Vincenzo Scalera

piano

The pianist Vincenzo Scalera was born to Italian-American parents in New Jersey in the United States and began studying piano at the age of five. He earned his degree from the Manhattan School of Music and began his professional career as a répétiteur and assistant conductor at the New Jersey State Opera. After continuing his studies in Italy, he was engaged as a tutor and pianist at La Scala in Milan in 1980, where he undertook rehearsals for such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, and Carlos Kleiber. Vincenzo Scalera has been a guest artist at the Salzburg Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, the Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca, Les Chorégies d’Orange, the Carinthian Summer, and the Rossini Festival in Pesaro. He has worked as a lieder accompanist for such singers as Carlo Bergonzi, Montserrat Caballé, José Carreras, Vittorio Grigolo, Sumi Jo, Raina Kabaivanska, Katia Ricciarelli, Renata Scotto, Cesare Siepi, and Lucia Valentini Terrani, performing with these artists in the great cultural metropolises around the world. He has also enjoyed a long-lasting artistic partnership with Juan Diego Flórez: in the 2016-17 season, they performed recitals together in Andorra, Geneva, Vienna, Moscow, Basel, Valencia, Barcelona, Zaragoza, Birmingham, Paris, Marseille, and Toulouse. Scalera’s discography includes such works as a recording of the complete lieder of Giuseppe Verdi, which he released with Ricciarelli; the anthology Art of Belcanto Canzone with Bergonzi; and the album The Comeback Concerts with Carreras. As a harpsichordist, Vincenzo Scalera has performed under the direction of Claudio Abbado on a live DVD recordings of Rossini’s La cenerentola and Il viaggio a Reims. He teaches at the Accademia d’Arti e Mestieri of La Scala di Milano.

July 2017