Biography

Giulio Potenza (°1990) started the piano at the age of six and has since then established himself as a respected concert pianist, teaching and performing extensively. He has been invited to play at prestigious international festivals and venues in U.S.A., Asia, U.K., France, Spain, Austria, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Swiss, Switzerland, Malta, Germany including the Martha Argerich’s Lugano Project of Lugano, the Palermo Classica International Music Festival, the Bangkok International Piano Festival , the Lofoten Chamber Music Festival in Norway, the Hammerklavier International Piano Series of Barcellona, the Bolzano Piano Festival in Italy, the Grieg in Bergen International Festival of Bergen, the Hammamett Piano Festival of Tunis, the Carnegie Hall in New York, Musikverein in Wien, Filarmonia of Oviedo, St. John’s Smith Square, Balckheat Hall in London, Bridgwater Hall of Manchester, Cauchi Hall of Malta, Bellinzona Theater of Lugano, Grieg Hall in Bergen, Auditorium Bernanos in Paris, Auditorium St. Stafano in Florence, Giganti Hall in Padova,  Stavanger Chatedral in Stavanger, and the Theter aan de parade in Hertogenbosch. As a soloist, he has performed with the Florence Symphony Orchestra, directed by Piero Bellugi, the University of London Symphony Orchestra, directed by Daniel Capp, the Exeter Symphont Orchestra directed by Arturo Serna, the London Euphonia Orchestra directed by Dario Peluso and the North Beds Orchestra directed by Jan Kaznowski.

He has collaborated with many renowned artists such as Jose Menor, Antonello Farulli, Daniel Rivera, Gabriele Baldocci, Stefano Farulli, Zoe Freedman ,Nicolas Dupont. In 2014, as a result of his interest for four hands/two pianos composition, Giulio started a collaboration with the Norvegian pianist Oda Voltersvik (Volt&Potenza Duo). The Duo’s debut CD “Khoreia”, including a commissioned contemporary work by the Irish composer P. Martin, was been released in April 2016 under the Velut Luna label. In 2017 he has released a cd including the piano and violin repertoire of Leos Janacek for Da Vinci Classic label and in 2020 a cd including the chamber music repertoire of Alberto Franchetti for BAM records.

His recitals and recordings have been broadcast by BBC Radio 3, Rai Radio 3, the Swiss Classical Radio, Radio Musiq 3, Radio Klara, Radio Vaticana, Radio Mozart Italia and Rai National Television.

Giulio has won prizes at several important piano competitions including the Hanna Brooke prize for piano, for his excellence in the concert career at the Trinity Laban Conservatory; 1st prize Bradshaw and Buono Intenational Piano Competition of New York Piano Duo category  (2017); 2nd prize Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition of New York Solo category (2016); 1st prize at the Seiler International piano competition (2002); 3rd prize Geertruidenberg Klassiek Inernational Music Competition (2018);  “Highly Commended Award” at the Jacques Samuel Piano Competition of London (2012).Giulio was also selected by London’s Concordia Foundation as participant to the Young Artists Programme.

He is professor of piano at the Trapani Conservatory of Musica in Italy and at the Windsor Piano Academy in U.K. and regularly gives master classes in the UK and abroad (Trinity Laban of Musica and Dance London, Assumtpion University of Bangkok etc.). Furthermore, he is the artistic director of the Windsor International Piano Competition and of the Kaleidos International Muisic Festival of Palermo.

Giulio Potenza holds a Postgraduate Degree, Postgraduate Artist Diploma Degree and ISP Advanced Diploma from the Trinity Laban Conservatorie of Muisc and Dance of London with Distinction. He has attended master classes and lessons held by pianists such as Andrzej Jasiński, Martino Tirimo, Barry Snyder, Andrei Gavrilov, Pascal Rogè, Jura Margulis, Irina Chukovskaya , Riccardo Risaliti. Furthemore he holds a Bachelor in History from University of Palermo. He completed his undergraduate music studies at the conservatory of Trapani (Italy).