Age: 17 | Country: Italy

Michele Santaniello, 17 years old, is endowed with an extraordinary musicality and right from the start it became a real promise in the international piano scene. Of Campano origin, he grew up in Legnago – Verona, Italy – and at the age of seven started his own piano journey at the School of Instruments in Arco Antonio Salieri in Legnago (Verona, Italy), under the guidance of Maestro Davide De Togni. He studied at the Aemas European Academy of music and performing arts in Naples, Italy. He is currently studying at the Rachmaninov International Academy in Catania, Italy, under the guidance of Prof. Violetta Egorova. Since the first moments, he has won, in his categories, more than 20 National and International competitions. He has played as a soloist with the orchestras I Filarmonici Veneti, Toscana Classica, I Virtuosi Napoletani, and the Orchestra Giovanile of the Conservatory in Avellino. Since November 2013 his victories have been characterized by intensity and prestige.


Preliminary Round:
F. Chopin: Étude Op. 10 No. 5
F. Chopin: Étude Op. 10 No. 12

Semifinal Round:
F.J. Haydn: Sonata Hob. XVI:27
M. Moszkowski: Intrigue carnavalesque (from Sechs Fantasiestücke, Op. 52)

Final Round:
F. Chopin: Scherzo n. 2 Op. 31
S. Rachmaninoff: Pulcinella (from Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3)
F. Chopin: Prélude Op. 28 No. 15
F. Liszt: Après une lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata