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Giuseppe Mentuccia

Italian pianist Giuseppe Mentuccia began his piano studies at five years of age. He first worked with Almerindo d’Amato and Elisabetta Pacelli at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome and with Sergio Perticaroli at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia, graduating with highest honors. He has performed in master classes of Alfred Brendel, Jerome Rose, Nikolai Demidenko and Sandro De Palma.
He has received numerous prizes including the Vittoria Prize as best 2006 graduate of the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia, the diploma d’onore at Torneo Internazionale di Musica and awards in various competitions including the Citta’ di Sangemini International Piano Competition (2011), Young Musicians Competition in Viterbo (2011), and Rotary Club Teramo Competition (2010). In December 2011 he won the Stravinsky Concerto Competition at The Juilliard School and in February 2012 he won the Prix Chevrolet-Sogel at Pontoise Piano Competition (France).
Giuseppe Mentuccia has given numerous recitals in Italy: National Academy of Santa Cecilia (Rome), Alice Tully Hall (New York City), Teatro Carignano (Turin), Chigiana Academy (Siena), Palazzo Barberini (Rome), La Sapienza University (Rome), Texas State University International Piano Festival (Austin), Valencia International Piano Festival (Spain), WQXR Radio (New York City), Italian Cultural Institute of New York. On the occasion of the Night of Museums (2010), he was invited to play in the Piazza del Campidoglio (Rome), an outdoor solo recital before an audience of 2000. In the United States Giuseppe has been guest artist of the “Orlando Chamber Orchestra” (Florida) where he has was featured soloist in concertos of Mozart and Beethoven under the direction of the conductor Pasquale Valerio.
In September 2011, Giuseppe Mentuccia entered the Master’s program in Piano Performance at The Juilliard School graduating two years later under the guidance of Jerome Lowenthal and Julian Martin. In 2013, after an audition and interview, he has been invited to attend the CV Starr Doctoral Program at Juilliard, with full scholarship, stipend and position of teaching fellow in the Juilliard faculty.
Fascinated by improvisation and contemporary music, he has been part of the Contemporary Ensemble of Rome, under the direction of Marco Angius. Continuing his interest in the works of living composers, he was recently selected as a member of The New Juilliard Ensemble under the direction of Joel Sachs.

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