Great debut at the Ruhr Piano Festival in Schwelm …extraordinary young talent… A breathtakingly differentiated technique and a great ability to own artistic design dominated the pianist’s playing. Westfalen Post / Klavier Ruhr Festival / July 2019
In 2017 Giuseppe won 2nd Prize at the Montréal International Competition along with five other awards including the People’s Choice.
Over the last year Giuseppe has won a prestigious Klavier Ruhr Festival scholarship and the Tabor Foundation Award at the Verbier Festival Academy. He completed his studies at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin with Nelson Goerner and has now joined the Faculty.
This season Giuseppe makes his debut with the McGill Chamber Orchestra at the Salle Bourgie in Montréal, the New Generation Orchestra in Florence, the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen in Cremona and at the Al Bustan Festival in Lebanon. He gives recitals at Wigmore Hall, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Scherzo series in Madrid, Societa dei Concerti in Milan, Festival Armonie in Valcerrina and Lingotto Giovani in Turin, among many others.
Giuseppe has performed widely in Europe, recent highlights including concerts at the Pierre Boulez Saal, Klavier-Ruhr Festival, the Luis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, Estivales de Musique en Médoc, the Bologna and Lerici Festivals. In 2017 he premiered a concerto by Benjamin Attahir with the Pierre Boulez Ensemble conducted by Daniel Barenboim.
Solo appearances include the Philharmonische Orchester des Staatstheaters Cottbus, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (with Vasily Petrenko), the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (with Claus Peter Flor) and the Orchestra del Teatro la Fenice.
As a chamber musician Giuseppe has collaborated with Ramon Ortega Quero, Pascal Moragues, Benjamin Goldscheider and Elena Bashkirova at festivals in Jerusalem, Alderney and Berlin. He frequently works with violinist Mayumi Kanagawa and in 2018 recorded with cellist Alexander Warenberg.
Born in Sicily, Giuseppe studied with Siavush Gadjiev and Giuseppe Cultrera in Italy, the Hochschule für Musik Hans Eisler with Eldar Neblosin, and the Barenboim-Said Academy with Nelson Goerner in Berlin. He was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust in 2018.
Awards include 2nd Prize at the 2015 James Mottram Competition in Manchester and 1st Prize at the 2010 Concorso Nazionale Premio Venezia. He has taken part in masterclasses with Daniel Barenboim, Ferenc Rados, Mikail Voskresensky, Sergei Babyan, Richard Goode and Michel Beroff.
“While the audience at Bourgie Hall was going wild after Guarrera’s performance of Liszt’s Rhapsody Espagnole… we were still trying to recover from the beauty of Beethoven’s Op. 10 No. 3, which opened it. Guarrera resisted the temptation to place his own stamp on the work, instead using a crisp touch and careful attention to detail to simply reveal the beauty in Beethoven’s score. ”
“As soon as he started playing, I was conquered… the Italian Giuseppe Guarrera was in my favorites from the beginning.”
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“With Guarrera, the dialogue with the orchestra led to a wealth of expressive nuances and moods. Energy, melancholy, delicacy, objectivity and humour were all heard in an animated conversation. There was virtuosity in the cadenzas, and an encore of Scarlatti. I listened entranced.”