The Piedmont classical music scene, as well as much of Europe and Mexico, already knows about classical pianist Alessio Averone.
It’s only fairly recently that Averone’s reputation as an exceptional soloist and chamber musician has begun spreading throughout the rest of the world.
His upcoming Anthology concert will certainly grow that already impressive audience in the States.
One of San Diego’s premiere venues for live jazz, Anthology routinely invites only major and rising superstars onto its stage. At any given night, you can go to the award-winning Anthology and enjoy live eclectic music by the Dave Matthews Experience, Brian McKnight, Dori Caymmi, Chuchito Valdes, Michael Kaeshammer, Sara Gazarek, Sacha Boutros, and so many others.
This sophisticated supper club is a major haven for the best music, music that can be a little different from the mainstream, and for the most serious of music fans. Besides jazz, the Anthology features a wide variety of fusions like Brazilian, swing, and Flamenco, along with world music, folk rock, indie rock, salsa, Bayou Americana, acoustic fingerstyle guitar, contemporary blues, and, in Averone’s special case, classical.
Alessio Averone’s July 29th Anthology concert promises to marry his passionate artistry with video imagery. He interprets classical music with a flair for the melodic and the dramatic, and with a sensitivity and an exquisite appreciation for the spaces in between the notes that is not only breath-taking, but closer to jazz than not. Not surprisingly, many of the greatest jazz artists pushing fusion boundaries and trashing label-confining definitions today originally come from strong classical backgrounds.
Born in Vercelli, Italy, Averone quickly took to classical piano as a mere child, when he began formal study. Several prestigious schools later, including the Conservatory of Turin, the Superior Academy of Music L. Perosi, and USC (on full scholarship), Averone’s honed his virtuoso to the level of the masters he studied.
Averone’s rise to fame is nothing short of remarkable. By the time he hit 10, Averone was onstage in Romania performing Mozart and Chopin, for his first concert. And at 15, he breezed through Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the prestigious Bucharest Radio TV Orchestra.
Averone benefited tremendously from his studies at the Conservatory of Turin (top of the class), International Superior Academy of Music Lorenzo Perosi of Biella (more honors) with celebrated Italian-French pianist Aldo Ciccolini, the Viotti Academy with Jean Micault, a major interpreter of the romantic classical repertoire, master classes in Paris’ Echole Normal De Paris and Essen, Germany’s Hochschule with Boris Block, and a full scholarship to the University of Southern California under Dr. Stewart Gordon’s doctoral guidance. In the midst of his academia, Averone distinguished himself from the pack by winning first place in the Gian Battista Viotti International Music Competition.
The European sensation introduced his fiery piano solos to American audiences when he performed with the San Diego Symphony in 2001. He’s also worked with many famous classical musicians in both Europe and America, including cellist Alexandru Morosanu as a duo.
Since taking on the classical music scene with a winning combination of passion and musicality, Alessio Averone has enjoyed bravura performances in major venues all over the world, including Los Angeles, Palm Springs, La Jolla, Alexandria, VA, Toronto, Montreal, Mexico City, Guadalajara, Tijuana, and Ensenada, Mexico where he is frequently asked back to headline.
In Italy, where he currently resides after having lived in Southern California for a decade, Averone’s set the Piedmont classical music scene on fire, as well as become popular in Paris, Düsseldorf, and Berne and Baden, Switzerland.
For more info: Alessio Averone’s concert falls on July 29, 7 p.m., at the Anthology on 1337 India Street in San Diego. Tickets go for anywhere from $10 to $38. Call the supper club at (619) 595-0300. For press inquiries, contact SB Entertainment | Sacha Boutros.