Elisa Tomellini

Bio

Elisa Tomellini was one of the artists mentioned by The Guardian newspaper as belonging to ‘…the brightest talents among today’s exceptional generation of young pianists…’.
Elisa is an Italian concert pianist, born in the city of Genoa, Italy. She has played the piano from the age of five, being taught at this very young age by Lidia Baldecchi-Arcuri.
Elisa has since travelled to Milan and Verona to continue her musical studies. In Milan she studied with Ilonka Deckers-Kuszler, who herself was a student of Istaván Thomán – one of the favourite students of Franz Liszt – and in Verona, she studied with Laura Palmieri.
At the age of sixteen, Elisa was admitted to the prestigious Music Academy ‘Incontri Col Maestro’ in Imola. Here, she was taught by several established musicians, including Alexander Lonquich, Riccardo Risaliti, Franco Scala, Joaquin Achucarro and Piero Rattalino.
Following this, Elisa attended numerous master-classes with such illustrious pianists as Maurizio Pollini, Sviatoslav Richter, and Lazar Berman.
In 1997, Elisa gained a Diploma with the highest scores at the Conservatoire ‘G. Verdi’ of Milan.

5 stars on BBC Music Magazine

…It is a rare delight these days to hear a pianist who dares to play pianissimo… There is charm here in abundance, together with staggering virtuosity…
…Finally, not the least of Tomellini’s abilities is her grasp of form… here everything unfolds naturally and meaningfully. And the piano sound is superb…“.

February, 2019. Roger Nichols

The Guardian

Elisa Tomellini was one of the artists mentioned by The Guardian newspaper as belonging to ‘…the brightest talents among today’s exceptional generation of young pianists…’.

26th October, 2016. Andrew Clements

Elisa is the winner of several prizes at international competitions such as the ‘Viotti Valsesia’, the ‘Concorso di Cantù’, and the ‘Concorsa Città di Pavia’. The magazine ‘Piano Time’ refers to Elisa as ‘a prominent pianist in Italy’.
In Italy, Elisa has performed in recitals and with orchestras at important music festivals, including the Società dei Concerti-Milano, Le Serate Musicali-Milano, Teatro Carlo Felice-Genova, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana-Palermo, Orchestra del Teatro Filarmonico-Verona, Gog Genova and The Glenn Gould Foundation (a live streaming concert) and for Quirinale Palace Live Radio Concerts in Rome.
Elisa has also toured in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, the UK, and the USA. At some of these events, the Italian Public RAI RADIO 1, RAI RADIO 2, and RAI RADIO 3, and RSI Rete Swiss, broadcast Elisa’s performances live on air.
For a few years, Elisa took a sabbatical period from her musical career and lived in the Alps, where she developed a passion for trekking and climbing mountains. Subsequently, she pursued such activities in the distant corners of the world. Later, Elisa made her return with debuts at the Kennedy Centre in Washington and the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany.
An album, released under the Vermeer label, features pieces from Sergei Rachmaninov and her own unique arrangements of Astor Piazzolla’s operas. Her second album, under the Piano Classics label, presents works from Rachmaninov, including the unknown Suite in D minor and other early works and this is included in a complete Rachmaninov collection with the Russian pianists Zlata Chochieva, Alexander Gavrylyuk, Lukas Geniušas, Alexander Ghindin and Nikolai Lugansky.

 

 

A recent album for the Dynamic label, distributed by Naxos, and recorded at RSI of Lugano, has been available since October, 2018. Here, Elisa is the first woman in the world playing the Transcendental Studies of Liszt from Paganini in the 1st 1838 original version, of which, Schumann commented that there might be only four or five pianists in the world who could play them. This album gained five stars in Roger Nichol’s review in BBC Music Magazine of February, 2019 (p98).

“… It is a rare delight these days to hear a pianist who dares to play pianissimo… There is charm here in abundance, together with staggering virtuosity…..Finally, not the least of Tomellini’s abilities is her grasp of form….here everything unfolds naturally and meaningfully. And the piano sound is superb….”.

The repertoire of Elisa is based mostly in the Romantic era and in Russian composers which she often performs in entire recitals. Furthermore, her music repertoire also encompasses other genres such as the Nuevo Tango of Astor Piazzolla.

In order to close the circle of her two lives, that of a pianist and the life in which she had a sabbatical to discover the beauty of the world, she performed what is called the world’s highest piano concerto after scaling a 14,700 feet peak in the Alps, Monte Rosa, on July 8, 2017.

