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Michelle Candotti (photo: HIPCC)

An evening in with…Michelle Candotti online

This Friday Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition prizewinner Michelle Candotti will join us for an evening of beautiful music, a welcome return looked forward to by Chris Cormack.

The eighth in this series of short concerts, presented by Hastings International Piano, is given by 2013 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition finalist Michelle Candotti. In 2013, when the Italian was only 16 years old, she gave a virtuoso performance of Chopin’s Concerto No. 1 in E minor, accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, and was one of three finalists, winning second place and Prize for the Youngest Finalist.

Michelle Candotti from Italy, then 16, won second place and the Prize for the Youngest Finalist in 2013 (photo: HIPCC).

Since then, Michelle has featured in many recitals, playing in prestigious concert halls like the Olimpico Theatre in Vicenza, London’s Royal Albert Hall, Bologna’s Manzoni Theatre and Mozart Hall, Padova’s Verdi Theatre and Giants Room, at the Sinfonia Varsovia Hall and Chopin Hall in Warsaw, Florence’s Salone dei Cinquecento and in Hastings’  own Stables Theatre. As a younger student, she felt honoured to be invited to feature in a concerto held in Debussy’s birth house in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Paris.

Michelle is now studying under the supervision of Professor Dmitri Alexeev at the Royal College of Music, with Enrico Pace at the Imola International Piano Academy, and also with Carlo Palese. She is a Kenneth and Violet Scott Scholar at the Royal College of Music.

In these times when the livelihood of our musicians is at risk,  this series supports the careers of Hastings International Piano prizewinners and, of course, they receive a performance fee.

The concerts are free to view, but viewers will be able to make a voluntary donation to Hastings International Piano Engagement Fund, here or choose to join as a Friend here.

Her programme
F.LisztParaphrase on Ernani, a fantasy based on Verdi’s opera
J.S.BachPrelude and Fugue no.16 Vol II, BWV 861, part of the Well-Tempered Clavier series
F.ChopinEtude Op. 10 no.8, nicknamed the ‘Sunshine’ étude

Watch live here on this page (the video will appear just before 8pm on Friday 8 May) or by visiting our Facebook page.

Posted 18:00 Wednesday, May 6, 2020 In: Music & Sound

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