Born in Chieti, Giuliano Mazzoccante studied at the Conservatory “L. Cherubini” of Florence with M° Lucia Passaglia, where he graduated to full ballots, praise and mention of honour. Winner of numerous national and international competitions (“M. Clementi” of Florence, “Agorà 80” of Rome, the “F. Liszt” of Lucca, , the “Città di Chieti”, the “Città di Stresa”. “T. I. M.” –International Music Tournament- etc.), in 2002 turned out an absolute winner of the 40° piano competition “Arcangelo Speranza” of Taranto. In October 2009 he won the 4th Price in Tbilisi International Piano Competition (WFIMC). He started an important concert activity as soloist as well as chamber musician performing in Italy and abroad in France, Germany (Munich – Prinzregentheater), England (Oxford – Holywell Music Room) , Lithuania (Vilnius – National Philharmonic Hall), Slovenia, Austria, Holland (Utrecht – Concert Hall), Hungary, Czech Republic, China, Switzerland, Turkey, Albania etc.. He participated numerous times in performing recitals and being soloist with the Orchestra of “Internationale Sommer-Akademie Schloss Pommersfelden” (D). In November 2002 he was a soloist with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky Piano Concert n. 1 which was broadcasted by Lithuanian National Radio and TV. The same year M° Mazzoccante performed with the Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra. He studied chamber music in Trieste with the famous “Trio di Trieste” and he got the Merit Diploma. He had numerous experiences as conductor of chorus and instrumental ensemble. He regularly takes part in juries of national and international competitions and following his care for development of young talents, in 2001 he gave a start to “S. Giovanni Teatino” piano competition and to “Chamber Music Festival” of Chieti, of which he is an Artistic Director. His organizing activities since 2004 are extending to programming the concert season “Concerti aperitivo” of Teatro Marrucino of Chieti. In a course of numerous years he collaborated with R.A.D. (Royal Academy of Dance of London).
He studied for many years with legendary Russian pianist Lazar Berman. M° Mazzoccante regularly performs in duo with famous musicians (violinists Pavel Berman, Clarinetists Karl Leister and Antonio Tinelli, flutist Rita D’Arcangelo, etc.).
He has recorded for Radio of Bavaria, Radio Vaticana, DAD Records, Wide Classique and Kamerata Tokyo. Moreover he published with Phoenix Classics, distributed from Ducale Discs, monographic work dedicated to Johannes Brahms containing Sonate for Clarinet and Piano op. 120 n. 1, 2 and the Trio op. 114. The Brahms CD was finalist among the 3 best recordings in Italy in “Premio Opera IMAIE III Edition” 2009.
From 2007 he is artistic director of the Institute “Scuola Civica Musicale Città di San Giovanni Teatino”.
Internationally acclaimed Russian pianist Yuri Didenko has performed recitals and with orchestras in the best concert halls of Moscow, including Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory and Moscow International House of Music, cities of the former Soviet Union and abroad: Belgium, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, Norway, Japan, USA, Poland, Malta, Greece, Chile, China, countries of Western Africa, Turkey, Cyprus, South Korea.
The British magazine Pianoforte referred to his performances as”bold, open, powerful, and technically accomplished old-school virtuosity.”
The Belgian newspaper La Semaine d’Anvers wrote of him as a “brilliant pianist” and mentioned his “large and bright sonority” as well as dynamism.
His concerts in USA were highly appraised by the press. “Didenko captured the hearts of the audience when he performed several selections by Sergei Rachmaninov”;
– a critic wrote about one of his recitals.
“Immortal works by Schubert, Liszt, and Rachmaninov sounded with an incredible force of conviction, emotional power and brightness under the magic hands of Yuri Didenko, the chairman of the Jury of Dimitrios Vikelas International competition. When the music finds its ideal interpreter, he enchants his listeners, fillings their hearts with beauty, passion, and harmony. Yuri Didenko proved to be this ideal performer.”
