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In 2017, Giuseppe won the 2nd Prize at the Montréal International Musical Competition as well as five other awards, including the People’s Choice Award.

Born in Sicily, Giuseppe completed his studies in 2018 at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin with Nelson Goerner in 2018. In the same year, he won a Tabor Foundation Award at the Verbier Festival Academy, received a prestigious scholarship from the Klavier-Festival Ruhr, and was selected for membership by the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT).

Solo highlights of his career include appearances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Vasily Petrenko), the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (conducted by Claus Peter Flor) and the Orchestra del Teatro la Fenice.

In 2017, during the opening concert of the season at the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, he premiered a concerto by Benjamin Attahir with the Pierre Boulez Ensemble, conducted by Daniel Barenboim. Giuseppe has performed at major venues including the Auditorio Sony in Madrid, the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste and the Maison Symphonique de Montréal. Future engagements include recitals at Wigmore Hall, at the Klavier- Ruhr Festival Ruhr and the Pierre Boulez Saal and performances of concertos by Saint-Saëns and Beethoven in the UK, Italy and Germany.

Prior to joining the Barenboim-Said Academy, Giuseppe studied in Italy with Siavush Gadjiev and Giuseppe Cultrera , and in Berlin with Eldar Neblosin at the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’ in Berlin graduating with a Master’s degree in 2016.

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