Concertisti Classica, la musica classica in Italia
Classical Music in Italy
Close this search box.

"For fifty years I have been looking for the Sound and I am still on the road" (Michele Campanella)

Michele Campanella has performed in the most prestigious halls of the 5 continents, and has played with the major European and American orchestras. Alongside his career as a pianist, in recent years he has expanded his conduct as a soloist by collaborating with the main Italian orchestras.

Trained at the school of Vincenzo Vitale, Michele Campanella he began his career as a virtuoso pianist and then broadened his horizons to conducting and non-fiction, to the point of being a point of reference for music in Italy today.
The “Franz Liszt” Society of Budapest awarded him the Gran Prix du Disque in 1976, 1977 and 1998, the latter for the engraving “Franz Liszt - The Great Transcriptions I-II” published by Philips. In 1986 the Hungarian Ministry of Culture awarded him the medal for "Lisztian merits", as did the American Liszt Society in 2002.
Michele Campanella is a very versatile artist of temperament. This characteristic has led him to approach authors such as Clementi, Weber, Poulenc, Busoni (Award of the Italian Record Critics in 1980 for recordings with the Fonit Cetra), Rossini, Brahms, Ravel and Liszt, of which he has recently recorded an anthology of Paraphrase, the 12 Transcendental Execution Studies and a selection of pieces from the late period played on the Bechstein that belonged to Liszt, the first major chapter of an important series dedicated to Liszt's opera that will include 12 CDs, to be released for the Brilliant Classics label.
His discography includes recordings for labels such as Emi (Ravel), Philips (Liszt, Saint-Saëns), Foné (Chopin), PYE (Liszt, Tchaikovsky), Fonit Cetra (Busoni), Nuova Era (Tchaikovsky, Liszt, Musorgskij, Balakirev ), Musikstrasse (Rossini), P&P (Brahms, Liszt, Scarlatti), Cam Jazz (Debussy, Ravel, Stravinski, Rachmaninov, Musorgskij). In the summer of 2005 the recording of Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle conducted by Campanella in Pesaro was published by the Rossini Opera Festival.
He has played with the main European and American orchestras, collaborating with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Aldo Ceccato, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Eliahu Inbal, Charles Mackerras, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Georges Prêtre, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Thomas Schippers, Hubert Soudant, Pinchas Steinberg, Christian Thielemann. He is frequently invited to countries such as Australia, Russia, Great Britain, China, Argentina and has been a guest of the international festivals of Lucerne, Vienna, Prague, Berlin and Pesaro (Rossini Opera Festival). In the 90s he was alongside Salvatore Accardo and Rocco Filippini, as ideal partners to tackle the masterpieces of chamber music. Among the important achievements, the performance of all the concerts by Beethoven and Mozart, and the complete piano music by Brahms stand out.
In recent years, Michele Campanella's activity has greatly developed as a conductor-soloist with the most prestigious Italian orchestras, such as the Orchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia, the ORT-Orchestra of Tuscany, the Orchestra of Chamber of Padua and Veneto, I Virtuosi Italiani, the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento. The repertoire should be underlined: Ravel, Fauré, Poulenc, Franck, Saint-Saëns, Schumann, Weber, Liszt, as well as Mozart and Beethoven.
He is passionately dedicated to teaching: he held the chair of piano at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena from 1986 to 2010 and for eight years he held master classes in Ravello. He recently founded the musical community of the Amalfi Coast with Monica Leone. He was awarded the prestigious awards of the "Naples Award Foundation" and the "Guido and Roberto Cortese Foundation". He has been a member of the Santa Cecilia Academy since 1983, of the Roman Philharmonic Academy, of the Cherubini Academy of Florence. For nine years he was artistic director of three concert seasons born within the Universities of Naples, Benevento and Catanzaro. For five seasons he has been the artistic director of the Maggio della Musica in Naples. Since 2008 he has been President of the Liszt Society, the Italian chapter of the American Liszt Society.
