Michele Bolla

Michele Bolla, pianist

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Michele Bolla: Beethoven & Ries

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Michele Bolla graduated with full distinction under the guidance of Francesco Bencivenga at Castelfranco Veneto Conservatoire.

In the years that followed he won several first, second and third prizes in national competitions such as: “Coppa pianisti” in Osimo, “Franz Schubert” in Moncalieri, “Città di Albenga”, “Pasquale Cafaro” in Galatina, “Arcangelo Speranza” in Taranto, “Frédéric Chopin” in Castellammare di Stabia, “Città di Treviso” Prize.

In October 1991, by winning the 7th “Selection” organized by ARAM Association in Rome, he was selected by a jury composed by eminent musicians (such as Dario De Rosa, Piero Farulli, Angelo Persichilli and Salvatore Sciarrino) for a concert tour at important venues in Germany (including the prestigious Hamburg Musikhalle) and Denmark.

In 1992 he attended a masterclass with Lev Naumov (teacher at Moskow Conservatoire, assistant and successor of the legendary Neuhaus) who wrote about him: “Michele Bolla is an extremely professional musician and pianist of great talent. He possess both qualities as an artist and as a virtuoso”.

In the the following years he won several prizes in International Piano Competitions such as Sydney International Piano Competition, “Marcoz” Competition in Aosta, “Porrino” Competition in Cagliari, “Ciudad de Ferrol” Prize and Premio Sassari.

Together with the solo repertoire he devoted himself to chamber music, studying with illustrious teachers such as Mario Brunello, Trio di Trieste, Bruno Canino, Rocco Filippini, Sadao Harada (Tokyo String Quartett).

In 1993 he founded the piano-quartet Quadro Veneto, who became one of the best chamber music group in Italy.

The Quadro Veneto won several awards in important chamber music competitions (Pinerolo International Chamber Music Competition, Osaka Chamber Music Competition, “A.R.A.M. National Competition in Rome, Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in Verona and “Premio Trio Di Trieste” International Competition) and started a busy concert schedule at several prestigious venues in Italy such as: Teatro Politeama-Rossetti in Trieste, Teatro Romano in Fiesole, Palazzo Venezze in Rovigo, “Rassegna giovani concertisti” in Ravello, “Sala Tripcovich” in Trieste, “International Festival” in Monfalcone, “Rodolfo Liepizer” Association, “Società Umanitaria” in Milan, “Circolo Sociale di Biella”, “Festival internazionale di musica da camera” in Asolo, “Associazione Amici della Musica” in Padua, “Società Amici della Musica” in Verona, Cuneo Conservatoire, “Galleria Nazionale dell’Arte Moderna” in Rome, Beethoven Festival in Sutri.

In May 2002 the group has was invited to the “Schwetzinger Festspiele” and gave a concert recorded and broadcasted by SWR 2.

In the same year Michele Bolla with the outstanding mezzosoprano Lucia Cirillo got the Special Prize in the Vocal Chamber Music Competition in Conegliano. The music critic Mario Messinis wrote after a recital of the duo at the Ateneo Veneto in Venice: “The duo Lucia Cirillo and Michele Bolla is effective and musically convincing… Great the pianist Bolla, especially when the instrument is perfectly focused as in Wolf”

He collaborates with internationally renowned soloists and singers, with first solo players of the major Theaters in Italy and with important orchestra conductors.

He recorded for RAI (Italian Broadcasting), ABC and 2MBS-FM (Australia) and SWR 2 (Germany).

Recently he devoted himself to the performing practice on historical pianos and for this reason made contact with some among the most important specialist, among them Emilia Fadini and Malcolm Bilson.

In 2015 the label Limen published a CD+DVD bundle “Beethoven&Ries” recorded by Michele Bolla on a fortepiano after Anton Walter (1805 c.) made by Ugo Casiglia.


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