Cossi, Lorenzo

COSSI, Lorenzo

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Born in Trieste in 1982, Lorenzo Cossi began studying piano at the age of seven. He obtained his diploma at the “Conservatorio di Musica G. Tartini” in Trieste with full marks and honors, in the class of Giuliana Gulli. He has also studied with Nino Gardi.

In the summer of 2005, he studied with Joaquín Achúcarro at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. He also studied with E. Virsaladze at the Sermoneta International Music Campus in Latina (Italy) and with William Grant Naborè at the Lake Como International Piano Academy.

He has performed in Italy, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, Spain, France, the USA and many other countries in such important venues as the Jack Singer Concert Hall in Canada, Hahn Hall in California, Fazioli Concert Hall, Teatro Sociale, Auditorium S. Barnaba, and Sala Puccini of Milan Conservatory in Italy.

In 2001, he was invited to participate in the Music Academy of the West Summer Festival in Santa Barbara, California where he studied with musicians such as Jerome Lowenthal, Kathleen Winkler and the Takàcs Quartet for Chamber Music.

He has participated in many international piano competitions. In 2006 he won 3rd Prize and a special prize for Bach interpretation at the “Rina Sala Gallo” International Competition. In 2009 he won 2nd Prize (first prize not assigned) at the International L. Gante Competition in Pordenone. In two consecutive editions he was selected to be among the finalists at the F. Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano, where he reached the solo finals. In 2012, he won a special prize for the best Italian contestant at the 58th Maria Canals International Competition in Barcelona, Spain.

Recently, as part of the E. Honens International Competition in Calgary, Canada, he performed Brahms’ Piano Concerto No.1 with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Roberto Minczuk.

He often performs in chamber ensembles. Since 2009 he regularly performs with Italian cellist Marianna Sinagra.

LORENZO COSSI  
PRELIMINARY ROUND ONE  
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata No. 30 in E Major, op. 109
Vivace, ma non troppo
Prestissimo
Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo
Frédéric Chopin Etude in G- sharp Minor, op. 25, no. 6
Sergei Rachmaninoff Etude-tableau in E-flat Minor, op. 33, no. 6
Franz Liszt Transcendental Etude No. 4 in D Minor (Mazeppa)
PRELIMINARY ROUND TWO  
Johannes Brahms Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, op. 5
Allegro maestoso
Andante espressivo
Scherzo – Allegro energico
Intermezzo – Andante molto
Finale – Allegro moderato ma rubato
SEMI-FINAL ROUND  
Johann Sebastian Bach Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp Minor, WTC I, BWV 849
Robert Schumann Fantasie in C Major, op. 17
Durchaus phantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen
Mässig, durchaus energisch
Langsam getragen, durchweg leise zu halten
Igor Stravinsky Trois mouvements de Petrouchka
Danse Russe
  Chez Petrouchka
  La semaine grasse
FINAL ROUND  
Johannes Brahms Concerto in D Minor, op. 15