Simone Sala, piano
VERDI Overture to The Sicilian Vespers
PONCHIELLI Dance of the Hours
GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue
JOHANN STRAUSS, JR. Lagoon Waltz
Simone Sala was born in 1982 in Bojano, Italy, where he began studying piano at age 9, continuing the 150 year-old family legacy of musicians. At age 20, he graduated with “10/10, laude and special honors” from L. Perosi Conservatorium in Campobasso, Italy, with a degree in piano as a student of M. Battista (Piano) and L. Salvadori (Composition). After graduation he won a scholarship to attend the master classes of Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, where he met Joaquin Achucarro, considered one of the world’s finest pianists. In 2004, Mr. Sala received the gold medal from the Italian Republic President, an award reserved to those who gained merits in the field of school, culture and art. In 2006, he earned a full scholarship to attend Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas to study with J.Achucarro and graduated in April 2008 with an Artist Certificate. Currently, Mr. Sala is continuing his studies with J. Achucarro and pursuing a Master’s degree in Piano Performance at Southern Methodist University. As a classical pianist, Mr. Sala has performed recitals and concerts throughout both Europe and the United States as a chamber musician and soloist accompanied by Orchestras such as the National Ukraine State Orchestra, Molise Regional Orchestra, Campobasso Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Meadows Symphony Orchestra, Donetsk Symphony Orchestra and several others. Since 1996, Mr. Sala has won First Prize in both National and International piano competitions including: • National Piano Competition “Coppa Pianisti d’Italia” Osimo,Italy (in 1996 and 2003) • National Piano Competition “Città di Ortona” Ortona, Italy (in 1996 and 2003) • National Piano Competition “Rassegna Giovani Musicisti” San Pietro in Vicoli (1996) • National Piano Competition “Pianistico- Strumentale” Pompei, Italy(1999) • National Piano Competition “Miglio d’oro” Portici, Italy (1999) • National Piano Competition “Giovani Musicisti” Mercato San Saverino, Italy (1999) • International Piano Competition “Premio Napoli” Naples, Italy (2nd prize, 1st prize was not assigned, 2000) • European Piano Competition “ L.M Altruda “ Vasto, Italy (2000) • European Piano Competition “Concorso –Premo Aretusae- Siracusa, Italy (2001) • National Piano Competition “Scuola Concerto”Campobasso, Italy (2002) . International Piano Competition Castel Nuovo della Daunia, Italy (2004) • National Piano Competition, Rocchetta (2005) • International Piano Competition Guradiagrele (2005). “Concerto Competition” SMU, Dallas (2007). “Texas young artists Competition” with J.Jones, Conroe, USA (2008). “Premio Cafaro” Magliano Sabina, Italy (2008). “Premio Napolitano” Vietri sul Mare, Italy (2008). “Hubbard Music Competition” Roundrock, USA (2009).