Simone Sala

Simone Sala was born in Bojano, Italy, in 1982, where he began studying piano at age 9, continuing the 150 year-old family legacy of musicians.

He has graduated with honors from L.Perosi Conservatorium in Campobasso, Italy, with a degree in piano as a student of Michele Battista (piano) and Luca Salvadori (composition). After the graduation he won a scholarship to attend the master classes of Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, where he met Joaquin Achucarro, in the summer of 2005.

In 2004, he received the gold medal from the Italian Republic President, an award reserved to those who gained merits in the field of school, culture and art.
In 2006 he earned a full scholarship to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he is currently studying for an Artist Certificate degree with Joaquin Achucarro.

Since 1996, Sala has won first prize in both National and International piano competitions including: Sala has performed recitals and concerts throughout Italy (Siracusa,Lucera,Campobasso, Napoli,Roma,Siena,Venezia,Milano), Poland, and the United States as Solo, with Chamber Groups and with Orchestras (National Ukraine State Orchestra, Molise Regional Orchestra,Campobasso Conservatory Simphony Orchestra, Meadows Symphony Orchestra,etc.).

He also founded the “Quintet for the end of time”,a fusion-jazz ensamble, together with the composer and SMU Teacher Kevin Hanlon.

He is currently one of the founders and the current Artistic Director of the International Master Classes in International Music Academy “Mario Santoro” in Bojano, Italy. The school is located in Santoro Palace and offers master classes and specialization courses for students.

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