Second Prize laureate of the 2017 Concours Musical International de Montréal for piano and winner of five special awards (People’s Choice, André Bachand, Best Semifinal Recital, Bach and Chopin awards), Sicilian pianist Giuseppe Guarrera is currently one of the first students of the Barenboim-Said Akademie in Berlin, where he is studying under the guidance of Nelson Goerner. He also studied with Giuseppe Cultrera, Siavush Gadjiev and Eldar Nebolsin at the “Hochschule fur Musik Hanns Eisler” in Berlin where he completed his Masters in 2016.
Mr. Guarrera has won other prizes at national and international competitions including Second prize at the James Mottram International Piano Competition in Manchester in 2015 and First prize at the Concorso Pianistico Nazionale Premio Venezia in 2010. As a soloist, he performed in numerous venues namely the Auditorio Sony in Madrid, Fenice Theater in Venice, Bob Boas Foundation in London, Giuseppe Verdi Theater in Trieste, Studio Flagey in Brussels, University Hall in Leeds, Northern College of Music In Manchester, Bologna Festival in Italy, Palazzo Ricci in Montepulciano, Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, Verbier Festival (Vendome prize) and Maison symphonique de Montréal, with major orchestras including Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Royal Philarmonic, Liverpool Philarmonic and Orchestra del Teatro la Fenice. In September 2017, Mr. Guarrera performed with Daniel Barenboim and the Pierre Boulez Ensemble a world premiere, a new piano concerto written by Benjamin Attahir.