Marcela Fiorillo

Marcela Fiorillo portrait
Performance Teaching Fellow
Classical Piano

Marcela Fiorillo was born in Argentina. She is a graduate of the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires. She studied piano under Haydeé Loustanau and Celia Bronstein in Buenos Aires, and A. Montecino and Menahem Pressler  at  Bloomington University in the USA. She studied Chamber Music with Ljerko Spiller,Tomas Tichauer and Menahem Pressler  and composition with Jacobo Ficher. She also worked with Pierre Sancan, Rudolph Kerer, Earl Wild and Carlo Bruno. She has been awarded scholarships by the Fundación Cultural Coliseum, Fundación Leonor Hirsch de Von Buch, Cameratta Bariloche and Mozarteum Argentino.

Her career has involved extensive activity as a performer, teacher and composer in Argentina and abroad. Marcela’s career as a pianist began in the most important Concert Halls of Argentina like the Teatro Colón, Belgrano Auditorium, Teatro San Martín and many others, as well as radio and television. She has performed in New York, Washington, D.C. and Bloomington in the USA, and has given master cIasses and lectures on Argentinian Music at New York University, at Queens College of the City University of New York and at the Summer Workshop Series, BID Cultural Centre Washington, D.C. She toured Italy and performed at the  “Musique sans Frontieres”and “Fetes Musicales de Savoie” Festivals, in France; and in China where she performed with the Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra and gave master-classes at the Shanghai and Beijing Conservatories of Music.

In Australia, critics have described her as having “a consummate pianism of breathtaking technical assurance and deep expressive power” following performances at the International Music Festival, Canberra International Multicultural Festival, ANU Ibero-American Festival, Castlemaine Festival and the University of Perth - School of Music.  She received the Canberra Times’ “Canberra Critics Circle Award 2007“, for “The Best Concert of the Year 2007”. In 2008, she conducted the Australian premiere of the Tango- Opera “ María de Buenos Aires” by Astor Piazzolla; which received the “Canberra Critics Circle Award 2008”. In 2011, she was invited to be part of the Kawai Series and give masterclasses at Griffith University, Brisbane. In 2012, she has just premiered her Prelude * Autumn*, one of the three Ngunnawal Preludes  to be premiered in 2013 in celebration of the Canberra Centenary.

She has also premiered works by Argentine composers Ginastera, Piazzolla, López de la Rosa, Tauriello, Saenz, Fiorillo, Kutnowski, Caamaño, Zorzi and García Morillo in Australia, China, France, Italy and the USA. Marcela's CDs include: Argentine Music for Piano and guitar, O. Cyrulnik and M. Fiorillo Live; A Voyage Across South American Music; Tango; Piano Works by Argentine Composers; The Greatness of Liszt and Beethoven- recorded live-, Passion Five Centuries of Spanish Music and Piazzolla Anniversary. In Argentina, she taught at the National Conservatory of Music as Piano Professor and at the Manuel de Falla Superior Conservatory of Music of Buenos Aires, where she held the Chair of the Piano Department, until 2007.

Currently, she lives in Canberra and teaches privately as well as maintains an active performance schedule as pianist and composer.


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