Saturday, March 10, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Two Polonaises, Op. 26
Scherzo in C# minor, Op. 39
Two Nocturnes, Op. 62
Ballade in F minor, Op. 52
A native of Naples, Italy, Paolo Tatafiore comes from a family of composers, pianists, conductors and painters. He started his musical training at the age of seven, studying piano with Claudio Graziano, organ and composition with Aladino Di Martino, Bruno Mazzotta, Vincenzo De Gregorio at the Conservatories of Naples, Avellino and Salerno. A long series of Masterclasses followed, under Carlo Bruno, Maria Tipo and others. At that time, he started appearing in piano recitals and concerts with orchestra as well as in chamber music ensembles throughout his native Italy, performing among others for the RAI – Italian Radio and Television Piano Festival.
He also became a passionate and devoted piano teacher in the Italian Middle School with musical orientation and in the Conservatory of Avellino. He continues his teaching to this day. Some of his students have become successful and internationally acknowledged musicians, such as Marco Schiavo and Murray Hidary.
Since moving to the United States, Tatafiore has been regularly appearing as a soloist and as a member of chamber music groups in major venues in New York, Connecticut, and Ohio, among others. The collaboration with conductor Darrell Lee Music was particularly meaningful. Prof. Dr. Jonathan Irving of the City University of New York had enthusiastic words about him: “Mr. Tatafiore possesses a towering technique, but the listener is not drawn to the technique per se; rather the technique serves to bring the music expression to the highest level. Musicianship and performance like this are exceedingly rare.”
Among his recordings is a live performance of Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto at the Herkulessaal der Residenz in Munich, Germany, which obtained outstanding reviews in major newspapers and in the leading German magazine “Das Orchester”.
In 2009 he moved to Germany where he also became involved in multimedia projects with renowned actors, including Mario Adorf and Juergen Wegscheider. On the occasion of Franz Liszt’s 200th birthday (2011), Tatafiore and Wegscheider toured with “Liszt in Italien”, a project of texts and letters between Liszt and Marie D’Agoult, with music and video projection. Enthusiastic reviews were published on the “Suddeutsche Zeitung” and other major newspapers.
Currently living in Los Angeles, his upcoming engagements include recitals in California and concerts with American Orchestras. As a composer Tatafiore has recently published a group of piano pieces and a set of Variations for Viola and Orchestra that will be world-premiered in Ohio this coming October.