The concert was more than just personal. The film rights are donated to the Sanonani Association, an organisation which runs a children’s foster home in Kathmandu.

In 2018, Elisa founded, and is the President of, the Association ‘Genova Musica’, of which Elisa and Luca Franzetti are the Artistic Directors. In the same year, she also became an Ambassador of Genoa in the culture of the world. On the 23rd January, 2020 in Italy, Elisa was given the Amelia Earhart Award for achievement.

Latest Video

BACH:

Concerto for 2 pianos/harpsichords BWV 1061 in C major


BACH-BUSONI:

Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565


BEETHOVEN:

Sonata Op10 No 3 in D major (Sonata No 7)

Sonatas for violin and pianoforte Op12 No 1 in D major & No 2 in A major

 Sonata for violin and pianoforte Op24 No 5 in F major (‘Spring’)

Sonata Op13 in C minor (‘Pathétique’) (Sonata No 8)

Sonata Op26 in A♭ major (Sonata No 12)

Sonata Op27 No 2 in C♯ minor (‘Moonlight’) (Sonata No 14)

Sonata Op31 No 1 in G major (Sonata No 16)

Sonata Op49 No 2 in G major (Sonata No 20)

Sonata Op53 in C major (‘Waldstein’)  (Sonata No 21)

Sonata Op79 in G major (Sonata No 25)

Sonata Op110 in A♭ major (Sonata No 31)

Eleven new Bagatelles Op119

Piano  Concerto No 2 in B♭ major Op19


BRAHMS:

 Sonata for Violin & Piano Op78 No 1 in G major (‘Rain Sonata’)

Sonata for Violin & Piano Op100 No 2 in A major

Sonata for Violin & Piano Op108 No 3 in D minor


CHABRIER:

Bourrée Fantasque


CHOPIN:

Nocturnes Op9 Nos 1 & 2, Op15 No 3, Op37 No 1, Op48 No 1, Op72 No 1

12 Études Op10

Piano Concerto Op11 No 1 in E minor

Mazurkas Op17 No 4, Op33 No 4, Op59 No 3, Op67 No 4, Op68 No 2

Piano Concerto Op21 No 2 in F minor

Ballade Op23 in G minor (Ballade No1)

12 Études Op25

Waltzes Op64 Nos 1, 2, & 3, Op69 Nos 1 & 2,  Op70 No2

Ballad Op52 in F minor

Berceuse Op57

Sonata Op58 in B minor

Polonaise-Fantasie Op61 in A♭ major

Fantaisie-Impromptu Op66 (posth.) in C♯ minor


DEBUSSY:

Children’s Corner

Suite Bergamasque


FRANCK:

Sonata for Violin & Piano in A major


GALLIANO :

Tango pour Claude

Fou Rire


GERSHWIN:

Three Preludes


HINDEMITH:

Sonata for violin and pianoforte Op11 No 1 in E♭


JANACEK:

Violin Sonata


LISZT:

Three Concert Études (S144): No 1 in A♭ major  (‘Il lamento’),

No 2 in F minor (‘La leggierezza’), & No 3 in D♭ major (‘Un sospiro’)

Two Concert Etudes (S145): ‘Waldesrauschen’ (‘Forest Murmurs’) & ‘Gnomenreigen’ (‘Dance of the Gnomes’)

Polonaise No 2 in E major (S223)

Three Sonnets of Petrarch (S158)

Hungarian Rhapsody (S244) No 2 in C♯ minor

3 Transcendental Studies (S139): No 4 Mazeppa, No 5 Feux Follets, 

No 12 Chasse-neige

6 Transcendental Studies of Paganini, first version 1838 (S140):

No 1 in G minor, No 2 in E♭ major,

No 3 in A♭ minor (‘La Campanella’),

No 4 in E major, No 5 in E major, and No 6 in A minor

Sonata in B Minor (S178)


MENDELSSOHN:

Songs without words Op19b No 1 in E major & No 2 in A minor

Op30 No 6 in F♯ minor, Op62 No 5 in A minor (‘Venetian Boat Song No 3’) &

No 6 in A major (‘Spring Song’)

Variations Sérieuses Op54

Piano Concerto Op25 in G minor

Piano Trio No 1 in D minor Op49


MOZART:

Sonata for violin and pianoforte, K304, No 21 in E minor

Sonata K310 in A minor

Sonata K330 in C major

Sonata K331 in A major

Sonata K332 in F major

Sonata K333 in B♭ major

 Sonata K457 in C minor

Sonata Fantasia  K475 in C minor

Sonata K545 in C major

  Sonata K570 in B♭ major

Sonata K576 in D major

Rondo K485 in D major

Piano Concerto K466 in D minor

Piano Concerto K467 in C major

Piano Concerto K488 in A major


PIAZZÓLLA:

