In 2017 Giuseppe won 2nd Prize at the Montréal International Competition along with five other awards including the People’s Choice. Solo highlights include appearances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (conducted by Vasily Petrenko), the Royal Philharmonic, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (conducted by Claus Peter Flor) and the Orchestra del Teatro la Fenice
In 2017 Giuseppe won 2nd Prize at the Montréal International Competition along with five other awards: the People’s Choice, best semi-final recital, the Bach, Chopin and compulsory work awards.
Born in Sicily, Giuseppe completed his studies in 2018 at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin with Nelson Goerner. In the same year he won a Tabor Foundation Award at the Verbier Festival Academy, received a prestigious Klavier Ruhr Festival scholarship, and was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT).
Solo highlights include appearances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vasily Petrenko, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal conducted by Claus Peter Flor, and the Orchestra del Teatro la Fenice conducted by Dimitroj Kjtaenko. He premiered a new concerto by Benjamin Attahir with the Pierre Boulez Ensemble conducted by Daniel Barenboim in the opening concert of the PIerre Boulez Saal in Berlin.
Giuseppe has performed widely in Europe appearing at the Studio Flagey in Brussels, Luis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, Auditorio Sony in Madrid, Fenice Theater in Venice, Giuseppe Verdi Theater in Trieste, Leeds University, Bologna Festival and Palazzo Ricci in Montepulciano.
Future engagements include recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Klavier Ruhr Festival, Boulez-Saal, Estivales de Musique en Médoc, Holywell Room Oxford, St. James’s Guernsey, and performances of concertos by Saint-Saëns and Beethoven in the UK, Italy and Germany.
As a chamber musician he collaborates with Ramon Ortega Quero, Pascal Moragues, Benjamin Goldscheider and Elena Bashkirova at festivals in Jerusalem, Alderney and Berlin. He frequently works with violinists Mayumi Kanagawa and Jiyoon Lee and this autumn records with cellist Alexander Warenberg.
Prior to joining the Barenboim-Said Academy, Giuseppe studied in Italy with Siavush Gadjiev and Giuseppe Cultrera, and in Berlin with Eldar Neblosin at the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’ graduating with a Masters in 2016.
During his studies he won numerous awards including 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, and assisted Nelson Goerner at the Barenboim-Said Academy.
“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. ”
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“As soon as he started playing, I was conquered… the Italian Giuseppe Guarrera was in my favorites from the beginning.”