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, Brixton Chamber 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 also enjoys playing harpsichord and fortepiano, performing as soloist in Bach Concertos as well as a continuo player and often premiering new harpsichord works, and has made chamber music recordings at the fortepiano; in 2022 he joins the European Master of Early Music at the universities of The Hague and Brno as a A. Jacoba Fonds scholar.
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. 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.