61 are played with refinement and enthusiasm, attentive to pleasure and to bel canto, but putting attention on the nuances and on the whispered pianissimo and never in true contrast with the strong moments”
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES
1988 - 1994, Artistic Director of “Naxos Musica” International Music Festival in Giardini Naxos – Sicily
2004 – 2006, Artistic Advisor of “Taormina Arte” Intarnational Music Festival in Taormina – Sicily
1986 – 1988, “L. Cherubini” Conservatory (Maestro Marco Vavolo)
1989 – 1991, “L. Perosi” Post graduate course Academy (Maestro Aldo Ciccolini)
1991 – 1993, “Mügi” Post graduate course with orchestra Academy (Maestro Aldo Ciccolini)
Since 1991 Piano Regular Professor at Music courses in Italian State middle school 1989 “Giara d’Argento” Award for artistic importance
2011 “Rosso Cuore Award” for artistic importance
2005 CD Recording for PHOENIX CLASSIC (Chopin 4 ballades, op 22, op 61)
2008 CD Recording RPO Records (Beethoven PC nn 4,5 with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
2010 CD Recording RPO Records (Beethoven PC nn 1, 2 with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
2013 CD Recording RPO Records (Beethoven PC n 3 with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, “Moonlight sonata”)

Repertoire

Johann Sebastian Bach
J. S. Bach/F. Busoni
- Ciaccona in d minor
Ferruccio Busoni
- Fantasia on Johann Sebastian Bach
Ludwig Van Beethoven
Johannes Brahms
Fryderyck Chopin
- Partita n.6 in e minor BWV 830
REPERTOIRE
- Italian Concerto BWV 917
- Partita n.1 in B flat major BWV 825
- Toccata in e minor BWV 914
- Harpsichord Concerto n.5 in d minor BWV 1052
- 6 Bagattelle op.126
- Sonatas op.10 n.2, op.13, op.26, op.27 n.2, op.53, op.109, op.111
- Concert n 1 op 15 in c major
- Concert n 2 op 19 in B flat major
- Concert n 3 op 37 in c minor
- Concert n 4 op 58 in G major
- Concert n 5 op 73 “Emperor” in E flat major
- Triple concert for Violin, Cello and piano op 56 in C major
- Klavierstucke op.118
- Haendel variations
- Andante spianato and grande polonese op.22
- Ballade n.1 op.23, n.2 op.38, n.3 op.47, n.4 op.52
- Berceuse op.57
- Impromtus n.2 in F sharp major op.36
- Mazurca op.30 n.2, op.63 n.3
- Nocturnes op 27 n 2, op 48 n 1, op. 62 nn.1, 2
- Polonese op 53 “Heroic”
- Polonese op.44
- Polonese Fantasy op.61
- 24 Preludes op.28
- Sonata in b minor n.3 op.58
- Tarantella op.43
- Valzer op.34 n.1
- Piano Concerto n.1 op.11 in e minor
Claude Debussy
- Pour le piano
- Suite bergamasque
George Gershwin
- Three Preludes
- Liza, Nobody but you, The Man I love, Strike up the band, I got rhythm dal "Song book"
- Rhapsody in blue for Piano and orchestra
Enrique Granados
Franz Liszt
- Goyesca n.4
- Valses poeticos
- Spanish dances
- Isoldes liebestod from R. Wagner “Tristan and Isolde”
- Concert Paraphrase on G. Verdi “Rigoletto”
- Hungarian Rhapsody n.11
- Spanish Rhapsody
- Fantasy Sonata on Dante
- Tarantella from “Venezia e Napoli”
- Valzer from C. Gounod “Faust”
- Piano Concert n.1 in E flat major
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
A. Piazzolla
Sergej Prokof’ev
- Sonata n.2 in re minore op.14
Sergej Rachmaninov
Maurice Ravel
- Fantasy KV 475 in c minor
- Gigue KV 574
- Rondò KV 511
- Sonata KV 282, KV 330, KV 570
- Piano Concerts KV449, KV466, KV488
- Milonga del Angel
- Adios Nonino Tango Rhapsody
- Oblivion
- Invierno Porteño
- Libertango
- Preludes op.23 nn.4,5,6
- Sonata n.2 op.36 in b flat minor
- Piano Concert n.2 op.18 in c minor
- Le Tombeau de Couperin
- Miroirs
- Piano Concert in G major

Robert Schumann
- Fantasiestucke op.111
- Kinderszenen op.15
- Kreisleriana op.16
- Papillon op.2
- Study Variations on a Beethoven Theme
- Piano Concert op.54
- Introduction and Allegro appassionato op.92 in G major
Domenico Scarlatti
- Sonatas K 1, K 27, K 87, K 208, K 239, K 292, K 427, K 466, K 551
Alexandr Skcrjabin
- Sonata n.4 op.30 in F sharp major
- Studies op.8 nn. 11,12
SOLO RECITAL PROGRAMM 1
D. Scarlatti – Sonata b minor K 27 (L 449) Sonata d minor K 1 (L 366)
Sonata B flat major K 551 (L 396) Sonata f minor K 466 (L 118)
Sonata b minor K 87 (L 33)
Sonata e minor K 292 (L 24)
Sonata A major K 208 (L 238)
Sonata f minor K 239 (L 281) “Fandango” Sonata G major K 427 (L 286)
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W. A Mozart – Fantasie in c minor KV 475
(Adagio, Allegro, Andantino, Più allegro, Tempo primo)
L. Van Beethoven – Sonata quasi una fantasia n 14 in c sharp minor op 27 n 2 “Moonlight Sonata” (Adagio sostenuto, Allegretto, Presto agitato)

SOLO RECITAL PROGRAMM 2
F. Chopin – Nocturne in D flat major op 27 n 2 Nocturne in c minor op 48 n 1
Ballade n 1 op 23 in g minor
Polonese “Heroic” op 53 in A flat major
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F. Liszt – Liebestraum n 3 in A flat major Spanish Rhapsody S 254
F. Liszt/G. Verdi – Rigoletto Concert Paraphrase
SOLO RECITAL PROGRAMM 3
Astor Piazzolla – Milonga del Angel
Adios Nonino Tango Rhapsody
Oblivion Invierno Porteño Libertango
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George Gershwin – Three Preludes From “Song book”:
Liza, Nobody but You, The Man I love, Strike up the band, Soon, I got Rhythm
ORCHESTRA CONCERTS
J. S. Bach – Concert n 5 in d minor BWV 1052
W. A Mozart – Piano Concerts KV 449, KV 466, KV 488
L. Van Beethoven – Piano Concerts n 1 op 15, n 2 op 19, n 3 op 37, n 4 op 58, n 5 op 73 “The Emperor”, Triple concert op 56
F. Chopin – Piano Concert n 1 op 11 in e minor R. Schumann – Piano Concert op 54 in a minor
Introduction and Allegro appassionato op 92 (Konzertstücke) S. Rachmaninov – Piano Concert n 2 op 18 in c minor
M. Ravel – Piano concert in G major G. Gershwin – Rhapsody in blue

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