Filippo Faes

Filippo Faes was born in London and studied with Vincenzo Vitale, the last exponent of the Neapolitan tradition dating back to Scarlatti and Cimarosa, brought to our century by Thalberg and Martucci. After Vitale‘s death he continued his studies with Aldo Ciccolini, Nikita Magaloff, Franco Gei, Peter Feuchtwanger and with Bruno Bettinelli in composition.
In 1989 he won first prize at the International Schubert Competition in Dortmund, launching an international career. The press commented: "He played the Sonata in c minor and evoked Schubert in a breathtaking way" (Westfälische Rundschau).
He appeared in recitals or as a soloist with orchestra all over Germany in concert halls like the "Philharmonie Köln" (completely sold-out for seven times in a row), the Musikhalle in Hamburg, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, "Die Glocke" Bremen, Beethovenhalle Bonn, Liederhalle Stuttgart, in the chamber music halls of the Gasteig Munich and the "Philharmonie Berlin".
His debut with Tchaikovsky's 1st concerto at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in 1991 was highly acclaimed, like his recital in London (BBC International Recitals with worldwide broadcast) in the same year and a recital at Isaac Stern's Mishkenot Center in Jerusalem.
In Italy Filippo Faes is a regular guest of the most important institutions and orchestras.
Critics titled: "Young musician from another time turned into a poet by Schubert" (Il Giornale nuovo, Genova), "an immersion into Beethoven‘s depths that makes us hold our breath" (Corriere della sera, Milan).
He has collaborated with soloists and ensembles like Bruno Giuranna, Laura Gorna, Giuliano Carmignola, the "Giovane Quartetto Italiano", Domenico Nordio and with conductors such as Peter Maag, Carl Melles, Alun Francis, Volker Hartung, José Serebrier.
A CD with Schubert Sonatas appeared for Polyphonia-Köln in 1991, distributed by Ariola, and was celebrated with enthusiasm by the German press: "Probably, since the days of Schnabel or Erdmann, we have not heard the two Sonatas being performed in such an intensive musical way" (Gunter Duvenbeck, "Köln- Bonner Musikkalender", April 1992).
By now other five CDs have been produced by JPK Cologne with Filippo Faes as a soloist: both Brahms piano concertos, the first Tchaikovsky concerto, "Rhapsody in Blue" by Gershwin, "Nights in Spanish gardens" by De Falla.
In 1992 he was asked by the Museum of the Scala in Milan to give the first recital on Franz Liszt‘s Steinway after its restauration. Because of the great success of this event shortly after he was engaged by Steinway&Sons to play the only concert in Italy on their 500.000th grand piano at the Conservatoire of Milan, a unique instrument that was afterwards given to the White House in Washington as a present.
In 1997, on the occasion of the two hundredth anniversary of Schubert‘s birth, Filippo Faes played his complete piano sonatas in Italy and Liszt‘s transcription of the "Wanderer Fantasie" with Orchestra. He was author of and performed in a television program about Schubert for RAI3 and was invited to the Schwetzingen Festival for a recital that concluded the "Schubertiade". The Süddeutsche Rundfunk produced a CD with live recordings of this event in which took also part Lisa Leonskaja and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.
Filippo Faes is professor of chamber music at the Conservatory of Castelfranco Veneto and has been assistent of Bruno Giuranna at the viola and chamber music courses at the "W. Stauffer" Academy in Cremona since 1985. He holds masterclasses in Europe and the USA (North Texas University) and is often member the jury of international competitions.
Since 1999 RAI SAT Television has already broadcasted three times the ten sequels of "Conversations at the piano with Filippo Faes", a program he created and played in.
In 2002 a tour will bring him to some of the most important towns in South America (Buenos Aires, Santiago, Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo).
Filippo Faes is founder and artistic director of the Ensemble Punto It.