About Angelo Villani
pianist Angelo Villani started his career as a child prodigy in
Melbourne, Australia, where the outstanding teenager had great success
performing Romantic works including the Rachmaninov 2nd and Tchaikovsky
1st concerti. His teacher's included Alexander Semetsky, Stephen
McIntyre and June Ralfe (the latter having studied with Ignaz Friedman
and had a pivotal influence on Villani's romantic style).
Villani entered the 1990 Moscow International Tchaikovsky Competition,
however a trapped nerve-like symptoms suddenly impinging his right hand prevented his
participation in the competition, and consequently kept Villani away
from the public stage for two decades. Villani moved to London in 1991
in search of treatment whilst earning a living teaching piano and
working in the Classical department of Tower Records.
During this period Villani performed sporadically, and as improvements
to his hand slowly emerged, Villani began to perform short selections
of works in private gatherings, including the Liszt Society's annual
meeting with Leslie Howard and Kenneth Hamilton, where his mesmerizing
performances received enthusiastic responses from his audiences.
Villani gained notoriety among critics, piano enthusiasts and
professional musicians, and in 2012 he made a much anticipated comeback
recital at St. James’s in Piccadilly, London, where his beautiful and
dramatic accounts of core Romantic repertoire astonished the audience.
Villani's uniquely emotive piano performance style has gained huge
acclaim from eminent figures in the world of Classical music. Legendary
pianist Nikolai Demidenko regarded him as "an artist with original,
creative and compelling vision". Leading British pianist Benjamin
Grosvenor, added "Angelo plays with stunning conviction and intensity".
Dr. Kevin Bazzana, highly esteemed biographer of Glenn Gould and Ervin
Nyiregyházi, and winner of the Nicolas Slonimsky Award, describes
Villani as "a Rarity: a true Romantic" and "fearless about exploring
the limits of expression, tone, and virtuosity".
Since returning from his long sabbatical, Villani has also been covered
by major media, and his BBC interviews and performances in 2012/13 were
broadcast live to millions across the UK and the rest of the world.
Villani's debut album Angelo Villani plays Dante's Inferno was released from Sonetto Classics in 2015.
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