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At the age of 14 Michelle Candotti obtained a piano diploma with top marks from the Evaristo Felice Dell’Abaco Conservatory of Verona, where she studied with Laura Palmieri. She graduated with distinction, with a master’s degree in performance and an artist diploma, from the Royal College of Music in London.
Michelle has successfully participated in many piano competitions. She won the 15th Competition for the Best Italian Music School Graduates 2009/10 (this led her to recording a CD in September 2011). She received second prize and the audience award at the Alexander Scriabin International Piano Competition, second prize and the Sir Philip Ledger Trophy for the youngest finalist at the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, second prize and the Rotary Club Award for the youngest finalist at 23rd “Roma” International Competition, and also the medal of the President of the Italian Senate, the Henk de by Junior Jury Award at the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in Utrecht, third prize in the Brescia Classical International Piano Competition, and first prize at the 11th “Città di Firenze-Premio Crescendo”International Piano Competition. She was a semifinalist at the 18th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, and at the 17th International ”Grand Prix Animato” Competition in Parigi she won third prize and the audience award.
She has performed with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bacau directed by Ovidiu Balan, the Città di Grosseto Symphony Orchestra directed by Gudni Emilsson, the Royal Philharmonic Concerto Orchestra directed by Brian Wright, the Orchestra of the Goldoni's Foundation directed by Mario Menicagli and the Nova Amadeus Orchestra directed by Nicola Samale.
She has given recitals in prestigious venues, including the Royal Albert Hall in London, Teatro Verdi Pordenone, in Warsaw, Florence, Bolognia and Hastings, and in Debussy's natal home in Saint-Germain en Laye, Paris.
She is now studying with Carlo Palese, with Enrico Pace at the Imola International Piano Academy, and with Dmitri Alexeev.
Barcarole in F sharp major op. 60
Nocturne in C minor op. 48 no. 1
Nocturne in F minor op. 55 no. 1
Polonaise in F sharp minor op. 44
Fantasia in F minor op. 49
Scherzo in B flat minor op. 31
Waltz in E flat major op. 18
Etude in B minor op. 25 no. 10
Jakub Kuszlik – award winner – 4th Prize and The Polish Radio Prize for the best performance of mazurkas – of the 18th Chopin Competition. He won second prize in the 10th Ignacy J. Paderewski International Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz (2016), was a semi-finalist of the Beethoven Competition in Bonn (2017) and has won many prizes in other piano competitions, including the Silesia Institution for the Promotion and Dissemination of Music (IPiUM) award in the young artists’ section of the 49th Polish Piano Festival in Słupsk (2015), second prize in the 10th Artur Rubinstein In Memoriam Competition in Bydgoszcz, the Grand Prize and first place award in the 13th Ludwik Stefański and Halina Czerny-Stefańska Competition in Płock. Jakub Kuszlik has also received scholarships from the Czarnecki Foundation and the Bydgoszcz City Mayor.
He has played concerts in Poland and abroad, including in the United States, Japan, Vietnam, Germany, Italy, Greece, Norway and Iceland. In November 2018 the pianist performed with great success at the Lincoln Center in New York. In March 2019 he won second prize in the Hilton Head International Piano Competition in New York and in June 2019 third prize in the Top of the World International Piano Competition in Tromso.
Fantasia in F minor op. 49
Mazurkas op. 50
G major no. 1
A flat major no. 2
C sharp minor no. 3
Scherzo in C sharp minor op. 39
Sonata in B minor op. 58
1. Allegro maestoso
2. Scherzo: Molto vivace
4. Finale: Presto non tanto; Agitato