The magic harmonies of Serena Chillemi “…a delightful piano recital given by a young musician,Serena Chillemi, who expresses deep emotions through the skilful movement of her fingers: a succession of notes, of styles, but above all of different concepts, in her way of conveying the varying moods&nbs p;within asystem of sounds.”
(Italian newspaper “La Sicilia“)

 

“The pianist Serena Chillemi has a strong presence on the stage. Her style is notable for its great musical expressivity, enthusiasm, and complete sureness of interpretation. Thanks to her marked sensitivity to style and her highly communicative musicality, she is fully able to perform music from every age.”
(Prof. Thomas Böckheler)

Biography

Serena Chillemi was born in Catania. She showed a great interest in music from a very young age and began studying the piano with Alessandra Toscano. In 2003, she graduated from the Antonio Scontrino Conservatory in Trapani.

 

She attended many master classes both in Italy and abroad, conducted by such masters as MicheleCampanella, Monica Leone, Epifanio Comis, VincenzoBalzani, Oliver Kern and Wan-Ing Oei-Ong.

In 2004, she moved to Germany, where she attended the"Richard Strauss" Conservatory in Munich, joining the class led by Thomas Böckheler.

During that period, she also undertook further study in other important areas of music, including choral direction, composition and harmony.

In 2008, she obtained excellent results both in theKünstlerisches and in the Pädagogisches Diplom(advanced piano studies and a teaching specialisation), presenting a thesis on contemporary music in Sicily.

She has always had a busy concert schedule, performing both as a soloist and in chamber ensembles. She has also achieved considerable recognition in many Italian and international piano competitions, including:

First Prize overall in the "Tutt'arte 2004" competition inCatania,

First Prize in the European competition: "City ofVillafranca Tirrena, special Eliodoro Sollima prize for 2002”, Messina,

Second Prize in the "B.Albanese 2002" competition inCaccamo (Palermo),

Second Prize in the European competition:"Mendelssohn Cup 2004", Lecce.

Serena Chillemi has performed as a soloist at important European concert venues, in the context of music festivals and events, including: the "Marcello Theatre"and "Villa di Torlonia" in Rome, the "KleinerKonzertsaal im Gasteig" and "Schloß Nymphenburg" in Munich, the "Naviglio Piccolo" in Milan, the"Auditorium della RAI" in Palermo, and the "TeatroMassimo" and "Sala Museion" in Catania.

In addition, her interest in contemporary music has led her to develop some interesting collaborations with various musicians, including the composers MariaGrazia Giusti-Rago and Dorothea Hofmann, for whom she has executed the first performances of several compositions. In 2012, the publication of her first CD, under the title, “Solo Piano” marked a significant milestone in her artistic career. This album, containing pieces from the romantic European repertoire, and issued by the German label, Auris Aurea, has met with unanimous approval.