In 2011, the year in which the bicentenary of the birth of Franz Liszt was celebrated all over the world, Campanella entirely dedicated his activity as a pianist and conductor to the Hungarian composer, whom he studied and loved since the age of fourteen. years, engaging in a long series of solo concerts in Italy and abroad: in particular in Piacenza, Cremona, Udine, Parma and Ravenna as part of the famous Festival, with the Luigi Cherubini Orchestra performing, in a single evening, as soloist and conductor, of all of Liszt's piano and orchestral music.
Prominent appointments abroad were the concerts in Buenos Aires, at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo and the three performances together with Riccardo Muti in Chicago, for the culmination of Liszt's celebrations with the performance, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, of the First Concert for piano and orchestra.
In addition, in collaboration with the National Academy of Santa Cecilia and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Campanella created and directed a series of Lisztian marathons in 2011 at the Parco della Musica in Rome, during which the integral of the music written for the piano by Liszt. It was an event that involved 75 Italian pianists and which has assumed an exceptional importance as it has never been realized in the world before.
Alongside his activity as a musician, Campanella works as a writer. In 2011 Bompiani published the book “My Liszt. Considerations of an interpreter ”, a literary homage that the pianist wanted to dedicate to his reference author.
In 2012 Michele Campanella received the prestigious Scanno Prize for Music and the Grotta di Tiberio Prize for musical interpretation.
In 2013, the year of the bicentenary of the birth of Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi, Michele Campanella was involved in a long series of concerts dedicated to the Paraphrases of Franz Liszt, in Italy, Hungary, Spain, Russia, Germany and China, confirming the his important role as Ambassador of Music in the World and Brilliant Classics has dedicated a box of 3 CDs - Special Edition to these compositions.
2014 saw Michele Campanella protagonist in Italy, as a soloist and conductor, in the performance of the last Mozart concerto K 595 and concert no. 2 by Brahms as well as in the recital “Chopin vs Liszt: The Battle”, a peaceful battle between two of the greatest composers for piano literature, Fryderyk Chopin and Franz Liszt. He was also engaged in tour in the United States with the Fine Arts Quartet, in South America with the violinist Boris Belkin and in the creation of a CD, published by Cam Jazz, for a project on jazz improvisation with saxophonist Javier Girotto.
In 2014 he was awarded the honor of Knight of the Order "Al Merito della Repubblica Italiana".
In 2015, Michele Campanella's multifaceted activity took him on tour with Javier Girotto and their project Musique sans Frontières on music by Ravel and Debussy. In October he celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of his debut at the Teatro di San Carlo, in Naples.
In 2016, among the various commitments, the return to the Teatro alla Scala as a quintet with the Quartetto della Scala and the performance of the great Busoni Concerto at the Verdi Theater in Trieste should be emphasized.
In 2017 the cd and the vinyl of Liszt's Sonata were released. In September Campanella launched the first edition of “Spinacorona, Neapolitan musical walks” an innovative festival that has achieved extraordinary success with the public. In December of the same year the book “Quisquilie e pinzillacchere. Story of a Neapolitan musician told to a friend ”, curated by Riccardo Risaliti.
In April 2018 he was awarded the Honoris Causa Degree in Disciplines of Music and Entertainment. History and Theory for cultural and artistic merits from the Department of Humanities of the University of Naples “Federico II”.
In June, Cam Jazz releases the cd “Vers la grande porte de Kiev” created in collaboration with Javier Girotto. In September 2018 he created the second edition of the “Spinacorona, Neapolitan musical walks” festival, expanding the success of the previous edition.
Michele Campanella is Official Yamaha Artist.
Could it be interesting for you

Turin, Sentimento

Inner peace and restlessness, struggle between good and evil, stasis...

  • Not to be missed




    Concert Season


    101st Arena di Verona Opera Festival 2024

    From 7 June to 7 September '24

    Verdi Festival of Parma and Busseto, XXIV Edition

    From 21 September to 20 October '24

    LacMus Festival 2024

    From 9 July to 21 July '24

    Bologna Festival 2024 – 43rd edition

    From 18 March to 6 November '24

    Refreshments Baroque Festival 2024 | 2nd edition Verona

    From 15 FebruaryEnded 28 February '24