“... and even when Ginastera gives you one piece with a close family likeness to another, you listen with a sense of renewal thanks to performances by Mariangela Vacatello of a superb zest, brio and imaginative scope... she has technique in spades, making her a front-runner with Argerich’s legendary live Three Argentinian Dances... no praise could be high enough for Vacatello's achievement.” (Gramophone 2016)
In the two decades since her professional debut, pianist Mariangela Vacatello has brought her virtuosity, passionate interpretations, and magnificent musicality to diverse global audiences. She is recognized worldwide as an exceptionally gifted artist, reflected in the numerous awards and effusive reviews she has received for both her live performances and recordings for Brilliant Classics. Her performances are regularly broadcasted by prestigious Radio Stations worldwide.
The Second Prize at the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in 1999 at the age of 17 catapulted her towards an international career as a soloist, performing at Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Walt Disney Hall, Montpellier Festival, Carnegie Weill Hall in NYC, Oriental Centre in Shanghaj.
She has since appeared regularly with such prominent orchestras as the Teatro alla Scala Philharmonic Orchestra, Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecilia in Rome, RAI in Turin, Lithuanian Symphony, Stuttgarter Philharmonics, Nordwestdeutsche Orchestra, Johannesburg Philarmonic, “Haydn” in Trento and Bolzano, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Zagreb Philarmonia, Pannon Philharmonic, Moldavian Radio Television, RSI Orchestra, Belgrade Philarmonic Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, Colorado Spring Symphony Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra.
She has performed with renowned conductors such as Andris Nelsons, Krystof Penderecky, Gustav Kuhn, Andrès Orozco-Estrada, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Alexander Shelley, Xian Zhang, Roland Boer, Aleksander Slatkovky, Gerard Korsten, Daniel Kawka, Martin Haselboeck, Bernard Gueller, David Itkin, Zsolt Hamar, Christopher Franklin, Anton Nanut, Donato Renzetti, Alain Lombard, Charles Olivieri-Munroe, Daniel Meyer, Carolyn Kuan, Michael Tabachnik. With Orchestra della Magna Grecia she has performed the Five Piano Concertos by S. Rachmaninov.
In her Awards: The Solti Foundation Award, Nino Carloni Prize, XVII Venice Prize, Finalist and Worldwide Audience Award at the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, 1st Prize Top of the World International Piano Competition 2009, Laureate Prize Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in 2007, Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in 2005, I.Yun in memoriam Korea 2008; she has been Rising Star TheGilmore in 2010/2011.
Mariangela Vacatello was born in Naples, Italy, from a family of musicians that started her to music lessons at the age of four; her talent has been accelerated by studies at Imola Piano Academy, Milan Conservatory and Royal Academy of Music in London, besides several mastercalsses around the world.
Her musical curiosity in the contemporary repertoire has brought her to collaborate with IRCAM in Paris in a world premiere Piano Quintet for SmartInstruments, a new technology that will permit to join both classical and digital sounds and to work with the composer Georges Aperghis.
Currently Mariangela is living in Umbria and is a sought-after teacher as Piano Professor at the Conservatoire “A. Boito” in Parma and in Pinerolo International Music Academy.
In the 2019 season Mariangela Vacatello will debut in the prestigiuos Teatro San Carlo in Naples, a tour in South Africa, a project with IRCAM – La Scala Paris “Skrijabin and the contemporary”, a debut in La Biennale - Venice.
photo credits, Davide Cerati