Talent is one thing there is no shortage of in Italy. Take Marina Pellegrino, winner of the honorable mention at Carnegie Hall in New York. What won over the jury was her version of the Bergamasque Suite by Claude DebussyIl Sole 24 Ore
She took the Special Prize at the 2018 Verona International Piano Competition thanks to her brilliant interpretation of Schumann, characterized by her particular stylistic approach and naturalness of the cantabile that distinguishes the musicality of the performerLa Repubblica
Born in Salerno in 1991, Marina Pellegrino began learning the piano at the age of 11 with her mother, Professor Nella Pinto. In 2010, she graduated with highest honours and a special mention at the Domenico Cimarosa Conservatory in Avellino under Maestro Francesco Nicolosi and only two years later, graduated from the same Conservatory in Music Studies with a specialization in piano and chamber music, again with highest honours and an honorary mention.
She regularly takes part in international specialisation courses, under Maestros Bruno Canino, Andrea Turini, Leonidas Margarius and Michele Campanella.
In 2011, she was selected for the Maratone Pianistiche Liszt, conceived and conducted by Maestro Michele Campanella at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, then performing in the Sala Petrassi of the Auditorium Parco della Musica (Rome).
She has performed at prestigious festivals, Italian concert institutions and major national and international theatres, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician including the XII edition of the Premio Fanzago(Naples);Villa Pennisi in Musica (Acireale); Amici della Musica (Florence ); Auditorium Parco della Musica (Rome); Fondazione W. Walton (Ischia); Vatican Museums (Rome); Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer (Ravello); Chamber Music Festival (Mantova); the Yilan Performing Arts Centre (Taiwan); Bosendorfer -Saal (Salzburg); and at the 60th Festival of Two Worlds (Spoleto).
In March 2016, she and pianist Andrea Lucchesini were the leading performers at the piano recital ATribute to Maria Tipo: Muzio Clementi – Encounters with Piano Works, promoted by the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, held at the Sinopoli Auditorium of the school.
She has also participated in numerous national and international competitions, always ranking among the winners, both as a soloist and a chamber music performer. Her achievements include:
- Honorable Mention in the International Competition of Romantic Music – American Protègé , performing in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2016
- the Diploma of Honor at the Nuova Coppa Pianisti Osimo 2018 International Piano Competition in September 2018, member of the prestigious Alink-Argerich Foundation
- Special Award for Best Female Talent of the competition in the solo final of the Verona International Piano Competition 2018, member of the prestigious Alink-Argerich Foundation.
- Winner of the Giuliano Valori Scholarship, as the best student of the academic year 2016/2017, as student of the pianist Andrea Lucchesini at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole
Since November 2015, she has been part of the Quartetto Felix, a chamber group with whom, after graduating from the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with highest honours, she performs in Italy and abroad, to great acclaim from the public and critics alike.