Sabrina De Carlo
Sabrina De Carlo is an eclectic pianist with a broad range of international experience. She gave her first recital at the age of nine, and in the course of her career has performed as a soloist, in chamber music ensembles, as an accompanist, and more recently on early instruments. She has played in many prestigious venues in Italy and abroad (France, Norway, Austria, Croatia, the United States and Mozambique), among which the Vatican Museum, Carnegie Hall New York, the Pauline chapel in the Quirinal Palace, and live on Italian public radio. Her recent appearances include concerts with members of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in the context of a musical education project and of the Ad.Agio series. Keen interpreter of living composers, she has given world premiers of works by Laurie Sanmartin, Yoko Nakatani, Sam Nichols and Seung-Ah Oh.
Among musicians with whom Sabrina De Carlo has played are Jalle Feest (violin), Daniel Petrovitsch and David Russell (cello), Annarita Argentieri (oboe), Carlo Enrico Macalli (flute), Antonio Sciancalepore (doublebass), Andrea Santarsiere and Rocco Bitondo (percussion), Elizabeth Keusch and Claudia Farneti (sopranos), Francesco Giannelli (tenor), Andrea Coen (piano), and the Providence String Quartet. She also enjoys performing with artists from other fields; these has so far included Elisa Di Eusanio and Caterina Le Caselle (actresses), Valerio Carosi (videomaker), Alessandra Le Caselle (illustrator) and Karen Fantasia and Riccardo Di Cosmo (choreographers).
A passionate believer in the importance of broadening public access to the arts, Sabrina is co-founder with Michela Chiara Borghese of DuoKeira, a piano duo whose performances seeks to involve audiences in a combination of classical music, dance, theatre, literature and art. One of their projects is dedicated to music as play, and extracts of their CD “Giochi di piano a quattro mani” have been broadcast on public radio (Rai Radio3 and Vatican Radio). During the last two years the duo has also organized a festival, VTRP2, entirely dedicated to the repertoire for piano duos. In this context Sabrina appeared on the stage of the Villa Torlonia Theatre in Rome together with artists from the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Rome Opera. DuoKeira also opened the Festival with a world premier of Samuel Barber’s “Fantasia for two pianos”, which was sponsored by the International Center for American Music of Ann Arbor (USA) and by the Capricorn Society of Paris. For the most recent edition of the Festival Sabrina De Carlo created and produced three performances involving dancers and actors: “Danza con 20 dita!”, “Il giardino incantato” and “Sogno di una notte di mezza estate”.
Trained in the Dalcroze method, Sabrina sees teaching as a fundamental part of her artistic development. She has taught piano and chamber music in conservatories in Italy and in American universities. From 2004 to 2010 she held courses in chamber music and piano for music teaching at the Conservatorio “N. Sala” Benevento, and from 2015 to 2017 taught piano in the pre-academic programme of the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome Currently she teaches piano for music teaching at the “Gesualdo da Venosa” Conservatory in Potenza and since 2013 has been a regular guest teacher, instrumentalist and repetiteur at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival. During her years in the United States (1998-2002) she held courses in piano and chamber music at Wellesley College and at Brandeis University, where she was offcial pianist for the Department of Contemporary Music. She was also a regular accompanist at Boston University and the Boston Conservatory, acted as musical director for Boston theatre companies such as the Charlestown Working Theater and the Freelance Players, and accompanied the children’s choir Pals Chorus, which performs with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Sabrina De Carlo received her diplomas in piano at the Conservatorio Morlacchi in Perugia, in chamber music at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome, and in harpsichord at the Conservatorio Casella in L'Aquila. She completed her training under Michele Campanella at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, where she was awarded distinguished honours. Winner of two international study grants, she took her Master’s degree in Piano Performance at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge (MA) and an Artist’s Diploma at Brandeis University in Waltham (MA).
Since October 2014 Sabrina De Carlo has been an active member of the “Donatori di Musica” project.