Mario AngiolelliPianist and Musicologist

Pianist and Musicologist

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Mario Angiolelli is performer, teacher, musicologist and scholar of interpretation and piano history.
He got his Diploma in Piano with the highest mark at the Conservatory “N. Piccinni” of Bari, under the guidance of Maestro Giovanna Valente and the Second Level degree under the guidance of Maestro Pasquale Iannone at the “E. Duni” Conservatory (Matera).

He has also participated to a “Masterclass in Lisztian technique and interpretation” at the Piano Academy “A. Ciccolini” with Maestro Aldo Ciccolini. He has studied with personalities such as Leslie Howard, Noretta Conci-Leech, Aldo Ciccolini, Lazar Bermann, Franco Medori, Edit Picht-Axenfeld, Klaus Kaufmann, Carla Giudici, Mariateresa Carunchio, Paola Bruni e Piero Rattalino.

He has achieved noteworthy results in piano contests, the latest being the International Prize “Sergio Fiorentino” (1st prize).

Sensitive exegete and refined performer, he has a busy concert activity, both as a soloist and in chamber formations, besides being often a speaker in lecture-recitals.

His repertories often add a refined taste for research, critical and historical investigation of musical texts to a piano interpretation aimed in this direction. In the pursuit of this aim, he is a member of the London Liszt Society, for which in October 2002 he held a recital of compositions, all in first British performance, gaining such an approval among the public and the critics.

It is worthwhile to quote what Maestro Leslie Howard (the highest world expert and President of the Liszt Society) said, commenting on the performance of “Paralipomènes à la Divina Commedia” by F. Liszt – in an article published on the Liszt Society Journal :
Mario Angiolelli’s account of this demanding colossus was riveting, and his tecnique so astonishing that it seemed merely a superfluous adjunct to a profound musicality. Chapeau!” (Leslie Howard)

On the occasion of a recital for the Music Association “Il Coretto” of Bari on 24th January 2003, the newspaper “La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno” reports:
A highly talented pianist, outstanding technique and lively personality” (Nicola Sbisà)

Artistic and scientific Director for the Centro Studi Franz Liszt (Bari), he’s reported to be one of the best Italian expert for the lisztian repertoire.

He has edited critical edition of F. Liszt’s “la lugubre gondola – first edition of the venetian manuscripts” (Rugginenti) for the Istituto Liszt of Bologna and for the UK Liszt Society.
He has published his revision of “La Traviata – fantaisie de concert pour piano Op. 78” by S. Thalberg for Papageno Edizioni (Bari) besides some works by J. Raff and C. V. Alkan.

He has recently published “Orpheus – Symphonic Poem” by F. Liszt and the “Concerto K466” by W. A. Mozart in the piano solo transcription by N. J. Hummel besides some works by S. Mercadante and N. Van Westerhout (Florestano Edizioni - Bari).

For the same publisher he’s recently released his own composition 4 Transcription-Etùde.

New Critical edition (Florestano Edizioni - Bari):
Robert Schumann - “Fantaisies et Finale
Franz Liszt - 3 early pieces related to Harmonies Poetiques et Religieuses.

He has also published various essays on subjects of musicological character.

He gave countless first world performance such as Robert Schumann’s “Fantaisies et Finale“(Belgium - Musèe Royal de Mariemont), F. Liszt’s Heroide Helegiaque (I version), the symphonic poems Heroide funebre, Hamlet e Orpheus (piano solo transcriptions - Bari, Ravello), Pralipomenes a la Divina Commedia, Ernani-Premiere Paraphrase de concert (Guildhall School of music and drama - London), Cavatina da Roberto il Diavolo, Prose de Morts, Langueur, Prelude (Bari, Ravello), Concert sans Orchestre (Bologna- Istituto Liszt) and so on.

He is invited on a regula basis both as a teacher for masterclasses and as a jury member for national and international contests.

He has been a teacher at the “N. Piccinni“ Conservatory in Bari, “E. Duni“ Conservatory in Matera “F. Morlacchi“ Conservatory in Perugia and “N. Rota“ Conservatory in Monopoli.

On occasion of the celebration of the first decade of the death of Maestro Sergio Fiorentino he has been invited by the “Accademia Murgantina“ to play one of the recitals that will be broadcasted by Radio Vaticana.

He has directed of the multimedia show “Dante, Liszt and the dawn of the Italian cinema industry”, produced by the Cultural Association Research Press – Centro studi Franz Liszt, cast on occasion of the Settimana della Cultura 2009, promoted by MiBAC (Ministero Beni e Attività Culturali).

For “Fo(u)r” Label he has published his first live Cd.