Alfonso Soldano was born in 1986 in the Puglia (Apulia) region of southern Italy. He completed his five year bachelors and postgraduate courses at the Conservatory “N. Piccinni” in Bari, gaining his Degree in Piano Performance with Honors. He also obtained the High Performance Diploma in Concert Piano Performance at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome, under Benedetto Lupo. His mentors throughout his artistic life are Aldo Ciccolini and Pierluigi Camicia. Mr. Soldano has attained first place in many piano competitions and is regularly invited to competitions both as artist and juror in Italy and throughout Europe. He also gives masterclasses all over Italy and has played with a substantial number of major orchestras.
In particular he performed, at age 17, in a production of Rachmaninov’s complete works for piano and orchestra, with the Bacau Philarmonic Orchestra. He has worked with conductors such as O. Balan, D. Frandes and M. Cormio and performed with many orchestras, both Italian and from other countries. Mr Soldano is recognized for his deep and particular sound and breathtaking virtuosity, considered by many to be among the foremost Italian talent of his generation. He is one of the last and favourite long-time students of legendary Italian-French pianist Aldo Ciccolini; he has developed a substantial repertoire that includes many solo piano works and numerous concertos with orchestra. Mr. Soldano has undertaken many concert tours, festivals and events in great halls, such as the Musikum Salzburg, Hindemith Foundation Switzerland, G. Enescu Festival Bucarest, Bacau, several Italian universities (Rome”La Sapienza”, Bari) and recitals in major cities including various theaters in Rome (Parco della Musica), Milan, Verona and Bologna. As a writer he produced the first biography of Russian composer Sergei Bortkiewicz, which was published by Florestano Edizioni.
Alfonso Soldano was awarded the International Gold Medal Prize for Best Italian Artist in April 2013, with a large ceremony in the University’s “La Sapienza” great hall. Mr Soldano is also actively involved in an established piano duo with Stefania Argentieri, and is also busy working as a concert transcriber. He is currently (May 2016) finalizing the publication, with Florestano Edizioni, of a large piano set of concert transcriptions for two pianos. The great pianists that have heard him have always highlighted the particular interpretative maturity of his performances, the result of continuous insights into the history of piano technique and interpretation. Mr Soldano is currently Professor of Piano performance at the Conservatory “G.Braga” in Teramo and Artistic Director of the European Arts Academy Foundation “Aldo Ciccolini” in Trani, the town in which he now resides.