Umberto Battel / piano
Giovanni Umberto Battel, born in the province of Venice,
began his piano's studies when he was four years old, under
the guidance of his father Camillo, pianist and composer,
and graduated with full marks and honours and honourable mention
at the "G. Tartini" Conservatory in Trieste, under
the direction of M° Luciano Gante. Under pianist Lya De Barberiis
he obtained, with full marks and honours, the post-graduate
diploma at the "Accademia di Santa Cecilia" in Roma.
In the meantime, having an education in classical studies,
Battel took a degree in musicology, with full marks and honours,
at Bologna University and published articles on the new methodologies
of performing analysis.
Between 1974 and 1979 he won six important national piano
competitions connected with the main Italian concert societies.
Between 1978 and 1982 he won prizes in seven international
piano competition, proving his value in different places and
times, it is enough to mention the first prizes in Stresa
and in Enna and other prizes won at “Pozzoli”, at “Viotti”
and at “Busoni” competitions.
National Piano Competition
Osimo 1974 1st
La Spezia 1975 1st
Treviso 1977 3rd
Trieste "C. Monti" 1978 1st
Taranto "A. Speranza"1979 1st
Albenga 1979 1st
International Piano Competitions
Senigallia (I) 1977 finalist
Stresa (I) 1978 1st
Monza "R.S. Gallo" 1978 finalist (1st Ital.)
Vercelli "Viotti" (I) 1978 2nd (1st Ital.)
Seregno "Pozzoli" (I) 1979 2nd (1st Ital.)
Bolzano "Busoni" (I) 1980 4th (1st Ital.)
(E) 1982 4th (1st Ital.)
Terni "A. Casagrande" (I)1982 4th (1st Ital.)
Enna (I) 1982 1st
After his début as a soloist in 1976 for Venice's theatre
"La Fenice" and his first performance with orchestra
in 1980 at the Sanremo theatre, he has given many concerts
in Italy. Since 1986 Battel has also played in France (Paris,
Nantes, Strasbourg, Obernai, Nancy, Chateneauneuf du Pape,
Briançon, Lille), Germany (Hamburg, Bonn, Bremen, Lubeck,
Munich, Meersburg, Remaghen), Great Britain (London), Belgium
(Brussels, Jodoigne), Sweden (Stockholm), Switzerland (Zurich,
Baden) Slovenia (Ljubljana), Croatia (Pola), Serbia (Belgrade),
Greece (Athens, Tesaloniki), Turkey (Ankara, Smyrna), Russia
(Samara), Japan (Tokyo, Osaka), U.S.A. (San Francisco and
other towns in California, North Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma).
He played with chamber and symphony orchestra conducted by
De Bernart, Gavazzeni, Steinberg, Scimone and many other.
He recorded for both Italian radio and television (RAI). Among
his recordings it is to mention two CD with Busoni Piano Concert
op. 39a (Bongiovanni ed).
When he was twenty, Battel obtained the Piano Chair at “B.
Marcello”, the Conservatory of Venice, and has been Director
of the same Conservatory from academical year 1997/98.
He has taught masterclasses in Italy, France, Spain, Serbia,
Turkey, Japan and U.S.A., has been a member of the commission
of piano competions and music consultant for concert seasons.