CRISTIANA PEGORARO, PIANIST and COMPOSER
Cristiana Pegoraro embarks on the path of a classical pianist at an early age.
She devotes the years of her artistic development to perfecting her technique and developing her execution of the works of the great composers.
Meanwhile she earns recognition from the music world and consolidates her craft and expertise.
But her passion, personality and creativity push her beyond classical music, resulting in her being recognized by critics as also one of the best interpreters of Latin American composers as well as one of the most interesting composers of the newer generation.
At the age of 16, with the highest grades and honors, Italian pianist Cristiana Pegoraro graduated from the Conservatory of Terni, her birth city. She continued her studies with Jörg Demus in Vienna and Hans Leygraf at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. Subsequently, she has continued to perfect her art with Nina Svetlanova at the Manhattan School of Music in New York.
Her skills display great technical and interpretive abilities and she has won various international competitions. In 1989, she won the Best of the Year for Classical Music Award in Prague "for her natural talent, great personality, mastery of phrasing and expressive maturity." The New York Times defines her as "an artist of the highest caliber" following her stunning 1996 debut at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.
Cristiana has performed consistently since childhood as a soloist and with orchestras for some of the most important organizations and concert halls in Europe, the US, South America, the Middle East, Asia and Australia, including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, the Guggenheim Museum (New York); the Sydney Opera House; Grosses Saal, Festspielhaus (Salzburg); Musikverein, Palais Metternich, Bösendorfer Saal (Vienna); Centro Cultural de Belem (Lisbon); Auditorium Parco della Musica - Santa Cecilia Hall, Sinopoli Hall, Petrassi Hall, Casa del Jazz (Rome); Serate Musicali (Milan); Royal College of Music - London, Theatro Municipal (São Paulo); Theatro Municipal (Rio de Janeiro), the Opera House (Manaus), Budapest Spring Festival, Umbria Jazz Winter, Sorrento Jazz Festival, S. Petersburg Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Klavierfestival Ruhr – Germany, Shabyt Festival Astana – Kazakstan, 2005 Aichi World Expo – Japan and 2008 Saragoza World Expo - Spain).
Her tours in the Gulf Countries made her the first Italian female pianist to perform classical concerts in Bahrain, Yemen and Oman. She is also the first female Italian pianist to perform all 32 Sonatas for piano by Ludwig van Beethoven.
In 2005, she played for the President of Italy, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, the President of the General Assembly of the United Nations and the Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg.
In 2008, she was the only European representative at the Spring Festival at the United Nations in New York, and performed in the hall of the General Assembly. That same year, she debuted at the Musikverein in Vienna and at the 16th edition of Umbria Jazz with two sold out concerts. In 2009, she played in Moscow in the presence of the Italian Minister of Economic Development. In 2010, in Rome, she performed for the President of the Austrian Senate.
Her TV and radio broadcasts include RAI, Mediaset, Radio Vaticana, Discoteca di Stato, BBC (Scotland), ARD (Germany), RTP (Portugal), WQXR New York (USA), Nine Network (Australia) and CBC (Japan). She has been a guest on the Italian TV shows: “Porta a Porta” with Bruno Vespa (RAI 1), “Sottovoce” with Gigi Marzullo (RAI 1), “Vivere Meglio” with Fabrizio Trecca (Rete 4).
Her vast discography counts 23 CDs recorded for Decision Products, Nuova Era, Dynamic and Diva. It includes three albums with her original compositions (“A Musical Journey”, “Ithaka”, and “La mia Umbria”), numerous recordings of classical composers, new interpretations of Astor Piazzolla’s tangos, which Pegoraro arranged for solo piano, and performances of Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona.
Cristiana Pegoraro adds to her concert activity that of composer. Her compositions have been used for films and documentaries including the soundtrack to the video “For whom the sirens toll” produced by the UN Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict and presented at the UN on September 11, 2004 in memory of the victims of the terrorist attack. She is the author of the sound track of the short movie "La casa dell'orologio" by Italian director Gianni Torres.
Cristiana regularly presents master classes at universities and colleges in the United States - New York (The Juilliard School), Pennsylvania, New Jersey, California, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Oregon, Washington, North Dakota, South Dakota, as well as in Italy, Portugal, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman.
She is the author of a book of poems called “Ithaka” and a series of children’s books based on Italian operas.
She supports various international organizations such as UNICEF, Amnesty International, World Food Programme and Emergency in their humanitarian efforts.
In 2005 at her 10th concert at Lincoln Center, she received the “World Peace Award” from the Circolo Culturale Italiano of the UN for her effort in advancing peace in the world.
In 2007, along with other important artists including Maestro Claudio Abbado, she received the Sebetia Ter – President of Italy Award for her activity as a performer and composer.
In 2010, she was anointed as “2010 ILICA woman of the year” by the Italian Language Intercultural Alliance in New York.
In 2011, she was honored with the “Rotary Umbria” prize for her professionalism, social commitment and her constant promotion of Umbria throughout the world. She also received the “Messenger of the Territory” award from the Chamber of Commerce of Terni, and the “Melvin Jones Fellow” award for dedicated humanitarian services from the Lions Clubs International Foundation.
She is an Ambassador of “The Right to Music” (a program under the tutelage of the Commission of Culture of Rome and the Commission for Youth Policies whose goal is to promote musical culture in all its aspects), and a testimonial of the Umbrian tourist campaign throughout the world.
Since 2011, she is the Artistic Director of Narnia Arts Academy (www.narniaartsacademy.com) and Narnia Festival (www.narniafestival.it).
Cristiana Pegoraro is the first female Italian pianist to perform all 32 piano sonatas by Luwdig van Beethoven, a project of eight concerts which see not only the execution of the pieces grouped accordingly to her personal criteria, but also the establishment of an innovative and stimulating rapport with the audience.
On April 15, 2013, she received from the hands of the Mayor of Rome the prestigious "Premio Simpatia", awarded to performing artists, authors, ambassadors and sports figures who exemplify a commitment to Italy, and conceived in recognition "of individuals who enrich and exalt the essential values of life through their work". Past recipients include Directors Federico Fellini and Franco Zeffirelli, Actor Sofia Loren and Nobel Laureate Dario Fo.