Beethoven's Eroica

ProMedica Masterworks

Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle

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.


Giordano Bellincampi is the Music Director of the Auckland Philharmonia and Chief Conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. Born in Italy and moving to Copenhagen at a young age, he began his career as a trombonist with the Royal Danish Orchestra before making his professional conducting debut in 1994.

Previously, he was the Principal Conductor of I Pomeriggi Musicali, Milan, General Music Director of the Duisburg Philharmonic from 2012-2017, General Music Director of the Danish National Opera, Aarhus from 2005–2013, Music Director of the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra from 2000–2006, and between 1997 – 2000, he was also Chief Conductor of the Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, the leading contemporary ensemble in Denmark.

Bellincampi enjoys regular relationships as a guest with many orchestras around the world, particularly in Scandinavia and Europe, including the Royal Stockholm, Rotterdam, and Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestras and the St. Petersburg Symphony, and in North America, Asia, and Australia.

He also has excelled in the field of opera since making his debut with the Royal Opera in Copenhagen with “La Boheme” in 2000. He has since then conducted many of the great Italian works at the Royal Opera with particular focus on Puccini and Verdi, including leading its acclaimed new production of “Aida” at the opening of its new theater in 2005.

He also maintains close connections with many of the world’s leading opera singers, including Angela Gheorghiu, Joseph Calleja, and Roberto Alagna, regularly working with them in orchestral galas and recitals, as well as being a much-requested accompanist by leading instrumentalists such as Sarah Chang and Angela Hewitt.

Bellincampi’s extensive discography includes numerous recordings for the Da Capo and Marco Polo labels of Danish composers from the classical era through to the present day, including Holmboe, Lumbye, Joachim Andersen, Per Norgard, and the premiere recording of Weyse’s opera ‘Sovedrikken’, as well as Italian opera arias with Liping Zhang and the Prague Philharmonia, and Nielsen’s Thirds Symphony for EMI Classics, and works by Svendsen and Walton. His first recording with the Duisburg Philharmonic, featuring Nielsen’s Violin Concerto with soloist Kolja Blacher, was released in 2016.

As Associate Professor at the Royal Danish Academy, Bellincampi is dedicated to the work of educating coming generations of orchestra musicians and conductors. He also regularly gives master classes and serves as a jury member for a number of international conducting competitions.

In 2010 he was created a Knight of the Order of the Dannebrog, an award bestowed by the Danish Royal Family for services to Danish culture. He also holds the title of Cavaliere from the President of Italy for his international promotion of Italian music.


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.

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.


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 the first movement of Prokofiev's Piano Concerto here.





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