Beethoven's Eroica


Toledo Museum of Art

September 29 & 30, 2017

Concert Time: 8:00 pm

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Giordano Bellincampi, conductor
Leonardo Colafelice, piano

Rossini - Overture to La gazza ladra
Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No. 3
Beethoven - Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”

Internationally-acclaimed pianist Leonardo Colafelice joins the orchestra for an explosive opening concert. Raw and powerful, witness Beethoven’s groundbreaking “Eroica,” the heroic symphony that forever changed the course of music.

This concert is presented by a gift from the estate of Frank Snug.


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Read ahead and learn about the pieces on the program here.


Listen to Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony. The music begins at 6:55.

In August 2016, Leonardo Colafelice was awarded Second Prize in the prestigious "Cleveland International Piano Competition" and also received three special awards: Audience Prize, Best Performance of a Russian Piece, and The Junior Jury Prize. Hear him perform Prokofiev's Piano Concerto here.

Prior to that, Colafelice was awarded several international prizes:  in May 2014, as an 18 year old, he was one of the six finalists during the "Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition" in Tel Aviv.  At the end of the competition, he also received three important special prizes: Best Performer of a Classical Concerto, Best Performer of a Chopin Composition, and finally, Most Outstanding Pianist up to 22 Years of Age. In October 2014, he was awarded the A. B. Michelangeli prize from the city of Eppan in Northern Italy. ​

Between 2012 and 2013, he won several important international awards:  Gold Medal at the Gina Bachauer Young Artists International Piano Competition in Salt Lake City, First Prize at the Thomas & Evon Cooper International Competition in Oberlin and Cleveland, Gold Medal at the Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition in Rochester, N.Y., all in 2012. 

In 2013, he was awarded the Gold Medal at the Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition in Arizona, where Martha Argerich personally handed him his award; first prize at the Aarhus Competition in Denmark, and first prize at the Hilton Head Competition in South Carolina. ​

Born in 1995 in Altamura (Bari), Southern Italy, Colafelice was a pupil of Pasquale Iannone at the renowned Niccolò Piccinni Conservatory of Music in Bari. ​

He teaches Piano Performance at the F. Torrefranca Conservatory of Music in Vibo Valentia; he is the youngest conservatory teacher in Italy. Colafelice is regularly invited to play in the principal Italian cities, as well as abroad in the United States, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Denmark, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, Israel, Morocco, Turkey, Norway, Chile, and Georgia. ​

He has performed with numerous and prestigious orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, the Chile Symphony Orchestra, the Morocco Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra dei Pomeriggi Musicali, the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, and many others. 

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