Letizia Michielon – Biography
Venetian pianist, composer and philosopher of music, Letizia Michielon is a multifaceted artist. Thanks to her neo-humanistic training, she engenders her own creative profile through dialogue between different disciplines, endeavouring to crystallise an innovative and endlessly expanding aesthetic direction.
Since graduating at the age of sixteen with honours at the “B. Marcello” Music Conservatory in Venice under the guidance of her Maestro, Eugenio Bagnoli, she has embodied not only the passion for the study of sound, a synthesis of a wide-ranging cultural path, but also a conception of interpretation as a challenge projected into the future, capable of profoundly affecting the adventure of knowledge.
Debuting at the age of just fourteen in the Wiener Saal of the Mozarteum in Salzburg, she later perfected her art with M. Tipo, K. Bogino, A. Jasinski, P. Masi and M. Mika, embarking upon a concert career at a very young age leading her to perform in prestigious halls, such as Mozarteum in Salzburg, Schönberg Centre in Vienna, Kunstuniversität in Graz, Casal del Metge in Barcelona, Chopin Academy in Warsaw, BKA Theatre in Berlin, Mozart Hall in Bratislava, Abravanel Hall (Salt Lake City), Pollack Hall i(Montreal), New York University, la Fenice Theatre and "E. Vedova" Foundation in Venice, "G. Verdi" Conservatory in Milan, Olympic Theatre in Vicenza, Teatro Comunale in Ferrara, "G. Verdi" Theatre and Miela Theatre in Trieste.
In 2024 she will debut in Japan and China.
For years, she has dedicated herself to expounding upon Beethovenian thought, recording his complete sonatas and major piano works for Limen Record Company in a production that intertwines the implementation with scientific research aimed at deepening the neo-humanistic Bildung.
A work in progress that has forged the Beethoven Project, underway at the Scuola Grande of San Rocco, where the artist Letizia Michielon is setting forward Beethoven's complete sonatas as well as piano and orchestra concertos conducted by Francesco Fanna.
Parallelly, again with Limen, she launched the recording of the complete works by Chopin in addition to pieces by C. Debussy and M. Ravel.
Letizia Michielon's interpretative proficiency is firmly intertwined with her compositional experience. Naturally, as she holds true to being mindful of the aesthetic conception of Schlegel, Hegel and Gadamer, interpreting means re-creating and somehow "re-composing" the work that is being performed.
After graduating in Composition, under the guidance of R. Vaglini, at the “B. Marcello” Music Conservatory, she was commissioned by prominent international festivals, including the Music Biennale, La Fenice Theatre, Ex Novo Musica, Berlin BKA, Trieste Prima, Limoux Festival, and Washington Square Festival.
Her compositional journey has opened further horizons towards orchestral conducting, cultivated under the guidance of P. Bellugi, R. Rivolta and M. Summers, while even encompassing electronic music, which she studied at the Venice Conservatory.
Her works are often inspired by figurative impressions or philosophical and poetic readings.
Philosophy effectively represents her third gravitational pull.
After graduating summa cum laude at Ca’ Foscari University, with a dissertation on the aesthetic writings of F. Schiller, she received a PhD in Pedagogical and Didactic Sciences at the University of Padua arguing a thesis on J.W. von Goethe. In 2019, she attained her second PhD in Philosophy of Music at Ca’ Foscari presenting a dissertation on Adorno's Beethoven.
She collaborates with the research group led by prof. Mario Gennari at the University of Genoa and is part of the Impromptus series scientific committee (EUT, Trieste), which comprises work in the form of essays on aesthetics, musicology and music philosophy.
She edited the volume Die Klage des Ideellen, The Lament of the Ideal, Beethoven and Hegelian philosophy (EUT, 2018), presented in the Pordenone Legge Festival, the monograph Sound laid bare. Counterpoints to Adorno's Beethoven (EUT, 2020) and My Music is Calligraphy. Sound and silence in the compositional thought of Toshio Hosokawa (EUT, 2022).
She published for Cambridge Press, Il Poligrafo, Mimesis, Il Melangolo and EUT.
She is currently investigating the relationship between music and neuroscience, the fascinating world of complex thinking and performance studies - themes she tackles with her students in the courses Piano Performance and Music and Performance, disciplines she teaches at the “B. Marcello” Music Conservatory of Venice, where she was Coordinator of the Keyboard Department.
She represents the Conservatory within the academic platform Study in Venice (https://www.studyinvenice.it)
The enthusiasm for teaching, inherited from Maestro Bagnoli, initially led her to teach at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice. She later held master classes at prestigious international institutions such as MDW in Vienna, the Lugano Conservatory, the Chopin Academy in Warsaw, the Royal Conservatory in Madrid, the Trinity Laban in London, the Academy in Novi Sad, the Academy in Sarajevo, the New York University, and McGill University in Montreal.
In addition, she coordinates a workshop of Music and Performance within Miela Theater in Trieste.
Her recordings and interviews have been broadcast by RAI, Italian Swiss Radio, Capodistria Radio Television, Salt Lake City Radio, and Tokyo NHK.