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About Alessandria

Alessandria Di Nardo is a pianist, music educator, and children’s choir conductor with a great passion for teaching. A trilingual born in Montreal, she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from McGill University in Musical Arts with a concentration in Piano Performance, and a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from the Conservatorio di Musica Luigi Cherubini of Florence. Florence has been her happy home for almost 10 years, where she has grown as an artist and educator She has cultivated her passion for musical communication through teaching, deepening her own communication skills with children and experimenting a variety of interdisciplinary approaches.

Alessandria has performed in many important festivals and concert events in Italy, England, France, Malta, Hungary, and Denmark, and she has also won prizes in many national competitions as a soloist, in chamber music, as well as a choir conductor. Since 2015 she’s dedicated her pianistic work to the French composer Erik Satie, performing his works for piano in music festivals in Florence, among them the memorable Sonic Somatic festival, which first edition she inaugurated with a complete fifteen hour performance of “Vexations”, in the courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi. The unorthodox performance requirements that came with the execution of this oeuvre allowed for another performance art-based presentation of Ari Benjamin Meyers’ Vexations II, also inspired by Satie’s original. Alessandria continues investigating Satie's music, trying to offer a deeper look at the soul of this eccentric but timeless composer, and essential figure in the evolution of music during his lifetime up to present day. This artistic research opened up up her horizons to contemporary music and specifically minimalist music. 

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