Heidelberg University and the School of Music will welcome Italian-born concert pianist Mariangela Vacatello for a performance as this year’s Distinguished Montague Artist. The concert will be at 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Ohl Concert Hall.
Her program will include “10 Pieces from Romeo and Julilet, Suite op. 75” by Prokofiev and Liszt’s “Prelude and Fugue in A minor” from “Transcendental Etudes.” The latter piece is the subject for her recently released recording on the Brilliant Classics label.
Vacatello is recognized worldwide for her passion, technical ability and musicality. She made her official debut at the age of 14, performing Liszt’s “First Piano Concerto” with the Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra in Milan. Since then, she has appeared as a soloist in the most prestigious venues and festivals worldwide, including London, Paris, Salzburg, Pretoria, Johannesburg and her native Italy. She also has been featured in concert at Carnegie Hall in New York, and Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles.
In addition, Vacatello is the winner of numerous prestigious international prizes and awards, including the Internet Audience Award at the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Her performances have been broadcast on at least three continents.
Vacatello is a graduate of the Incontri con il Maestro International Piano Academy in Imola and the Milan Conservatory of Music. She completed postgraduate performance work at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Her Heidelberg performance is free and open to the public.