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Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
Selection of five Sonatas for keyboard instrument
From the Six pieces for piano
Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936)
From the six pieces for piano:
“I had the great joy, tonight, of having accompanied the young Maurizio Zaccaria in the extremely difficult Rachmaninoff Third Concert. All I can say is that Maurizio Zaccaria is a pianist possessing the most unique and rare technical and interpretative means. His execution moved me! Best wishes for a bright future, as he deserves ”. Aldo Ciccolini
Maurizio Zaccaria was born in Bari in1982. He obtains the Piano Diploma with full marks, honors and honorable mention at the “N. Piccinni “of Bari and subsequently the II level Diploma at the Conservatory” N. Rota “of Monopoli with full marks and honors in the class of Maestro Benedetto Lupo. He performs in numerous concert halls, both as a soloist and in various chamber ensembles, including: Musikverein (Vienna), Auditorium of Swiss Radio Television (Lugano), Sala Cortot (Paris), Caruth Auditorium (Dallas), Biblioteca Musical Victor Espinos (Madrid), Hotel de Galliffet (Paris), Theater Variety Gala (Aberdeen), Town House (Inverness), Parco della Musica (Rome), Sala Verdi (Milan), Sala Scarlatti (Naples), Salone dei Cinquecento (Florence), Bibiena Theater (Mantua), Sala Gaber (Milan), Theater Petruzzelli (Bari), Teatro delle Muse (Ancona), Villa Ruffolo (Ravello).
He has been awarded in numerous International Competitions and Festivals such as the Liszt International Piano Competition in which the jury included the famous pianist Martha Argerich, the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition, the Grand P rix Virtuoso (Vienna), the Rising Star Berlin Competition 2018 (Berlin), the Osnabruch Piano Festival (Germany), the Crescendo Award (Florence) and many others.
In 2008 he obtained the Award announced by the Humanitarian Society of Milan; the prize is presented to him by Maestro Marcello Abbado. In the same year he won the Arts Award of the Italian Ministry of Culture after which he performed in recitals at the Parco della Musica in Rome. He attends Masterclasses by Benedetto Lupo, Aldo Ciccolini, Cristian Zaccarias and, for chamber music, Giampaolo Pretto.
He performed, as a solo pianist with orchestra, a good part of the great repertoire written for this formation: from the concerts of Beethoven and Mozart to the two of Liszt, from the concerts of Rachmaninov (Second and Third) to the Concerto in B flat minor by Tchaikovsky, from the pages Schumanian for piano and orchestra to George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.
Lately he performed the splendid Lisztian realization of Schubert’s Wanderer Fantasie for piano and orchestra with the ICPO International Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra in the Auditorium of the Lugano Conservatory. He is very active in the chamber music field, he has played in hundreds of concerts in the most varied formations; he collaborated with Paolo Pollastri (first oboe of the Orchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome), with the violinist Laura Marzadori (shoulder of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan), with the percussionist Filippo Lattanzi, with Alfredo Zamarra (first viola of the ‘Philharmonic Orchestra of the Fenice of Venice) and many others. For many years he was vice president of the Academy of Cameristi of Bari.
He has collaborated on a regular basis with the flutist Leonardo Grittani, with whom he was the winner of numerous international competitions. The duo Zaccaria-Grittani is a regular guest in concert seasons in Italy and abroad. Often their partnership has led them to the organization and realization of artistic and cultural events.
In 2018 they recorded a Schubertian monograph for the OnClassical label. Also in 2018 Zaccaria joined the Six Memos Ensemble founded by the composer Carmen Fizzarotti and the director Roberta Peroni, dedicated to the performance and dissemination of modern and contemporary music. The ensemble leads him to collaborate with composers of the caliber of Alessandro Solbiati and Roberto Andreoni and with internationally renowned artists such as the cellist Francesco Dillon.
He is also invited to collaborate as a pianist for the II Level Master in Composition at the G. Verdi Conservatory in Milan, playing in monographic concerts dedicated to composers Ivan Fedele and Toshio Hosokawa. Maurizio Zaccaria is also very interested in the compositional field, in 2017 he obtained the Diploma in Composition; he has numerous works to his credit, including the creation of a series of musical theater plays that have met with considerable success.
He has repeatedly been the protagonist, as an interpreter, of numerous Italian premieres of works by composers of the caliber of Toshio Hosokawa, Goeffry Drouin (Prix de Rome), Luca Lombardi, Lera Auerbach, FabioVacchi, Luca Mosca, Carmen Fizzarotti. He has recorded the complete piano music by Gershwin and Massenet for the AEVEA label; the production “Massenet – Integrale Piano Music” was awarded by the prestigious French magazine Diapason with the Five Stars Diapason. For OnClassical he recorded 4 discs containing 20 Beethoven Piano Sonatas (op. 2, 10, 13, 22, 26, 27, 28, 53, 54, 57, 49, 78, 79, 90) and the 11 Bagatelle op. 119.
During this and next year (again for OnClassical), the recording of the entire sonatistic corpus of the German composer is planned. Soon he will perform a series of concerts (Rome, Brescia, Foggia) in duo with the great pianist Alessandro Deljavan with whom he will perform the transcription for piano for four hands of the Ninth Symphony of L. V. Beethoven by Henri Ravina. He teaches Piano at the “Umberto Giordano” Conservatory of Foggia.