Biography

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

Over the last years the charismatic German-Italian pianist Sophie Pacini has established herself firmly as a pianist of exceptional musicality and virtuosity whose interpretations display originality. Highlights of the last 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 Philharmo- nic, Staatsorchester Braunschweig, Saarländisches Staatsorchester Saarbrücken, Sinfonieorchester Bern and Staatskapelle Weimar at Munich’s Philharmonie. Sophie will perform solo recitals at Wiener Konzert- haus, La Seine Musicale Paris, SWR 2 International Piano Series in Mainz, Fundación Scherzo in Madrid and at international festivals such as Lucerne Piano Festival, the Klavierfestival Ruhr and the Schumannfest Bonn, the Wigmore Hall in London, the BOZAR in Brussels and the Opera de Dijon.

Since her concert debut in 2000, Sophie Pacini has appeared in many renowned concert halls across Euro- pe including KKL Luzern, Philharmonie Berlin, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Beethovenhalle Bonn, Tonhalle Zürich, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Philharmonie am Gasteig München, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Herkulessaal München, La seine musicale Paris, Konzerthaus Berlin and Kurhaus Wiesbaden. In recital, she has performed at inter- national festivals such as Lucerne Piano Festival, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Piano aux Jacobins, Kammermusik- fest Lockenhaus with Gidon Kremer, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Progetto Martha Argerich Luga- no and Sommets musicaux de Gstaad.

As a soloist, Sophie Pacini has appeared with orchestras such as Gewandhausorchester zu Leipzig, Came- rata Salzburg, Dresdner Philharmonic, Sinfonieorchester Bern, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Tonhalle-Orches- ter Zürich, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Mozarteum Or- chester 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. 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 Deutsch- landfunk Förderpreis describing her as “one of the greatest talents of her generation.”

Her first solo album for Warner Classics of works by Beethoven and Liszt was released in September 2016 and her new album „In Between“ again for the label was released in 2018. Amongst her CD recordings, many of which have also received plaudits, are the Piano Concerto by Schumann, Mozart’s Piano Concerto in E flat Major (K 271) 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 Mozarte- um, from where she moved to the newly founded Institute for Highly Gifted Students. She earned her diplo- ma in 2011 with honours while she continued to join masterclasses of Pavel Gililov, 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, the beginning of a long term musical friendship.