It seems that the pianist does what Claude Monet told once: he plays "the light itself"
Danilo Mascetti is an Italian pianist, known for his intense performances and original programming, combining traditional repertoire with less known piano works. He is a member of the International Piano Academy Lake Como, and the ‘19/’20 Carne Trust Junior Fellow at the Royal College of Music of London. He is the winner of the 2nd prize, best Baroque and best Classical prizes at the prestigious UNISA International Piano Competition 2020, South Africa.
Especially appreciated for his performances of French music (Ravel, Dutilleux, Debussy) and Stravinsky, since his debut with Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra in Sala Verdi, Milan, Danilo performs all over Europe with orchestra such as Thessaloniki State Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphonic State Orchestra of Craiova. From 2014 he performs in China and Japan, debuts in London, Prague, Rome, Russia, USA and North Africa, with orchestras such as the West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra Hradec Králové, the Nova Amadeus orchestra, the NYCA Symphony Orchestra, performing for Aspect Foundation for Music and Arts, Kyoto International Music Students Festival, New York Concert Artists.
He has recently performed with orchestras such as ASF Orchestra and UniMilanoB Orchestra, Philarmonic Orchestra of Bacau and RCM Chamber Orchestra. Highlights from recent concerts include debuts at the Slovenian Presidential Palace, the ZK Matthews Great Hall in South Africa, and at the MuTh Concert Hall in Vienna. During this concert season he has his debut in Turkey at the Bodrum Gümüşlük Müzik Festivali as well as in Cambridge, with Brahms Concerto n. 1 with Peter Britton, conductor, and performances of newly written piano concertos by E. Karlidag and E. Sener with the Talent Unlimited Orchestra, besides several chamber and solo concerts.
Danilo is very active as a fortepiano and continuo player, performing as soloist in Bach and Mozart Concertos as well as a continuo player, collaborating with Scherzo Ensemble, Brixton Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the University of Milano, and he is currently generously sponsored by the A. Jacoba Fonds to attend the European Masters in Early Music in The Netherlands and Czech Republic. He regularly plays chamber music with distinguished young musicians such as Alenka Bogataj, flautist and Anna Litvinenko, cellist, with whom he performed in different combinations of chamber music recitals as well as soloists with orchestra. He recorded chamber music works for fortepiano and cello with Bartolomeo Dandolo Marchesi.
Danilo studied with Vsevolod Dvorkin and Natalia Trull, as well as with Vanessa Latarche and Gordon Fergus – Thompson in the UK; he is currently studying with William Grant Nabore and Bart Van Oort. Besides the most recent prize, he gained international reputation becoming laureate of such competitions as “Princesse Lalla Meryem” in Rabat, “Gyorgios Thymis”in Greece, “Chopin” in Rome, “Pianotalents”, “E. Pozzoli” in Seregno, “F.Liszt” in Grottamare.
During his studies he was supported by C. Bechstein, the Ann Driver Trust, the Music Talks Award, the INPDAD Italian awards, as well as by Talent Unlimited and Live Music Now.
Involved from an early age with his parents and his family in the care of foster children, Danilo Mascetti has worked since 2015 with non-profit organizations of Lombardy becoming co-founder and Artistic Director of Arte Solidale Festival (Lake Como); all the proceeds from this festival go to help minors in need.