Chiara Bertoglio was born in Turin in 1983 and began her piano studies in 1986. Maria Rezzo, Ilonka Deckers, Emmy Henz-Diémand, Paul Badura Skoda, Sergio Perticaroli, Eugenio Bagnoli and Konstantin Bogino have been her teachers. In 1999, when 16 years old, she graduated at Turin Conservatoir summa cum laude and with honours. In 2000 she obtained the scientific bachelor with the highest score. When she was 17 she obtained the Swiss Diploma of Virtuosité with honours. In 2003 she graduated with honours from the triennial Master Courses of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. She was the youngest woman ever to obtain this diploma. In 2004 she obtained the Fellowship from Trinity College in London and a Master Diploma from the Rome University "Tor Vergata". In 2006 she obtained her Master's Degree in Musicology at Venice University Ca' Foscari with honours. She is currently studying for a PhD in Music Performance Practice at the University of Birmingham with Dr Kenneth Hamilton.
She took part to master classes with A. Lonquich, E. Henz-Diémand, K. Bogino, A. Ciccolini, C. Zacharias, M. Voskressenskij, Leon Fleisher and P. Badura-Skoda. From 1996 to 2001 she received a scholarship that allowed her to study abroad, from "De Sono - Associazione per la Musica". In 2003 she received two scholarships from FIDAPA: one from FIDAPA Alta Val Tevere, for a master course at Mozarteum in Salzburg, the other from FIDAPA Rome, as the best graduated at the Academy of Santa Cecilia. In 2004-5 she obtained a scholarship in the project "Master dei Talenti" from the Trust "Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Torino"; the same foundation gave her a research fund in 2007 (Progetto Alfieri).
As a soloist she performed in Italy, UK, France, Austria, Holland, Germany, Poland, Denmark, Norway and Switzerland. Her debut at Carnegie Hall took place in December 2005, performing a Concerto by Mozart with Curtis Institute Chamber Orchestra conducted by Leon Fleisher. In 2006 she performed Beethoven's Fourth Concerto at Santa Cecilia Hall in Rome with Rome Symphony Orchestra conducted by F. La Vecchia.
Her most important performances include appearances at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, at the Accademia Filarmonica Romana (opening récital of Summer Season 2004), Società dei Concerti in Milan, Unione Musicale in Turin, Chopin Institute in Warsaw, Wiener Saal at Mozarteum Salzburg, Politeama Theatre in Palermo, Tripcovich Hall in Trieste, Festivals "Opera Barga", "Imago Sloveniae", "Mozart in Rovereto". She performed the eight Impromptus by Schubert for Unione Musicale in Turin, and she played first the 12 Studies op. 10 by Chopin in Aarau (Switzerland). In her home-town she played, among the others, in the Great Hall of the Conservatoir, for Settembre Musica, at the RAI-Auditorium, at Sermig Auditorium and at the Teatro Piccolo Regio. Her debut with orchestra took place at the age of 8, when she played Mozart's Piano Concerto with Ferdinand Leitner; at the age of 12 she played in Milan Beethoven's Second Piano Concerto, with Milano Classica chamber orchestra conducted by Vittorio Parisi. In 2000 she performed in Switzerland Mendelssohn's First Piano Concerto with Aargauer Symphonie Orchester conducted by late Räto Tschupp; in 2002 she played in Germany and Italy Ravel's Concerto in G, and Brahms' First Piano Concerto; in 2003 she played Schumann's A minor Concerto. In 2004 she performed Mozart's Concerto KV 271 (Jeunehomme), conducted by Gernot Süssmuth, with European Union Chamber Orchestra in Wales and England; in the same year she played Grieg's Piano Concerto in The Hague, Oslo, Copenhagen and Odense, and Mozart's Double Concerto in Germany. In 2005 she performed with orchestra Concertos by Bach, Haendel, Mozart and Beethoven (n. 4).
In 2006 she performed the following Mozart's Piano Concertos: K414 as a conductor and pianist in Slovenia (broadcast live on National Radio); K415 in Austria, and at Festival Opera Barga; K453 and 459 as a conductor and pianist in Lucca and in a recording with Italian Philharmonic Orchestra; K451 at Opera Barga; moreover, in the same year she played Beethoven's Fourth Concerto in Rome, and Brahms' First Concerto in Hamburg.
She won the first prize in many national and international contests, among which Muzio Clementi - Kawai (1991) and Franz Schubert (1992); she won also the IV Rassegna dei Migliori Diplomati dell'anno in Castrocaro (2000), the international Selection with Orchestra organized by Schenk-Stiftung in 2000, the selection of young musicians for concerts abroad by Associazione Romana Amici della Musica nel 2001, the Premio Giubilei of FIDAPA 2003, the Forum pianistico internazionale di Chioggia 2003, with Schumann's Piano Concerto, and 12 first prizes in her category in other competitions. In 2006 she got the first prize at “Vanna Spadafora” XIII International Competition. In 2005 her musicological research “Sì bella e perduta”, on the importance of the choral singing of Verdi’s hymn Va’, pensiero for the exiled people from Histria was awarded the Ignazio Gherbetz research prize; in 2006 the same work obtained the Loris Tanzella Literary Award.
She recorded many CD's of solo and chamber music for the turinese label Biemme. In 2006 the Italian magazine "Panorama" published a CD featuring her performance of two Piano Concertos by Mozart, accompanied by the Italian Philharmonic Orchestra, in the frame of "Mozart2006" celebrations. She appeared often in TV programs, broadcast nationally and internationally; her performance at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam was broadcast live on Dutch classical music channel Omroep.
She composed pieces for choir and orchestra (Nunc dimittis), Lieder (Nun weiss man erst), solo violin (Orto iam sole), solo cello (Preludio), and for many other chamber and orchestra ensembles; moreover she composed interesting cadenzas for Mozart's Piano Concerto KV 466. She founded and conducted the Youth Chamber Orchestra I Virtuosi di Torino (www.virtuosiditorino.tk). She founded a charity of classical music volunteers called Portare la Musica (www.portarelamusica.tk).
She performed many pieces by contemporary and living composers (Berio, Messiaen, Escaich, Donorà...), and some pieces in first world performance. She recorded the rarely performed Variations Variazioni KV Anh. 137 by Mozart.
She often plays in chamber music recitals, and she created a project devoted to Schubert, in which both Piano Trios, the Arpeggione Sonata and the Trout Piano Quintet were performet; she played both Piano Quartets by Mozart, the Concerto by Chausson for Piano, Violin and String Quartet, Milhaud's Two violins sonata, and many other pieces of chamber music and Lieder. She played with musicians like Claudio Ronco, Cristiano Gualco, il Quartetto Casorati, Marco Decimo, Giovanni Bertoglio, Enrico Sartori, Paola Perardi, Massimo Barrera and many others.
Being very interested in musicology she takes a special care in designing interesting recital programs, that she often introduces to the audience. She created a website about the history of Variations, following a lecture-recital given at Turin University (DAMS) in 2003 and at Il Coretto in Bari (2002). In 2004 she gave a highly appreciated lecture at Turin University, on the relations between Mozart's Piano and Opera music. Her first book, "Voi suonate, amici cari", an essay on the same subject, was published in 2005 by Marco Valerio Editions in Turin.
For even more information, visit Chiara's home site at http://nuke.chiarabertoglio.com
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