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Sophie Pacini, who was born in 1991 in Munich to German-Italian parents, began playing piano at the age of six and made her public debut only two years later as the soloist in Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D major. As a student of ten, she began training with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the Mozarteum in Salzburg; starting in 2007, she continued her studies in the master classes led by Pavel Gililov, graduating with distinction in 2011. Master classes with Dmitri Bashkirov and Fou Ts’ong have provided important additional inspiration. In 2010 she became acquainted with Martha Argerich, who invited her the next year to participate in a recital in her “Progetto” in Lugano. This was followed by performances with Gidon Kremer at the Chamber Music Festival in Lockenhaus, the Schwetzingen Festival, the Würzburg Mozart Festival, the Ruhr Piano Festival, and the Tirol Festival. Sophie Pacini has played at the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Herkulessaal in Munich, Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle, the Liederhalle in Stuttgart, and the Beethovenhalle in Bonn. She has concertized with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, and the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra. Her engagements for the 2017-18 season include concerts with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Cape Town Philharmonic, the Cuban-European Youth Orchestra, and the Staats-
kapelle Weimar; she will also give recitals in Vienna, Paris, Madrid, and Mainz. Sophie Pacini has recorded piano concertos by Mozart and Schumann, as well as solo works by Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, and Beethoven. She was named Newcomer of the Year by Echo Klassik in 2015 and won the International Classical Music Award (ICMA) in 2017.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 27 November 2014 in a Debut series concert of works by Schubert, Chopin, Brahms, and Liszt.