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Born and raised in Foggia, Italy, Antonio Pompa-Baldi won the Cleveland International Piano Competition in 1999 and embarked on a career that continues to extend across five continents. A top prize winner at the 1998 Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition of Paris, France, Antonio Pompa-Baldi also won a silver medal at the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Mr. Pompa-Baldi appears regularly at the world’s major concert venues including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Paris’ Salle Pleyel, Milan’s Sala Verdi, Shanghai’s Grand Theatre, and Boston’s Symphony Hall. He performed in London, Tokyo, Seoul, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Kiev, Auckland, Hong Kong, and Beijing.

He appeared multiple times at prestigious festivals such as the Lang Lang Festival in Shenzhen, the Husum Piano Rarities in Germany, the Ravello Festival in Italy, and many others.

Pompa-Baldi has played with the Houston Symphony, Berliner Symphoniker, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Boston Pops, and Colorado Symphony, to name a few, performing cycles of all the Rachmaninoff and Beethoven Piano Concertos, among others.

Mr. Pompa-Baldi has recorded over 30 CDs to date, for various labels including Centaur Records, Harmonia Mundi, Steinway, TwoPianists, Azica, and Brilliant Classics. Among them, the complete piano and chamber music works of Grieg, the Josef Rheinberger Piano Sonatas, the complete Hummel Piano Sonatas, and CDs dedicated to Brahms, Schumann, Liszt, Respighi, and Rachmaninoff.

For the Steinway label, Pompa-Baldi recorded a disc of songs by Francis Poulenc and Edith Piaf, arranged for solo piano, to commemorate the 50th year of the passing of both French musical icons, as well as a CD titled “Napoli”, which features new piano versions of famous Neapolitan songs.

His latest releases feature Concertos for Violin, Piano and Orchestra by Mendelssohn, Haydn, and Hummel, as well as his transcription of the Respighi B minor violin Sonata. Another notable recent release, on the Steinway Label, is titled “Opera Fantasies on a Steinway”. It features two large Fantasies on La Bohème and Carmen, composed by Roberto Piana.

A Steinway artist, Mr. Pompa-Baldi is a Distinguished Professor of Piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He is also honorary professor at the China National Conservatory in Beijing, as well as various other schools and universities.

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Scholarship Awards for 2023 Edition!

The “Annamaria Pennella” scholarship for outstanding talent

Consisting of €500 donated by Orazio Maione in honor of his mother, the late great pianist and pedagogue Annamaria Pennella, to honor her memory and celebrate what would have been her 100th birthday.

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The William “Maestro” Bruno Santo Merit Scholarship

Consisting of $750, this scholarship is donated by William “Maestro” Bruno Santo, and awarded by the Festival’s Artistic Director.

Read about William “Maestro” Bruno Santo

The “Vincenzo & Mariangela Santo” Merit Scholarship

Consisting of $750, this scholarship is donated by William “Maestro Bruno” Santo in honor of his Parents, and awarded by the Festival’s Artistic Director.

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The William “Maestro” Bruno Santo Merit Scholarship

Consisting of $300, donated and awarded by William “Maestro” Bruno Santo

Alicia de Larrocha Memorial Prize

Scholarship award given by Alicia Torra de Larrocha in honor of her mother, the late, great Spanish pianist. The prize is given also in celebration of Alicia de Larrocha’s decades-long friendship with Maestro Eduardo Delgado. It will be awarded to a young talent showing great promise for a future career. The recipient of the Alicia de Larrocha Memorial prize will receive €300 and a Diploma, and is going to be announced during the closing ceremony of the Festival, the evening of August 17th.

Ginastera Prize

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the great Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera’s passing. Thanks to the generosity of his daughter, Georgina Ginastera, TIMM 2023 participants can win the Ginastera Prize. The Prize consists of €300 and a Diploma. In order to be considered for the Ginastera Prize, participants must perform an original Ginastera piece for solo piano, of their own choice and of any duration, but not to exceed 15 minutes, in occasion of their shared solo recital. Participants who choose to compete for the Ginastera Prize must submit the repertoire on their application form. The recipient of the Ginastera Prize will be announced during the closing ceremony of the Festival, the evening of August 17th.