To send light into the darkness of men's hearts- such is the duty of the artist.
Described as a “Dashing Pianist” (The Guardian), Giulia Contaldo has most recently performed Schumann's Piano Concerto conducted by Omer Meir Wellbar with the BBC Philharmonic standing in on a three days notice for legendary pianist Elisso Virsladze. Italian and American pianist, Giulia 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 was offered a scholarship for the Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Piano Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music with Graham Scott and Dina Parakhina thanks to the generous support of the Helen Mackaness Award, graduating with distinction. Giulia is currently studying on the highly selective International Artist Diploma Course of the RNCM.
Giulia has received numerous prizes, including top first prizes at the 28th J.S. Bach Italian National Competition (S.Levante), first prize at the Gradus ad Musicum Certamen Competition, the National Competition “Città di Bardolino”, the Chianti International Music Competition, the Competition “Citta di Piove di Sacco”, first prize at the "Zuccotti International Piano Competition", the 15th International Maria Giubilei Piano Competition with an award to the Mozarteum Sommerakademie with Aquiles Delle Vigne, prizes at the International Competition „Prémio Internacional de Piano Figueira da Foz“ (Portugal), at "Massarosa International Piano Competition", first prize at Munich Piano Competition. She has recently won the Concerto Competition, the Piano Duo Prize of the RNCM and was awarded the prestigious Gold Medal of the RNCM. Giulia was also one of the pianists chosen to participate in the first round of the Leeds International Piano Competition in April 2021 and has most recently won the third prize and audience prize at the James Mottram International Piano Competition, culminating in a solo performance with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
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, cellist Mario Brunello. 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 performed throughout Italy as well as in Manchester, Paris, Vienna, Portugal 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), Bridgewater Hall Manchester), Musica Insieme (Bologna), Wigmore Hall (London), Teatro Alighieri (Ravenna) 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. She just performed Beethoven’s 4th Concerto alongside the Manchester Camerata and RNCM Symphony Orchestra.
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.
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.