Pianist and composer, Roberto Piana was born in Sassari, on the Italian island of Sardinia, in 1971. He composed his first works in 1985 and began performing in 1990. He perfected his studies with numerous famous pianists, but he owes his training to Isabella Lo Porto, with whom he graduated in piano studies with top marks, at the Music Conservatory of Sassari.
Roberto Piana is a multi-faceted artist, engaged over the years in the roles of pianist, composer, essayist, and researcher.
As a pianist, he has performed with great success in numerous theatres such as Rond Point on the Champs-Elysées in Paris, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Teatro Regio in Turin, Scriabin Museum in Moscow, Spazio Oberdan in Milan, Sala dei Giganti in Padua, University of Stuttgart, Germany, and Saint Petersburg, Russia, as well as in cities such as Barcelona, Zurich, Liège, Brussels, Charleroi, Mons, Lausanne, and Düsseldorf.
While maintaining a busy performance schedule, Roberto is also committed to the study of lesser-known composers, such as Ansorge, Gutmann, Ornstein, Pomè, Rebello, Tellefsen, Wolff, and many others. However, it is the Sardinian composer Lao Silesu (1883-1953) to whom he has dedicated particular attention. Since 1994, he has authored essays, books, and CDs (Stradivarius, Inedita Edizioni, Documenta Edizioni, Magnum Edizioni, etc.), and participated in numerous concerts and conferences. His extensive and in-depth studies have led him to the recovery of manuscripts and precious documents. His studies on Silesu culminated in the first-ever recording of this composer’s music, and digital publication of his piano works for the Library of Sardinia.
As a composer, Roberto Piana is active from the early nineties. He is a composer of music for piano, vocal, chamber and symphonic music performed in Italy and abroad (Newport Festival in California, Festival Chopin in Duszniki Zdroj, International Russian Music Piano Competition – San José, China, England, Japan, South Africa, Russia, etc.). Some compositions were included into cd (Centaur, Music & Arts, Steinway & Sons, TwoPianists, Editorial Documenta). His Piano Sonata and 25 Preludi pittorici were recently published by Centaur and interpreted by the pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi.
He is the winner of several piano performances and composition contests (Borgo Cortello – Udine, International Competition, Silenzio Musica, Concorso Nestore Baronchelli, IX Concorso Nazionale di Composizione Corale “Nella Città dei Gremi” and others). In 2008, he won the first prize in the prestigious International Competition “Libertango”, dedicated to Astor Piazzolla, and followed that win with the publication of a CD: Astor Piazzolla, Piano Works (Editoriale Documenta).
He holds piano master classes in Italy and Russia.