“Incredible and original interpretation which was luminescent and transparent, absolutely gripping and with the most convincing musical logic.” These were the reasons given by the Deutschlandfunk jury that awarded the young German-Italian pianist Sophie Pacini the 2011 Prize for Artistic Advancement.
Since making her concert début in 2000, Sophie Pacini has appeared in many renowned concert halls across Europe including Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Beethovenhalle Bonn, Tonhalle Zürich, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Herkulessaal München and Konzerthaus Berlin. In recital she has performed at international festivals such as the Lucerne Piano Festival, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Piano aux Jacobins, Kammermusikfest Lockenhaus with Gidon Kremer and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. As a soloist, Pacini has appeared with orchestras such as Camerata Salzburg, Dresdner Philharmonic, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Wiener Kammerorchester, Mozarteum Orchestrer Salzburg, and Tokyo Philharmonic in Suntory Hall and Orchard Hall.
The 2016/2017 season sees the release of Pacini’s first recording for Warner, a solo recital programme featuring works by Beethoven and Liszt. Pacini will take this programme to major recital halls, amongst others in Munich, Trento, Perth and Berlin’s Kammermusiksaal. Orchestra engagements lead her to Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Bournemouth Symphony and Gewandhausrchester Leipzig amongst others.
Recently named as the 2015 ECHO Klassik Newcomer of the Year, in 2011 Pacini also received “Prix Groupe Edmond de Rothschild” at Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad with Dmitri Bashkirov as Jury President and Musikfest Bremen’s Deutschlandfunk Förderpreis describing her as “one of the greatest talents of her generation”. Since 2013 Pacini is a Scholarship holder of the Mozart Society Dortmund.
Among her CD recordings, many of which have also received plaudits, are the Piano Concerto by Schumann, the Piano Concerto in E flat Major by Mozart with Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz and Radoslaw Szulc (Onyx, 2012), a solo recording of works by Schumann and Liszt (CAvi Music, 2012) and works for solo piano by Chopin (CAvi Music, 2014).
Pacini began her studies at the age of 10 as a pupil of Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at Salzburg Mozarteum, where she was accepted two years later by the newly founded Institute for Highly Gifted Students. From 2007 she continued her studies in masterclasses given by Pavel Gililov, completing her diploma in 2011 with honours. She received further incentives in masterclasses held by Dmitri Bashkirov and Fou Ts’ong. In 2010 she became acquainted with Martha Argerich, who invited her one year later to give a recital as part of the Martha Argerich Project in Lugano and who has since become an important figure on the young pianist’s career path.click to download images