Francesco Maccarrone

Francesco Maccarrone (1997, Italy) studied piano from an early age, having inherited a passion for music from his uncle Domenico Clapasson, a pianist and composer. 

At the age of 9, he was admitted to the ‘Giuseppe Verdi’ Conservatory in Turin, in the class of Claudio Voghera, under whose guidance he graduated in 2016 with top marks and honors.

He also followed Masterclasses with pianists Benedetto Lupo, Roberto Plano, Andrea Lucchesini, and Pavel Gililov. He is currently enrolled in the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg. 

He took part in many competitions, winning in 2008 the 1st Prize at the XIII National Instrumental Competition ‘Città di Giussano’; in 2009 the 1st absolute Prize at the VII National Music Competition ‘Comune di Cantalupa’; in 2010 the 1st Prize at the XXV National Piano Competition ‘J. S. Bach – City of Sestri Levante’ and in 2013 the 1st absolute Prize at the XXVIII National Piano Competition ‘J. S. Bach – City of Sestri Levante’.

He played in many recitals in different Italian towns. He also played several times for the prestigious Concert Seasons of the Unione Musicale in Turin in 2013, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

In 2015 he opened the concert season for the Turin Conservatory as a soloist performing the Chopin’s First Piano Concert in E minor op. 11 with the Orchestra of the Conservatory Students directed by Giuseppe Ratti. 

In 2017 he won the ‘Premio Stefano Tempia’ and ‘Talenti Musicali’ scholarships of the CRT foundation. In 2018 got the grant ‘De Sono’ plus the fellowship by the ‘International Music Academy’ of Liechtenstein, thanks to which he was allowed into the ‘Intensive Week’ with Maestro Pavel Gililov.

In the same year he was invited by the Ministry of Culture of Bahrain to hold a recital in the capital city, Manamah.

Francesco took part in several chamber music collaborations, like the one with the violinist Valerio Scarano, cellist Davide Maffolini, and violinist Francesco Bagnasco.


Quarter Finals > Saturday 12 February | 14:15 – 14:55 hrs | Bimhuis
L. van Beethoven Sonata no. 23 in in F minor, op. 57 ‘Appassionata’
N. Kapustin 8 Concert Etudes, op. 40 (no. 7 and 8)

Semi Final
J. Brahms Horn Trio in E flat major, op. 40
D. Scarlatti Sonata in C major, K.460
F. Chopin Scherzo no. 2 in B flat minor, op. 31
C. Debussy Préludes (1st book): 2. Voiles
C. Debussy L’Isle Joyeuse

R. Namavar Ti’afa’a
R. Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 54