Ferrara Piano Festival is a nonprofit dedicated to helping young musicians build an international performing career as well as creating a bridge between the American and European piano worlds. Ferrara Piano Festival was founded in 2013 by Italian pianist Simone Ferraresi. Ferrara Piano Festival is a 501(c)(3) organization and a registered charity in New York State. All donations are Tax Deductible.


Ferrara International Piano Festival is pleased to announce the 2020 Ferrara Young Artists Piano Awards, a new piano competition providing young pianists with international performance platforms in Italy and the United States.

Pianists of all nationalities, born between January 01, 2008 and December 31, 2001, will be eligible to apply. After preliminary video auditions, six finalists will perform in joint recitals in Ferrara, Italy (three finalists) and in New York City, New York (three finalists).

First Prizes include scholarships as well as full solo recitals in New York City and at the Teatro Comunale Claudio Abbado in the historical city of Ferrara — UNESCO Site and City of the Renaissance.

Ferrara Piano Festival's Inaugural Concert Season in New York


Join us for the inaugural concert with concert pianist Jeffrey Swann and Ferrara Piano Festival's friends—and spend an evening with the music of Bach, Schumann, Mahler, Beethoven and Liszt.

Robert Burkhart, cello

J.S. Bach -cello

Suite No. 3 in C Major

I. Prelude

R. Schumann

Stücke im Volkston

I. Mit Humor

II. Langsam

Adam Richardson, voice

Juan Jose, piano

G. Mahler

Ruckert Lieder

I. Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder!

II. Ich atmet’ einen linden Duft

III. Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen

IV. Um Mitternacht

V. Liebst du um Schönheit

Francesca Khalifa, piano

F. Liszt

Ballade No. 2

Sposalizio from Deuxième Année de Pèlerinage: Italie

Jeffrey Swann, piano
L. van Beethoven

Piano Sonata Op. 2 No. 2

I. Allegro vivace

II. Largo appassionato

III. Scherzo

IV. Rondo

F. Liszt

Mephisto Waltz

Winners 2018

Ferrara International Piano Festival 2018
NEWS: Premi e segnalazioni

Complimenti a:

Susanna Braun, Svizzera

Elia Cecino, Italia

Alberto Ferro, Italia

Eva Gevorgyan, Russia


I. Vincitori del Ferrara International Piano Festival 2018, sezione Master Class:
   - Susanna Braun

   - Elia Cecino

Susanna Braun e Elia Cecino sono invitati dall'associazione Amici di Ferrara International Piano Festival a tenere un concerto premio ciascuno nella primavera 2019 presso il Teatro Comunale di Ferrara.


II. Premio speciale in collaborazione con Ferrara Musica:
   - Alberto Ferro

   - Eva Gevorgyan

Alberto Ferro e Eva Gevorgyan sono invitati dall'associazione Ferrara Musica a tenere un concerto ciascuno nell'autunno 2018 presso la serie dei concerti-aperitivo.


III. Premio "Adriano Caselli":

   - Eva Gevorgyan, borsa di studio di €500

La borsa di studio verrà consegnata dalla Dott.ssa Elisabetta Caselli al termine del concerto di Eva Gevorgyan.

Il direttore artistico Simone Ferraresi


Ferrara International Piano Festival 2018

ANNOUNCEMENT: Prizes and Awards

Congratulations to:

Susanna Braun, Switzerland

Elia Cecino, Italy

Alberto Ferro, Italy

Eva Gevorgyan, Russia


I. Winners of Ferrara International Piano Festival's Master Classes 2018:

   - Susanna Braun

   - Elia Cecino

Susanna Braun and Elia Cecino are invited by Amici di Ferrara International Piano Festival to hold one recital each in Ferrara's Teatro Comunale during Spring 2019.


II. Special award in collaboration with Ferrara Musica:

   - Alberto Ferro

   - Eva Gevorgyan

Alberto Ferro and Eva Gevorgyan are invited by Ferrara Musica to hold one concert each in the matinée concert series during Fall 2018.


III. Adriano Caselli Prize:

   - Eva Gevorgyan, €500 scholarship

The scholarship will be awarded by Dr. Elisabetta Caselli at the conclusion of Eva Gevorgyan's recital.

Simone Ferraresi, Artistic Director

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.

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