Alessio Pianelli

Alessio Pianelli


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Born in Sicily in 1989 into a family of musicians, cellist and composer Alessio Pianelli was
only ten when he was accepted in Giovanni Sollima's class in the Palermo Conservatory,
where he soon graduated with top marks and distinction.

He has been awarded top prizes in several national and international competitions such as the
Ibla Grand Prize (Italy), First Prize and "City of Porec" Special Prize at the "Antonio Janigro
International Cello Competition 2006"(Croatia), First Prize and Audience Prize at "Schenk
Stiftung Wettbewerb 2013" (Switzerland), and the 2013 "Renzo Giubergia" Prize and Third
Prize at the International Cello Competition “B. Mazzacurati” (Italy) in 2016.

He has salso been the recipient of important Swiss scholarships, such as the "Lyra Stiftung"
and "Nicati de Luze Stiftung", to study cello with Thomas Demenga at the Basel Hochschule
für Musik, where he graduated in 2014. His training and growth has also been influenced by
renowned artists such as M. Polidori, M. Brunello, R. Latzko, M. Kliegel, G. Gnocchi and W.

Alessio has regularly performed as a soloist in Italy and abroad with symphony and chamber
orchestras such as the Orchestra 1813 del Teatro Sociale di Como, Neues Orchester Basel,
Orchestra dell'Ente Luglio Musicale Trapanese, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, I Musici di Parma,
Aargauer Sinfonie Orchester, Desono Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Philarmonie
Baden-Baden, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI.

His performance activity also led him collaborate with outstanding musicians such as M.
Brunello, G. Tavares, G. Sollima, I. Monighetti, T. Demenga, S. Simionescu, V. Jacobsen, A.
Oprean, M. Maisky, T. Mork, F. Benda, A. Kernjak, M. Piketty, T. Schabenberger, among others.
In addition to performing as a soloist, Alessio also enjoys chamber music and tours regularly
in Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany, Belgium and Japan as a member of the Avos Piano
Quartet, with whom he recorded the Piano Quartets op. 47 by R. Schumann and op. 25 by J.
Brahms for the Japanese label “Livenotes Nami Records”.

Alessio’s interest and affinity for contemporary music has made him an ideal artist
collaborator and interpreter for today’s composers, whose solo and chamber music works he
regularly performs and premieres. In 2012, he joined the Italian composer Giacomo
Cuticchio‘s Ensemble, and initiated a project with the traditional Sicilian Puppet Theater,
combining traditional puppet artistry with contemporary sounds. The project debuted at the
Auditorium Parco della Musica (Rome, Italy) in December 2013 after the release of the
Ensemble’s first CD "Quaderno di Danze e Battaglie dell'Opera dei Pupi" (Sonzogno/Egea).

In 2014 he released a chamber music CD with works by the Italian composer Marco Nodari
for the label “Concerto”.

Since 2014 Alessio has been an Almendra Music recording artist. This fruitful collaboration
has led him to debut his solo album "Prelude", and “Hindemith, Beethoven, Brahms” with the
pianist Mario Montore. February 2017 will see the release of the the album “Sulla Quarta”
with music for cello solo by Bach, Sollima and a piece for two cellos, composed by the artist

In 2016 Alessio’s “Tanzen wir!” won First Prize at the “In clausura” International Composition
Competition organized by the Ravenna Festival and 100cellos. This piece will be published by
Sonzogno and will be recorded for Decca. His composition for 2 cellos “Sulla Quarta” is
published by Mueller&Schade.

Alessio plays a 1921 Evasio Emilio Guerra cello from Turin.



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