Biography

The pianist Aglaia Tarantino is much in demand in her native Milan and in London where she now lives. As a soloist she has played with several orchestras in Italy , including the Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra , G.B.Sammartini Orchestra and Piccola Sinfonica in Milan. In addition to solo recitals Aglaia has performed as a guest artist with contemporary ensembles all over Europe giving many premières. Chamber performances have taken her to many important festivals in Italy, elsewhere in Europe and also as far Japan and Egypt. She is a regular duo partner with flautist Andrea Manco and viola player Paul Silverthorne performing in Italy and the UK.

As an accompanist Aglaia works regularly at the Royal Academy of Music in London, including collaboration with visitor professors such as Maxim Vengerov, Garth Knox, Colin Carr, Hartmut Rohde, Nobuko Imai, and William Bennett.

She has been invited as pianist and piano teacher for masterclasses in Central School of Speech and Drama of the University of London , Accademia 'Associazione Musicale Preziosi' in Turin , Conservatorio G.Verdi in Milan, Conservatorio G.Verdi in Como, AIMS Solsona (Spain) ,IMFL summer courses in Taunton (UK), Teatro Politeama in Catanzaro (Italy).

Winner of many national and international competitions whilst studying with Vincenzo Balzani in Milan - the Premio Schubert , Premio Tortona, Citta' di Asti prize , Premio Ferrero, Premio Beltrami and Cilea prize. During her postgraduate study with Clifford Benson and Ian Brown at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Aglaia was awarded the 'M. A. Garrett' and 'Wilfred Parry prizes'.

Further advanced study was undertaken with Hans Fazzari, Vitaly Margulis, Alexander Lonquich, Jan Philip Schulze. Aglaia also attended the International Chamber Music Academy "Trio di Trieste" (Duino – Italy ) studying with D. de Rosa and R. Zanettovich.

A new CD of 20C flute music with Andrea Manco (principal flute at the Teatro Regio in Turin and Noord Netherlands Orkest) was released in 2011 , distributed on iTunes.com and Amazon.com.