Adiós Nonino

Oblivion

Extasis

Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires):

No 1 Primavera Porteña (Spring), No 2 Verano Porteño (Summer),

No 3 Otoño Porteño (Autumn),  No 4 Invierno Porteño (Winter)

Vuelvo al sur

Michelangelo 70

Libertango

Milonga en ré

Maria de Buenos Aires: Yo soy Maria

Suite del Ángel (Angel Suite):

Milonga del Ángel, La Muerte del Ángel, Resurección del Ángel

Chiquilin de bachin

Escualo

Jeanne y Paul

Tanti anni  prima: ‘Ave Maria’

Revirado

Soledad

Hay una niña en el alba

Buenos Aires hora cero

Tango del diablo

4 Pieces Op3

3 Preludes

Sonata No 1 Op7


PROKOVIEV:

Toccata Op11 in D minor

Piano Sonata Op14 in D minor  (Sonata No 2)

Sarcasms Op17

Piano Sonata Op82 in A major  (Sonata No 6)

Sonata for violin and piano Op94a in D major (Sonata No 2)


RACHMANINOFF:

Morceaux de Fantaisie Op3 No 1 Elégie in E♭ minor, No 2 Prélude in C♯ minor

Morceaux de Salon Op10

6 Moments-Musicaux Op16

Piano Concerto Op18 No 2 in C minor

Sonata for cello and pianoforte Op19 in G minor

Sonata Op36 in B♭ minor (Sonata No 2)

Etudes-Tableaux Op39, No 2 in A minor, No 3 in F♯ minor,

No 5 in E♭ minor & No 8 in D minor

Suite in D minor (1890/1891)

Lento in D minor (c1883)

Four Pieces (1887/1891): Romance, Prélude, Mélodie, Gavotte

3 Nocturnes (1887/1888): No 1in F♯ minor, No 2 in F major, and No 3 in C minor

Piece (Canon) in E minor (1891)

Prelude in F major (1891)


SAINT-SAENS:

Piano Concerto Op22 in G minor


SCARLATTI:

Sonatas L241 (K54) in A minor, L281 (K239) in F minor, L415 (K119) in D major,

L422 (K141) in D minor, L449 (K27) in B minor & L465 (K96) in D major


SCHUBERT:

4 Impromptus D935 (1827: known also as Op 90; originally Op posth. 142):

No 1 in F minor, No 2 in A♭ major, No 3 in B♭ major and No 4 in F minor


CLARA SCHUMANN:

Piano Trio Op17 in G minor


SCHUMANN:

Davidsbündlertänze Op6

Piano Quintet Op44 in E♭

Piano Trio Op63 No 1 in D minor

Violin Sonata Op105 No 1 in A minor


SCRIABIN:

Study Op2 No 1 in C♯ minor

12 Studies Op8

Prelude for the left hand Op9 No 1 in C♯ minor

Sonata Op23 in F♯ minor (Sonata No 3: ‘Moods’)

Sonata Op69 (Sonata 9: ‘Black Mass’)

Sonata Op70 No 10 (Sonata 10: ‘Insect Sonata’)

Discography

2014: Released under the Vermeer label, Elisa Tomellini’s album featured pieces from Sergei Rachmaninov, as well as her own unique arrangements of Astor Piazzolla’s operas.

2015: Elisa released an album for the Piano Classics label entirely dedicated to unpublished works by Sergei Rachmaninov, including the re-discovered Suite in D minor and other early works. This is included in a complete Rachmaninov collection with the Russian pianists Zlata Chochieva, Alexander Gavrylyuk, Lukas Geniušas, Alexander Ghindin, and Nikolai Lugansky.

In December 2017, Elisa recorded the Liszt Transcendental Studies based on Paganini – in Liszt’s first version of 1838. This was recorded for the Dynamic label at the Swiss Radio Lugano RSI. The CD is now online for free streaming and can be bought. Elisa is the first woman in the world to have played the studies in this version.

The album gained a double five stars in the BBC Music Magazine for 2019, with the reviewer commenting…

“… It is a rare delight these days to hear a pianist who dares to play pianissimo… There is charm here in abundance, together with staggering virtuosity…..Finally, not the least of Tomellini’s abilities is her grasp of form….here everything unfolds naturally and meaningfully. And the piano sound is superb….”.

Roger Nichols, BBC Music Magazine, February, 2019.

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