biography

Born in Potenza, a little town in the south of Italy, in 2016 Paola graduated after a Postgraduate Diploma in Piano Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Londra, with Sergio De Simone.

Paola discovered her passion for music at the age of 12, and after a period of private lessons she started attending the Gesualdo da Venosa Conservatoire in Potenza in 2002, where she studied before with Dario Fichera and then with Umberto Zamuner, with whom she graduated in 2011 with honours. Her musical training continued with him during the Masters in Piano Performance and both with Sergio De Simone and achieving the graduation with highest honours with a degree thesis dedicated to the Brahms Piano Concerto op. 15 and the performance of the full piece in the two pianos reduction. The same year, Paola started attending the specialization course at Sesto Fiorentino International Music School, Florence, Italy.
Paola attended already during her earlier studies years master classes with renowned pianists such as Kostantin Bogino, Adolfo Barabino, Leslie Howard, Hector Moreno, Daniel Rivera, Dejan Sinadinovich, Niklas Eppinger, Aldo Ciccolini, Marco Ghilarducci, and recently Martino Tirimo, Pascal Rogé and Edwaer Auer, devoting her training both to soloist and chamber music repertoire, especially with strings and winds and collaborating assiduosly as accompanist at Gesualdo da Venosa Conservatoire.

In 2012 she attended an international Chamber Music Masterclass in Tito, Potenza, promoted by the “Accademia Mahler”, a cultural association founded and wanted by the famous conductor Claudio Abbado which has locations in others important Italian cities, having the chance to improve with European musicians, one of them the violinist Oleksandr Semchuk, currently one of most important violin teachers at Imola Music Academy (Italy).

Paola took part to several music Festivals in Italy, performing among the others in Venice, Palazzo Albrizzi, Capri Isle (Napoli), Teatro Stabile (Potenza), Circolo Nautico della Vela (Napoli) both as soloist and duo or trio ensemble. Also, Paola is a passionate member of choir, and she assiduously collaborates with the Potenza Conservatoire Chorus as “alto”, recently participating to the performance of Beethoven Choral Phantasy opus 80.

Recently Paola is dedicating her training as musician and performer mainly to chamber music, performing regularly in London and around London in duo or trio ensemble. She’s member of the Adelia Piano Trio, formed in 2016 by Helena Moore (violin) and Shabnam Gould  (cello), with whom last March she took part to the “Piano Trio Day” held by the Piano Trio Society of London, attending a masterclass with names such as Pal Banda and Bobby Chen. Also, the Adelia Piano Trio has been selected to perform in Wigmore Hall, London, during a Selected Students performance opportunity. It is also recent but already well launched Paola and Shabnam Gould’s cello and piano duo, full of recent performances and lots of incoming ones in London, Canterbury and Faversham, often finding a good audience praise.

Paola still commits into her education as soloist, recently entering the Beethoven Concertos Masterclass and Competition held by The BPSE, Beethoven Piano Society of Europe. She performed during the Final with the Sigfried Camerata conducted by Manuel Arellano Bover, playing Beethoven Piano Concerto op. 37 n. 3 after an intense masterclass with the renowned pianist Alberto Portugheis.

Paola entered several national and international solo competitions in Italy and in London, recently being awarded of the 1st prize at Rosa Ponselle Competition (Matera, Italy) and the 3rd prize at Luigi Denza Competition (Castellammare di Stabia, Italy). In 2016 Paola reached also the final of the Leonard Smith and Felicity Young String duo Competition in London, receiving very positive comments such as:

“Really fantastic communication between voices of piano and cello, some lovely colours and extremely exciting performance!” (Louisa Stonehill, adjudicator)

Beyond the musical studies, Paola has a deep interest in Humanities, she has an European Language Degree and in 2012 she achieved a Human Resources Management Masters, she also won a scholarship for three consecutive years as librarian collaborator at Gesualdo da Venosa Conservatoire.

Paola is also a passionate and devoted teacher, she intensively collaborates with three music schools in South West London, Greenwich, and West London.