Pianist, Professor at  Lucca Conservatorium “L.Boccherini” 

President of Livornoclassica,  Artistic director of  Livorno Piano Competition


Carlo Palese obtained his Diploma in piano at the Conservatoire “L. Boccherini” in Lucca, summa cum laude and honorable mention.

He then studied for a period of time with Maria Tipo and, for some years, under the guidance of Pietro Rigacci.  Subsequently, he was the student of Aquiles delle Vigne, obtaining the Diplome Superieur d’Execution at the Ecole Normale de Musique “A. Cortot” in Paris. He has also worked with the teacher and musicologist Piero Rattalino upon various aspects of musical performance and piano repertoire. He has attended masterclass with Jean Fassina, Murray Perahia and others.

During these years he wins several prizes in important national and International Piano Competitions (Viotti-Valsesia, Premio Rendano in Rome, Caltanissetta, Treviso, Torrefranca Prize, Taranto, Udine, Milano Mozzati Competition, Marsala among others). In 1992 he gets the second prize at Cincinnati World Piano Competition.

He has been performing for thirty years in Italy as well as in Europe and U.S.A. both as soloist and in chamber music, often in important venues; Paul Recital Hall and Bosendorfer Center in New York, Miami Piano Festival, Musikhalle in Hamburg, Gasteig Philarmonia in Munich, Salle Cortot in Paris among others,  and many Italian cities.  

All the ensembles featuring his presence mirror his interests toward multiple aspects of musical expression, sharing experiences with important musicians; from the classic duet with bow instruments  (Alberto Bologni, Alessandro Cappone, Cristiano Rossi, Sam Mc Clure, Gregory Sandomirsky, Alexandre da Costa, Giorgio Fiori, Cecilia Radich, Maya Bogdanovich, Brian Kubin,  Andrea Nannoni),  to organ and  harmonium (Claudio Brizi), theremin ( Thorwald Jorgenssen), percussions, actors and wider groups (Sentieri Selvaggi, Set of Three). In the field of contemporary music he has often performed works dedicated to him.

He has has made collaborations with R.A.I. ( Italian Television ) and recorded for Camerata Tokyo and EMA Vinci.

Ema Vinci has released in 2018 a CD containing Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s works for violin and piano (with Alberto Bologni) in World Premiére Recording.

Currently he is piano professor in Lucca at Conservatoire “Luigi Boccherini” and regularly holds masterclasses in Italy and abroad ( Katowice K. Szymanowski Academy International Masterclasses, Miami Piano Festival Academy, A. Bruckner University in Linz and other institutions). His students often gain scholarship and prizes in competitions. 

He is often invited to serve as jury member in international piano competitions.

The intent of spreading musical culture has led Carlo Palese to be active also in the field of music promotion. He is artistic consultant of “Classica con Gusto”, a concert serie in Teatro Goldoni in Livorno; he is President of “Livornoclassica” and Artistic Director of  PerPiano Festival and  Livorno Piano Competition.