Biography of David Violi
Born in Nancy, France, David Violi began his musical studies in his hometown's Conservatory and then in "Conservatoire National supérieur de Musique " in Lyon, in Géry Moutier's chair. During these years, he could benefit from influences from many musical figures, like Jean Claude Pennetier, Marc Durand, and Billy Eidi... After his graduation with the highest distinctions he completed a postgraduated course and became a resident artist in Banff Centre for the performing arts (Canada). He also feels really lucky to have received precious advises from Anne Queffélec and Aldo Ciccolini, musicians he has admired for a long time. Their generosity and genuineness were really a strong influence on him. Laureate of many piano competitions (yamaha music foundation of Europe, Grandpiano prize...), he won the Sakai international piano competition in Japan.
avid Violi has been performing in many international venues : in Japan (Sofia Hall, Toga Bunka Haikan Hall), Spain (Circulo Bellas Artes, Madrid), Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Sweden (Stockholm Musikaliska), Germany (Bamberg Sinfonie an der Regnitz), Canada, China (Beijing NCPA, GuangZhou Opera House, Shanghai SHOAC...), Taiwan, Italy (Roma, Firenze, Venezia)...
In France, we could listen to him in Musée d'Orsay's Auditorium, "Opéra Comique de Paris", Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord... but also in major piano festivals: Piano aux Jacobins in Toulouse, Festival Berlioz in La Côte Saint André, Lille Piano Festival, Paris Chopin Festival, "La Folle Journée de Nantes", "Radio France festival"... He is a regular guest of France Musique's programs, and his recitals have been frequently broadcasted on european TV channel "Mezzo" or Medici.tv
is inquirind mind led him to work with Palazzetto Bru Zane, the french romantic music center, in order to present to the audience unknown repertoires. He is a supporter of composers like Séverac, Mel Bonis, Jaëll, Pierné, Hahn... and dedicated a recording to Marie Jaëll's piano concertos with "Orchestre National de Lille" conducted by Joseph Swensen. After his Last venitian recital, the italian musical journal "Il Giornale della Musica" praised "a pianist with a shining touch, who combines virtuosity to a continuously renewed imagination; the combination that makes him the perfect performer of this repertoire". Lately, Violi has been invited to the International Classic Music Awards Ceremony in Kursaal san Sebastian (Spain) to perform with Basque National Orchestra and Maestro Jun Markl.
Very fond of chamber music, he shares with cellist Pauline Buet the artistic direction of "i giardini" ensemble (www.igiardinimusic.com). About their Fauré recording (Evidence Classics),"the Strad" wrote "The playing is fluid and extremely beautiful, the tone sweet and appealing. There is a wonderful lightness in the playing, which takes nothing from the emotional complexity of the music but rather adds to its wonder" (Tim Honfray). Another album for Alpha Classics is airing this year.