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ELISA TOMELLINI, pianist & alpinist

ELISA TOMELLINI, pianist & alpinist

The Famous british newspaper  The Guardian identifies  Elisa Tomellini as one of the brightest talents among today’s exceptional generation of young pianists.

Elisa is an Italian concert-pianist; she was born in the city of Genoa, Italy.
From the age of five, Elisa has played the piano. The professor Lidia Baldecchi-Arcuri taught her to play from this very young age.

Elisa has since travelled to Milan and Verona in order to continue her musical studies with Ilonka Deckers-Kuszler and Laura Palmieri.

At the age of sixteen, Elisa was admitted to the prestigious Music Academy ‘Incontri Col Maestro’ in Imola. Here she was taught by a number of established musicians including Alexander Lonquich, Riccardo Risaliti, Franco Scala, Joaquin Achucarro and Piero Rattalino.
Following this, Elisa attended numerous master-classes with the illustrious Maestros such as Maurizio Pollini, Sviatoslav Richter and Lazar Berman.

In 1997, Elisa gained a diploma with the highest scores at the Conservatory G. Verdi of Milan. She then went onto work with Professor Vincenzo Balzani in order to expand her repertoire and improve her technique.

Elisa is the winner of several prizes at international competitions such as the ‘Viotti Valsesia’, the ‘Concorso di Cantù’ and the ‘Concorso Città di Pavia’.

The famous magazine ‘Piano Time’ refers to Elisa as a ‘prominent pianist in Italy’.

In Italy, Elisa has performed in recitals and with orchestras at important music festivals including the ‘Società dei Concerti’ (Milan), the ‘Teatro Carlo Felice’ (Genoa) and ‘L’orchestra Del Teatro Filarmonico’ (Verona).

Elisa has also performed in Slovenia, Hungary, Romania, Croatia and Serbia. At some of these events, RAI RADIO 3 broadcasted Elisa’s performances live on air.

Elisa took a sabbatical period from her musical career and lived for a few years in the Alps where she developed a passion for trekking and climbing mountains. Subsequently, Elisa pursued such activities in the far-flung corners of the world. Later, Elisa made her come back and debuted at the Kennedy Center in Washington and the Gewandhaus (Lipsia, Germany).

Elisa’s recent album, released under Vermeer, features pieces from Sergej Rachmaninov and her unique arrangements of Astor Piazzolla’s operas. Her new album, under Piano Classic, will present works from Sergej Rachmaninov including the unknown Suite in D minor and other early works.

Elisa’s chamber music concerts have featured eminent musicians such as Andrea Bacchetti, Olaf Jhon Laneri, Cristiano Rossi, Bin Huang, Luca Franzetti, Massimo Quarta. She performed as well in a two-piano program between classic and jazz with Andrea Pozza.

Next projects include a Trio with Gilles Apap and Luca Franzetti, and the recording of  Liszt-Paganini  Trascendental Etudes - 1st version 1838-  in Lugano Switzerland Radio RSI for Dynamic. This is  the first world performance by a women.

The repertoire of Elisa is mostly based on the Romantic era and the Russian composers for which she often performs entire recitals. Furthermore, Elisa’s music collection also encompass a few other genres such the Nuevo Tango of Astor Piazzolla.

In order to close the circle of her two lives, that of a pianist and the life in which she temporarily abandoned music to discover the beauty of the world, she performed what  is called the world’s highest piano concert after scaling a 14,700ft (4.460 m) peak in the Alps, Monte Rosa- 2017 July 8 . The concert is more than just personal. Elisa intends to donate the film rights to the Sanonani Association, an organisation which runs a children’s foster home in Kathmandu.