To send light into the darkness of men's hearts- such is the duty of the artist.
Giulia Contaldo came to international attention when she stepped in for Eliso Virsaladze to play Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Omer Meir Wellbar at the Bridgewater Hall (Manchester) live broadcasted by BBC Radio 3.
Giulia has received numerous prizes, including top first prizes at the 28th J.S. Bach Italian National Competition (S.Levante), the 15th International Maria Giubilei Piano Competition, prizes at the International Competition "Prémio Internacional de Piano Figueira da Foz“, 32nd Concours Européen de Musique de Chambre organized by FNAPEC (Paris) "Massarosa International Piano Competition", Third Prize and Audience Prize at the "James Mottram International Piano Competition", Second prize and Classical Sonata Special Award at the "Verona International Piano Competition". She also won the Concerto Competition, the Piano Duo Prize 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.
As a soloist Giulia has performed with the BBC Phillharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Orchestra dell'Arena di Verona, RNCM Symphony Orchestra, Young Musicians European Orchestra, Giovane Orchestra di Abruzzo, Orchestra del Carmine di Firenze.
She has performed throughout Italy, Europe and the UK for many festivals including Amici della Musica di Padova, Amici della Musica di Modena, Teatro Verdi (Firenze), Teatro della Pergola (Firenze), Festival dei Due Mondi (Spoleto), Festival delle Nazioni (Città di Castello), Festival Internazionale di Musica da Camera (Asolo), Emilia Romagna Festival, Oratorio del Gonfalone (Roma), Sale Apollinee (Teatro la Fenice), Lucca (Musica a Palazzo Pfanner), Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), Wigmore Hall (London) Musica Insieme (Bologna), Wigmore Hall (London), Teatro Alighieri (Ravenna), Teatro Filarmonico (Verona) etc.
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. whilst also studying 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, graduating with distinction; she later studied on the highly selective International Artist Diploma Course of the RNCM. She is currently continuing her studies with Ricardo Castro at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Geneve.
Currently, Giulia is a piano professor at the Conservatorio A. Scontrino in Trapani.
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.