To send light into the darkness of men's hearts- such is the duty of the artist.
Born in Florence, Italy, Italian and American pianist Giulia Contaldo completed her Bachelor's and Master's degrees with highest honors and special mention in piano under Giovanna Prestia at Florence' s “Luigi Cherubini” Conservatory. Since 2012, Giulia studied at Imola International Piano Academy with Jin Ju where she completed her final artist diploma in 2019. From September 2019 she was offered a scholarship for the Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Piano Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music with Graham Scott and Dina Parahkina thanks to the generous support of the Helen Mackaness Award, graduating with distinction.
Having a strong passion for chamber music, together with her violinist Sara Pastine she has also been a klavierkammermusik postgraduate student at the Universität für Musik und darstellende kunst Wien where she studied with Johannes Meissl, Peter Schuhmayer (Artis Quartet), Stefan Mendl (Wiener Klavier Trio).
Giulia has received numerous prizes, including top first prizes at the 28th J.S. Bach Italian National Competition (S.Levante), the Beethoven Prize (offered by Andrea Lucchesini) at the Premio Crescendo-Firenze Competition, first prize at the Gradus ad Musicum Certamen Competition, the National Competition “Città di Bardolino”, the Chianti International Music Competition, the Chamber Music Competition “Citta di Piove di Sacco”, the 15th International Maria Giubilei Piano Competition with an award to the Mozarteum Sommerakademie with Aquiles Delle Vigne, fifth prize at the International Competition „Prémio Internacional de Piano Figueira da Foz“ (Portugal), first prize at the "Zuccotti International Piano Competition", Second Prize at "Massarosa International Piano Competition". She has recently won the Concerto Competition and the Piano Duo Prize of the Royal Northern College of Music. She has recently been selected to participate in the Leeds International Competition 2021.
With violinist Sara Pastine, Giulia won the first prize in the International Chamber Music Competition “Massimiliano Antonelli” (Latina), the “A. Burri” Chamber Music Competition organized by Festival delle Nazioni and most recently the duo was awarded a prize at the 32nd Concours Européen de Musique de Chambre organized by FNAPEC (Paris), the “Giovanni Guglielmo” Competition in Padova, Onstage International Competition. Giulia has collaborated with musicians such as world-renowned violist Bruno Giuranna.
Giulia has performed throughout Italy as well as in Manchester, Paris, Vienna for many festivals including Amici della Musica di Padova, Amici della Musica di Modena, Aurore Musicali (Torino), Teatro degli Impavidi (Sarzana), Lyceum Club Internazionale (Firenze), Teatro Niccolini (Firenze), Casa Martelli (Firenze), Spoleto (Festival dei Due Mondi), Latina (Salotti Musicali), Festival delle Nazioni (Città di Castello), Festival Internazionale di Musica da Camera (Asolo), Imola (Emilia Romagna Festival), Società A.C.A.M (Crotone), Oratorio del Gonfalone (Roma), Sale Apollinee (Teatro la Fenice), Lucca (Musica a Palazzo Pfanner), BeethovenHaus (Vienna), the Paris Church of Saint Mary (Rochdale) etc.
Giulia has performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto n.1 with both Orchestra del Carmine and Giovane Orchestra d’Abruzzo. She was a soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy op.80 with the Florence Conservatory Orchestra, with whom she also performed the Schumann Piano Concerto in 2017 at the Teatro Verdi of Florence.
Future engagements in the spring include a performance of Beethoven's 4th Concerto with the Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana and Beethoven's 1st in Rome with the Orchestra del Conservatorio dell' Aquila, a recital in Verona for Steinway Society (Amici della Musica di Verona), a recital for Università Sant' Anna (Pisa) and many others.
Giulia received a scholarship to the “Young Artist Piano Program” of the Tanglewood Institute and has participated in masterclasses with Aquiles Delle Vigne, Boaz Sharon, Bruno Canino, Alexander Kobrin, Andrea Lucchesini, Lilya Zilberstein (at the prestigious Accademia Chigiana of Siena), Boris Berman, Benedetto Lupo for solo repertoire, Luc-Marie Aguera (Quartetto Ysaye), Alain Meunier, Rainer Shmidt (Hagen quartet) for chamber music.
In November 2018 Giulia started collaborating with Virgilio Sieni's Dance Company, in the production “Prélude à l' après-midi d'un faune” which was performed at Teatro della Pergola in Florence and was repeated in other venues in 2019.
From 2015 to 2016 Giulia was the pianist of the Italian National Youth Orchestra (Orchestra Giovanile Italiana), performing in Ullmann's Opera Der Kaiser Von Atlantis for 13 instruments for the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and collaborating with chamber ensembles of the Orchestra.
Giulia has also taught piano at the Florence University of the Arts.
The sound of the sea, the curve of a horizon, wind in leaves, the cry of a bird leave manifold impression in us. And suddenly, without our wishing it at all, one of these memories spills from us and finds expression in musical language...I want to sing my interior landscape with the simple artlessness of a child.