Italian pianist Laura Magnani returns to Old First Concerts in a solo recital featuring beloved works of the repertoire by Beethoven, Schubert, and Prokofiev.
Domenico Scarlatti Sonata in C major K.159; Sonata in D minor L.366; Sonata in A major K.113
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata No. 8, Op. 13, ‘Pathétique’
Franz Schubert Drei Klavierstücke, D. 946
Claude Debussy Deux Arabesques
George Gershwin Three Preludes
Sergei Prokofiev Sonata No. 3, Op. 28
Laura Magnani, Spoleto (Italy) native, holds a double degree in Piano and Voice, earned with honors at the Conservatory of Perugia, a DMA in piano performance at the “Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia” in Rome and a Master’s in Piano at the Conservatory of Perugia. She attended multiple Masterclasses along with eminent pianists such as S. Perticaroli, A. Delle Vigne, B. Petrushansky, M. Campanella, D. Pollack, Daniel Glover, Paul Hersh and many others. Since age 15 she’s been active as a performer, touring Italy, Europe, USA and Canada as a soloist and in various chamber music ensembles, gaining the enthusiasm of her audiences and the critics’ acclaim. She has served as the artistic director of the Spoleto Piano Festival for 15 years.
Since moving to California in 2013, Ms. Magnani has been actively concertizing for many Bay Area organizations, including Stanford University, Silicon Valley Italian Festival, San Francisco’s Museo Italoamericano, Leonardo da Vinci Society, Old First Church and 405 Shrader; Berkeley’s Town and Gown, and Marin County’s Musica Marin, among others.
Ms. Magnani became a performing member of the prestigious Berkeley Piano Club in 2016. Sought after as an adjudicator for piano competitions, Ms. Magnani is equally in demand as a piano teacher, an accompanist and a vocal coach. She teaches piano and chamber music at Marin Academy High school in San Rafael, Marin Community Music School in San Anselmo and Marin Waldorf School, as well as maintaining a private studio in Novato.