ABOUT LORENZO MEO
"Despite its dense schedule, the 'Night of Art Arsenal' will be remembered primarily for the virtuoso piano performance of Lorenzo Meo"
- Katya Krolevska, Poltavshchyna magazine
Lorenzo Meo is an Italian pianist and composer, currently living in Zurich, Switzerland.
He made his debut concerto appearances performing the Rachmaninov Second Piano Concerto and Mozart's Piano Concerto K.491 in 2002. Since then Lorenzo has made several significant appearances, performing with ensembles such as the Milano Classica Orchestra, the Orchestra of Teatro Comunale in Bologna, the Chioggia Symphony Orchestra, the Bologna Conservatory Orchestra and the Zarlino Orchestra, the New York Chamber Players in prestigious Italian venues such as the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Teatro delle Muse in Ancona, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Teatro Comunale in Modena, Teatro Comunale in Ferrara, Teatro Flavio Vespasiano in Rieti, Auditorium Giovanni Arvedi in Cremona, Teatro della Fortuna in Fano, Auditorium del Carmine in Parma, Fairmount Auditorium in Kiev, Mystetskyi Arsenal in Kiev, Plivka Dovzhenko Center in Kiev, National Philharmonic in Lviv, Liederkranz Hall in New York.
Actively engaged in the performance of contemporary music, Lorenzo Meo regularly premieres works written expressly for and dedicated to him. As a particularly renowned interpreter of Estonian composer Jaan Rääts, he recorded his piano works for the albums "Boundaries" (2005) and "The E.P.M. Project" (2009). As a renowned contemporary music interpreter, he was invited to perform in the closing concert event for the New Music Festival at the International Art Arsenal in Kiev in 2012, playing the piano music of Jaan Rääts and Erkki-Sven Tüür. In 2015 he performed at Lviv National Philarmonic with a program entirely dedicated to new music for piano solo by women composers. In 2016 he performed the Italian premiere of Concert for Piano and Orchestra No.2 Op.70 and No.3 Op.83 by Jaan Rääts followed by the USA premiere in New York City. His discography includes, beside the previously mentioned compositions of Jaan Rääts, recordings of works by Hilding Rosenberg, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Arnold Schoenberg, and Toru Takemitsu, alongside several recordings of works of 21st Century Composers.
As a chamber musician he performed with various ensembles and interpreters. From 2000 to 2005, he played in an acclaimed duo with violist Antonello Farulli. His activity with electroacoustic composer Luigi Pizzaleo has been of particular interest, ranging over a wide variety of productions for piano and live electronics, from 20th Century repertoire to improvisation and multimedia projects. Since 2014 he regularly plays in duo with the violinist Anastasiya Petryshak, the repertoire ranging from the classical period to the 21st century and including pieces of contemporary music expressly dedicated to the duo.
Beside his career as a performer, Lorenzo Meo is also active as a composer of chamber and orchestral works, electroacoustic, acousmatic and theatre music. His works are currently performed in Italy and abroad in several notable festivals and concert venues, including the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte in Montepulciano, Teatro Comunale di Bologna (International Competition "2 Agosto", Bologna), Sala Verdi (Milan Conservatoire), Teatro Nuovo (Repubblica di S. Marino), Teatro Duse (Bologna), Strumenti e Musica del Presente (Auditorium Varrone, Rieti), Giornate del Contemporaneo (MUSMA, Matera), Rieti Elettroacustica (Teatro Flavio Vespasiano, Rieti), Viva 21st Century (Princeton University, NJ - USA), Journées Numériques (Cité de la musique et de la danse, Strasbourg - FR), London New Wind Festival (Regent Hall, London - UK).
Lorenzo Meo graduated from the Conservatoire "G.B. Martini" in Bologna with a degree in piano, studying with Maria Grazia Noferini Babini who was a pupil of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. He has attended masterclasses as both a soloist and chamber musician at several important musical institutions in Italy, including the "Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia" in Rome, the "Accademia Musicale Pescarese" and the "Accademia Clodiense", studying closely with interpreters like Aldo Ciccolini, Boris Bekhterev, Paolo Bordoni, Konstantin Bogino, Alexei Kornienko. A prizewinner of several international piano competitions, he received his Master's Degree in chamber music at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome with Rocco Filippini in 2006.