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Giovanni Umberto Battel

Sun. February 10th 2008 2:00 pm Alix Goolden Performance Hall (All Ages) 2:00 pm
Tickets at: 386-5311
Presented by: Victoria Conservatory Of Music, The Collegium
A native of Venice, Italy, Giovanni Umberto Battel began his piano studies when he was four years old, under the guidance of his father, pianist and composer Camillo, and graduated with full marks and honours with honourable mention at the "G. Tartini" Conservatory in Trieste, under the direction of M° Luciano Gante. He obtained his post-graduate diploma under pianist Lya De Barberiis at the "Accademia di Santa Cecilia" in Roma and his degree in musicology at Bologna University both again with full marks and honours.

Between 1974 and 1979 he won six important national piano competitions connected with the main Italian concert societies. Between 1978 and 1982 he won prizes in seven international piano competition includig first prizes in Stresa and Enna and other prizes won at “Pozzoli”, at “Viotti” and at “Busoni” competitions.

After his début as a soloist in 1976 for Venice's theatre "La Fenice" and his first performance with orchestra in 1980 at the Sanremo theatre, he has given many concerts in Italy. Since 1986 Battel has also played in France (Paris, Nantes, Strasbourg, Obernai), Germany (Hamburg, Bonn, Bremen, Lubeck, Munich, Meersburg), Great Britain (London), Belgium (Brussels, Jodoigne), Sweden (Stockholm), Slovenia (Ljubljana), Croatia (Pola), Serbia (Belgrade), Greece (Athens, Tesaloniki), Turkey (Ankara, Smyrna), Russia (Samara), Japan (Tokyo, Osaka), U.S.A. (San Francisco and other towns in California). As well, he has performed with chamber and symphony orchestra conducted by De Bernart, Gavazzeni, Steinberg, Scimone and many others.

Battel has recorded for both Italian radio and television (RAI). Among his recordings it is to mention two CD with Busoni Piano Concert op. 39a (Bongiovanni ed). When he was twenty, Battel obtained the Piano Chair at “B. Marcello”, the Conservatory of Venice, and has been Director since 1997/98. He has taught master classes in Italy, France, Spain, Serbia, Turkey and Japan, has been a member of the commission of piano competitions and music consultant for concert seasons.
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