Muzio Clementi: Piano Sonatas
It is rather curious for a musician whose family name is Clementi to perform the works of a composer who lived two centuries ago and bears the same surname… could she be a descendant? Muzio Clementi’s music has long been underestimated, even though there have been great admirers of it among pianists, first and foremost Vladimir Horowitz, whose repertoire included the three Sonatas here recorded by Maria Clementi. They are works that are both spectacularly virtuosic and musically relevant, and the young pianist from Milan highlights this with the freshness of her truly innovative and quite original reading. Born in Milan, Maria studied with Piero Rattalino at the Conservatory “Giuseppe Verdi” in Milan, graduating summa cum laude. Thereafter she continued studying at the International Piano Academy “Incontri col maestro” in Imola under Lazar Berman, Boris Petrushansky and Alexander Lonquich. A very young winner of many piano competitions, a first prize at the International Competition for Piano and Orchestra of Cantù in Italy, at the age of 16 a third position at the International Music Competition “G.B.Viotti” of Vercelli and she won the second prize at the 38th National Piano Competition “Premio Città di Treviso”.