«I, a pianist for fun, loving clubbing and rock music»
By Susanna Franchi
The twenty-year old concert performer will perform at the Vittoria theatre tonight: and it is the second time she sells out at Temirkanov’s festival.
«Upon reading that my concert was already sold-out even before the festival had started, I felt moved and somewhat scared, but all in all it was a positive emotion”, says Giulia Rossini, considered to be the great promise of Italian music.
Giulia, you are described as some sort of enfant prodige. When did you start playing the piano?
«When I was seven. My mom is a music enthusiast and we had a piano at home, and I started playing it, just for fun, with the Yamaha courses. Then, after primary school, I applied for a place at the Conservatory in Milan and I attended secondary school there as they had a class for students at music school. The toughest time was during high school: attending that and music school at the same time was very demanding, so I then graduated from school as a private student later on».
When did you realise that what had started for fun would become your life?
«After sitting at my last exam before graduation, I realised that being a concert performer could become my path».
Now, after graduation, you are perfecting your artistry at the Advanced Piano Performance Specialisation Academy Incontri col Maestro in Imola. How did MiTo “happen” for you?
«Last year I won the Venice Prize and the jury President was Enzo Restagno, MiTo’s Artistic Director, and a few months later he called me to suggest I’d go and play in Turin for the first time».
Tonight at 6pm at the Vittoria theatre, your programme includes Beethoven’s ‘Sonata n.26 Les Adieux’, Schumann’s ‘Arabeske’, Debussy’s ‘Three Preludes from Book I’, Chopin’s Nocturnes and Mazurkas: how did you choose which pieces to perform?
«I liaised with Restagno, to present a varied programme that would appeal to the audience».
Are you usually nervous before a concert?
«I have performed at so many concerts this year that I’ve learnt to relax a little. I think that if you have a ‘good conscience’, as in, you know that you have done your preparatory work, you have studied hard, then you shouldn’t be too scared».
Who are the greatest pianists, to you? Whom do you listen to?
«Pianists from the past: Horowitz, Benedetti Michelangeli and Glenn Gould. Of our contemporaries, I think the greatest one is Radu Lupu. Then there are the young ones, like Evgeni Bozhanov, Alexander Romanovsky and Anna Kravtchenko. That is, I tend to prefer Russian pianists – they make my soul quiver.
Does a twenty-year-old pianist also listen to other music?
«Of course! I go clubbing just like all people my age, I like pop and rock – though I don’t quite like rap music».
Where do you see yourself in ten years: the winner of a major prize? Making a debut at La Scala?
«My biggest dream is to have a family, get married and have children. If, at the same time, I could also master a career as a pianist, then that would be brilliant».