Costanza Principe


6pm Wednesday 18th March 2015


L. van Beethoven: Variations in A major on a Russian theme WoO71.

L. Janacek: Sonata 1.x.1905.

R. Schumann: Sonata n. 1 op. 11 in F sharp minor.

Born in Italy in 1993, Costanza Principe started playing the piano at the age of six and graduated cum laude and with mention honourable in 2010 from Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan under the guidance of Vincenzo Balzani.

Winner of several national and international competitions, such as the Lilian Davies Prize from the Royal Academy of Music, the second prize at the Beethoven Society of Europe Intercollegiate Piano Competition, the second prize (first not awarded) at the Premio Pecar International Competition in Gorizia, Italy, and the second prize at the Concours International de Piano in Lagny sur Marne, she played her debut with orchestra in 2008 playing three Mozart Concertos with the Filaronici Europei Orchestra conducted by Aldo Ceccato.

She has appeared as a soloist with, amongst the others, the Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Santa Fe under the baton of Aldo Ceccato, the Orchestra del Teatro Coccia di Novara, and she played in many prestigious concert halls and festivals in Italy, England, France and South America such as Verdi Hall, Puccini Hall, Milan Auditorium, Piccolo Theatre, Milan State and Bocconi Universities, Fraschini Teathre in Pavia, Serate Musicali, Spazio Teatro 89, Lyceum in Florence Dal Verme Theatre in Milan, Steinway Hall in London,Teatro 1ro de Mayo in Santa Fe (Argentina).

In 2012 she took part in the Beethoven Sonatas cycle organised by the Giovine Orchestra Genovese in Genova, Italy, playing 5 sonatas on 3 different early 19th century fortepianos, and she performed again on the Royal Academy’s Piano Gallery early pianos for its first Summer Piano Festival in 2014.

This year started with Costanza’s orchestral debut in London, where she performed Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto op. 16 with the Academy Symphony Orchestra conducted by Manuel Lopez-Gomez in the Duke’s Hall of the Royal Academy of Music. Further engagements include recitals in England and Italy and, as she has been selected by the Kirckman Concert Society, a Wigmore Hall debut recital.

Her performances have been broadcast on Radio Classica and Italian TV; she also had masterclasses with Franco Scala, Pascal Devoyon, Boris Petrushansky, Leonel Morales, Jeffrey Swann, Vsevolod Dvorkin, Natalia Trull, Robert Levin, Alexander Lonquich, Peter Bithell, Steven Osborne, Hung Kuang Chen, and Marios Papadopoulos.

Winner of two consequent awards from the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund in 2013 and 2014, she currently studies with Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music, generously supported by the Liversidge Award and the Hilda Day Scholarship.