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Riccardo Schwartz


BIO:

Celebrated pianist, Riccardo Schwartz has had the privilege of performing as a soloist with many world-renowned conductors, among them Gustav Kuhn and Yuri Temirkanov. His acclaimed performances include recitals and concertos for piano and orchestra in many prestigious concert halls including Sala Verdi in Milan, Konzerthaus in Bolzano, Tiroler Festspiele Erl in Austria, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Teatro Regio in Parma, Salle Gaveau in Paris.

Called “a pianist of brilliant future for the strength of his pianistic construction and a rare ability of concentration…” by Euterpe Venezia, Mr. Schwartz recently performed the complete Piano Sonatas by Beethoven in an eight-recital-series. The performances, in Milan and Gorizia, received much acclaim. NordEst News noted of the series, “The interpretations…were of the highest level, the pianist was acclaimed with a loud and long applause by the enthusiastic public….Schwartz was required to sign autographs by most of the people present, as a memory of a spectacularly beautiful cycle of concerts (the 32 Beethoven’s Sonatas).” The same Beethoven-Sonata-Series is now programmed for next season in Turin as well.

Schwartz was born in Milan in 1986 and completed his studies at Conservatorio of Milan with Riccardo Risaliti, Leonardo Leonardi and Annibale Rebaudengo. After graduating with Honorable Mention he continued at the Accademia Pianistica of Imola, graduating with a degree in performance. His style has been most influenced by pianists such as Joaquin Soriano, Boris Petrushansky, Paul Badura-Skoda and Louis Lortie.

Schwartz strives to evoke the soul of every composer he plays, focusing on technical perfection, and enlightening the heart of every person listening. Invited by Gustav Kuhn, Riccardo Schwartz is also member of the Accademia di Montegral.

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PRESS:

The richness of colors and feelings revealed by a magnificent interpretation of Schumann's Humoreske by Riccardo Schwartz, a pianist of brilliant future for the strength of his pianistic construction and a rare ability of concentration.
-Gian Paolo Minardi, (Euterpe Venezia - Note veneziane)

Maestro Riccardo Schwartz played four piano Sonatas by Mozart with a perfect technique, presenting the unedited side of the Austrian composer, through a romantic language made of musical effusion, of sentimentalism, of drama. A real surprise.
-Gazzetta di Saluzzo (the article is signed only with the initials)

Riccardo Schwartz, who is full of great virtuoso playing and is also animated by audacity, that really connects with the exigence of the composition.
Choosing a Tempo, both fast and swiftly but also calm compared with faster interpretations like the one with Martha Argerich and Abbado, Schwartz dominates with absolute mastery both the risky technical difficulties and the often lightning-fast relations with the instruments of the orchestra.
-Andrea Bambace (Alto Adige)

Mastering the keyboard and a transcendental technique, doesn't make Schwartz an athlete, even if he had all the reasons to boast for it: his playing is defined mostly by sudden languors alternated to a deeply poetic use of a wide palette of colors.
A great success and prolonged applause.
-Maria Terraneo Fonticoli (La Provincia, Como)

The stage is like a dark shell, barely lit by two dim lights, with a piano at the center. Officiant of the great executive marathon (the 32 Beethoven’s Sonatas) is a pianist "without tails", Riccardo Schwartz, that besides offering the most convincing interpretations, accompanies them with brief but illuminating comments about the human and philosophic meaning of each work.
-Walter De Pace (Spettakolo)

The interpretations of Riccardo Schwartz were of the highest level, the pianist was acclaimed with a loud and long applause by the enthusiastic public.
Maestro Riccardo Schwartz was required to sign autographs by most of the people present, as a memory of a so beautiful cycle of concerts (the 32 Beethoven’s Sonatas).
-NordEst News 

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