“… and even when Ginastera gives you one piece with a close family likeness to another, you listen with a sense of renewal thanks to performances by Mariangela Vacatello of a superb zest, brio and imaginative scope… she has technique in spades, making her a front-runner with Argerich’s legendary live Three Argentinian Dances… no praise could be high enough for Vacatello’s achievement.” (Gramophone 2016)
Mariangela Vacatello is recognised worldwide as an exceptionally gifted artist, reflected in the numerous awards and effusive reviews she has received for both her live performances and recordings for Brilliant Classics (Debussy, Liszt, Ginastera).
Her performances have been regularly broadcasted by prestigious radio stations worldwide. The Second Prize at the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in 1999 at the age of 17 catapulted her towards an international career as a soloist, performing at Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Walt Disney Hall, Montpellier Festival, Weill Hall in New York City and the Oriental Centre in Shanghai. She has also widely performed in South Africa and has started to forge a reputation in the United States. Nowadays, she is also collaborating with the prestigious IRCAM-Centre Pompidou in Paris (the world’s largest public research centers, dedicated to both musical expression and scientific research) in world premieres and electronics.
She has since appeared regularly with prominent orchestras as the Philharmonic of Teatro alla Scala, National Orchestra Santa Cecilia in Rome, RAI in Turin, Lithuanian Symphony, Stuttgarter Philharmonic, RSI Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, Colorado Spring Symphony Orchestra and the Prague Chamber Orchestra.
She has performed with renowned conductors such as Andris Nelsons, Krystof Penderecky, Andrès Orozco-Estrada, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Xian Zhang, Daniel Kawka, Martin Haselboeck, Alain Lombard, Roland Boër and Anton Nanut.
Amongst her Awards: Finalist and Worldwide Audience Award at the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, 1st Prize Top of the World International Piano Competition 2009, Laureate Prize Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in 2007, Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in 2005, I. Yun in memoriam Korea 2008, The Solti Foundation Award, XVII Venice Prize.
Mariangela Vacatello was born in Naples, Italy, from a family of musicians that introduced her to music at the age of four. Her talent was further developed by studies at the Imola Piano Academy,
the Milan Conservatory and the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she received the Hodgson Fellowship and has been nominated ARAM.
Mariangela is currently living in Umbria and is a sought-after piano professor at the Morlacchi Music Conservatory in Perugia and the International Music Academy in Pinerolo.
Her recent performances include a recital at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Teatro Comunale in Ferrara, the opening concert for Orchestra RAI in Turin, a video recording in Padua playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 3, and a cd recording with three Beethoven piano sonatas.