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About Fabrizio Chiovetta

After winning an impressive range of prizes during the first years of his career, Swiss pianist Fabrizio Chiovetta has issued a series of critically acclaimed recordings. Chiovetta was born in Geneva, Switzerland, on December 9, 1976. His older brother played the piano, and he took naturally to the one in the house. Enrolling at the Superior Conservatory of Geneva, he majored in piano and music theory but also took courses in Italian literature, mathematics, musicology, and the Latin language before settling on the piano as a career. Winning the city of Geneva's Adolphe Neumann Prize, Chiovetta went on for further study at the Tibor Varga Academy in the Swiss city of Sion, graduating with highest honors in 2003. His teacher for four years was Dominique Weber, who, he told the Cross Eyed Pianist, "helped me consolidate my technique and develop my sense of structure, rhythm and beauty of sound." He has also studied with Paul Badura-Skoda and John Perry, focusing on historical Viennese instruments as well as works for the modern piano. Chiovetta won several unusual prizes that testify to his ability to engage listeners: the Audience Award at the Klaviersommer Festival in Germany in 1999 and an honorary mention from the Seventh International Web Concert Hall, based in the U.S., in 2005. His recitals and chamber music appearances have taken him across Europe, North America, and Asia. In 2010, Chiovetta released a recital of Schumann piano works on the Palexa label that earned raves in both Europe and the U.S., and he was signed to Switzerland's Claves label. He released a recording of Schubert's Piano Sonata in B flat major, D. 960, in 2013. He has also recorded Bach for Claves, and in 2018 he appeared in a chamber group with Patrick Messina and Henri Demarquette for an album of contemporary works by Henryk Gorecki, Pärt, and Jaan Rääts. ~ James Manheim