BiographyIt is not a profession to be a pianist and musician. It is a philosophy, a conception of life that cannot be based on good intentions or natural talent. First and foremost there must be a spirit of sacrifice. (Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli)
Born in Orvieto in 1980, Pier Paolo Vincenzi took piano lessons while still very young in his hometown with Elisa Attioli. By the time he was 20 he had obtained a first class Diploma at the Istituto Pareggiato G. Briccialdi in Terni, under Andrea Trevisan. He then studied with Pier Narciso Masi at the Sesto Fiorentino music school, also attending many of Masi’s master classes, including those held at the Accademia Internazionale “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola, where he obtained a Masters Degree in chamber music. He also attended master classes held by teachers such as Massimiliano Damerini, Alexander Lonquich and Guido Salvetti, and the Wiener Meisterkurse under Martin Hughes. In his busy career as a concert pianist he plays in recitals and as a soloist with various orchestras and ensembles, meeting with widespread acclaim on the part of audiences and critics alike.
For Brilliant Classics he has recorded the Wagner complete piano music (2 CDs, 2013), the complete “Vaterländischer Künstlerverein” di Anton Diabelli (2 CDs, 2015) and the Cilea complete piano music (2 CDs, 2016). For Meridian Records he has recorded the complete Weber piano sonatas (2 CDs, 2016/2017).
His recordings are well reviewed by critics, radio and magazines, such as the German radio MDR - Figaro, RSI Rete due - Radiotelevisione Svizzera, WDR 5 (Germany), Rai Radio 3, ReteToscanaClassica, the "KulturSpiegel", the Süddeutsche Zeitung, "Il Venerdì di Repubblica" (... Pier Paolo Vincenzi, pianista di grande valore e preparazione ... - Claudio Strinati), Fanfare magazine (... Vincenzi has the kind of sparkling, italian touch one often associates with Benedetti Michelangeli, or more recently, Luisi, His playing alternates between seriousness and sensuality, drama and joy, and the listener is with him every step of the way ... - Lynn René Bayley), Diapason, American Record Guide (... Italian pianist Vincenti definitely knows his way on the music ... .The playing is precise, imaginative, and the variations are well contrasted ... - Alan Becker), SantaFeMexican (... Italian pianist Pier Paolo Vincenzi offers an insightful, clearly voiced interpretation of Beethoven's set - James M. Keller), ClassicalMusicGuide (... Vincenzi captures the essence of Wagner's piano music with care, heart and precision ... - Lance G. Hill) Gramophone, Cambridge University Press , Music, Classic Voice, Amadeus, La Repubblica.
He teaches piano at the Scuola comunale di Musica in Scandicci and at the Centro Studi Musica & Arte in Florence, also in a course specializing in Music Therapy. Moreover, he also teaches Chamber Music and Harmony in Florence.
He also has a degree in Electronic Engineering, which he took at the University of Perugia.