Contestant 18: Emanuel Rimoldi

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Top 2013 Emanuel RimoldiIt is a great responsibility being the only Italian in this year’s Top of the World, knowing that his two previous countrymen both collected the top prize here.

Emanuel Rimoldi was born in Milan in 1986 to a Rumanian mother and an Italian father, and has played the piano since he was five. He received his Bachelor’s Degree “Magna Cum Laude” in 2006 from “G.Verdi” Conservatory of Milan, and his Master’s Degree “Magna Cum Laude” in 2008 from the same institute. His teachers were Professors Risaliti and Balzani.

At the same time as studying piano at the Milan Conservatory, Rimoldi also took courses in harpsichord and composition with Fabio Vacchi. He continued his education at the International Pianistic Accademy “I.C.M.” in Imola, Italy, under the maestroes Leonid Margarius and Boris Petrushansky.

Rimoldi has also received masterclass from the likes of Vladimir Askenazy and William Grant Naboré, and has participated in pianistic pedagogic courses at the Musikhochschule of Munich. The latter inspired him to move on to Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Moscow, where he has been studying from 2009 until today. Here, he has been under the guidance of the famous concert pianist Elisso Virsaladze.

During the period of his Moscow studies, Emanuel participated in the 2011 edition of the international competition Ettore Pozzoli di Seregno, where he won the 3rd prize and two special recognitions, one of which was the Rotary Prize for the best recital of the semi-finals.

Rimoldi has collected lots of praise and unanimous acclaim from his concert activity in Italy and European capitals. In Moscow, he has made his name with a series of concerts, including a recital in the Malii Hall of the Conservatory, shared with Elisso Virsaladze, at the “Auditorium Verdi”. He’s also played at “Società dei Concerti” in Milan and at the Rome Opera performing one of his own works, at the Gasteig in Munich, again with one of his own compositions and a live radio broadcast for the ARD during the Kammermusikfestival.

Of the other halls he has graced with his music, one finds Glazunov Hall in St. Petersburg, Steinway Hall in London and State University of Milan. Emanuel was invitated to hold a masterclass at the University of Music in Kastromà, following the success of his concert with the city’s Philharmonic Orchestra.

You can watch a live clip of Emanuel Rimoldi performing Verdi/Liszt “Sacred Dance and Final Duet from ‘Aida'” here.

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