The soloist, recitalist and chamber musician ANTONIO PIRICONE has won First Prize in the Van Wassenaer Concours for early chamber music (2009) and the Clementi Award for researching original repertoire on historical keyboards (2011). After studying modern piano in Catania, he furthered his musical education at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, specialising in early music, performance practice and historical keyboard instruments, and most recently with Andreas Staier in Cologne and Sally Sargent in Vienna. He has performed at major international music venues, festivals and concert series in Europe and Japan, including at the Dvořák Hall in Prague, Prague Spring Festival, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Concertgebouw, Utrecht Early Music Festival, Cité de la Musique in Paris, La Roque d’Anthéron, Opera National de Bordeaux, Teatro Massimo Palermo, La Folle Journée in Bilbao, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space, Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall, Tokyo Opera City Hall and Hokutopia Early Music Festival, working with Concerto Koeln, Munich Symphony Orchestra, Czech Chamber Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Izmir Symphony Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, Claudine Ansermet, Furio Zanasi, Ton Koopman, Roberto Gini, Paolo da Col, Martin Roscoe, Steve Reich, Malcolm Arnold, Andreas Staier and Alexander Rudin. He is currently living in the Netherlands, where his research focuses on the historical development of keyboard instruments. He is also head of the piano department at Trapani Conservatory and a lecturer and coordinator for academic research and development at Yasar University in Izmir.