Music in the Air 2023

Saturday, June 3 | 3pm | Reading Garden* | Drop-in

Join us for an open air concert featuring sibling pianists Jacopo and Maddalena Giacopuzzi.

CDL has been honored to host Jacopo and Maddalena separately for our inaugural Music in the Air concert since 2017. For the first time, the Giacopuzzi siblings will join us together, live and in person at the Chelsea District Library Reading Garden. Jacopo and Maddalena Giacopuzzi have dazzled audiences across the country and internationally. Born in Italy to a family of pianists, both siblings took an interest in music from an early age; when Jacopo became serious about the piano, younger sibling Maddalena was soon to follow. While their style and application are different, their continued love of music and astonishing talent are shared. Don't miss this moving performance right here at your local library.

Jacopo Giacopuzzi

As a soloist and chamber musician, Jacopo has performed recitals at major festival and venues throughout the United States and Europe. Born in Italy to a family of pianists, Jacopo studied in Weimar at the Liszt Hochschule, earned his first Master`s Degree cum laude in Piano performance in 2009 under the guidance of Virginio Pavarana, a Master`s in Sound Design with Mauro Graziani at the Conservatory of Verona in 2012, obtained a Diploma at the International Piano Academy of Imola Incontri col Maestro with Leonid Margarius in 2014. He completed his studies as a graduate in Piano Performance at the University of Southern California (2016) with Professor Kevin Fitz-Gerald.
Known for his multi-talented skills, including photography, video making, and all things digital, he contributes these skills to the festivals he participates in, especially the iPalpiti Festival in Los Angeles and Pianofest in the Hamptons.
Jacopo is a winner of 14 international competitions including the International Piano Competition San Dona` di Piave, Premio Crescendo in Florence, International Liszt Competition in Los Angeles, and the Beverly Hills National Auditions. He has taught at the Conservatory of Verona E.F. Dall Abaco (2012 – 2014), worked as a collaborative pianist at the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels (2010), and has been invited to serve on competition juries and to give presentations and concerts throughout California.
After attending the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara for a number of seasons, Jacopo found himself embraced by this loving community and makes Santa Barbara his home, surfing at sunrise before heading to his piano. Verona is still his home as he continues his international career. His most recent musical engagements take him every summer to iPalpiti festival in Los Angeles, Pianofest in the Hamptons and at the Maui Chamber Music Festival in Hawaii.

Maddalena Giacopuzzi

Since she was a child Maddalena Giacopuzzi has distinguished herself in the musical overview by winning the First Prize in several National and International Competitions: in 2016 she won the Third Prize at the Rina Sala Gallo Piano Competition in Monza and in 2015 she won the First Prize at the 53rd “A. Speranza” International Piano Competition in Taranto and at the 6th Massarosa International Piano Competition. She was selected to take part to the final rounds of the Montreal International Competition in 2017, the Cleveland International Piano Competition in 2016, the Busoni Piano Competition 2017.

Maddalena Giacopuzzi has performed at major festival and venues including Amici della Musica di Verona (Sala Maffeiana), Mantova Musica Festival (Teatro Bibiena), Accademia Chigiana di Siena, International Summer Academy in Salzburg, Amici dell’Opera in Pistoia (Teatro Manzoni), Arena di Verona Foundation (Teatro Filarmonico), Orchestra Sinfonica di San Remo Foundation (Teatro del Casinò), Società dei concerti di Milano, Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Amici della Musica di Padova, auditorium Parco della Musica a Roma (Sala Petrassi e Spazio Risonanze), Milano Classica, Fondazione “Walton” di Ischia, Settimane al Teatro Olimpico di Vicenza. She has performed as soloist with the Orchestra of the Arena in Verona, Orchestra Monteverdi of Bozen, the Haydn Orchestra of Trento and Bozen, the Orchestra Verdi of Milan, the Orchestra of Sanremo, Orquestra Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico under the baton of Berislav Sipus, Emir Saul, Stephen Lloyd, Carlo Tenan, Giancarlo de Lorenzo and Gabriela Diaz Alatriste.

Maddalena Giacopuzzi was born in Verona in 1991. She began studying piano at the age of 5 years with Prof. Laura Palmieri and she continued her studies with Prof. Ida Tizzani. She received the diploma at the Conservatory “E. F. Dall’Abaco” in Verona under the guidance of M ° Adriano Ambrosini with full marks, laude and a mention of honour and a scholarship from the Accademia Filarmonica of Verona, reserved for the best graduates of the Conservatorio of Verona (2009). In April 2014 Maddalena graduated with the Master Degree with full marks, laude and a mention of honour at the Conservatorio “C. Monteverdi” in Bolzano, where she studied with M° Cristiano Burato. During the years 2010-2015 she attended the Accademia “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola where she studied with M° Leonid Margarius.

In 2017 she completed the Artist Diploma at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Roma, with M° Benedetto Lupo, receiving a scolarship offered by the Association Settimane al Teatro Olimpico. In Summer 2013 she attended the Accademia Dino Ciani with Jeffrey Swann, Claudio Martinez Mehner and Cristiano Burato and she was awarded a prize as the best student of the Academy. In 2014 she was selected to take part to the Konzertarbeitswochen in Goslar where she attended classes by M° Arie Vardi, while during the Summer 2019 she was invited to take part to the festival Pianofest in the Hamptons with M° Paul Schenly. She was also named Fellow of the prestigious 2017 Music Academy Of The West in Santa Barbara, California, having the opportunity to perform, work, and collaborate with Guest Artists like Jeremy Denk, Jerome Lowenthal, Conor Hanick, Robert Mc Donald, Stephen Hough.

Maddalena Giacopuzzi dedicates an important part of her musical activity to chamber music: she completed the Artist Diploma with a specialization in Chamber Music at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, where she studied with M° Carlo Fabiano. She’s also collaborating with cellist Ludovica Rana (Musica Insieme a Bologna, Società dei Concerti di Milano, Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Amici della Musica di Lonigo, Associazione Sfere Sonore a Lecce, Camerata Ducale di Vercelli and at the Steinway Hall of the Academy Musikum in Salisburgo) and Chiara Burattini (Ravello convert society, Accademia dei Cameristi di Bari, Queen’s University Belfast, Steinway Society). Since February 2019 she is on the Piano faculty of the Conservatorio “G. Paisiello” in Taranto, Italy.

*In case of rain, the concert will be moved indoors.

Check out the video below of Maddalena Giacopuzzi and her brother Jacopo, playing together from across the ocean to entertain their followers during the global pandemic.

Special Thanks to the Friends of Chelsea District Library and Michael D. Kunkel & Henry Cox for their support of Music in the Air.