Aldo Ragone

Aldo Ragone is an astonishing Italian pianist with an uncanny ability to converse with the great composers and then mesmerize audiences with their creations. With "...a high quality sound, without surrendering to blind virtuosity..."

(The Southern Gazette).

Mr. Ragone thrills audiences around the world with a repertoire ranging from Bach to Villa Lobos, Franck to Dallapiccola, Chopin to Scriabin. "He possesses a quality which I consider fundamental in a contemporary artist: curiosity and the desire to discover new and unusual compositions." (Massimiliano Damerini, concert pianist, Italy).

With "...his style, characterized by good taste and passion, he embodies an exceptional mix of perfect technique and richness of artistic invention." (Pavel Gililov, concert pianist, Germany).

Aldo Ragone brings a unique synthesis of European and American traditions to his life as an artist. Graduating from the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome under the guidance of Giuseppe Scotese, he continued his studies in other significant piano schools of Europe, including the Cini Foundation in Venice, where he worked with Italian master Eugenio Bagnoli.

However, his mentor remains legendary Italian pianist Aldo Ciccolini, with whom he studied from 1991 to 1996. In 2007, Aldo Ragone earned a doctoral degree in Piano Performance with Russian pianist Larissa Dedova, a pupil of Lev Oborin, at the University of Maryland, College Park, with the Ten Piano Sonatas and the 24 Preludes, Opus 11, by Alexander Scriabin. As a result of his commitment to Scriabin's music, Raisa Scriabine, grandniece of the great Russian composer, invited him to perform at the Russian Embassy in Washington DC for the Scriabin Memorial Day, on April 27, 2006.

In 2000, Mr. Ragone earned the Performance Diploma at the Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris, in 2008, the Artist Diploma in Piano Performance at the University of Denver. Mr. Ragone has also distinguished himself in national and international competitions: indeed, he has won nineteen awards, with eight first prizes.

Aldo Ragone has widely performed in Italy for such music institutions as Fondazione Giorgio Cini of Venice, Museum of Musical Instruments and La Scaletta Theatre of Rome, the Liszt Festival in Albano Laziale, Aragonese Castle of Otranto, the Conservatory of Music Tito Schipa of Lecce, Thalberg Hall and Aldo Ciccolini Hall of Naples, Carlo Felice Theatre of Genoa, Vespasiano Theatre of Rieti, Music at Piazza Colonna in Rome, Rassegna di Musica Contemporanea (Contemporary Music Review) in the Theatre of Latina, the Festival Internazionale di Mezza Estate in Tagliacozzo, the International Music Festival Beethoven in Sutri, the prestigious Festival Pontino, the Tuscia Opera Festival, the review Roma Musica Estate, and many more. His performance of the Second Piano Concerto of Sergei Rachmaninov at the Alfonso Rendano Theatre of Cosenza was broadcasted on the Italian national television channel Cinque Stelle.

In 2003, Aldo Ragone made his debut at the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in the U.S.A. Subsequently, he has been a recitalist in many music U.S. venues. Among them, the Gildenhorn Recital Hall of the Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Maryland, College Park; in Washington, D.C., the historic Dacor-Bacon House, the Brazilian American Cultural Institute and the Washington Arts Club; in Washington's metropolitan area, the Italian Cultural Society and the Strathmore Hall Mansion; in Virginia, the Lyceum, the Fairfax Town Hall Series and the Rappahannock Music Series; in Baltimore, the Old St. Paul Church Music Series; in Maryland, the Sanford Concert Series. In Colorado, he has performed to acclaim in Hamilton Hall and in Gates Hall in the Newman Center for the Arts at The University of Denver and at Regis University in Denver. Still in Colorado, he played Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto Nr. 5 with the Denver.

Philharmonic Orchestra in the King Center Concert Hall of Denver, and the rarely performed Scriabin Piano Concerto with the Niwot Timberline Symphony.

His international appearances include the Sommerclassics Musik Festival at Saffig, Germany, the performance of Bach Concerto BWV 1052 in D minor with the Petrassi Youth Chamber Orchestra in Zagarolo, Italy, the Bloomsbury International Recital Series in London, UK, in Turkey the performance of Scriabin Concerto with the Eskişehir Symphony and recitals in Istanbul and Gümüşlük. In 2012, he completed a tour in the U.S.A. with recitals, masterclasses, and the performance of Rachmaninov Second Piano Concerto with the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, which was aired by KPOF Radio of Denver.

In 2009 and 2010, the government of the United States of America awarded him a visa for extraordinary ability in the field of music. From 2007 to 2009 Aldo Ragone taught piano at Regis University in Denver, Colorado.

One of his goals as an artist is encouraging the young generations of pianists to grow with their musical education. In this respect, Mr. Ragone has been organizing international piano masterclasses jointly with Music Associations "Orientarti", "Nuovo Trio Parsifal" and the Municipality of Moteporzio Catone (Rome, Italy) since 2011.

His upcoming engagements for 2015-2016 academic year include concerts and masterclasses in Russia, Turkey and Italy.

Students of Mr. Ragone are prize winners, laureates and finalists of reputed national and international piano competitions.

Presently, Aldo Ragone teaches Piano at the State Conservatory of Music in Campobasso, Italy.