Antonio Piricone

piano, harpsichord

After his initial studies in Catania – Italy, on modern piano, Antonio continued his musical education at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague, The Netherlands. There he specialised in Early Music, Performance Practice and Historical Keyboard Instruments. Most recently Antonio furthered his musical education with Andreas Staier in Cologne and with Sally Sargent in Vienna.

Antonio is an Italian musician of the younger generation whose personal approach, both as a pianist and an exponent on historical keyboard instruments, is commanding increasing attention internationally. In 2009 he was awarded the First Prize at the Van Wassenaer Concours – Amsterdam, the most prestigious competition of early chamber music in the industry; followed in 2011 by the Clementi Award in England, the coveted prize for researching original repertoire on historical keyboards. His interpretative skills, versatility, sense of style and technical qualities distinguish him both as a soloist, recitalist and as a chamber musician.

Antonio appears at major international music venues, festivals and concert series in Europe, Japan, the United States and Middle East: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Muziekgebouw & Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Utrecht Early Music Festival, Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Festival of La Roque d’Antheron, Opera National de Bordeaux, La Folle Journée in Bilbao, Essen Philharmonie, Chopin Festival Warsaw, Bach Festival Istanbul, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space, Tokyo Opera City Hall, to name but a fand in partnership with internationally renowned orchestras and artists such as Collegium 1704, Concerto Köln, Martin Roscoe, Alexander Rudin, Andreas Staier.

Antonio Piricone has recorded for RAI Italian Radio & Television network, the Czech Radio & Television, Radio4 in the Netherlands, Radio France. His recordings have been broadcast by Italian BBC Radio3, Radio Vaticana and Britains’ Classic FM, RadioTre Suite, Bavarian Radio.

.Antonio is also active in the educational field since 2006; former professor of Methodology of Instrumental Education, currently teaching Piano, Treaties & Methods at the State Conservatory of Music in Trapani where he holds the positions of Head of Keyboards Dpt. and Coordinator for Academic Research, Development and Internationalisation. His international acumen and recognition are further exemplified by his appointments as a Lecturer at Yasar University in Izmir – Turkey and masterclasses given at Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg – Russia.

Antonio is currently living in the Netherlands, where his research focuses on the historical development of musical keyboard instruments.  [2017]

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Short Profile

NamePiricone, Antonio
Date of Birth1977-04-09
Born inGermany, Europe
Home LocationThe Hague, Netherlands
Main languageEnglish
Additional languages Italian,  Dutch; Flemish,  French 
attended UniversitiesRoyal Conservatory The Hague, Yasar University Izmir
Antonio > J.A. Benda Clavier Sonatas Recording
"After only a few bars one is with him all the way. Piricone's piano style is clear, graceful, and non-percussive when that is called for, yet he plays with drama and incisiveness when appropriate"
(Paul Shoemaker)
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Antonio @ Van Wassenaer Competition Tour-Concerts
 Nieuwskrant | The Netherlands,
"Bravura and simplicity. Antonio Piricone like a lightning takes control of notes and chords."
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Antonio > J.S. Bach English Suites Recording
"The result is clearly what the performer intends, and as a listener, I liked the results."
(Harry Downey)
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Antonio > J.A. Benda Clavier Sonatas Recording
"His articulation is frequently princely, pianistic obviously but with an appreciation of appropriate harpsichord sonority [...] The notes are pertinent and straightforwardly honest and in Piricone Benda has a most worthy and sensitive champion."
(Jonathan Woolf)
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Antonio > Howard Hanson Piano Concerto
 Südwestpresse | Germany,
"The pianist Antonio Piricone, who later let us hear his expertise as a Baroque specialist, played with virtuoso precision and clear rhythmic definition."
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Antonio @ LakeComo Festival
2014-07-19 webpage, Loveno
"Since 2006, Amadeus Arte organizes the LakeComo Festival, a series of chamber music concerts in intimate spaces within the beautiful villas and gardens overlooking Lake Como.


The Festival has always programmed side by side classical repertoire and new music developing itself in balance between tradition and innovation. Always bilingual (Italian and English), the Festival guested many Italian and international artists.

The excellent acoustics of concerts' locations allows to enjoy music. Dinners or Guided Tours often accompany the concerts and the artists often introduce the pieces in a direct relationship with the public.

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