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Born in Verona in 1998, Giovanni Bertolazzi began his piano studies at the age of ten.
He earned his Bachelor’s degree from “Benedetto Marcello” Conservatory of Music in Venice, studying with Massimo Somenzi. He is currently student of Maestro Epifanio Comis at “Vincenzo Bellini” Conservatory of Music in Catania, where he obtained his Master’s Degree with top honours.
During his studies, he also attended several piano masterclasses held by distinguished pianists and pedagogues such as Riccardo Risaliti, Lily Dorfman, Joaquín Achúcarro, Matti Raekallio, Violetta Egorova and Boris Berezovsky.
At the age of 16 he was the only Italian pianist prizewinner at “Imola International Piano Awards” at the Piano Academy “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola. Then he won several prizes in national and international piano competitions, including: 1st Prize at the “Siegfried Weishaupt” Piano Competition in Ochsenhausen (2017), 1st Prize at the “Amigdala International Prize for Piano Interpretation” in Aci Bonaccorsi (2018), 1st Prize at the “Sigismund Thalberg” International Piano Competition in Naples (2018), 1st Prize at the “Premio Amadeus” International Piano Competition in Lazise (2019) and 1st Prize at the “Francesco Paolo Neglia” International Piano Competition in Enna (2019).
In June 2019 he won the “Premio Alkan – Alkan Award for Piano Virtuosity” in Piacenza, and then he has been awarded the 4th Prize at the “Ferruccio Busoni” International Piano Competition in Bolzano (2019). Most recently, he has been awarded the 1st Prize and the True Art TV Artists Award at “StayHome International Piano Competition” (2020).
Festival and associations appearances have included Settimane Musicali al Teatro Olimpico di Vicenza, Società Letteraria di Verona, Amici della Musica di Padova, Musikàmera Venezia, Victoria International Arts Festival in Malta, Alion Baltic Music Festival in Tallinn.
He has performed many concerts in Italy and abroad: Palazzo della Ragione in Padua, Teatro Malibran and Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Fazioli Concert Hall in Sacile, Palazzo Pitti in Florence, Teatro Politeama Garibaldi in Palermo, Stadthalle Troisdorf, Landesmusikakademie in Ochsenhausen, Kadrioru Kunstimuuseum in Tallinn, Rose Wagner Performing Center Arts in Salt Lake City.
He has performed with several orchestras in Italy, including Orchestra Filarmonica della Fenice and Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, under renowned conductors such as Maurizio Dini Ciacci and Daniel Smith.