Italian pianist to perform at Grand Valley

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Italian pianist Gabriele Baldocci will give a free performance Monday, March 12, from 8-9:30 p.m. in Grand Valley State University’s Louis Armstrong Theatre, Performing Arts Center. The concert is presented by the Department of Music Guest Artist Series.

Baldocci is professor of piano at the Conservatory of Potenza, in the south of Italy, and official ambassador and artistic director of the Martha Argerich Presents Project, which encourages artistic collaborations between musicians with different ages, stories and nationalities. He began his piano study at the age of six, has won several international piano competitions and has performed throughout Switzerland, Italy, Buenos Aires, Denmark, and Mexico.

As a teacher Baldocci has given master classes worldwide. In 2007 he recorded "Nino Rota’s Complete Work for Strings and Piano" with violinist Marco Fornaciari, which was released by ARTS. He will soon record Rota’s complete piano works for the same label.

For more information, please call (616) 331-3484 or visit www.gvsu.edu/music.