Keyboard & Collaborative Piano Lecturer
“Poetic Perfection” was how Victor Sangiorgio’s London debut was hailed by The Times. Similar critical and public acclaim has continued to greet both his public performances and recordings. Magazines such as Gramophone have used words like ‘irresistible,’ ‘truly outstanding’ and ‘superbly colourful’ to describe his growing discography.
Born in Sicily, Victor moved to Perth, Western Australia at the age of four. He gave his first public performances at the age of five and by 19 had been a soloist with all major Australian orchestras as well as having recorded and broadcast extensively for both National Radio and Television. Whilst still a student, he was soloist with the Australian Youth Orchestra on their tour of Mainland China and Hong Kong. He studied with Stephen Dornan, Roy Shepherd, Guido Agosti and Noretta Conci. After winning Australia’s most prestigious awards, he studied and worked abroad in Siena, Rome and the USA before moving to England where he currently resides.
Victor enjoys a busy and varied career as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. He has broadcast for the BBC World Service, Radio 3, Radio 4 and Classic FM and has performed throughout England, Scotland, Ireland, Europe, Africa, Asia, New Zealand and America. In America he broadcast live in Chicago and Los Angeles for the WFMT Radio network and has appeared on American television. He has collaborated with such eminent conductors as Claudio Abbado, Morton Gould, Sir Charles Groves, Andrew Litton, Jane Glover, En Shou, Stanislaw Skrowacewzski, Andre Previn, Jorge Mester and Carl Davis.
As well as playing extremely varied repertoire, Victor’s continuing interest in chamber music has seen collaborations with the Brodsky Quartet, the violinists Ruggiero Ricci and Hu Kun, horn player Eric Ruske, the actor Andrew Sachs and principals from the London Symphony. He is also a member of the Fiorini Piano Trio. He has given masterclasses in many cities throughout the world and is on the Piano Faculty at the Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Scottish Conservatoire.
Concert highlights have included much-acclaimed concerts with, among others, the Sydney, Melbourne and Western Australian Symphonies, the New Zealand Symphony, the London Mozart Players, the Ulster and Halle Orchestras, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; a television recording with the Melbourne Symphony (screened in America); live concert broadcasts for BBC Radio 3; recording with the BBC Concert Orchestra, recitals in prestigious venues throughout the world and appearances in the Harare and otherInternational Festivals.
Victor Sangiorgio’s recordings have met with extensive critical acclaim and include such diverse and challenging repertoire as Stravinsky’s complete solo piano music, the complete keyboard Sonatas by Cimarosa, concertiby Rachmaninov and Mendelssohn, and Liszt Transcriptions for piano and orchestra. He has recorded for the Collins Classics, Naxos, ABC Classics and Dutton labels, with which he has recorded seven world premieres of concerti by Benjamin Godard, Stanley Bate, Franz Reizenstein and Frederic D’Erlanger. The last of these has recently been given the accolade of “Outstanding” by International Record Review.