HUDSON — Music from The Western Reserve welcomes back world-renowned pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi as its fourth concert of the 35th season, Feb. 11 at Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson.
Pompa-Baldi was born and raised in Foggia, Italy. In 1999, he won the Cleveland International Piano Competition, which led him to a career that extends across five continents. He was also a top prize winner at the 1998 Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition of Paris, Frances and a silver medalist at the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
Since appearing on the stage in the 2002-03 season, he continues to receive critical acclaim around the world. Pompa-Baldi performs regularly at the world’s major concert venues including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Paris’ Salle Pleyel, Milan’s Sala Verdi, Shanghai’s Grand Theatre and Boston’s Symphony Hall. He has played with the Houston Symphony, Berliner Symphoniker, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Boston Pops, Colorado Symphony and many more.
In addition to his extensive performing career, his recording collection features 20 CDs and is growing. Some of his recordings include the entire piano repertoire of Grieg, his award-winning recital at the Van Cliburn Competition, a tribute to Liszt, an all-Rachmaninoff CD, the Rheinberger Piano Sonatas and more.
He is the founder and faculty member of Todi International Music Masters, a summer festival in Italy, and sits on the juries of the most prestigious piano competitions of the world, including the Cleveland International Piano Competition, the Hilton Head Piano Competition, the International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition in Bergen, Norway, and the San Jose International Piano Competition.
A Steinway artist, Pompa-Baldi is on the piano faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music. He will perform works by Hummel, Lyapunov, Poulenc, Piaf and Medtner. Cleveland Classical has described Pompa-Baldi’s playing as "revealing a musical temperament ranging from the poetic to the virtuosic, with great intelligence and kaleidoscopic imagination."
The concert will be Feb. 11 at 5 p.m. at Christ Church Episcopal located at 21 Aurora Street, Hudson Ohio. This performance is sponsored by the Hudson Community Foundation.
Single tickets are $20 and student admission is free. Tickets can be purchased at www.mftwr.org, the Learned Owl Book Shop at 204 N. Main Street in Hudson, or at the door the evening of the concert. A meet-the-artist reception will immediately follow after the concert.
For more information about Music from The Western Reserve’s 35th season, visit www.mftwr.org and www.facebook.com/mftwr.