Gabriele Baldocci was born in Livorno (Italy) in 1980. He started studying piano at the age of six, with Ilio Barontini and he received his piano Diploma with the highest ranking. From 1995 to 1999 he studied in the Accademia Pianistica Incontri con il Maestro in Imola with Franco Scala and Leonid Margarius. In 1999 he became a student of Paul Badura-Skoda and at the same time he was invited to the prestigious International Piano Academy in Lake Como. During the next five years he had the opportunity to perform for the most outstanding teachers in the world, such as Lcon Fleisher, Alicia De Larrocha, Dmitri Bashkirov, Fou Ts’Ong, Charles Rosen, Andreas Staier, Claude Frank. During those years, he was studying piano in the studio of William Grant Naboré, the artistic director of the school. In 2008 he completed his studies with Sergio Perticaroli, obtaining his Doctorate in Piano Performance at the Accademia Nazionale di S. Cecilia in Rome with the highest ranking.
He was invited to perform at most prestigious concert halls, including Tonhalle in Zurich, Parco della Musica in Rome, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Sala Verdi in Milan, Auditorium RTSI in Lugano, Teatro Ghione in Rome, Palacio des Festivales in Santander. His art was highly appreciated at piano festivals around the world, such as Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, Vendsyssel Festival in Denmark, Martha Argerich Festival in Buenos Aires, Erasmo Capilla International Music Festival in Mexico. Very active as a teacher, he is regularly invited to give master classes at universities and musical institutions.
In 2003 he was the winner of the Special Honorable Mention at the Second Martha Argerich Piano Competition in Buenos Aires, receiving enthusiastic appreciations from the legendary Argentinian pianist, with whom he now often collaborates. In 2003 he also got the American VAMG career prize. In 2008 he won the Third Prize at the prestigious Alessandro Casagrande International Piano Competition in Terni, Italy.
In September 2005 he was invited by Martha Argerich to tour Argentina with her and the orchestra “Sinfonietta Argerich” playing Beethoven Fourth Piano Concerto. In February 2008 he started his piano duo with Argerich and he has performed with her regularly since then. In 2007 he recorded Nino Rota’s complete works for Strings and Piano with violinist Marco Fornaciari, which was released worldwide by ARTS. He will soon record Nino Rota’s Complete Piano works for the same label.
Gabriele Baldocci is professor of piano at the Conservatory of Potenza, in the south of Italy.