Wed, Aug 19|
Fabio Bidini & Lang Lang Scholars
Time & Location
Aug 19, 2020, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT
About the Event
Italian pianist FABIO BIDINI is one of this generation’s top-flight pianists. His appearances have included performances with The London Symphony Orchestra at The Barbican, The Philharmonia Orchestra of London at Royal Festival Hall, San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony, Dallas Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Forth Worth Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra Prague at the Rudolphinum, and Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra at Liszt Academy Hall. He has collaborated with conductors including Michael Tilson Thomas, Carlos Prieto, Max Valdes, Dimitry Sitkovetsky, Ivan Fisher, Jesus Lopez Cobos, JoAnn Falletta, Zoltan Kocsis, Michael Christie, and Gianandrea Noseda,
Bidini’s schedule for the 2020-21 season includes orchestral appearances with Buffalo Philharmonic, Puerto Rico Symphony, and Portland Symphony as well as a performance of the Brahms Quintet with Modigliani Quartet in Kansas City.
Mr. Bidini has repeatedly performed at the prestigious festivals of Europe, including the Tuscan Sun Festival Cortona/Napa, Festival Radio France Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon, La Roque d’Anthéron International Piano Festival, Stern Grove Festival, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli International Piano Festival, Festival dei due Mondi and most recently, Grant Park Festival.
Fabio Bidini is also in great demand as a chamber music partner. He is the pianist of the highly acclaimed ensemble Trio Solisti and has enjoyed the artistic collaboration with many ensembles and artists including American String Quartet, Janacek Quartet, Brodsky Quartet, Szymanowski Quartet, Modigliani Quartet, Zoltan Kocsis, Alexis Pia Gerlach, Maria Bachmann, Eva Urbanova, Nina Kotova, Dimitri Ashkenazy, and Sabrina-Vivian Höpcker.
Fabio Bidini began his piano studies at the age of five. He graduated magna cum laude from Cecilia Conservatory in Rome and studied composition at Florence Conservatory. He has been awarded first prize in eleven of Italy’s most prestigious national piano competitions and has been the recipient of the top prizes awarded in eight international competitions - Terni, Köln, Busoni 1988 and 1992, Pretoria, Marsala, London, and Van Cliburn Fort Worth. He made his North American debut in 1993 with Atlanta Symphony.
In 2015 Fabio Bidini became the first recipient of the Carol Grigor Piano Chair – a new position enabled by a $5,000,000 endowment gift from the Colburn School’s board chairwoman Carol Colburn Grigor in Los Angeles. Mr. Bidini has been Professor of Piano at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, one of Europe’s premier music conservatories. He also serves as an Artist-in-Residence at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Köln.
Lang Lang Foundation
The YOUNG SCHOLARS PROGRAM is a music education initiative designed to identify and support talented young pianists in their professional development, and in the delivery of live performances. The Young Scholars Program has been in place since the Foundation’s launch in 2008, making it our longest running initiative. Applications are accepted every two years. After reviewing hundreds of applicants, Lang Lang personally selects a limited number of exceptionally talented young pianists from around the world, offering them mentorship, tutelage, and unique opportunities for performance. In order to be considered, Scholars must be no more than 16 years of age at the time of their application.
A key component of the Young Scholars program, “Playing it Forward”, provides a platform for Young Scholars to give back to their communities by participating in the Lang Lang International Music Foundation’s™ Music Education programs, Keys of Inspiration™ and Play It Forward.™. “Playing it Forward” features our scholars as guest performers at local schools, hospitals, museums, and more. During their two-year scholarship, opportunities for real cultural exchange are implemented by bringing the Young Scholars together in international meetings of musical minds. Scholars travel for exciting learning and performance opportunities such as Summer Music Summit in Chicago, IL, Oxford Philomusica Piano Festival and Summer Academy in UK, and Lang Lang & Friends concerts.
The Foundation operates with the conviction that music is a universal language. We believe that the power of music can unite people across cultural and national divides, bringing messages of inspiration, tolerance, and acceptance to a global audience.