Letizia Michielon ­– Biography

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Letizia Michielon ­– Biography

 

Born in Venice, she studied piano under the direction of Eugenio Bagnoli and graduated at 16 from “B.Marcello” Conservatory of Venice, with full marks, cum laude. She completed piano specialization studies with Maria Tipo, Konstantin Bogino, Andrej Jasinski, Piernarciso Masi and Marian Mika.

 

In 1984 she debuted in a recital at Wiener Saal of the Mozarteum Salzburg. She has won various national and international competitions, such as Premio Venezia (1987), Premio “A. Speranza” in Taranto (1991), the 2nd Prize of the International Competition “C. Zecchi” in Rome (as well as the press prize with a unanimous vote, 1995), Gina Bachauer Pre-selections (1994 and 1998), and “Diapason D’Oro” in Sanremo (1995). She was holder of scholarships in Bayreuth (2002) and in Venice (G. Cini Foundation, 1995-2000). Beyond  being a Steinway Artist, she has held recitals in Europe, Canada and the USA, playing in important halls like the Mozarteum (Salzburg), the Schoenberg Center (Vienna), Liszt Saal (MDW University of Vienna), Kunstuniversität (Graz), the Dreikönigskirche (Dresden), the Casal del Metge (Barcelona), the Theater of Epinal (France), the Chopin Academy (Warsaw), the BKA Theater (Berlin), Mozart Hall (Bratislava), Abravanel Hall (Salt Lake City), Pollock Hall (Montreal), New York University, the Fenice Theater (Venezia), the Olimpic Theatre (Vicenza), G. Verdi Conservatory (Milan), the Opera Theatre (Sanremo), the Verdi Theater and the Miela Theater (Trieste), the Euclide Theater (Rome) and Mozart Hall (Bologna).

 

She has taken part in many international Festivals of Contemporary Music, performing the complete series of Ligeti’s Etudes in collaboration with the pianist Fabio Grasso; she has played with the Venice Quartet Ensemble, the Ex Novo Ensemble, and various important orchestras, like the Fenice Theater Orchestra in Venice, the Sicily Symphony Orchestra, the Padua Chamber Orchestra, the Italian Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

Her recordings, compositions and interviews have been broadcast by RAI Radio Television Italy (RAI 3, RAI 5), Swiss Italian Radio, Capodistria Radio Television Slovenia, Salt Lake City Radio USA, Tokyo Television NHK Japan. She has recorded with Alia Musica (2004, 2007), Ars Publica (2008), Rosenfinger (2011). She is currently recording Beethoven's complete piano Sonatas and major piano works with Limen Music (CD-DVD recordings with videos explanations of the connections to German Humanism). A CD-DVD recording, also with Limen Music, of Debussy's Préludes II Livre and Ravel's La Valse has just been released (2014). In 2014, she started the complete recording of piano works by Chopin (Limen Music).

 

She is a professor of Piano Performance, 20th Century Piano Repertoire, Music Aesthetics and Music Philosophy at the Music Conservatory of Trieste, Italy. She has been invited to teach master classes at several prestigious European and American institutions, including New York University, McGill University in Canada, MDW University in Vienna, Kunstuniversität of Graz, the Conservatory of Lugano, Trinity College in London, Conservatorio Superior de Música in Madrid and Chopin Academy in Warsaw.

 

She studied Composition with Massimo Priori and Daniele Zanettovich and she graduated under the direction of Riccardo Vaglini at the Conservatory of Venice with full marks. Some of her compositions, edited by Ars Publica, have been performed by important groups like the Ex Novo Ensemble, the L’Arsenale Ensemble for prestigious contemporary festivals like the Biennale of Music in Venice 2009 and 2010; Ex Novo Musica Festival in Venice; the Limoux Festival and the Perpignan Festival in France; the BKA Festival in Berlin; the Paesaggi Sonori Festival in Trento; the Cinque Giornate Festival in Milan; Lo Spirito della Musica di Venezia Festival at the Fenice Theater in Venice. In December 2011, she had her debut as a composer in New York, where the Washington Square Ensemble performed her chamber work as a premier, “Spira Mirabilis". She completed courses for orchestra conducting with Piero Bellugi, Renato Rivolta and Michael Summers, and had further composition training in a master’s programme with the School of Electronic Music at the Music Conservatory of Venice. She founded and conducts the Plurimo Ensemble, a group in residence at Ateneo Veneto, aiming to create and realize projects that involve students from both national and international Schools of Music and Art. She collaborates as a music critic with the renown publications Il Giornale della Musica, Amadeus and Il Gazzettino.

 

After having obtained a degree in Philosophy with honors from Ca Foscari University in Venice, she completed her PhD at the University of Padua. From 2001 to 2009 she taught at the Fine Arts Academy of Venice. The Italian publishing house Il Poligrafo published two of her volumes, “Il gioco delle facoltà in F. Schiller” (2002) and “L’archetipo e le sue metamorfosi. La Bildung nei romanzi di Goethe” (2005). She is on the board of directors of Ateneo Veneto and has organized two Music Philosophy Conferences dedicated to space and time of music in the 20th and 21st centuries: a collection of essays presented on these occasions is published by the Italian publishing house Mimesis, under the title of “La chiave invisibile. Spazio e tempo nella filosofia della musica del XX e XXI secolo” ( 2012). The Ateneo Veneto Review published the proceedings of the “Musica e redenzione” conference. She continues to be part of the research group lead by Professor Mario Gennari at the University of Genoa. In 2013, she took a part in a project, "Enciclopedia Francisco Salinas de Musica y Filosofia", with her essay on “……sofferte onde serene…” by the composer Luigi Nono. This is a project directed by Professor Antonio Notario Ruiz at Salamanca University and serves to publish an on-line aesthetic-philosophy encyclopedia. She’s just starting a Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University Ca’ Foscari in Venice with a research project focused on Beethoven’s Philosophy of Music.