MIRIAN CONTI

The Argentine pianist Mirian Conti enjoys a growing reputation as a musician whose performances combine technical brilliance with striking originality and artistic insight. Stylistically assured in a wide range of repertoire, Ms. Conti is considered a leading exponent of Spanish music; and her rare ability to communicate passion and excitement when playing contemporary scores has won the admiration of leading American and Argentine composers such as Bowles, Broeders, Cohn, Diamond, Gould, Lees, Persichetti, Ramey, White, Zyman, etc. She premiered Lalo Schifrin's Piano Concerto No.2 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion in Los Angeles. She was invited by the French Cultural Center in Tangier, Morocco to perform a concert in homage to Paul Bowles.

The pianist has made solo, orchestral and chamber appearances at Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (debut in 1987 as a winner of Artists International Auditions) in New York , and has performed at numerous concert halls throughout the world, including the Teatro Colón in her native Argentina. In 1989, she was awarded a special prize as the best performer of Spanish music in the International Pilar Bayona Piano Competition in Zaragoza, Spain. In 1995, she was awarded the Andrés Segovia-José Miguel Ruiz Morales Prize as the best performer of Spanish music in the XXXVIII Santiago de Compostela International University Course on Spanish Music, Spain. She has appeared with the Jupiter Symphony and the American Composers Orchestra in New York City and most recently with the Queens Symphony Orchestra. She was invited to perform in the prestigious Beethoven-Liszt Concerts Cycle organized by the Juan March Foundation in Spain.

Conti has recorded for the Antilles New Direction Label of Island Records several compact discs featuring works by Mexican, Argentine, and Spanish composers. Her CD on the Koch International Classics label features rarely performed piano works by Joaquín Turina and has been enthusiastically received by critics. Her most recent recording featuring American solo piano music has been released on the Albany label. Her lecture-recitals and masterclasses on the music of Spain were presented at Oberlin College, Manhattan School of Music, William Paterson College and at the National Conservatory López Buchardo in Buenos Aires and the Simar Festival in Cali, Colombia.

Ms. Conti studied with Genny Blech in Buenos Aires and continued her musical education in New York, at The Juilliard School where her teachers were Richard Fabre and Josef Raieff. She earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees as an award winning William Petscheck Scholarship student. She has also studied with Edmundo López and Freda Rosenblatt in New York.

Ms. Conti was the Talent Coordinator for the 1998 AT&T Latino Arts Festival in Queens, NY. She is the Artistic Director and Founder of the "I Certamen Musical Rioplatense", a competition for musicians of Argentina and Uruguay which took place in November 1999 in Buenos Aires. Her engagements for 2000 include performances at the Newport Music Festival, and throughout South America and Europe.

In recognition of her extraordinary talent, a scholarship honoring Mirian Conti has been established at The Juilliard School by the Edwin Bachman Estate.

MIRIAN CONTI

Mirian Conti nació en Corrientes, Rep. Argentina, en el seno de una familia de artistas. Luego de los primeros estudios musicales en el Instituto Santa Ana de Buenos Aires, recibe clases de piano de Genny Blech. En 1977 viaja a los Estados Unidos donde ingresa a la prestigiosa Juilliard School de New York. Entre 1978 y 1985 recibe cada año becas completas en reconocimiento a sus altas calificaciones y talento. Bajo la guía, entre otros, de Richard Fabre y Josef Raieff obtiene los títulos de Bachelor y Master de Música.

En honor a Mirian Conti, la Edwin Bachman Scholarship estableció becas para jóvenes talentosos que estudian en la escuela Juilliard.

Conti ha actuado como solista y con orquesta en numerosas salas importantes, entre ellas el Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Weill Recital Hall del Carnegie Hall en New York, Dorothy Chandler Pavillion en Los Angeles, y en museos, iglesias, universidades como Oberlin College en Ohio, Manhattan School of Music en New York. En Argentina actuó en el Salón Dorado del Teatro Colón, Jockey Club, Museo Larreta, Centro de La Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Fundación San Telmo, Fundación San Rafael, Teatro El Círculo de Rosario, Teatro Vera de Corrientes, Teatro Español de Santa Rosa, Basílica de Luján, y otros.

Distinguidos compositores de Argentina y Estados Unidos le han dedicado obras a las que dió primeras audiciones mundiales, incorporándolas en su repertorio. Ha grabado para la companías Island Records, Music Publishing, Koch International Classics y Albany Records.

