Ferrara Piano Festival, founded by 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.

Board of Directors: Simone Ferraresi, Harold Bott, Christopher Swann

Advisory Committee: Mauro Vignolo, Pier Giorgio Borasio, Paola Desantis, Dario Favretti, Giulia Vullo, Yashar Yaslowitz, Lucetta Capra, Gianna Borghesani

The Participants in the 2017 Ferrara International Piano Festival

2016 Festival Winners, Antonino Fiumara and Maddalena Giacopuzzi

2016 Festival Winners, Antonino Fiumara and Maddalena Giacopuzzi performed on 18 February and 4 march 2017 at Teatro Comunale in Ferrara, Italy. They are also scheduled to perform in the Sparkill Salon Concert Series in Sparkill, New York in spring 2018.

Here is the 2017 Festival Program!

The Fourth Ferrara International Piano Festival will be held from 6 to 14 July. The following are the artists and faculty members:

Piotr Paleczny, masterclass (6 to 8 July). 

Yeol-Eum Son, piano recital (9 July)

Enrico Pace, masterclass (11 to 13 July)

Enrico Pace and Sung-Won Yang, cello and piano duo (14 July)

COMUNICAZIONE: Concerti premio / ANNOUNCEMENT: Recital Awards

Ferrara Piano Festival, al termine dei corsi di perfezionamento dei maestri Jeffrey Swann e Benedetto Lupo che si sono svolti dal 3 al 15 luglio scorsi, ha selezionato due giovani musicisti per concerti premio: congratulazioni a Maddalena Giacopuzzi e Antonino Fiumara!

At the end of the piano master classes by Jeffrey Swann and Benedetto Lupo, held in Ferrara from 3 to 15 July 2016, Ferrara Piano Festival has selected two young pianists for solo recital awards: Congratulations to Maddalena Giacopuzzi and Antonino Fiumara!

New York, 22 July 2016

2016 Participants

2016 Festival Programme is revealed at last!

This year, the third Ferrara International Piano Festival will be held from 3 to 15 July. The following are the artists and faculty members:

Jeffrey Swann, piano recital (3 July) and masterclass (5 to 7 July). 

Alessandro Lanzoni, jazz piano solo on 10 July.

Benedetto Lupo, masterclass (13 to 15 July)

Matteo Cardelli To Make North American Solo Recital Debut at Sparkill Salon Concerts

One of the winners of the 2014 Ferrara International Piano Festival, Italian pianist Matteo Cardelli, has been invited to give a solo piano recital on February 27th at the prestigious Union Arts Center in Sparkill, NY. The concert is co-sponsored by Ferrara Piano Festival and the Soiree Society of The Arts, and it will be presented thanks to a travel scholarship offered by Ferrara Piano Festival.

Sparkill Salon Concerts is a concert series with a long tradition of offering top-quality concerts in beautiful concert spaces just north of New York City.

The series began in 1982 as the St. Paul’s Festival of the Arts, where it presented concerts for over 25 years at St. Paul’s Church in Nyack under the direction of its founder, Bill Hargrove, a pianist and graduate of The Juilliard School. In 2007, Hargrove appointed Yashar Yaslowitz as artistic director, and the series relocated to The Nyack Library in January of 2008, where it presented over 500 jazz and classical concerts. In June 2009, the series was renamed to the Carnegie Concert Series, after The Carnegie Room at The Nyack Library.

In September 2015, the series found a new home at the Union Arts Center. Its yearly schedule of concerts presents major jazz and classical artists, and has featured cycles of the complete piano works by Chopin, Debussy, Brahms, Beethoven, and Rachmaninoff. The series has been described by the press as “an extraordinarily intimate setting for piano or chamber music” (Huffington Post) and as “One of the most enjoyable concert series in New York..” (Vanity Fair).


Ferrara Piano Festival winners' concerts.

After Christian De Luca's highly successful recital in Ferrara, the next winner's concerts will be held between Italy and the U.S. The other two winners of the 2014 Ferrara Piano Festival will be Francesca Ferrara Khalifa in Ferrara on November 14, 2015 and Matteo Cardelli in his U.S. debut on February 13, 2016.

Grande successo il recital a Ferrara di Christian De Luca lo scorso 10 settembre 2015. I prossimi concerti vedranno impegnati in Italia e USA gli altri due vincitori del Ferrara Piano Festival 2015: Francesca Khalifa a Ferrara il 14 novembre 2015 e Matteo Cardelli negli Stati Uniti il 13 febbraio 2016.

And the participants in the 2015 Ferrara International Piano Festival are...

With over 40 application forms received from around the globe, it was very hard for Ferrara Piano Festival to select the active participants in the upcoming masterclasses by Christopher Elton and Andrei Gavrilov. All selected musicians are of the highest level.

Matteo Cardelli, Italy

Si Chen, China

Filippo Gorini, Italy

Stefano Guarascio, Italy

Mathilde Handelsman, France/USA

Costanza Principe, Italy

Joanna Różewska, Poland

Elisa Rumici, Italy

Victoire-Théodora Pruvost, France

Michel Xie, Netherlands

Hao Zi Yoh, Malaysia



Ferrara Piano Festival recognized by IRS as a "501(c)(3)" nonprofit organization.

Ferrara Piano Festival is pleased to announce that it has just been granted the Public Charity status under the 501(c)(3) section of the Internal Revenue Code, thus officially becoming a federally recognized tax-exempt organization. This status allows donations to Ferrara Piano Festival to be treated as a tax exemption by any donor in the Usa. The effective date of exemption is December 20, 2013. The IRS letter granting Ferrara Piano Festival its 501(c)(3) status is available upon request. Requests and donation inquiries can be sent to info@ferrarapiano.org.

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