Costantino Mastroprimiano

Costantino Mastroprimiano is a master pianist on the historical piano. He plays on either historical instruments or on modern copies of those. This allows him to perform the music on the type of instrument for which it was created. The use of historical pianos makes it possible to express directly what the composer wrote down.

Each instrument is unique and has its own characteristics in terms of finesses in the playing mechanism and sound quality. This depends on the period in which it was build and on how it survived through time. The pianist has to adapt to each instrument. The instrument determines the repertoire that can best be played on it.

Costantino Mastroprimiano

Photo by: Fabrizio Trionfers

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Costantino Mastroprimiano

Photo by: Fabrizio Trionfers

Today Costantino Mastroprimiano represents a striking personality in the scene of the fortepiano. After his studies of piano and chamber music with M. Marvulli, Guido Agosti, and Riccardo Brengola, he decided to devote himself to the study of the fortepiano. He studies and researches repertoire, playing technique and style for the fortepiano and its successors. He has recorded an extensive discography on various labels (Tactus, Brilliant Classics, Dynamic, and Aulicus Classics). Absolute point of reference is his recording on 18 CDs for Brilliant Classics of the complete sonatas of Muzio Clementi (1752-1832). Currently he records all the sonatas on fortepiano of Ludwig von Beethoven.

He performs on many festivals in his home country Italy and all over Europe: Accademia Filarmonica Romana, I Concerti della Normale di Pisa, Società del Quartetto di Milano, Accademia Cristofori di Firenze, Accademia Chigiana di Siena in Italy, and in Europe at Les Nuits de Septembre (Liège), Noites de Queluz, Uni Mozarteum (Salzburg), Salle Cortot (Paris), Wunderkammer (Trieste,) Sans Souci Festival Potsdam.

He is Professor of historical piano at the Conservatory of Perugia (IT) and visiting professor at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag (The Hague), Universität–Mozarteum (Salzburg), State Conservatory “P. I. Čajkovskij” (Moscow). He also teaches masterclasses in piano music, chamber music and lieder.

Since the summer of 2020 he forms a duo with baritone Sergio Foresti. Together they perform lieder in their historical setting.

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