In January 2013, 17 years old Italian pianist Leonardo Colafelice has been the first-prize winner of the Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition in Arizona receiving the prize from Martha Argerich hands and winning all other possible prizes too: most outstanding performance of a composition by a Russian composer and most outstanding artistic performance od an Etude by Chopin.
Just a few months ago, between June and July 2012, he had became the gold medalist of the “Gina Bachauer Young Artists International Piano Competition” in Salt Lake City (USA) and subsequently the first-prize winner of the “Thomas & Evon Cooper International Competition” in Oberlin and Cleveland (USA) and the gold medalist of the “Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition” in Rochester (USA).
He is also the first-prize winner of other 60 international piano competitions including: the “Young Pianist of the North International Piano Competition” in Newcastle (UK), the “International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Young Artists” in Szafarnia (Poland), the “Concours Musical de France” in Paris, the “International Tournament of Music” (TIM) in Verona (Italy) and the “Premio Città di Padova” in Padua (Italy).
Born in 1995 in Altamura (Bari), in southern Italy, Leonardo is a fourth year High School student. He began to study piano at the age of 8. Currently he is a pupil of Pasquale Iannone at the “Niccolò Piccinni Conservatory of Music” in Bari. Leonardo has attended piano master classes and courses with Aldo Ciccolini and Marisa Somma.
He regularly performs as a soloist in Italy as well as in the USA with several orchestras including: Cleveland Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Orchestra della Provincia di Bari, Balkan Festival Orchestra, with several conductors including Jahja Ling, Neil Varon, Michele Marvulli, Ovidiu Balan, Rino Marrone.