Venetian born pianist Gloria Campaner is regarded by critics and public alike as one of the most interesting young pianists of the Italian new generation. Since her debut on stage at the age of twelve with the Venetian Symphony Orchestra, Gloria has been the first-prize recipient in more than twenty national and international piano competitions. Her rapidly advancing career as a soloist and chamber musician has led her to be a guest of some of the most prestigious festivals all over the world and the press have praised her ‘extremely deep musicality, remarkable fluidity, nuancing and sense of style which put her in the ranks of pianists with exceptional qualities’ (Walter Arlen, Los Angeles Times). Gloria is also becoming increasingly known for her versatility and interest in innovative performance and has collaborated with renowned jazz and contemporary musicians as well as ballet and modern dancers.
Gloria is a laureate of many competitions including the Paderewski International Piano Competition (Silver Medal, Los Angeles, 2010), in which she also received special awards for the best Paderewski and Chopin performances. She is also the 1st prize-winner and ‘Prokofiev Special Award’ recipient in the 2009 Ibla Grand Prize after which she made her U.S. and Carnegie Hall débuts in 2010. In the year of Liszt’s anniversary she was awarded the ‘Prix de Jury, Franz Liszt’ at the XI Concours International de Musique du Maroc, in Casablanca and was recipient of the ‘European Prize for Culture’ by the Cultural Foundation Pro Europa (Freiburg,2011).
In addition, Gloria has received scholarships from the Brahms Foundation in Baden-Baden (2009) and she has been awarded a Fellowship of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust in 2014.
Gloria earned her Master’s Degree with Bruno Mezzena at the Music Academy in Pescara and has performed in masterclasses with such distinguished musicians as Jerome Rose, Sergio Perticaroli, Pavel Gililov, Lilya Zilberstein, Dmitri Bashkirov, and Boris Petrushansky. Laterally, she focussed her studies on the Russian school under the guidance of Konstantin Bogino, while completing her ‘Konzerexam Diplom’ at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe with Prof. Fany Solter.
Her concerts have often been broadcast by international television and radio stations, such as RAI, Radio Ljubljana, SKY Classica, RTSI. Her debut CD of solo piano works by Schumann and Rachmaninov was released by EMI in 2013.
An orchestral debut CD will be released in 2016 for Warner Classics.
Gloria is a devoted chamber musician and has played with many distinguished names, such as Ivry Gitlis, Ana Chumachenco, Michael Kugel, and Sergei Krylov, among others and soloists of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, La Scala Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Santa Cecilia Accademy in Rome and of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. In addition, since high school when she was in a rock band, Gloria has sought new horizons resulting in working with exciting collaborative artists from other fields. These have included innovative cross-genre performances with world-renowned jazz pianists Franco D’Andrea, Stefano Bollani and Leszek Możdżer. Furthermore, her affinity for dance performance recently led her to working with Dutch choreographer Joost Vrauenraets and Gotra Ballet in a world première for the new Renzo Piano Auditorium in L’Aquila, Italy. A video directed by Luca Scarzella and realized with BBTrust support has been made for this event. In 2014 Gloria was protagonist of the musical TV program “Petruska” for Rai5 and recently she had been part of a music and art documentary “Heart of Stone” dedicated to her and to the Sardinian artist Pinuccio Sciola, in a production for SKY Artè 2016.
Recent and future highlights include a second Chinese tour, with performances in the NCPA of Beijing and Oriental Arts Centre of Shanghai,recitals in Brazil & South America, chamber music with members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, a debut with the RSI Orchestra in Lugano and National Symphony RAI Orchestra to be broadcast live on RAI radio and television, and further collaborations with Quartetto di Cremona, violinist Anna Tifu and cellist Johannes Moser.
In 2014/15 she opened the season in Perugia performing Schumann Piano Concerto with National Symphony RAI Orchestra and John Axelrod conducting; she debuted at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and for La Società dei Concerti in Milan, among the others she made her debut with English Chamber Orchestra and M° Muranaka in London Cadogan Hall; she toured Brazil in recital and with Orchestra as well as Mexico and South Africa. Gloria’s new dance/music project “Program HQ” with Gotra Ballet premiered in Rome at Teatro Olimpico. She has been invited to hold a recital tour in Japan in December 2015 and with orchestra in 2016; she will tour China in 2016 as well as South America, Al Bustan Festival of Lebanon and Armenia.
Gloria also looks forward to new projects in the coming year in the fields of classical/electronic fusion, and in contemporary music where new works are often dedicated to her. Recent and upcoming premières include new works by Márton Illés, Jorg Widdmann, Vittorio Montalti, Marcello Abbado and Giovanni Sollima. In September 2014, she has been the first classical music DJ for web caster Casa Bertallot in Milan – playing recordings of great classical music for millions of followers who were listening to this music for the first time.
In October 2009, Gloria was named 2010-2011 ‘European Ambassador for Culture’ as part of the cultural programme ‘Piano, Reflet de la Culture Europèenne’. In 2013 she was offered an artistic residency in Paris at the Italian Embassy and Institute of Culture for whom she was invited to play in the opening concert of the season at the Salle Cortot.
As an official ‘Steinway & Sons Artist’ Gloria has performed in the majority of the Steinway Halls around the world, including New York, London, Tokyo and Hamburg.
Gloria Campaner is associated with many of Italy’s most prestigious fashion houses and has gowns provided for her by Giorgio Armani, Antonio Grimaldi, and Roberto Cavalli.