Roberto Russo begins his piano studies with his father Mario Russo. After graduating with Giuseppe Maiorca, he continues his pianistic training with pianists Daniel Rivera and Franco Scala in Italy, and with Maria Tipo in Switzerland where he obtains the Diplôme de Perfectionnement from the Geneva Conservatory of Music. He also studies composition under Italo Vescovo, Silvano Sardi and Domenico Bartlucci who is a former director of the Sistine Chapel Choir in Rome. Furthermore, he attends piano courses with Jörg Demus and Fausto Zadra, as well as master classes with Peter Schreier in German Lied.
In 1985 he begins his professional career which leads to performances in Argentina, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, England, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Spain, USA and Switzerland. His performances and recordings have been reviewed/broadcasted by the Italian and International press, RAI (Italy), Radio Vaticana, Radio Toscana Classica (Italy), Houston Public Radio (USA) and Radio Televisión Argentina amongst others.
The Swiss musicologist Brenno Boccadoro defines his playing as…”true, sincere, great and deeply poetic”, while the Italian pianist and critic Riccardo Risaliti praises his “…genuine sensitivity and his profound knowledge of the instrument”, while underlining the “compositional wisdom” in his piano preludes. Maria Tipo mentions his artistic sensitivity, while the Canadian music historian Harvey Sachs have been captured by the rhythm, phrasing, balance between tension and release, and the beauty of his sound.
Numerous of his compositions, such as the Pater Noster, Sonata for Violin and Piano and 12 Preludes for Piano, have been performed by world renown ensembles and artists. He has also been the first prize winner of the International Ibla Grand Prize Competition in both piano solo and composition.
From 2000 – 2005 Roberto has been the Artistic Director of the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in Grottammare in Italy. He is a member of the New York Classical Music Society and Piano Week International Festival & Summer School. Other collaborations with world renown musicians include British composer Michael Stimpson, Canadian Cellist Bridget MacRae, Lithuanian oboist Juste Gelgotaite, and Italian tenor Alessandro Maffucci. As a music critic and author he writes for the online magazine L’Ospite Ingrato (University of Siena) and for seminars such as Forms and Paths of Listening (University of Calabria) and Da Musica (University of Milan).
Roberto teaches piano at the G. Frescobaldi Conservatory of Music in Ferrara, Italy. From 2012 he holds the title of Steinway Artist.
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