Giuseppe Albanese, piano

By Walter Attanasi

Giuseppe Albanese is one of the most sought after pianists of his generation. He launched his career winning First Prize at the Vendome International Piano Competition in London, with a distinguished jury chaired by Sir Jeffrey Tate, Stephen Bishop-Kovacevich, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Elisabeth Söderstrom, Christa Ludwig, defined by Le Figaro as “the piano world’s most prestigious award”. Albanese was awarded First Prize at Premio Venezia, the most important Italian piano competition.

In 2014 he made his Deutsche Grammophon label debut with “Fantasia”, a concept album featuring Beethoven’s Sonata quasi una Fantasia Op. 27 No. 2, Schubert’s Wanderer Fantasy Op. 15 and Schumann’s Fantasy Op. 17. One year later, in November 2015, he released his second DG Album: “Après une lecture de Liszt”, dedicated to the Hungarian composer entirely. In March 2016 Decca Classics released a box with complete Bartók’s works which features Albanese’s recording of the “Variations” (world premiere recording). In 2018, Universal released his recording of Liszt’s Piano Concertos 1 & 2 and Malédiction with the “Russian Philharmonic”. In 2020 Albanese has released his third DG album “Invitation to the dance”, featuring works by Weber, Delibes, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Debussy and Ravel.

Giuseppe Albanese performs to outstanding critical and public acclaim in leading concert halls throughout the world, frequently collaborates with internationally renowned conductors such as Christian Arming, John Axelrod, James Conlon, Lawrence Foster, Will Humburg, Dmitri Jurowski, Stanislav Kochanovsky, Julian Kovatchev, Alain Lombard, Nicola Luisotti, Othmar Maga, Henrik Nanasi, Anton Nanut, Tomas Netopil, Daniel Oren, Maxime Pascal, George Pehlivanian, Donato Renzetti, Alexander Sladkowsky, Hubert Soudant, Pinchas Steinberg, Michel Tabachnik, Jeffrey Tate, Jurai Valcuha and Jonathan Webb.