– a Greek newspaper “Epikaira” wrote about his performance.
“Didenko’s wide and diverse repertoire includes works of different styles – from Bach to Messiaen and avant-garde music of the twentieth century.”
Mr. Didenko studied piano at the Central Music School affiliated with the Moscow Conservatory with Alexander Mndoyants and then at the Moscow Conservatory with Professor Merzhanov. Since 1994, he has been on the piano faculty of the Moscow Conservatory. Since 2005, he has his own students.
Mr. Didenko is a prizewinner of numerous competitions in Italy, USA, Belgium, he is the winner of the International Concert Artists Competition in Royal Tunbridge Wells (Great Britain). In 2003, Mr. Didenko received the Russian Federation Ministry of Culture Award “For Special Achievements in Culture”.
Yuri Didenko recorded several compact disks with various romantic and XX century works
He made numerous recordings on the Russian State Radio.
Mr. Didenko is in demand for master classes in Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Greece, Kazakhstan, UAE, Germany, Malta, USA, South Korea, and China. He has also served on piano juries of several international piano competitions (as a member and as a chairman of the jury) in Russia, Poland, USA, Greece, Malta, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, UAE, Turkey. From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Didenko was an active member and secretary of the Rachmaninov Society of Russia. He is also member of the Presidium of the Scriabin Foundation. In March 2014 he was appointed a Vice-president of the International Rachmaninov society (Germany).
Leonel Morales, a Spanish pianist with the Cuban origin, is the piano Professor at the “Conservatorio Superior de Castellón” and in the Sommerakademie in Salzburg. Morales is an academic member of the “Academia de Bellas Artes de Santa Isabel de Hungría”, in Seville (Spain). He also work as a “teacher in residence” in the University of Music in San Juan – Puerto Rico, advising the Department of piano and giving Master classes.
Morales is considered as one of the best interpreters of Beethoven (“El Pais”, Spain). Possibly the unique pianist worldwide that has turned interpreting during two consecutive nights the integral of the concerts for piano and orchestra of Rachmaninov including the Rhapsody on a Paganini’s Theme.
Leonel Morales gave a great number of successful concerts and received plenty praising reviews from the musical critics around the world. In October 2008, he was awarded the prestigious prix “Tasto D´Argento 2008” (Alexandria – Italy) because of his consolidate international career, valuing also the success in his recent tour of 23 concerts on the best halls of USA, where he played the Concert n.º 1 of Tchaikovsky and the Concert n.º 3 of Rachmaninov with the Symphonic Orchestra of the state of Mexico under the conduction of Enrique Bátiz, obtaining a spectacular success.
He was called a “Hero of the day” by the musical critic (Palm Beach Post).
His incredible Concert of Tchaikovsky created an instantaneous ovation. Also, he showed his exceptional dotes in the tour of concerts he made through USA with the Spanish National Orchestra, under the direction of the Conductor Frühbeck de Burgos in the Angeles, New Jersey, DalIas, Houston, Washington (Kennedy Concert Hall)
“His concert nº 3 of Rachmaninov plenty of electricity, made the people to be on his foot”. (The Daily Gazette, New York)
“The European tradition appeared in all his brilliance. In Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, soloist Leonel Morales was extraordinary, with solid intensity with a virtuosist interpretation, excitant and very imaginative”. (Times Union, Schenectady)
“In the Weill Recital Hall of the Carnegie Hall of New York … Impressively clean and nice structured Sonata Op. 101 of Beethoven … His marvellous Petrouska made tremble the audience”. (Harris Goldsmith, New York Concert Review)
“Extraordinary interpretation and power” (WASHINGTON POST)
“Undoubtedly Morales is a pianist of great virtuosism, trust, efficiency but of big naturality and without big gestures” (Classical Music Review)
He also made a tour around Germany in auditoriums such as “Beethovensaal” in Stuttgart, “BASF-Feierabendhaus” in Ludwigshafen with the Valencia Orchestra with an excellent success playing the Concert n.º 1 of Chopin.
