Acclaimed as one of the most gifted musicians of her generation, Italian-born pianist Cristiana Pegoraro has consistently entertained and enlightened audiences with her inspired performances and original programming. Her skills display great technical and interpretative abilities. She began her career in music as a piano prodigy receiving countless national and international awards, including the 1989 Prague Best of the Year for Classical Music Award "for her great personality, strong musical temperament, mastery of phrasing and expressive artistry." The New York Times called her "an artist of the highest caliber" following her stunning 1996 debut at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.
A gold medal winner at the 2016 Global Music Awards, Ms. Pegoraro has performed at the world’s most prestigious venues, including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, the Guggenheim Museum (New York); the Sydney Opera House; Festspielhaus (Salzburg); Musikverein (Vienna); Royal College of Music (London); Auditorium Parco della Musica (Rome); Amici del Loggione del Teatro alla Scala (Milan); Centro Cultural de Belem (Lisbon); Theatro Municipal (São Paulo); Theatro Municipal (Rio de Janeiro), the Opera House (Manaus); among others. She has also performed at such music festivals as Budapest Spring Festival, Umbria Jazz Winter, Sorrento Jazz Festival, Saint Petersburg Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Klavierfestival Ruhr (Germany), Shabyt Festival Astana (Kazakhstan), as well as at the 2005 Aichi World Expo (Japan) and the 2008 Saragoza World Expo (Spain).
In December 2006 and November 2007 she toured the Gulf Countries, becoming the first Italian female pianist to perform classical concerts in Bahrain, Yemen and Oman. Presently, Cristiana Pegoraro is also the first Italian female pianist to perform all 32 Sonatas for piano by Ludwig van Beethoven.
Hailed by the critics as “among the best interpreters of Cuban and South American music”, Ms. Pegoraro has premiered to European audiences the works of Latin-American composers such as Astor Piazzolla, Joaquin Nin and Ernesto Lecuona. She also made her own piano transcriptions of some of their greatest works, including the most famous tangos of Astor Piazzolla, and composed a Fantasy on Cuban dances by Ernesto Lecuona.
“…Wonderfully warm, charismatic and communicative… It was a great evening…”
“… A pianist with a refined technique who is also an accomplished composer… Each one of his concerts is an opportunity not to be missed…”
“…Masterful the performances of Cristiana Pegoraro, who confirmed to be an artist of refined sensibility and brilliant virtuosism…”
“…With the music of Piazzolla, Cristiana Pegoraro literally enchanted the audience…”
“…Ms. Pegoraro is a skilled virtuoso, and communicates with intense concentration and heartfelt passion…”–
“…Pianist Cristiana Pegoraro, considered to be among the most interesting and versatile performers of her generation, has been named the recipient of Rome’s Premio Simpatia. The Premio Simpatia is awarded to performing artists, authors, ambassadors and sports figures who exemplify a commitment to Italy, and was conceived in recognition “of individuals who enrich and exalt the essential values of life through their work. Past recipients include Directors Federico Fellini and Franco Zeffirelli, Actor Sofia Loren and Nobel Laureate Dario Fo…”