Dino Ciani Festival and Academy

We need you, to bring music and culture to Cortina.

Jeffrey Swann

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Concerts, meetings, and master classes that transmit, even to the youngest, what Dino Ciani was and continues to be.

Amadeus

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One of the greatest pianists of recent decades; an angel who found himself on earth, only to return too soon to his heavenly home.

Paolo Isotta • Corriere della Sera

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Invaluable opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with pianists of international fame/renown and young talents of the keyboard.

Il Giornale della Musica

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A landmark in the national and international music scene.

Corriere delle Alpi

I am left with the memory of the purest of artists, a great poet of the keyboard.

Riccardo Muti

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A festival with ambitions of becoming the most important musical event at high altitude in Italy.

Corriere della Sera

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The Festival brings together, in the heart of the Dolomites, the most brilliant stars on the international music scene.

Corriere delle Alpi

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This festival is renewed year after year under the artistic direction of Jeffrey Swann.

Il Giornale della Musica

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Music at high altitude and artistic offerings of the highest level.

Il Gazzettino

Academy

Claudio Martínez Mehner

Born in Germany in 1970, he began his studies at the “Real Conservatorio de Musica” in Madrid with Amparo Fuster, Pedro Lerma and Joaquín Soriano. He graduated with honors with the title “Profesor Superior de Piano” and won the award for Graduate of the Year in 1989.

He completed his studies at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, the “Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid, the “Hochschule für Musik Freiburg” (Germany), the “Fondazione per il Pianoforte” in Como (Italy) and the “Peabody Conservatory” in Baltimore (USA), studying primarily with Dmitri Bashkirov, Vitalij Margulis and Leon Fleisher. He actively participated in masterclasses with Murray Perahia, Alexis Weissenberg, Karl-Ulrich Schnabel, Fou Ts’ong, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau y Mstislav Rostropovich, among many others.

He was a finalist in the Santander International Competition “Paloma O’Shea” and he won first prizes in the international competitions “Chimay Foundation” (Chimay, Belgium), “Pilar Bayona” (Zaragoza) and “Dino Ciani” (Milan).

He has performed all over Europe and the United States, Russia, Central America, Korea and Japan with orchestras such as the Munich Philharmonic, the Moscow Philharmonic, the Teatro alla Scala Philharmonic, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonic the “Radio Svizzera Italiana”, the “Norddeutsche Rundfunk”, the Hungarian Philharmonic and many Spanish orchestras.

Currently he is a professor at the Musikakademie in Basilea and at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne. He is frequently invited to teach masterclasses in Europe, US and Korea.