Biography

Her expressivity never becomes an end in itself: at any one moment her playing is artistic, contemplative, surprising and illuminating (Neue Zürcher Zeitung)

The charismatic German-Italian pianist Sophie Pacini is already establishing herself as a pianist of exceptional musicality and virtuosity whose interpretations display originality. Highlights of the 2017/18 season include concerts with the Cuban European Youth Orchestra as part of Rheingau Musik Festival and “Young Euro Classic” Festival Berlin as well as concerts with Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Cape Town Philharmonic and Staatskapelle Weimar at Munich’s Philharmonie. She will perform solo recitals at Wiener Konzerhaus, La Seine Musicale Paris, SWR 2 International Piano Series in Mainz, Fundación Scherzo in Madrid and at international festivals such as Lucerne Piano Festival, Festival Internacional de Piano en Blanco y Negro Mexico and the Schumannfest Bonn.

Since her concert debut in 2000, Sophie Pacini has appeared in many renowned concert halls across Europe including Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Beethovenhalle Bonn, Tonhalle Zürich, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Herkulessaal München and Konzerthaus Berlin. In recital she has performed at international festivals such as Lucerne Piano Festival, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Piano aux Jacobins, Kammermusikfest Lockenhaus with Gidon Kremer and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. As a soloist, Sophie Pacini has appeared with orchestras such as Camerata Salzburg, Dresdner Philharmonic, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra in Suntory Hall and Orchard Hall.

Recently named Young Artist of the Year at the 2017 International Classical Music Awards ‘ICMA’ and 2015 ECHO KLASSIK Newcomer of the Year. In 2011, Pacini also received the Prix Groupe Edmond de Rothschild at the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad with Dmitri Bashkirov as Jury President and Musikfest Bremen’s Deutschlandfunk Förderpreis describing her as “one of the greatest talents of her generation.”

Sophie Pacini records exclusively for Warner Classics. Her first solo album for the label, of works by Beethoven and Liszt was released in September 2016. Amongst her CD recordings, many of which have also received plaudits, are the Piano Concerto by Schumann, Piano Concerto in E flat Major K 271 by Mozart with Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz (Onyx, 2012), a solo recording of works by Schumann and Liszt (CAvi Music, 2012) and works for solo piano by Chopin (CAvi Music, 2014).

Pacini began her studies at the age of ten as a student of Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the Salzburg Mozarteum, where she was accepted two years later by the newly founded Institute for Highly Gifted Students. From 2007 she continued her studies in masterclasses given by Pavel Gililov, completing her diploma in 2011 with honours. She received further incentives in masterclasses held by Dmitri Bashkirov and Fou Ts’ong. In 2010 she became acquainted with Martha Argerich, who invited her the following year to give a recital as part of the Martha Argerich Project in Lugano.