We must play our splendid piano repertoire in such a way as to induce the listener to love life more strongly, to understand its essence more deeply, to be intensely moved, to desire with ardour.
Elia Cecino, recent winner of the 28th New Orleans International Piano Competition (USA), in 2021 won the first prize at the international competitions “James Mottram” in Manchester (England) and “Ricard Viñes” in Lleida (Spain). He was also awarded at the Ciudad de Ferrol, Pozzoli in Seregno, Schumann in Düsseldorf.
Since 2014 Elia is regularly invited to play solo recitals in venue such as Teatro Verdi in Trieste, Gran Teatro La Fenice and Teatro Malibran in Venice, Fazioli Concert Hall in Sacile, Teatro Municipale in Piacenza, Teatro Toniolo in Mestre, Teatro degli Industri in Grosseto, Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Palazzo Pitti in Florence, Sala dei Notari in Perugia, Sala Maffeiana and Auditorium della Gran Guardia in Verona, Sala degli Affreschi of Società Umanitaria and Spazio 89 in Milan, Bolzano Conservatory, Sala dei Giganti in Padova, Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo, Palazzo De Nobili in Catanzaro, Casa della Musica in Cosenza, Palazzo Litta in Milan, Casa Mozart in Rovereto, Steinway Hall in Londra, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead, Laeiszhalle Kleiner Saal in Hamburg, Gesellschaft für Musiktheater in Vienna, Schloss Wolfsburg, Italian Culture Institute in Hamburg and Budapest, Sanatorium Marconi in Busko-Zdrój, Palatul Culturii Iași, Aula de Cultura in Murcia, Teatro Thuillier in Caravaca de la Cruz. In 2016 he took part in a concert tour in the USA.
He performed as soloist with orchestras including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Simfònica del Vallès, Sinfónica de Galicia, Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra, Sichuan Philarmonic, Bacau Philarmonic, FVG Orchestra, Morbegno Vivaldi Orchestra, Joven Orquesta Leonesa, Empoli Busoni Orchestra, Complesso d’Archi del Friuli e del Veneto, Concentus Musicus Patavinus Orchestra, Pordenone San Marco Orchestra.
Elia has also an intense chamber music activity in string duo, trio and quintet. In December 2020 he collaborated with cellist Mario Brunello on the occasion of 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. 2022 saw him engaged in projects for piano quintet and performed in different halls including the Sale Apollinee of Teatro La Fenice in Venice and Teatro Comunale di Monfalcone.
In October 2020 the label ➤Suonare Records released his debut CD dedicated to Beethoven, Chopin and Skrjabin and a monographic Chopin album is published in April 2021 by ➤OnClassical. Some of his recitals and interviews have been broadcast on ClassicFM, Rai Radio 3, Radio Popolare, Rai Friuli Venezia Giulia and Radio MCA. He participated in the TV show “Prodigi” for Unicef on air on Rai 1.
Born in Italy in 2001, Elia began his studies at 9 with Maddalena De Facci and at 17 graduated Summa cum Laude from Cesena Conservatory.
The following year Elia won the XXXVI Premio Venezia, competition reserved for the best graduates of the Italian Conservatories. Later he studied with Andrzej Jasinski achieving in 2021 the Master Diploma at Accademia del Ridotto di Stradella. He is currently specializing with Eliso Virsaladze and Boris Berman.
Since 2019 Elia is artist in residence at the “Luigi Bon” Foundation.
Some writing about me...
“On the bedside table the dialogues about music of the great German master Wilhelm Furtwängler; in the suitcase, always ready, the dark shirts and jackets, suitable for the rigorous context of the concert halls, in the bag the scores of Mendelssohn and Grieg, certainly also Chopin. For years Cecino travels the world and Italy performing at the piano, between competitions and concerts, showing a sensitivity interpretation judged out of the ordinary. His life is marked by the rigour and the need to cultivate his talent…”