Laura Manzini

Laura Manzini

Laura Manzini

CHAMBER MUSIC

BIOGRAPHY

“I do not think there exists another pianist today who combines such an adaptable musical touch with so much technical brilliance. She plays with assuredness and aplomb” affirmed Salvatore Accardo during an interview with “CD classics” magazine.

After her talents were recognised at a young age, Laura Manzini graduated with a first class honours degree from the “Santa Cecilia” Conservatory of music in Rome under the guidance of Sergio Cafaro; she specialized with Bruno Canino, Alexander Lonquich and Gyorgy Sandor. Under the guidance of Riccardo Brengola at the “Accademia Chigiana” in Siena and under the Trio di Trieste at the “Scuola di Musica di Fiesole” Laura studied chamber music.

At the age of eight she won her first competition, followed by other prestigious awards, that would soon lead her to perform in Europe, Asia and America. Laura has performed in the main concert halls of the world, including the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Teatro La Pergola in Florence, Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Teatro Comunale of Bologna, Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, Musikhalle in Hamburg, Cité della Musique in Paris, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Beijing Century Theater and the Teatro Coliseo in Buenos Aires.

Laura has also played with some major orchestras including the Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Orchestra da Camera Italiana and Die Virtuosischen Berliner Philarmoniker.

During one such performance she was listened to by Salvatore Accardo, who invited her to perform with him at a concert in the “Quirinale” Palace in Rome held in the presence of the Italian President at a gala in honour of the President of Russia MikhaiI Gorbaciov on the occasion of his first official visit to Italy.

Since that first meeting Laura has formed an close co-operation with Salvatore Accardo, performing with him all around the world and recording a number of CD’s together.

Laura’s great love to chamber music lead her to cooperate with other important soloists like Gary Hoffman, Franco Petracchi, Pamela Franck, Rocco Filippini, Bruno Canino, Mariusz Patyra, performing at major chamber music festivals such as Verbier Festival, Tuscan Sun Festival and European Chamber Music Association of Bremen. For several associations Laura has performed chamber music integrals by Schumann and Mendelssohn.

From the great interest for music sharing, was born the cooperation with artists from mixed backgrounds of expression, like the actors Maddalena Crippa, Luca Zingaretti, Milena Vukotic, Sonia Bergamasco, the coreograph Antonella Agati and the poetess Maria Grazia Calandrone.

In the 2005, together the colleges and friends Laura Gorna (violin) e Cecilia Radic (cello), Laura has founded Estrio, which has captured the attention of audiences and critics alike as one of the best Italian chamber music groups.

From 1994 Laura is Professor of Chamber Music at the Latina State Conservatory of Music, after she won first prize in the National competion for teaching posts, held by Italian Ministry of Public Education.

Laura has frequently recorded for RAI, the Italian Broadcasting Company, and for the Vatican Radio as well as German Radio.

She records for the Fonè, Dynamic and Warner Fonit labels.