En 1989 fué premiada como mejor intérprete de música española en el IV Concurso Internacional de Piano "Pilar Bayona" en Zaragoza, España, como también en el XXXVIII Curso Internacional de Música Española en Santiago de Compostela con el premio "Andrés Segovia-José Miguel Ruiz Morales", 1995. En 1993 estrenó el Concierto No.2 para piano y orquesta del reconocido compositor de films Lalo Schifrin en Los Angeles. Invitada por el Centro Cultural Francés en Tanger, Marruecos, Conti rindió homenaje al novelista y compositor Paul Bowles en un concierto de sus obras y de compositores argentinos. Fue invitada a participar en el Festival Sonidos de las Américas, auspiciado por el American Composers Orchestra en New York; el Festival Simar en Cali, Colombia y recientemente con la Jupiter Symphony y Queens Symphony Orchestra en New York. Ha sido invitada por la Fundación Juan March de España a participar en el Festival Beethoven-Liszt.

Mirian Conti fue también Directora de programas del Centro Cultural Latinoamericano de Queens en New York y Miembro Invitado del Consejo Argentino de la Música, UNESCO en Argentina. Ha organizado numerosos eventos a beneficio de los niños indígenas en Argentina, y conciertos promoviendo la Paz en el mundo. Fue designada Coordinadora de Talentos para el II AT&T Latino Arts Festival, 1998, en el Queens Theatre in the Park, Flushing Meadow Park, New York. Conti también es la Directora Artística y Fundadora del "I Certamen Musical Rioplatense" que se llevó a cabo en Noviembre, 1999 en Buenos Aires y fue distinguido por la Asociación de Críticos Musicales de Argentina como uno de los hechos mas positivos de la temporada.

La temporada 2000 incluye su participación en el prestigioso Newport Music Festival, en Rhode Island, conciertos en SudAmerica y Europa.

Review Quotes

"Pianist Conti is a rising star who proves she is destined for greatness."
- Wired  
"Mirian Conti makes her recording debut with this album and she's a real find. More than once I thought of de Larrocha, not only in the supreme digital control, but in the stinging accentuation, the clarity of contrapuntal lines, and the variety of weight and color." -
- Fanfare  
"Mirian Conti is a pianist of refined musicality. A genuine musical sensitivity individually applied to each composer."
- La Nación - Buenos Aires, Argentina  
"...she has a great technique and control of the piano. The interesting thing is that she never bangs; even in moments of great bravura her sound is always musical"
- Composer Lalo Schifrin on the performance of his Piano Concerto No.2, 1993  
Ms. Conti's pianism offers more than tonal luster; her's was an impressionism imbued with sinew and, in livelier movements, with the spirit of the dance. Her playing was impulsive, colorful, and precise."
- The New York Times  
"...the music which Conti plays robustly, explosively, and with excellent craftsmanship delighted me."
- Consumers Research, Recorded Music in Review  
On her recording of Turina's Sanlúcar de Barrameda: "Mirian Conti, a fluent and sympathetic Argentinian pianist, is more than equal to its fierce demands, and elsewhere she creates a striking effect in Cuentos de España."
- Gramophone  
"In Sanlúcar de Barrameda,... frankly, I would have a hard time choosing between the performances...of Conti and de Larrocha. Conti's playing...is full of sparkle, color, intelligence, and rhythmic life."
- Fanfare  
"In her interpretations there was the necessary mix of brio and tenderness, of fire and introspective melancholy, of strength and delicacy, a simplicity that only those genuinely endowed are able to master."
- La Capital, Rosario, Argentina  
"I heard Conti give a fabulous performance of the Danzas Fantásticas, by Turina, and ...her playing of the Orgía earned an X rating."
- Fanfare  
"She's fiery and forceful, and sharp rhythmic punctuations melt into finely traced arpeggios as the need arises."
- Fanfare  
"Mirian Conti's playing is assured and nuanced... This performance (Bloch's Poems of the Sea) is better in both interpretation and sound than any other piano version..."
- Record Review (1999)  
"Conti seems to have a real feel for this music (Persichetti's Poems) , capturing the essence of each miniature without being encumbered by technical limitations of any kind, and exhibiting the crisp touch, textural clarity, and rhythmic precision Persichetti's music required."
- Fanfare(1999)  
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