Three Italians in America

Three excellent Italian Pianists teaming together for a unique show. Roberto Plano, Paola Del Negro and Mauro Bertoli will astonish your audience with a repertoire that goes from solos to piano four/six hands. In one single event you'll be able to have a great variety of combinations, as well as repertoire, performed by three excellent Italian pianists all currently living in North America. Individually they all received great acclamation from audiences and press. Knowing each other since they were living in Italy they form this unique ensemble that allows them to explore and present works not often known by music lovers pairing them up with gems of the piano repertoire. 

Roberto Plano (http://www.robertoplano.com), First Prize Winner of the 2001 Cleveland International Piano Competition, Finalist at the Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2005, Laureate of the 2003 Honens International Piano Competition (Calgary, Canada) and the 2006 Axa Dublin International Piano Competition, has performed all over the world. In March 2016 Mr. Plano’s debut recording with DECCA Classics was released, featuring the “Harmonies Poetiques et Religieuses” by Liszt. A recital at the Janet Wallace Fine Arts in St. Paul. MN, for the Frederic Chopin Society was marked by the Saint Paul Pioneer Press critic Ron Hubbard describing his performance among the top ten events of the year. Mr. Plano has been described by The Chronicle in Glens Falls, NY, as the “Pavarotti of the Piano” for his lyricism, and also defined by the Chicago radio commentator Paul Harvey as the heir of Rubinstein and Horowitz. NY Times music critic Anthony Tommasini has written: “This Italian pianist showed artistic maturity beyond his years… there was a wonderful clarity and control of inner voices in his performances…”. Roberto is currently part of the Faculty of Boston University.

Paola Del Negro (http://www.pdnpianostudio.com) is Roberto's wife. She received first prize in over twenty national and international piano competition and is very active as a chamber musician as well as pedagogue. Her students have been so far awarded more than 100 prizes in piano competitions. She performed all over Europe as well as in USA. Paola has worked as artistic director for several recording companies including DECCA and Brilliant. In 2012 and 2013 she toured with the show for children "Chou-Chou", written by herself as a tribute to the composer Claude Debussy and the fantastic world of children. 

Mauro Bertoli (http:www.maurobertoli.com) is the recipient of the Giuseppe Sinopoli Award as well as the Arturo Benedetti MIchelangeli Award for young interpreters, a prize awarded to personalities such as Pollini, Argerich, Kissin, Uchida, Lang Lang, Temirkanov, Muti, Ughi, Rostropovich, Maisky just to cite a few, and that for the first time ever has been assigned to a young pianist with an emerging international career. He performs regularly for important Festivals and in major concert halls through Europe, Asia, North and South America. Mauro Bertoli lives in Ottawa, Canada, where he is Part Time Piano Professor at Ottawa University and Piano Accompanist at the Conservatoire de Musique de Gatineau. 

Reviews

"The duo played it with the necessary Brahmsian burliness and power, and on Farley’s wonderful vintage pianos it sounded simply magnificent. Plano and Del Negro are great discoveries."

J. Stockinger - The Well Tempered Ear


"Surely the dominant impression was of warmth and precision. Plano and Del Negro gave us all the rafter-shaking thrills we could ask for."

G. Hettmansberger


"Bertoli was simply brilliant, the subtle colour and nuance he brought from the piano was incredible"

S. Fielder - Barrie Examiner