Antonio Piricone harpsichord / fortepiano / piano
First Prize at the Van Wassenaer Concours (Amsterdam, 2009), the most prestigious competition of early chamber music in the industry, Antonio Piricone, was awarded in March 2011 of Clementi Award in England, the coveted prize for researching original repertoire on historical keyboards. His interpretative skills, versatility, sense of style and technical qualities distinguish him both as a soloist, recitalist and as a chamber musician and make Antonio an Italian musician of the younger generation whose personal approach, both as a pianist and an exponent on historical keyboard instruments, is commanding increasing attention internationally.
After his initial studies in Catania (IT) on modern piano, Antonio furthered his musical education at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague (NL), specializing in Early Music, Performance Practice and Historical Keyboard instruments and most recently with Andreas Staier in Cologne (DE) and Sally Sargent in Vienna (AU).
Antonio appears at major international music venues, festivals and concert series in Europe and Japan. These include Prague Spring Festival, Prinzregententheater Munich, Essen Philharmonie, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Muziekgebouw & Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Utrecht Early Music Festival, Cité de la Musique in Paris, Opera National de Bordeaux, Teatro Massimo Palermo, La Folle Journée in Bilbao, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space, Tokyo Opera City Hall, Ensemble Concerto, Concerto Koeln, Munich Symphony Orchestra, Aargau Symphony Orchestra, Czech Chamber Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Izmir Symphony Orchestra; Claudine Ansermet, Ton Koopman, Martin Roscoe, Steve Reich, Sir Malcolm Arnold, Andreas Staier, Alexander Rudin.
Antonio Piricone has recorded for the international circuit of RAI-Italian Radio and Television and Czech Radio and Television, NL-Radio 4, Radio France, Radio Clásica Spanish, his records, have been broadcast by Radio Bavaria, RADIOTRE Suite, BBC-Radio 3, Radio Vatican, British Classic FM.
Antonio is currently living in the Netherlands, where his research focuses on the historical development of musical keyboard instruments. Former professor of Methodology of Instrumental Education, currently is a Piano Professor, Treaties & Methods at the State Conservatory of Music in Trapani where Antonio hold the position of Head of Piano Department (IT) and Lecturer And Coordinator for Academic Research & Development at Yasar University in Izmir (TK). 
Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel
– Sonata in B min for Violin & Cembalo Wq. 76 (H512)
Instruments: harpsichord, piano
© Chris van Houts
JUNGE WELT (Germany), about CD “De Meglio 1826”
RECORD OF THE YEAR 2017
“You have to describe this CD as unique…Piricone can again prove its art of decoration…in the most beautiful sense playful… a pleasure.” by Stefan Siegert
Klassik-Heute.com (Germany), about CD “De Meglio 1826”
“Piricone elicits sounds from his historical instrument here, some of which are unheard of in the best sense of the word. Although he is not the first pianist to distinguish himself through the use of historical keyboard instruments, he succeeds here in a refreshing and unconventional way.” by Guido Krawinkel
“Antonio Piricone plays piano works from around 1800 on a clearly younger historical pianoforte. This gives classical and classicist works their very own warmth and a South Italian bright sound.” by Jürgen Schaarwächter
Südwestpresse (Germany), about CD “De Meglio 1826”
“…The pianist, Antonio Piricone, who later let us hear hisexpertise as a Baroque specialist in the encore, played the piano part [in the Gregson Concerto] with virtuoso precision and clear rhythmic definition…”
Giornale di Sicilia (Italy)
“Antonio Piricone: a piano virtuoso!”
“The Italian pianist has explored all possibilities of the instrument. He played with absolute power in the virtuoso passages of scale, in the twinkling embellishments and bright in the trebles…the enthusiasm of the audience erupted in applause…he played excellently combining singing qualities an rhythmical sense … It was poetic and deep!”
Nieuwskrant (The Netherlands)
“Bravura and simplicity. Antonio Piricone like a lightning take control of notes and chords.”
Mozart / Clementi / Beethoven / Ferrari
DE MEGLIO 1826
Antonio Piricone, fortepiano
“Today one hears so many streamlined performances of classical music, designed for easy consumption, unobtrusive use in hotel lobbies, relaxing the listeners rather than awakening their concentration and curiosity.
For me, it is always a joy when I find in this ocean of pleasant superficiality a genuine, sincere musician. Antonio Piricone is one of these. I have accompanied his musical paths for some years now. He has a keen sensibility for the rhetorical structure of music, he makes it sing, dance, argue. He is a real artist.” by Andreas Staier | translation by John W. Kilgore, M.D
(Ayros Raritas, 1 CD, 2017, Catalogue number: AY-RA03)