Born in Naples in 1982 from a musician’s family, MARIANGELA VACATELLO began her musical studies at the age of four, then studied piano with Aldo Tramma in her native city and later moved to the “Incontri con il Maestro” International Piano Academy in Imola, where she studied thirteen years with F. Scala and with P. Rattalino and attained her Master Diploma in 2006.
At the Milan Conservatory of Music she attained her Piano Degree in 1999 and Master Degree in 2006 under the guidance of R. Risaliti and P. Bordoni. She also studied Composition with B. Zanolini and F. Vacchi and post-graduate piano with D. Merlet in Paris. She is currently attending the post-graduate Performance Course with Prof. Christopher Elton.
Recently she won the I Prize at the 1st edition of the Top of the World International Piano Competition 2009 in Tromsř, Norway, and she was a finalist at the Van Cliburn International Competition in Forth Worth in 2009. She received the Laureate Prize at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition 2007 in Bruxelles. Mariangela Vacatello has won an impressive series of prizes since the very beginning of her career at several competitions, including the second, the critics and the audience prize at International Piano and Orchestra Competition in Cantů 2003, the “Concerti in Villa International Prize” in Vicenza, in June 2004. She was a finalist at the “Paloma O’Shea Piano Competition” in Santander and was awarded 2nd prize at the Busoni International Piano Competition 2005. Mariangela results as a finalist at the Parkhouse Award 2007 playing at Wigmore Hall, London, in duo with the cellist G. Gnocchi.
Mariangela Vacatello worked with several orchestras such as the Lithuanian Symphony Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra in Pretoria, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Zagreb Philarmonia Orchestra, Savaria Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra di Roma e del Lazio, Moldavian Radio Television Orchestra, under the baton of conductors of the rank of K. Penderecki, G. Korsten, B. Gueller, M. Tabachnik, D. Kawka, M. Haselboeck, B. Aprea, T. Pal.
Mariangela Vacatello was invited to the Montpellier Festival in summer 2006, several times to Salle Cortot, to the Salon D’Honour du Musee de l’Arm?e-Hotel des Invalides for Yamaha Music France and to the “Bagattelles” for Societč Chopin in Paris and many others.
Besides, Mariangela’s performances are regularly broadcasted by prestigious radio stations such as Radio France Musique, Musique Belgique, Radio Svizzera Italiana, Radio 3 Italia, Radio Pretoria.