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Ferruccio Busoni: 24 Preludes Op. 37



Daniele Petralia (born in Catania, 1973) has got the degree with the maximum marks at the Bellini Conservatory under the teacher Giuseppe Cultrera’s direction, after he continued his improving at the SommerAkademie Mozarteum of Salszburg and at the S. Cecilia Academy in Rome with Sergio Perticaroli who defined him a very talented pianist and excellent artist with a special music projection, obteining the Piano Master with the maximum mark. He also attended Master Class with Dominique Merlet, Boris Petroushanskj, Maria Curcio-Diamand, Husseyin Sermet, Aldo Ciccolini, Lazar Berman, receiving also precious advices and encouragements from Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Daniele carries out an intense concert activity which brought him to perform in important towns around of the world: Italy, Austria, France, Romania, Greece, Morocco, United States, Japan etc. etc.: Rome (Marcello’s Theatre; Barberini Palace), Milan, Stresa (Settimane Musicali of Stresa and Lago Maggiore), Salerno, Chieti, Enna, Noto (International Music Festival), Catania (A.M.E.; Lyceum Club; Massimo Bellini Theatre), Cortona, Paris (Maison de Radio-France; Conservatoir Italien de Paris; Association F.L.A.M.E.), Salisbury (Seminar Schloss Leopoldskron; Wiener Saal), Athens (Pallas-centre Theatre of the Simphony Orchestra of State; Pireas University; Romanos o’Melodos Conservatory), Trikala (Aristotelio Odeio), Thessaloniki, Arad, Casablanca, Rabat , Fes, New York (Tenri Cultural Institute of Manhattan in Guggenheim Museum), Nagoya, he made also several recording for Radio and Television like France - Musique in Paris.
Daniele Petralia cooperates with several Orchestras as soloist: Sicilian Symphony Orchestra, Massimo Bellini Theatre Orchestra, Arad State Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Settimane Musicali di Stresa Academy, Kore University of Enna Symphonic Orchestra, obtaining great succes of public and criticism for his performance of Rachmaninov 2nd Pianoconcerto and Mozart Kv. 503.

Mr. Petralia obtained several First Prizes at National Piano Competitions (Torre Orsaia Piano Competition, A.M.A. Calabria Music Competition, Messina Music Competition, Brahms Chamber Music Competition of Barcellona P.G. in Italy); the Second Prize at the International Piano Competition Prix Saint-Vincent, the Third Prize at the International Piano Competition Ibla Grand Prize, the Third Prize at the International Piano Competition F.P.Neglia of Enna, the Second Prize (First Prize not awarded) at the International Piano Competition V.Bellini of Caltanissetta. Semi Finalist at the MonteCarlo Piano Master 2000, he also obtained the First Prize at the prestigious International Piano Competitions of Meknès (Morocco) where he received the Grand Prize of Princess Lalla Meriem. Daniele Petralia also obtained the Carlo and Rodolfo Furcht Special Prize for the interpretation of the Prokofiev 7th Sonata as Finalist to the G. Pecar International Piano Competition. He is regularly invited to make Piano Master Class in Italy and abroad (Athens, X.O.N., Trikala, Aristotelio Conservatory, Montepulciano, etc.), and he takes part of jury in National and International Piano Competitions (X.O.N. Competition of Athens, Piano Competition of North Greece in Thessaloniki, Villafranca European Competition, Brahms Competition of Barcellona P.G., etc).

After making several recording for radios, televisions and record labels, Daniele recorded the 24 Busoni’s Preludes op. 37 for OnClassical.

On 1999 the X.O.N. Associations of Athens confers him the title as Honorary Member.

Daniele Petralia is Professor in the Piano Faculty at the V. Bellini Music Academy in Catania and Artistic Director of the Mascalucia Auditorium S. Nicolò Philarmonic Orchestra. In the next future he is invited to play in Germany (International Music Festival of Kobern-Gondorf) as soloist and with the Soprano Alexandra Ikonòmu and in Canada (with the New World Symphonic Orchestra of Montreal) with the pianist Gianfranco Pappalardo-Fiumara.

…Daniele Petralia is one of the most interesting young italian pianists.
- Aldo Ciccolini

An excellent artist with a special music projection.
- Sergio Perticaroli



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