Pianist, Professor at Bari “N. Piccinni” Conservatorium, Professor at Accademia del Ridotto,
Accademia musicale pescarese, Artistic Director of Barletta Piano Festival
A pianist of international renown, Pasquale Iannone graduated cum laude in 1984 at the Bari “N. Piccinni” Conservatory with Gregorio Goffredo, then pursuing further studies with Aldo Ciccolini and Marisa Somma. In 1987 he got the Diploma with honours at the Royal College of Music in London. From 1992 he has been associated with Eugenio Bagnoli at the Fondazione “G. Cini” of Venezia.
He has won several national competitions and international as “A. Casella” (Naples 1989); “Carlo Zecchi” (Rome 1991). In 1994 Pasquale Iannone has been top prize winner at the prestigious “Gina Bachauer” International Piano Competition in Salt Lake City (USA) and in 1995 he has been awarded of the Second Prize and the Special Fauré Prize at the New Orleans International Piano Competition.
In July 2003 he succeeded in the “Web Concert Hall International Competition” (USA) winning both as a soloist and as a Piano Duo together with Paola Bruni.
He has also been awarded of the “Foyer 2005” Prize by the “Foyer des Artistes” in Rome for his carreer and the quality of his playing.
Pasquale Iannone has performed in many italian cities (Siracusa, Bari, Lecce, Avellino, Pescara, Mantova, Pesaro, Napoli, Brindisi, Catania, Milano, Roma, Venezia) for important concert association like the Lyceum Club of Catania, Amici della Musica of Trapani, Camerata Musicale Barese, Concerti TELECOM at the “Sistina”Theatre in Rome, Società dei Concerti of Milano, Fondazione “G. Cini” of Venezia. He has played as soloist with the Orchestra Sinfonica della Provincia di Bari, Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro Petruzzelli, Orchestra Sinfonica della Provincia di Lecce, Orchestra “A. Scarlatti” di Napoli, Orchestra “Cantelli” in Milano, Orchestra Filarmonia Veneta, the Utah Symphony Orchestra in the United States, with many rumenian Orchestras, . Among the conductors who led these orchestras there are the names of Franco Caracciolo, Carlo Franci, Rino Marrone, Michele Marvulli, Jorge Mester, Ovidiu Balan, Flavio Emilio Scogna, Ola Rudner.
Many of Iannone’s performances have been broadcasted live by RAI (Italy) and KBYU (Provo,Utah). In the United States he has performed at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Cleveland, Salt Lake City (Abravanel Hall, Hassembly Hall), New Orleans, Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge), Macon, in France at the Salle Cortot and Centre Bosendorfer of Paris. He has also performed in Edimburgh (Reid Hall), Amsterdam (Concertgebow Recital Hall), and Germany. In 1996 Mr Iannone gave made his debut in South Africa where he played the Rachmaninov 3th Concerto with the Transvaal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Carlo Franci and Reinard Schwartz.
In 1997 Pasquale Iannone has recorded two CDs : the first with a live performance of the Rachmaninov 3th Concerto and the second with the two Brahms’ piano Sonatas and the first two studies. In 2000 he has recorded another CD with Tschaikowsky’s and Rachmaninov’s piano music sponsored by the prestigious “G. Cini” Foundation of Venice which has been acknowledged as the best Italian Cd of the year.
He also played in two pianos ensemble with the italian pianist Paola Bruni. They have been invited to play by prestigious concert societies in Italy, Usa, Rumenia, Sud Korea and South Africa where they performed with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. The great conductor and composer Carlo Franci dedicated a piece for 2 pianos, great orchestra and electronic sound to their Duo which has been recorded by the Italian label “Musicaimmagine” under the baton of the composer himself.
In the last years, highly acclaimed performances of Mr Iannone have been the Poulenc 2 Pianos Concerto played with Aldo Ciccolini, appearances in recital and as soloist with orchestra in Japan, two concerts in Carnegie Hall (Stern Hall) in New York, the performance of the Piano Concerto op.59 by Moszkowsky with the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Germany and in Milan where he has been immediately invited again to play with the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen the X. Scharwenka’s Piano Concerto n.4 performance which obtained a great success.
Artistic Director of some music organization in Puglia (Italy), Mr. Iannone organizes concert Series and a Summer Piano Festival and is also very active as a teacher in Italy and abroad. Many of his pupils have won national and international prizes.
Among other Prizes, Mr. Iannone’s pupils won the 1st Prizes in the : 2013 Hilton Head International Young Artists Piano Competition – USA, Aarhus International Piano Competition 2013- (Denmark), 2012 Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition – USA, 2012 Thomas & Evon Cooper International Piano Competition – USA, 2012 Gina Bachauer Young Artists International Piano Competition – USA, 19th and 20th International Fryderyck Chopin Piano Competition for Children and Youth (Szafarnia – Poland), 2012 and 2011 Young Pianist of the North (Newcastle upon Tyne – England) and have been prizewinner at Arthur Rubistein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv and at Busoni Competition in Italy.
In the last three years, Mr. Iannone played as recitalist and as soloist with orchestra in Italy, Roumania, Japan, France, USA and Germany and gave his acclaimed debut in Istanbul (Turkey) in March 2013 with the Wiener Kammersymphonie and in Mexico with the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estato del México.
In the 2014 he served as a juror in the prestigious “Gina Bachauer” International Artists Piano Competition in Salt Lake City (Utah – USA).
Between the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015, he toured China and gave his debut in Budapest with the Concerto Soirée by Nino Rota with the MAV Symphony Orchestra.
During the following part of 2015 Mr Iannone, among othe engagements, played in Ankara with the Baskent Chamber Orchestra, gave his debut in Bulgaria with the Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto, gave an acclaimed recital in Milan “Sala Verdi”, performed in Münich in the Gasteig (Carl Orff Saal) and gave his debut in Krakow in Poland and in Portugal.
Recently the italian magazine “Suonare News” has published recorded by Mr. Iannone Who, in the last September 2020 has been invited to play in the prestigious Biennale Música” in Venezia.
“I remember Pasquale Iannone as a young man seated at the piano awaiting his entrance exam into my class at the International Accademy of Biella. As he played his first few pages, I immediately noticed his rare gifts as a pianist: the ample scale of his dynamics, the coherence of his interpretation free of low level mannerisms, technical precision. I immediately thought this boy would one day make people talk about himself. I don’t think I was wrong: Pasquale Iannone is at ease today with whatever difficulty he meets. With warmest affection I wish him the best success.”
I consider Pasquale Iannone to be one of the most gifted pianists of the generation. His very high technical ability and profound sensibility as an interpreter place him at the forefront in today’s international concert scene.