Ferrara Piano Festival, founded by Italian pianist, Simone Ferraresi. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in New York City dedicated to furthering the careers of talented young pianists by providing them with a range of opportunities through such programs as festivals and masterclasses, as well as awarding scholarships.

Board of Directors: Simone Ferraresi, Christopher Swann, Miyuki Kobayashi

Advisory Committee: Yashar Yaslowitz, Mauro Vignolo, Giovanna Bonora

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2nd Ferrara International Piano Festival

Ferrara, Italy · 14-24 July 2015

"Learn from world-class pianists and professors, surrounded by breathtaking beauty in the historical city of Ferrara, Italy — City of the Renaissance, 'City of Bicycles', and UNESCO World Heritage Site."



Alexander Kobrin

Alexander Kobrin

Alexander Kobrin is the winner of numerous international piano competitions - notably the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and is a winner of the renowned Busoni, Hamamatsu, and Glasgow International Piano Competitions. He is also a piano professor at New York University.

July 14, 2015, 9:00pm at Palazzo Costabili, Ferrara

Haydn: Sonata in C Major, Hob XVI/50

Schubert: Sonata in A Minor, D537

Chopin: Barcarolle in F Sharp Major, Op. 60

Scriabin: Sonata-Fantasy No. 2 in G Sharp Minor, Op. 19
              Sonata No. 5, Op . 53
              Vers la Flamme, Op. 72


Christopher Elton

Christopher Elton

Christopher Elton is professor emeritus of the University of London and former Head of the Keyboard department of the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has also been much in demand as a jury member for the most prestigious piano competitions, such as the Van Cliburn and the Santander.

July 15: 9:30am - 6:30pm Master Class (Palazzo Costabili, Ferrara)

July 16: 9:30am - 6:30pm Master Class (Palazzo Costabili, Ferrara)

July 17: 9:00am - 6:00pm Master Class (Palazzo Costabili, Ferrara)

             7:00pm Students' Recital (Ridotto Teatro Comunale, Ferrara)



Maurizio Baglini is one of the foremost Italian piano virtuosi of his generation. Upon winning the World Music Piano Master in Monaco at 24 years old, he started an international career throughout Europe, America and Asia. As a Decca recording artist, he released critically acclaimed CD's, the most recent one being Mussorgsky's piano works. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of Amiata Piano Festival.

July 19, 2015, 9:00pm at Palazzo Costabili, Ferrara

Scriabin: Sonata No.3 in F Sharp Minor, Op.23

Schumann: Carnaval, Op. 9

Mussorgsky: Pictures at en Exhibition


Andrei Gavrilov

Andrei Gavrilov

Andrei Gavrilov is a legendary concert pianist, winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition and a recording artist with the major labels worldwide. This is a rare chance to work with this master of the piano in an extraordinary class.

July 21: 9:00am - 7:00pm Master Class (Palazzo Costabili, Ferrara)

July 22: 9:00am - 7:00pm Master Class (Palazzo Costabili, Ferrara)

July 23: 9:00am - 7:00pm Master Class (Palazzo Costabili, Ferrara)

             9:00pm Students' Recital (Ridotto Teatro Comunale, Ferrara)




The Firenze Piano Duo is one of the most acclaimed and interesting piano duos in the world. They regularly perform in piano duo festivals in Europe and the USA, and they specialised in the performance on fortepiano.

July 24, 2015, 9:00pm at Palazzo Costabili, Ferrara

Glazunov: Serenata Op. 7

Borodin: Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor

Scriabin: Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 43 "The Divine Poem"



LUIGI VERDI and ROBERTO BECHERI, Lecture on Scriabin's Works. With Dario Favretti and Simone Ferraresi

Composer and musicologist Luigi Verdi is a Professor of Composition at the "Santa Cecilia" Conservatory in Rome. His many musicological writings include articles and monographic essays about Aleksandr Skrjabin that particularly deal with the relations between music and visual arts and with the connection between sounds and colour.

July 24, 2015, 5:30pm at Teatro Comunale, Ferrara


St. Anne Cloister, Ferrara

St. Anne Cloister, Ferrara

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