Marina Scalafiotti is an Italian pianist whose virtuosity and musical interpretation on piano, harpsichord, and pianoforte spans from baroque to contemporary music.
She started studying piano at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi of Turin with Amelia Careggio. After having obtained her diploma “summa cum laude” she continued her studies with Orazio Frugoni for piano, with the Trio di Trieste for Chamber Music, and Giorgio Tabacco for the harpsichord.
Scalafiotti won her first international piano competition at the age of 16 in Stresa, in the “contemporary music” section of the competition. During her studies, she has obtained 23 first prizes in national and international competitions.
Her outstanding performances were acknowledged by the Fondazione Romanini of Brescia who offered a scholarship allowing her to study with Alexis Weissenberg, Maria Golia, Lazar Berman, Boris Petrushansky, and Boris Bloch.
In 1992, she was the winner of the prestigious “City of Treviso” competition, following which she performed a concert tour for piano and orchestra under the direction of Gianandrea Noseda and Pierangelo Gelmini. In 2001 the society of French authors and publishers awarded her the Prix “Spedidam” and in the same year she won the prize as the best pianist of French school at the International Competition “Orleans XX Siécle”.
From then on her international concert career progressed quickly and she played in prestigious halls across Europe like Concertgebouw, Usher Hall, Auditorium RAI, Palazzo Pitti, Salle Pleyel, Salle Cortot, Auditorium Foro Italico, and Sala Verdi.
Many of her performances were recorded by national radio and television in the countries where she played, amongst which Radio rai, Radio France, Bayerische Rundfunk, RTBF, RAI, Classica TV channel, Arte.
In 1995, with support offered by the De Sono association, Marina Scalafiotti moved to Paris to study with Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri (a former pupil of Claudio Arrau) at the Ecole Normale de musique A. Cortot.
In the course of her career Scalafiotti has played with several well known directors, such as Gianandrea Noseda, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Miguel Chichon, Massimo Gonzo, Pierangelo Gelmini, Ovidio Balan, Antonello Gotta. She has played chamber music with Philippe Entremont, Erwin Schiffer, Katy Sebestien, Ran Varon, Brigitte Autret, Noemi Dalmau and Jacques Dupriez.
Marina Scalafiotti is often invited to teach in international master classes around the world and to take part as a jury member in piano competitions. She currently teaches at the Superior Music Conservatory of Turin, where she heads the piano department and the Erasmus projects in Europe.