Antonio Pompa-Baldi and Emanuela Friscioni, Two Pianos
Antonio Pompa-Baldi and Emanuela Friscioni began playing together when they first met in 1996 in the Northern Italian town of Mezzago during a workshop conducted by the great pianist Aldo Ciccolini. Since then, their musical partnership has grown steadily as an integral part of their relationship. The husband and wife duo has performed to great acclaim throughout the United States and Europe, in duet and two-piano recitals, as well as with orchestra.
Born and raised in Foggia, Italy, Pompa-Baldi first came to the U.S. in 1999 to participate in the Cleveland International Piano Competition. He won the first prize and, while fulfilling all the engagements that came with it, he and Friscioni decided to make Cleveland their home. A top prize winner at the 1998 Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition, Pompa-Baldi also won a silver medal at the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, as well as the award for the Best Performance of a New Work.
Pompa-Baldi is a Steinway Artist. He serves as Distinguished Professor of Piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music, sits on the juries of the most important piano competitions and gives master classes around the world.
Friscioni was born in Cantù, Italy. Since her debut at the age of nine, Friscioni has played solo recitals as well as concertos throughout Italy. After her recital debut at the prestigious “Carducci Society” in Como, music critic Maria Terraneo wrote, “Emanuela Friscioni’s depth reaches the true essence of expression and musical meaning.”
Since then, Friscioni has appeared in recital and as a soloist with orchestras in Italy, Switzerland, France and the U.S. performing both traditional and contemporary repertoire. She is the Director of the Creative Arts Academy at Cuyahoga Community College and Artistic Director of the Tri-C Classical Piano Series. She is also a Steinway Artist.
The couple, with daughter Eleanor, reside in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
Sunday, March 24 at 2:00pm
Gartner Auditorium, Cleveland Museum of Art