JANACEK, LEOS: VIOLIN AND PIANO WORKS
DECEMBER 2017: Dumka, for violin & piano JW 7/4, “Zdenka” Variations for piano in B flat major JW 8/6, Piano Sonata “1.X.1905 From the Street” in E flat minor, In the Mists for piano, Violin Sonata
Giulio Potenza (°1990) started the piano at the age of six and has since then established himself as a respected concert pianist, teaching and performing extensively across Europe. He has been invited to play at prestigious international festivals and venues including Martha Argerich’s Lugano Project of Lugano, the Palermo Classica International Music Festival of Palermo, the Ciclo de Clásica at the MEAM, the Hammerklavier International Piano Series of Barcellona, the Bolzano Piano Festival, the Grieg in Bergen International Festival of Bergen, the Fringe Festival of Edinburgh, the Hammamett Piano Festival of Tunis, Steinway Hall of London, St. Martin in the Fields, Conway Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, Balckheat Hall, Bridgwater Hall of Manchester, Cauchi Hall of Malta, Bellinzona Theater of Lugano, Marcello Theater and Baldini Hall of Rome, Auditorium St. Stafano of Florence, Stavanger Chatedral of Stavanger, RAI Auditorium of Palermo and the Atelier Marcel Hastir of Brussels.
Giulio also performed for major music societies such as the Concordia Foundation in London, Associazione Mozart of Rovereto, Maggio della Musica of Naples, Vanesborg Music Society of Vanesborg, Edinburgh Society of Musicians of Edinburgh and the Associazione Il Tempietto in Rome.
As a soloist, he has performed with the Florence Symphony Orchestra, directed by Piero Bellugi, the University of London Symphony Orchestra, directed by Daniel Capp and the North Beds Orchestra directed by Jan Kaznowski.
He has collaborated with many renowned artists such as Jose Menor, Daniel Rivera, Gabriele Baldocci and Nicolas Dupont. In 2014, as a result of his interest for four hands/two pianos composition, Giulio started a collaboration with the Norvegian pianist Oda Voltersvik (Volt&Potenza Duo). The Duo’s debut CD “Khoreia”, including a commissioned contemporary work by the Irish composer P. Martin, was been released in April 2016 under the Velut Luna label.
His recitals have been recorded and broadcast by BBC Radio 3, the Swiss Classical Radio, Radio Vaticana, Radio Mozart Italia and Rai National Television.
Giulio has won prizes at several important piano competitions including the Hanna Brooke prize for piano, for his excellence in the concert career at the Trinity Laban Conservatory; 2nd prize at the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition of New York (2016); 1st prize at the Seiler International piano competition (2002); “Highly Commended Award” at the Jacques Samuel Piano Competition of London (2012).Giulio was also selected by London’s Concordia Foundation as participant to the Young Artists Programme.
He is professor of piano at the “Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali Achille Peri” of Reggio Emilia and at the Windsor Piano Academy and regularly gives master classes in the UK and abroad. Furthermore, is the artistic director of the Windsor International Piano Competition and of the Windsor Piano Festival.
Giulio Potenza has studied with professors Gabriele Baldocci, Denize Gelenbe and Mikhail Kazakevich (Trinity Laban Conservatory, 2012-2015), Franco Scala (Imola Piano Academy, 2006-2008) and Bruno Canino (Milan, 2009-2010). He has attended master classes and lessons held by pianists such as Andrzej Jasiński, Martino Tirimo, Barry Snyder, Andrei Gavrilov, Pascal Rogè, Daniel Rivera, Irene Inzerillo, Riccardo Risaliti.
He holds Postgraduate and Artist Postgraduate Diplomas from the Trinity Laban Conservatory and a Bachelor in History from University of Palermo. He completed his undergraduate music studies at the conservatory of Trapani (Italy) under professor Walter Roccaro.