B i o g r a p h y
“..Daniele Petralia is a very gifted pianist and musician..he has a certain panache, good public appeal and presence, and he is a VIRTUOSO..”
"..Daniele Petralia is one of the most interesting Italian pianists..”
“..I met Daniele Petralia several years ago and I’ve immediately experienced his talent, his versatility and his high quality of making music …The recent invitation to the Stresa Festival has proved once more his skill to be a pianist who is able to deliver musical values to the audience at a very high quality of technical precision and subtle, meaningful interpretation.."
“..Masterful interpretation by Daniele Petralia..the audience cheered for 20 minutes!.. in gratitude, he played two encores..”
ANDREA AMABILE, (Il Vergante)
"..Daniele Petralia is one of the great Italian pianist who recently brought much excitement to the audience of Bari, Italy, for his performance of the musical notes by Liszt… everyone was immersed in the intensity of a great performance.."
Daniele Petralia enjoys an active concert schedule worldwide: ITALY, AUSTRIA, SWITZERLAND, FRANCE, GERMANY, LATVIA, POLAND, RUMANIA, GREECE, MOROCCO, UNITED STATES, CANADA, RUSSIA, JAPAN, etc.: ROME (Marcello’s Theatre; Barberini Palace), MILAN, STRESA (Settimane Musicali of Stresa and Lago Maggiore where he opened the 2010 Festival with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Vladimir Ashkenazy), SALERNO, CHIETI, ENNA, NOTO (International Music Festival), CATANIA (A.M.E.; Lyceum Club; Massimo Bellini Theatre), CORTONA, PARIS (Maison de RADIO-FRANCE; Conservatoir Italien de Paris; Association F.L.A.M.E.), ZURICH (Zurich University), ΜΟΝΤΕCARLO (Salle Garnier), MOSCOW, SALISBURY (Seminar Schloss Leopoldskron; Wiener Saal), KOBERN-GONDORF (Sommerclassics International Music Festival), WARSAW, KRAKOW (6th Mendelssohn International Music Days), ATHENS (Pallas-centre Theatre of the Simphony Orchestra of State; Pireas University; Romanos o’Melodos Conservatory), TRIKALA (Aristotelio Odeio), THESSALONIKI, LIEPAJA (Guest Star of the International Piano Star Festival), ARAD, CASABLANCA, RABAT, FES, NEW YORK, (Tenri Cultural Institute of Manhattan in Guggenheim Museum), DETROIT Area (Varner Recital Hall), MONTREAL, OTTAWA (National Library), PREVOST, OSAKA, NAGOYA; he made also several recording for Radio and Televisions like France - Musique in Paris.
He has worked with several Orchestras as soloist: Sicilian Symphony Orchestra, Massimo Bellini Theatre Orchestra, Arad State Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Settimane Musicali di Stresa Academy, Donetsk Symphony Orchestra, New World Philharmonic Orchestra of Montreal, Liepaja State Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Vladimir Ashkenazy having been accepted by the audience enthusiastically.
He was born in 1973 in Catania (Italy). He received his Degree with High Honours from the Bellini Conservatory under the direction of Giuseppe Cultrera. After he continued his musical education at the “SommerAkademie Mozarteum” of Salszburg and at the “S. Cecilia Academy” in Rome with Sergio Perticaroli who defined him as “a very talented pianist and excellent artist with a special music projection”, receiving his Master in Piano Performance with High Honours. He also attended Master Class with Dominique Merlet, Boris Petroushanskj, Maria Curcio-Diamand, Huseyin Sermet, Aldo Ciccolini, Lazar Berman, receiving also precious advices and encouragements from Vladimir Ashkenazy.
He obtained several First Prizes at National Piano Competitions (Torre Orsaia Piano Competition, A.M.A. Calabria Music Competition, Messina Music Competition, Brahms Chamber Music Competition of Barcellona P.G. in Italy); the Second Prize at the International Piano Competition “Prix Saint-Vincent”, the Third Prize at the International Piano Competition “Ibla Grand Prize”, the Third Prize at the International Piano Competition “F.P.Neglia” of Enna, the Second Prize (First Prize not awarded) at the International Piano Competition “V.Bellini” of Caltanissetta. Finalist at the MonteCarlo Piano Master 2000, he also obtained the First Prize at the prestigious International Piano Competitions of “Meknès” (Morocco) where he received the “Grand Prize of Princess Lalla Meriem”. He also obtained the Carlo and Rodolfo Furcht Special Prize for the interpretation of the Prokofiev 7th Sonata as Finalist at the “G. Pecar” International Piano Competition.
He is regularly invited to give Piano Master Class in Italy and abroad: Athens, X.O.N., Trikala, Aristotelio Conservatory, International Summer Piano Academy of Poros (Greece), Makedonias Music University of Thessaloniki, Khimki Music School (Russia), Moscow Gnessin Music Academy, San Marino International Music Summer Courses, Naples, Rome and he is Member of Jury of International Piano Competitions (X.O.N. Competition of Athens, Piano Competition of North Greece in Thessaloniki, Villafranca European Competition, Brahms Competition of Barcellona P.G., “F. Moscato” International Piano Competition, International Piano Competition Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryem of Rabat (Morocco), Rina Sala Gallo International Piano Competition of Monza (Italy), etc. His recording of the F. Busoni’s Preludes op.37 and Gino Tagliapietra’s Preludes (World Première Recording) for Phoenix Classics Label and OnClassical was acclaimed by the press.
He is intensely engaged as a soloist and as a Duo piano-voice with the soprano Alexandra Oikonomou.
He is a Professor of the Piano Faculty at the “V. Bellini” Music University in Catania.
He has been Artistic Director and Artist in Residence of the OSN Mascalucia ETNA Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr. Petralia has been awarded with an UNESCO Recognition for High Achievements in the field of Art by the International Academy “Amici della Sapienza”.