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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 Mozart's D-minor Concerto at Salzburger Mozarteum. Ciani also played with the young Riccardo Muti Beethoven's Choral Fantasia at La Scala and the 2nd 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 Béla Bartók. His recordings for Deutsche Grammophon of the complete Debussy Preludes (1972), Schumann's Noveletten (1968) and Weber's second and third piano sonatas (1970) are particularly renowned.

He collaborated with such distinguished conductors as Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, Thomas Schippers. John Barbirolli, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, 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 last appearance on stage was in 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), Bartok (Out of Doors, volume 2); Original recordings made by Deutsche Grammophon, Brilliant Classics, 2010, 3CD)

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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.

Beethoven - Dino Ciani - (live 1970) - Complete piano sonatas - I

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

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Dino Ciani est un pianiste italien, né le 16 juin 1941 à Fiume (aujourd'hui en Croatie), et mort le 28 mars 1974 ; Durchaus phantastisch und leidenschaftlich...

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

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Penn State News
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:15:00 -0700

Globerson's many prizes include the Francois Shapira Prize in 1987, prizes at the Dino Ciani Competition at Teatro alla Scala in Milan (Italy), and the UNISA piano competition in Pretoria, South Africa, as well as numerous prizes in major national ...
 
La Jornada en linea
Sun, 30 Mar 2014 02:56:15 -0700

El pasado viernes 28 de marzo se cumplieron 40 años de la muerte del notable pianista italiano Dino Ciani, quien falleció en Roma en un lamentable accidente automovilístico a los 32 años. Ciani, nacido en Fiume y educado en Italia, desde muy temprana ...

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Sardegna Oggi
Mon, 31 Mar 2014 02:00:00 -0700

CAGLIARI - Con la Masterclass del celebre pianista spagnolo Claudio Martinez-Mehner, docente alla Hochschule di Basilea e all'Accademia “Dino Ciani” di Cortina D'Ampezzo ha preso il via la IV° edizione del “Festival Pianistico del Conservatorio ...
 
PUGLIALIVE.NET
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 09:41:15 -0700

Maurizio Zanini nel 1986 si è aggiudicato il Primo Premio al Concorso Pianistico Internazionale “Dino Ciani”, ricevendo inoltre l'Oscar Internazionale della Critica “Maschera d'Argento” per la Musica Classica. Successivamente ha beneficiato dei ...
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