Giorgia Tomassi & Carlo Maria Griguoli

Biography

Giorgia Tomassi  started her piano studies with her mother at the age of 7, whereafter she was taught by Anna Maria Pennella. After graduating at the age of 15 with the highest honors, she furthered her artistic maturity at the Imola Piano Academy under the guidance of Franco Scala, Lazar Berman, Boris Petrushansky and Alexander Lonquich. From there she went on to win the 1st prize in the prestigious Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv in 1992. Giorgia has performed in major Italian and international halls and partnered with prestigious musicians such as Martha Argerich, Salvatore Accardo, Gabriele Pieranunzi, Geza Hossu Legocky, Michele Battista, Roberto Cominati and the Ensemble Wien-Berlin amongst others.  She recorded Chopin’s Etudes and Nino Rota’s Piano Concertos with the Filarmonica della Scala, conducted by Riccardo Muti, for the EMI label. Since 2010 she has established a permanent artistic partnership with pianists Carlo Maria Griguoli and Alessandro Stella – The PianoS Trio – focusing on the interpretation of masterpieces of symphonic literature, transcribed for three pianos by Carlo Maria Griguoli and which featured in all editions of the “Martha Argerich Project.” They regularly appear in the concert season of the most prestigious concert venues in Italy and abroad. Warner Classics has released a CD which includes all the pieces performed by The Pianos Trio at the Martha Argerich Project from 2010 to 2013. Giorgia regularly performs with her piano duo partner, Carlo Maria Griguoli, with whom she recently recorded music for two pianos by Sergei Rachmaninov in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Russian composer’s birth. The recording includes original works, as well as transcriptions by Griguoli, and has been released under the OnClassical label. She is a professor at the Frosinone Conservatory of Music in Italy where she teaches piano.
Pianist and composer Carlo Maria Griguoli, studied piano with Michele Francesco Battista and composition, harmony and counterpoint with Piero Niro, graduating with top honors. Apart from attending seminars by the world renown pianist Maurizio Pollini, he also participated in masterclasses and workshops by Marvulli, Canino, Ciulei, Simonacci, Ciccolini and Solbiati. Since 2010 he is part of the “PianoS Trio”, together with fellow pianists Giorgia Tomassi and Alessandro Stella. His transcriptions of the great symphonies of the 20th century for this ensemble have received remarkable success, and they regularly perform them as part of the “Martha Argerich Project” in Lugano. The transcriptions include Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite (2010), the suite from Shostakovich’s Moscow Cheryomushky operetta (2011), Debussy’s La Mer (2012), Offenbach-Rosenthal’s La Gaitè parisienne (2013), Dukas’s “L’apprenti sorcier” (2014) and Ginastera’s “Estancia” suite (2015). All live recordings of concerts from 2010 to 2013 in Lugano have been released by EMI Classics and Warner Classics. The latter also released a CD, including all transcriptions performed at the Argerich Project between 2010 – 2013, together with the live recording of the world premiere of Carlo Boccadoro’s Vaalbara. Previous piano trio recitals include appearances at the Fazioli Concert Season in Sacile, the IUC in Rome, the Unione Musicale in Turin, the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, in Cremona for Mondo Musica, Teatro Coliseo and Usina dell’Arte in Buenos Aires Argentina, Teatro El Circulo in Rosario, Teatro del Libertador General San Martin in Cordoba, Herkulessaal in Munich, Ruhr Klavier Festival, Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Teatro Ateneo in Panama City, and Salle Rameau in Lyon. In 2018, his composition Agénima for strings, winds, piano and marimba was awarded a special prize at the Michele Novaro International Composition Competition, followed by winning the 3rd Prize at the International Composition Competition “Egidio Carella” the following year. Carlo Maria  regularly gives concerts with his piano duo partner, Giorgia Tomassi. He teaches piano at the “L. Perosi” Conservatory of Campobasso.