Italian pianist FABIO BIDINI is one of this generation’s top-flight pianists. His appearances have included performances with The London Symphony Orchestra at The Barbican, The Philharmonia Orchestra of London at Royal Festival Hall, San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony, Dallas Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Forth Worth Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra Prague at the Rudolphinum, and Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra at Liszt Academy Hall. He has collaborated with conductors including Michael Tilson Thomas, Carlos Prieto, Max Valdes, Dimitry Sitkovetsky, Ivan Fisher, Jesus Lopez Cobos, JoAnn Falletta, Zoltan Kocsis, Michael Christie, and Gianandrea Noseda.
Included in Fabio Bidini’s 2019-20 season are a recital in Kansas City and a chamber music concert with members of San Diego Symphony under their auspices. In the 2018-19 season he performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic both in Buffalo and on tour with them in Florida, and also appeared with the Charlotte Symphony and Rhode Island Philharmonic. His schedule also included four concerts with the Modigliani Quartet in Tucson, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, and Dallas performing the Dvorak Piano Quintet.
Mr. Bidini has repeatedly performed at the prestigious festivals of Europe, including the Tuscan Sun Festival Cortona/Napa, Festival Radio France Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon, La Roque d’Anthéron International Piano Festival, Stern Grove Festival, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli International Piano Festival, Festival dei due Mondi and most recently, Grant Park Festival.
Fabio Bidini is also in great demand as a chamber music partner. He is the pianist of the highly acclaimed ensemble, Trio Solisti, and has enjoyed artistic collaboration with many ensembles and artists including the American String Quartet, the Janacek Quartet, the Brodsky Quartet, the Szymanowski Quartet, the Modigliani Quartet, Zoltan Kocsis, Alexis Pia Gerlach, Maria Bachmann, Eva Urbanova, Nina Kotova, Dimitri Ashkenazy, and Sabrina-Vivian Höpcker.
Fabio Bidini began his piano studies at the age of five. He graduated magna cum laude from Cecilia Conservatory in Rome and studied composition at Florence Conservatory. He has been awarded first prize in eleven of Italy’s most prestigious national piano competitions and has been the recipient of the top prizes awarded in eight international competitions - Terni, Köln, Busoni 1988 and 1992, Pretoria, Marsala, London and the Van Cliburn Fort Worth. He made his North American debut in 1993 with the Atlanta Symphony.
In 2015 Fabio Bidini became the first recipient of the Carol Grigor Piano Chair – a new position enabled by a $5-million endowment gift from the Colburn School’s board chairwoman Carol Colburn Grigor in Los Angeles. Mr. Bidini has been Professor of Piano at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, in Berlin, one of Europe’s premiere music conservatories. He also serves as an Artist-in-Residence at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Köln.
Fabio Bidini’s discography comprises thirteen CDs recorded under the labels BMG, Classichord, Musikstrasse, EPR and True Sounds. He is a Steinway artist.
Scriabin Etudes, Op. 8 No 12
Rocky Mountain News
Colorado Symphony, Chopin e minor Concerto
"The Italian pianist Fabio Bidini brought a velvety tone to the moonstruck passages -- of which there are oodles -- and stormed with bravura through the numerous extroverted moments. Supported wonderfully by Christie's muscular yet sympathetic accompaniment, the pianist allowed the concerto to unfold with naturalness and an unforced quality. The relaxed sighings of the gorgeous Romanze have rarely cast such a spell on the listener. Time seemed to stand still, as Bidini and the muted strings of the CSO floated through the music.
Even before the Finale began, this performance had become a treasured highlight of the season."
The Dallas Morning News
By Scott Cantrell
"In our day of so much shrink-wrapped, portion-controlled pianism, so much of it as flavorful as airline food, an artist such as Fabio Bidini is doubly to be cherished. Appearing Saturday evening at the University of Texas at Arlington, at Irons Recital Hall, the Italian pianist held the music in a passionate, personal embrace. Beethoven and Chopin alternately glowed and blazed in his hands."
Special to the San Antonio Express-News
By Diane Windeler
"The agenda was mostly romantic — Schumann's "Symphonic Etudes" and some sumptuous Chopin — preceded by a graceful, crisply articulated account of the Bach-Busoni Chaconne in D-minor.
Bidini's approach is one of patrician elegance, tempered with warmth and occasionally spiced with the unexpected."