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Dino Ciani (June 16, 1941 – March 28, 1974) was an Italian pianist.

Ciani was born in Fiume (now Rijeka in Croatia) and studied piano with Martha Del Vecchio in Genoa. He obtained his diploma at the Conservatory in Rome at the age of 14 and later, from 1958 to 1962, attended the advanced courses of Alfred Cortot, whom he greatly revered, in Paris, Lausanne and Siena. Cortot described Ciani in most enthusiastic terms: "miraculously gifted ... one of the most remarkable examples of the rarest talents one could hope to find".

Ciani's career begun when he won second prize at the Liszt-Bartók Competition in Budapest in 1961. The venues in which he performed included Salle Pleyel, Carnegie Hall and Chicago Philharmonic, Kennedy Center. He made his debut at Teatro alla Scala under the baton of Claudio Abbado with Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto in 1968. With Abbado he also performed Prokofiev's Fifth Piano Concerto in 1968 at RAI Auditorium in Rome (then also at La Scala) and Mozar's D minor Concerto at the Salzburger Mozarteum. Ciani also played with the young Riccardo Muti Beethoven's Choral Fantasy at La Scala and the Second Piano Concerto by Bartók at Milan RAI.

His repertoire was broad and diverse for a pianist of his age. It encompassed the complete sonatas of Beethoven, works by Weber (he was the first to record the complete sonatas, in 1967), Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Debussy and Bartók. His recordings for Deutsche Grammophon of the complete Debussy Préludes (1972), Schumann's Novelettes (1968) and Weber's second and third piano sonatas (1970) are particularly renowned.

He collaborated with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, Thomas Schippers, John Barbirolli, Gianandrea Gavazzeni and Carlo Maria Giulini. Among his last concerts were renditions of the complete set of Chopin's Nocturnes and Schubert's Winterreise with baritone Claudio Desderi. His final live performance was Beethoven's Third Concerto with Giulini in Chicago.

Ciani was killed in a road accident in Rome at the age of 32.

The Dino Ciani Piano Competition was created in his memory. Inaugurated in 1975, it is held at Teatro alla Scala. Distinguished members of the jury have included Nikita Magaloff, Martha Argerich, Maurizio Pollini, Lazar Berman, Rudolf Firkusny and Aldo Ciccolini. From 2007 there is a Festival and Academy "Dino Ciani" in Cortina d'Ampezzo

Discography (selection)[edit]

  • Dino Ciani: A Tribute. Haydn: Sonata No. 52 in E flat; Mozart: Fantasia and Sonata in C minor; Beethoven: "Eroica" Variations; Diabelli Variations; Weber: Sonatas Nos. 1-4; Chopin: Etudes (sel.); Schumann: Sonata No. 1; Fantasie in C; Balakirev: Islamey; Bartók: Sonata; Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs; Suite; Scriabin: Preludes (sel.); other works. Dynamic (6 CDs)
  • Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas. Dynamic (9 CDs)
  • Brahms: Concerto No. 1; Liszt: Totentanz; Weber: Sonata No. 2; Debussy: Children's Corner; Bartók: Mikrokosmos VI; Hummel: Sonata Op. 13; Schumann: Kinderszenen; Noveletten; Chopin: Barcarolle. Capital Musica (3 CDs)
  • Debussy: Preludes (Books I & II). Deutsche Grammophon (2 CDs; additional works by Debussy played by Tamás Vásáry)
  • Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 3. Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI cond. Vittorio Gui. Doremi (CD)
  • Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 4. Orchestra della Scala cond. Claudio Abbado. Myto (CD)
  • Mozart: Piano Concertos. Nos. 20 and 24 cond. Gianandrea Gavazzeni. Dynamic (CD)
  • The Genius of Dino Ciani; Debussy (Préludes),Schumann (Novelettes), von Weber (Piano sonata's 2 and 3), Bartók (Out of Doors, volume 2); Original recordings made by Deutsche Grammophon, Brilliant Classics, 2010, 3CD)

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Dino Ciani - Chopin - Nocturne op.62 no.2

Dino Ciani plays Chopin Nocturne in E major op.62 no.2.

Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto n. 5 op. 55 - Dino Ciani / Claudio Abbado

Dino Ciani plays the Prokofiev's Piano Concerto n. 5 op. 55 Claudio Abbado conducts the Rome Symphony Orchestra of Rai Severino Gazzelloni, flute Rome, 1968.

Dino Ciani: W. A. Mozart - Fantasia in Do minore K475

DINO CIANI - DIAPASON D'ORO della MUSICA - 1968

DINO CIANI - DIAPASON D'ORO della MUSICA - 1968 SIRACUSA - ITALIA.

Dino Ciani speak & plays Chopin Nocturne op 9 n 1

Ultimo Grido: L'arte di Dino Ciani (L. Ciammarughi e D. Lorenzini)

Ultimo Grido: L'arte di Dino Ciani - conducono Luca Ciammarughi e Danilo Lorenzini. Trasmissione del 9 maggio 2012 per Radio Classica (http://www.radioclassica.net).

Dino Ciani plays islamey by balakirev

Dino Ciani was on of the most greatest pianist of all time.

Claudio Abbado & Dino Ciani - Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op.15 (Pavia, 1973)

Piano: Dino Ciani - Conductor: Claudio Abbado - Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano - Pavia, live 16.11.1973 "Piano Concerto No.1" in C major, Op.15 di Ludwig van Beethoven (1796-'97)...

Claudio Abbado & Dino Ciani - Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op.58 (Milano, 1969)

Piano: Dino Ciani - Conductor: Claudio Abbado - Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano - Milano (Scala), live 12.6.1969 "Piano Concerto No.4" in G major, Op.58 di Ludwig van Beethoven (1805-'06.

DINO CIANI plays SCHUMANN Davidsbündlertänze Op.6 COMPLETE (1960)

DEBUT STUDIO RECORDING PARIS 1960 NEVER ON CD.

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