- Piero Rattalino
(b Naples, June 5, 1947). Italian pianist. He studied with Vitale at the Naples Conservatory, and in 1966, while still a student, won the Casella International Competition. He started to give concerts in Italy and then in other European countries and in the USA, quickly becoming known as one of the most interesting talents among pianists of his generation. After having graduated in 1969 from the Naples Conservatory he taught at the Milan Conservatory until 1973, when he left because of his growing concert engagements. Since 1987 he has given regular masterclasses at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Siena. Campanella is a pianist of sparkling technique and lively imagination. He is especially admired as an interpreter of Musorgsky, Ravel, Prokofiev and above all of Liszt: his repertory includes a large number of Liszt’s original compositions for piano and for piano and orchestra, as well as some of the important operatic paraphrases (from Mozart, Bellini, Meyerbeer, Gounod etc.). His recordings include Liszt transcriptions and a complete set of his Hungarian Rhapsodies....