"Without music, life would be a mistake." - Friedrich Nietzsche

Giuseppe Guarrera

Born in Sicily, Giuseppe Guarrera has been studying in the class of Nelson Goerner at the Berlin Barenboim-Said Academy since 2018, after having previously studied in Italy and at the Hanns Eisler University of Music in Berlin. Appearances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vasily Petrenko, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, and the Orchestra of La Fenice (Venice) under Dmitri Kitaenko have been some of the highlights of his career. For the inaugural concert of the new Pierre Boulez Auditorium in Berlin, Giuseppe Guarrera premièred a new piano concerto by Benjamin Attahir with the Pierre Boulez Ensemble conducted by Daniel Barenboim. Guarrera has also performed in Brussels, in Paris, at the Sony Auditorium in Madrid, at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, at the Verdi Theatre in Trieste and at the Bologna Festival. During his studies, Guarrera won a series of distinctions including 2nd Prize at the James Mottram Competition in Manchester (2015) and 1st Prize at the Concorso Nazionale Premio in Venice (2010). He has actively participated in masterclasses given by masters of their craft including Daniel Barenboim, Ferenc Rados, Sergei Babayan, and Michel Beroff; he also worked as the assistant of Eberhard Feltz at Hanns Eisler University and as the assistant of Nelson Goerner at the Barenboim-Said Academy. In 2018, Elena Bashkirova selected him as that year’s Festival Scholarship holder, which led to his début at the Festival in 2019.

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Edition Klavier-Festival Ruhr Vol. 38, Festivaldebüts 2019
Elisabeth Brauß & Giuseppe Guarrera & Tiffany Poon & others