Quote from review: “One of the finest young concert pianists I know. He has superb technical equipment, exceptionally fine taste in his interpretations, impressive maturity.” – Gyorgy Sandor
Described by the critic as “one of the greatest Italian talents of today” (Prague), a “magnificent pianist” and “always elegant with exquisite musicality” (La Coruña), “a skilled storyteller, always imaginative and inventive” (Hong Kong), “technically perfect and with a marvellous sense of melody” (Reykjavik), “with the manners and the presence of a mature artist” (Zaragoza), Italian pianist Domenico Codispoti embarked on his international career when he was awarded 1st prize at the 1996 International Piano Competition in Pinerolo Italy, followed by the 1st prize at the prestigious Pilar Bayona International Competition in Zaragoza (Spain) and at the Ferrol International Piano Competition, both in 2001. He has been also awarded the 2nd Prize in the International Premio Jaen with the Special Prize for the best performance of Spanish Music.
Graduating with First Class Honors from the Conservatory and the Accademia Musicale of Pescara under the tutelage of Bruno Mezzena, Domenico Codispoti became a recipient of the Joel Estes Tate Scholarship at Dallas’ Southern Methodist University, studying with Joaquin Achucarro. Since leaving his native country in 2001, Domenico’s busy recital schedule has brought him to Europe, America and Asia where audiences and critics alike have been captivated by the warmth, elegance and sensitivity he brings to his playing. These qualities teamed together with the most complete technique have brought Domenico into collaboration with some of the world’s leading orchestras.
His concerto appearances include performances with Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Brno Philharmonic, Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana, Iceland Symphony, London Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonica de Galicia and Warsaw Radio Symphony under conductors such as Rumon Gamba, Kirill Karabits, Tomas Koutnik, Andrzej Straszynsky, Daniele Agiman and Christopher Warren-Green. In America he played under Carlos Piantini, Hector Guzman and Adron Ming with the Irving Symphony, San Angelo Symphony and Lewisville Lake Symphony, and he appeared in Mexico with the Filarmonica de Jalisco, in Guadalajara. His performances are featured regularly on Italian RAI, Spanish TVE and RNE, Hungarian and Icelandic national radios, as well as American television.
Outside his busy concertizing career, Domenico has collaborated with the Opera Department of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and has been featured in the Van Cliburn Foundation’s Musical Awakening, as well as in the Gina Bachauer Foundation’s educational program in Salt Lake City, Utah. As a chamber musician he enjoys collaborations with musicians such as the legendary trumpeter Maurice Andre and soprano Stefania Bonfadelli, among others.
In recent years, he has regularly given masterclasses in Conservatories throughout Spain, in Italy and Texas, as well as being on the faculty at Pescara’s Accademia Superiore CMT in Italy and at the International University of Andalucia in Baeza, Spain. Domenico is also in regular demand as a jury member for international piano competitions including the Ferrol International Piano Competition in Spain and Premio Rendano in Italy.
Born in Catanzaro, Italy, in 1975, Domenico currently lives in London.