Flavio Varani, Piano
January 19, 2002
First United Methodist Church,
Port Huron, Michigan
"A pianist with a temperamental affinity for
pieces and the fingers capable of playing them
in grand style..."
- New York Times
Born in Sao Paulo, Flavio Varani began his distinguished
piano performance career at the age of seven as a featured soloist on Brazilian
Radio and TV. Two years later he toured with the Brazilian National
Symphony Orchestra. At thirteen he received a scholarship from the
French Government to study with the legendary Magda Tagliaferro in France.
Mr. Varani, based in Paris for seven years, was heard in concerts in the
USSR, and Europe. When he was eighteen years old he won First Prize
at the "Chopin International Competition" in Majorca, Spain. He continued
his education in the United States where his mentors were Rosina Lhevinne
and Artur Balsam. He received the "Harold Bauer Award" from Manhattan
School of Music; "Musician of the Year" from the Michigan Foundation for
the Arts; and "Best Soloist of the Year" by the Brazilian Art Critic's
Flavio Varani has performed in major music centers and
festivals throughout the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center,
Brooklyn Academy of Music, Moscow Conservatory and Munich Gasteig.
He has been heard at numerous music festivals; Newport Music Festival,
Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Meadow Brook Festival and the Cotignac Festival
in France. Among his numerous orchestral engagements have been appearances
with conductors Gunther Herbig, Sir Neville Marriner, Semyon Bychkov, Lukas
Foss, Georg Schmohe and Eleazar de Carvallo.
Mr. Varani returns annually to Japan as soloist, chamber
musician and teacher. In the year 2000, Flavio Varani joined the
principal cellist and principal violinist of the "Orchestre National de
France" to form the Galla Trio. Their successful inaugural concerts
in Tokyo resulted in return engagements for 2001 in Japan, followed by
a concert tour in Brazil.
His recent CD of Villa Lobos piano music was designated
"Outstanding Classical Recording of 1999" by the Detroit Music Foundation.
Presently Flavio Varani is Artist in Residence at Oakland University in
Rochester, Michigan and Director of the International Chamber Music Academy
Ballad in A Flat, Op. 47
Scherzo in B Flat, Op. 31
of the Wine
Flavio Varani appears by arrangement with Sanfield
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