The Spanish pianist with Cuban origin, was the hero of the night, with his enormous technique achieved the magic in every note with facility. He played the piano with elegance, discipline and intelligence. After the frantic applause, Morales offered three pieces out of the program: “Malagueña” from Ernesto Lecuona. “Danza” from Ignacio Cervantes and one waltz from Chopin in which he showed again his brilliant technique. (Die Rheinpfalz) Morales is a frequent member of International Juries in Italy, Chopin (Rome), Sala Gallo Monza, Città de Marsalla, Ama Calabria, Mendelssohn, Luciano Ganteandorra, Fundación Guerrero, Joaquín Rodrigo, A. García Abril (Teruel), Jporto, Parnassos (Mexico), Neue Sterne (Germany), Jean Français (Paris), Chatou and Poulenc competitions.
He has chaired the jury for the Ciudad de Campillos (Málaga), Scriabin (Grosseto), Cantú and Valsesia competitions. He is also founder and Jury Chair for the prestigious International Piano Competition “Spanish Composers”, which takes place annually in Las Rozas, Madrid (Spain).
Morales offers master classes all over the world, including the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Korea, Italy, Mexico, USA – in the Festival Steinway of the University of Florida and Houston (Texas). He also runs successful courses in which he analyses and interprets the 32 Beethoven Sonatas. More than 50 pianists from the entire world come to his International Master class and Piano Festival of Granada which is celebrated in July. Many of his students have been prize winners at national and international competitions.
Morales has been awarded with many international prizes, including best soloist 1994 Sommerakademie Mozarteum in Salzburg, William Kapell, Fundación Guerrero, Oporto, Jaén, Epinal, Teresa Carreño, Ciutat de Manresa, Uneac, Vianna de Motta, first prize to the best concert soloist in Korea, Aosta, Sydney…
Among his recordings are: “Piano Concert n.º 3 and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini of Rachmaninov under the conduction of E. Bátiz with the Symphonic Orchestra of the State of Mexico, “Concierto Breve” of Xavier Montsalvatge, with the Symphonic Orchestra of Madrid under the conduction of Antoni Ros Marbá (Award Beat, as the best CD of the year 1994). Double album with the “Complete pieces for piano´´ of Antón García Abril, or his version of the “2nd concert for piano and orchestra” of the same composer, recorded with the Orchestra of the R.T.V.E, under the conduction of Enrique García Asensio. “The Album Regio” by Vicente Díaz de Comas, dedicated to the Spanish Queen Elisabeth II.
Morales’ ability and virtuosity have frequently been shown during his concert performances with the Spanish National Orchestra, Spanish Radio and TV Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic of Galicia, Symphonic Orchestra of Bilbao, Philharmonic Orchestra of Malaga, Symphonic Orchestra of Tenerife, the Symphonic Orchestra of Hamburg, Portuguese Symphonic Orchestra, Frankfurt-Oder Orchestra, RAI National Orchestra of Turin, Philarmonic Warsaw Orchestra, Dresdner Philharmonie, as well as with the Virtuosos Orchestra of the Berlin Philharmonic where he has shown us his capacity as concert performer, conducted by the best Spanish conductors of the moment, including Frühbeck de Burgos, Víctor Pablo Pérez, Juanjo Mena, Pedro Halffter, Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez, Manuel Galduf, Enrique García Asensio, Antoni Ros Marbá as well as Michael Jurowski, George Pehlivanian, Alexander Rahbari, Marc Tardue, Jacques Mercier, Max Valdés, Adrian Leaper, Tania León, Ovidiu Balan, Franz Krager, John Bae, Emin Güven Yasliçam, Jiri Malat, Enrique Bátiz, Marzio Conti, Pavel Baleff, Antoni Wit, Yaron Traub etc.