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Meet Calogero

I am the only member of my family who is a musician, or who even plays a musical instrument, but my earliest memories of music go back to my very early childhood.

When I was just three years old, I heard Rossini’s Overture La Gazza Ladra on TV, and then Debussy’s first Arabesque for Piano on the radio. I was hypnotized by this music, and still don’t know why! It was these moments of sheer chance that changed my life and made me the person I am.

I had my first exposure to opera when I was five: my oldest sister used to be a member of the church choir, which performed the greatest choruses from the Cavalleria Rusticana, La Traviata, and Norma each year at Christmas. That music entered my soul and inspired my first album, Il Pianoforte all’Opera for which I composed a fantasia on the Cavalleria Rusticana.

To me, music making is having fun! By the time I was seven, I was certain that I wanted to be a professional musician, and I have never stopped learning new music since then.

When I perform in front of an audience, I feel they have fun with me and share my emotions. The compliment I most often hear from my audiences, and for me the best compliment, is that I am truly able to communicate through the piano.

I believe passionately in the power of communication through art. I enjoy performing as a soloist, in chamber music groups and with an orchestra, as well as accompanying singers.

I am one pianist in an ocean of millions of pianists, and yet what I express through music is unique, because my personality is unique, and the way I breathe through music is unique.

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