November 14–15, internationally acclaimed pianist and teacher André Gallo from the famed Italian piano academy Fondazione Accademia Internazionale di Imola visits the Department of Music at Princeton for a recital (November 14) and piano masterclass (November 15) for Princeton University piano students. Gallo carries on the pedagogical traditions of the Accademia and its founder Franco Scala. This program is part of the Princeton/Imola Cultural Exchange led and organized by pianist Cristina Altamura, founder of Legacy Arts International. The exchange brings the extraordinary pianism of the Imola academy and the academic richness of Princeton University together in both places.
ABOUT the Princeton/Imola Cultural Exchange
In its continuing efforts to facilitate cultural and institutional exchange, Legacy Arts International (LAI), a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, sees Princeton University’s music department and the Fondazione Accademia d'Imola as sharing similar international standards of excellence in music. LAI wishes to raise awareness in the USA of the visionary approach of Franco Scala’s piano academy and in turn introduce Princeton University’s legacy of exceptional composition and musicology to the Italian academy.
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About the Artist:
Italian pianist André Gallo distinguished himself on the international concert scene at a very young age. His phenomenal skill, interpretive depth, and eclectic musical taste have defined a career of solo piano performance and prestigious collaborations in the world’s finest concert halls.
Gallo debuted in 2009 at age 18 at the Konzerthaus Berlin, which launched him into performances at international venues such as the Olympic Theater (Vicenza), the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, the Teatro La Fenice di Venice, Santa Cecilia (Rome), the “Al Bustan” theater (Beirut), la Sala Verdi (Milan), Stoller Hall (Manchester, U.K.), Raanana Music Hall (Israel), the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona, The Royal Dramatic Theatre of Stockholm, and Steinway Halls of both New York and London.
He is an advocate for French culture and musical repertoire, going back to his debut in 2010 with the Orchestra del Teatro Regio of Torino with the Fantaisie pour Piano et Orchestra of Claude Debussy under the baton of Bertrand de Billy. During the 2017-18 season he was invited to perform for members of the Poulenc family by the Amis de Francis Poulenc at the l'École Normale de Musique de Paris. After his performance, Poulenc’s surviving daughter gushed that “this young pianist possesses the same musical spirit as my father. Gallo’s commitment to the French repertoire is comprehensive. In his young career he has already publicly performed the complete piano works of Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Francis Poulenc, Erik Satie, and Henri Dutilleux.
As soloist with orchestra, he has performed with the Hamburg Symphoniker, the Manchester Camerata, the North Czech Philharmonic, Orchestra Mozart with Maestro Claudio Abbado, the ICO Chamber Orchestra, the Metropolitan Youth Symphony of Portland, l’Orchestra dell’Arena di Verona, l’Orchestra del Comunale di Bologna, and the Württembergische Philharmonie.
His appearances at festivals and institutions around the world include the Festival “MITO” of Milan-Torino, the Festival dei Due Mondi di Spoleto, the Pharos Arts Foundation of Cypress, the Società del Quartetto di Vicenza, the BauArt Festival of Basil, and the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basil.
Chamber music has always played a fundamental role in his musical growth and professional activities. He collaborates with international artists such as violinists Julian Rachlin, Pierre Amoyal, and Francesco Senese. With Senese, he recorded the complete works for violin and piano of Gabriel Fauré. In 2005 he founded the Richard Wagner Trio along with violinist Roberto Baraldi and cellist Alessandro Zanardi, both principal players from the Gran Teatro “Le Fenice” in Venice. He also plays in a duo with his close friend and colleague, the pianist Igor Roma.
André Gallo is currently the youngest faculty member at the Accademia Pianistica Internazionale “Incontri col Maestro” di Imola, a position he was appointed to after ten years of teaching in Italy’s most prestigious conservatories. He is a guest faculty member at the Zuyd University of Applied Sciences of Maastricht and the Institut Superieur de Musique et de Pedagogie di Namur in Belgium. In 2012 he founded a “talent development” branch of the Imola Academy in Eindhoven, an institute for spreading the ideals of the noted Italian academy.
Gallo has made numerous recordings for television and radio. He was a guest on the show La Stanza della Musica and has performed live concerts for Radio 3 Classica. He was recently a subject of the documentary “Pianisti,” produced and broadcast by Sky Classica. He first studied at the conservatory of his native Cosenza, Italy, before transferring as a young child to the studio of Maestro Franco Scala in Imola. He owes his evolution as a pianist and teacher to the influence of Maestro Scala.
In 2008 Gallo was awarded a scholarship by Borsista Bayreuth dell'Associazione Richard Wagner. In 2006 he was awarded the Premio Galarte in music, conferred by the President of the Republic of Italy.
André Gallo is a Yamaha Artist.
"A masterly pianist with a bold and intriguing personality"
- Bryce Morrison, Gramophone Magazine