Born in Catania, Sicily and raised in Florence, Italian pianist Vittoria Quartararo is a versatile young musician who likes to encompass a wide spectrum of musical works, presenting in concert strong repertoires, where classical gems resonate together with new musical discoveries.

 

Having rich experiences performing as a soloist, her best qualities bloom into the field of chamber music, which represents not only the highest chimera in musical creativity but also a very natural dimension for her. In fact, the idea of playing with others  was the core of her musical path since the very beginning, when she started her  musical education at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, the renowned Italian institution founded by the violist of Quartetto Italiano, Piero Farulli.

For over 10 years, she was a piano student of Valentina Pagni, who guided her improvements with conviction, imparting to her also the teachings and the mastery of the great Italian pianist Maria Tipo.

Other significant influences toward Vittoria Quartararo’s musical development after completing her Diploma (Conservatorio of Ferrara, 2009), include Andrea Lucchesini and Claudio Martinez-Mehner, with whom she had the privilege to study, respectively in Italy (Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, 2009-2012) and in Germany (Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, 2014-2016).

 

Vittoria has had the opportunity to take part in international masterclasses taught by world-renowned musicians such as Elisso Virsaladze (Fiesole, 2010), Pascal Devoyon (Holland, 2011), Christopher Elton (London, 2011), Alexander Lonquich (Florence, 2014) and Ewa Kupiec (Spoleto, 2016).

 

Gifted with innate musical sensitivity, she nevertheless puts special attention on the intellectual and speculative aspects of the music she plays, with the confidence that a close understanding of complementary fields like literature, art, history and philosophy is required in order to grasp the complexity of musical happenings.

Her Master in Musicology Degree (University of Florence) was achieved in 2013 with a written dissertation on the composer E.W. Korngold and his opera première of Die Tote Stadt (1920) in Cologne, Germany, the city where she moved to continue her piano studies and where she is residing ever since.

 

Her highly expressive performance and communicative personality, supported by strong technical skills, warmth of sound and colourful, flexible phrasing are recognized internationally from the public and from all musicians she worked with, from her numerous chamber music and ensemble collaborations.

 

Vittoria Quartararo is currently working on several different musical projects, performing intensively in Europe, and constantly shifting between the classical tradition of concert recitals and the more experimental forms of performance, where elements of improvisation and music-theatre are merged.

Thanks to her collaboration with Ensemble 20/21 in Cologne directed by David Smeyers (2016-2018),

she also gained in the past years a wide range of ensemble experience, bringing her in contact with living genius composers such as Heinz Holliger, with whom she recently performed in Cologne and Leipzig.

Vittoria was Artist-in-Residence at the Cité intenationale des arts in Paris (July-October 2019) and has been invited to the 14th International Piano Competition of Orléans 2020.