UNCW CMA welcomes World-Class Concert Pianist Paolo Andrè Gualdi, the newest member of our staff!


Classical Pianist and professor at Francis Marion University, the Italian native has played recitals in Italy, United Kingdom, France, Brazil and the United States for numerous music organizations, festivals and concerts. He has also appeared with many orchestras including the Georgia Philharmonic, Wilmington Symphony, Atlanta Philharmonic, Florence Symphony, DeKalb Symphony, and the Universidade de Caxias do Sul Symphony Orchestra.  He has recorded for Mark Records and IFO Classics, and his performances have been broadcasted by radios such as BBC, NPR and Radio Vaticana.

(Courtesy of http://www.pagualdi.com)

Similar to the opportunities available through CMA, Gualdi began studying piano with his father at the age of five. He continued at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy, with Carmela Pistillo.  He earned his Piano Diploma with highest honours at the Conservatory Arrigo Boito in Parma.  While in the U.S., he earned a Master Degree at Carnegie Mellon University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Georgia.

We spoke with Paolo on his way to Charleston about UNCW CMA…..

When asked what his vision for CMA is:

“What I would like to do is build an institution for young, promising pianists. I haven’t taught young students in a while, so I am excited to be coming in and starting with this group.”

What is the biggest difference between Italy and the States:

“I have been living in the States for 16 years, it is a big change in a good sense… The food is very different and of course the school system is different for music. There is more of an importance (in Italy), as there are conservatories for music, although the system is changing. I started at a conservatory when I was 11, which is something that is not so common here. It is much less structured here and that is why schools like CMA are great! They offer a more serious environment for serious, younger-musicians.”

What do you want for your future students:

“Every journey is different. But there is one thing that I want all of my students to get out of my lessons; and that is a deeper enjoyment of music. Of course everyone has a different path, not everyone gets to be a concert pianist, but studying music has made my curiosity about discovering new music much deeper and it is very much a big part of my life.”

Paolo is available for lessons and will be working alongside UNCW CMA. You can find his tour dates, music and more at http://www.pagualdi.com





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