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A pianist rare in his generation. He does not hold back in his use of the expression pedal, shining above all in the art of singing on the keyboard with an inventiveness of phrasing that demonstrates his exquisite musical intelligence: Costantino Catena was defined in these words by the musicologist Carlo Vitali on the magazine Amadeus. He has performed in Europe, in Australia, in U.S.A. in Russia and in Japan at the invitation of important musical and cultural associations and institutes including the Accademia Filarmonica (Bologna), the Kennedy Center and Georgetown University (Washington), Amici del Teatro Regio (Torino), Amici della Musica (Trapani), Yasar Concert Hall (Izmir), Winchester University, Auditorium Parco della Musica (Roma), Dante Alighieri Society, Ravello International Festival, Alghero International Festival, Filarmonica De Stat Transilvania of Cluj-Napoca, Liszt Institute of Bologna, Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, Kusatsu International Festival, Ohrid Summer Festival. Costantino Catena has an intense recording activity, mainly with the Japanese label Camerata Tokyo, with wich he began working recording Franz Liszt's complete works for violin and piano, as well a double CD featuring all of his piano works dedicated to Venezia and Napoli, a blu-ray dedicated to Debussy and Schumann and other solo CDs. Recently the CD "Hidden Orchestra", including the Concerto op. 54 by Schumann for Piano and Orchestra transcripted for piano and organ by Claudio Brizi, was included into the programming board by All Nippon Airway, while the CD with the Quartet and the Quintet of Schumann, recorded with the Quartetto Savinio, was awarded with 5 stars by the magazine Musica. He has recorded for Phoenix Classics and Nuova Era International labels too. He has recorded for Phoenix Classics and Nuova Era International labels too. His recordings have often been broadcast in Italy and abroad (RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, NHK Nippon HōsōKyōkai, RSI Radio della Svizzera Italiana, MR Magyar Rádió) and have received excellent reviews from leading magazines and important musical critics: «In Nuits d’été à Pausilippe and Soirées Musicales de Rossini Costantino Catena strikes the perfect balance of sentiment and relaxed charm in readings that could scarcely be more idiomatic. In Carnaval de Venise Catena revels in the droll humor and far-fetched technical demands of Liszt’s setting, creating a listening experience that’s great fun. In Venezia e Napoli, the supplement to Book 2 of the Années de pèlerinage, Catena exhibits his natural, unaffected feeling toward the music’s popular source materials. The extended trio of the famous Tarantella is almost ethereal in its beauty. This triptych, recorded so frequently over the past couple of years, is here as deliciously atmospheric and echt-Italian as one could wish.» (Patrick Rucker, Fanfare Magazine - USA); «Catena jumps through the many circus hoops of Liszt’s Tarantella di bravura sulla Muette di Portici with grace and fluency. He is finely sensitive in RW –Venezia, capturing all of Liszt’s desolation as he watched Wagner’s funeral procession of gondolas glide down the Grand Canal» (Bryce Morrison, Gramophone UK); «He is able to exploit the delicious mechanics of the Yamaha piano without suffering the notorious musical dullness (only Richter, in my memory, was successful before): the result is a performance in which every note is given meaning, an interpretation in which nothing is left to chance and yet nothing seems studied, the music running elastic, airy, full of vitality» (Bernardo Pieri, Musica); «Interpretations full of grace and sensitivity» (Paolo Isotta). Recent reviews include: "Costantino Catena has again confirmed his quality as a great pianist. His Liszt is never superficial, and rather than succumbing to the temptation of an overblown and predictable virtuosity imposed on the pianist by a somewhat treacherous and devlish composer, he draws out the nuances as only a great and intelligent artist can. A recital of the highest calibre, an artist of international stature" (Marco del Vaglio); "In Schumann Piano Concerto Costantino Catena gives insights into some original phrasing, particularly in his articulation of the main themes, wich attest to a mature pianist capable of reconciling the balance between structural and emotional emphasis" (Santi Calabrò, Amadeus). Active in the field of chamber music, Costantino Catena has collaborated with leading artists such as Alessandro Carbonare, Michele Lomuto, Franco Maggio Ormezowski, Gabriele Geminiani, Sashko Gawriloff, Sabrina-Vivian Hopker, Claudio Casadei, Massimo Quarta, Lynne Dawson, Maja Bogdanovich, Claudio Brizi, Quartetto Savinio. In collaboration with the musicologist Paolo Scarnecchia launched an exploration of the repertoire of turcherie, and more generally of orientalist inspiration, consists of fantasies, variations, paraphrases, reductions and rêveries, and presented as a conversation-concert. After graduating from the "G. Martucci" Salerno State Conservatoire with top marks and cum laude under the guidance of Luigi D'Ascoli, Costantino Catena continued and completed his piano studies with Konstantin Bogino, Bruno Mezzena and Boris Bechterev. Encounters with Aldo Ciccolini, Michele Campanella and Joaquin Achucarro have also been important landmarks in his musical education. Costantino Catena is actively involved in teaching at several Academies and Universities including The Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań , Tromsø University College, Music College of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, Winchester University, Babes-Bloyai University of Cluj-Napoca and Yasar University of Izmir, and teaches regularly in Avellino, where he chairs the piano professorship in the "D. Cimarosa" State Conservatoire. Alongside his performing activities he graduated in Philosophy at the Salerno University and in Psychology at Naples University, with a particular focus on issues concerning the management of psychological and physiological aspects during musical performance.
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