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The Italian Pianist Costantino Catena gave a remarkable concert on 28 August for the Dante Alighieri Society. His masterful interpretation of pieces by Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms and Liszt enchanted the audience and set the basis for a return of the maestro in the future. Maestro Catena was also very happy to meet with the Italian Community after the concert.

The Consulate was proud to co-sponsor the event and, more importantly, to establish a partnership with Dante Alighieri to promote various events of this type, aimed at showcasing Italian artists in South Australia.

Costantino Catena took up the study of the piano at the age of four. Having been awarded his diploma with top marks and distinction under the guidance of Luigi D'Ascoli, he continued and completed his piano studies with Boris Bechterev and Konstantin Bogino. Encounters with Aldo Ciccolini, Joaquin Achucarro and Bruno Mezzena have also been important landmarks in his musical education.

A prize-winners at numerous national and international piano competitions (International Sulmona Competition, Internationalen "J. Brahms" Wettbewerb in Pörtschach, "S. Rachmaninov" International Competition, etc.) he has played and given masterclass in Italy, in Europe, in U.S.A. and in Russia at the invitation of important music associations and institutes (Agimus, Accademia Angelica Costantiniana, Ravello International Festival, Alghero International Festival, William Walton Foundation, Camerata Romanica of Cluj, Kennedy Center and Georgetown University in Washington, Music College of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire,   Philarmonic Orchestra of Bacau etc.). In the field of chamber music he has played with artists of international repute, including Alessandro Carbonare, Michele Lomuto, Franco Maggio Ormezowski, Sabrine Vivian-Höpker, and he frequently appears in duet formation with the violinist Mauro Tortorelli, with whom he has recorded Liszt's complete works for violin and piano on the Phoenix label and Thalberg's "Parafrasi su arie d'opera" for violin and piano on the Nuova Era label.

Alongside his performing activities he has always dedicated himself to study and research, graduating in Philosophy at the Salerno University summa cum laude with a thesis entitled "Musical thought: cognitive processes and connectionist models", focusing particularly on the study of the cognitive psychology of music. He was awarded a study grant from the Bolzano Mitteleuropeo Institute of Culture to participate in the International School in Cognitive Analysis, and with a grant from the Italian Institute for Philosophical Studies he also took part in the Summer School of Music and Philosophy in Maratea. He then graduated in Psychology at Naples University, where he concentrated on the psychophysiology of musical performance, a field in which he is actively engaged in research work.

A member of ESCOM (European Society of Music), he chairs the piano professorship in the "S. Giacomantonio" Conservatory in Cosenza.

Flyer of Costantino Catena's Concert.