According to a recent quote in Italy's Piano Time, Sandro De Palma is considered
"one of the most important and original exponents of Italian pianism by his special treatment of sound and through his depth and vision of interpretation."
Born in Naples, Sandro De Palma studied under Massimo Bertucci and Vincenzo Vitale and
made his recital début in this city at the age of ten playing works by Bach and Schubert.
Thereafter, he was invited by Nikita Magaloff to attend the prestigious Conservatoire in
Geneva and at the age of 19, won First Prize at the Alfredo Casella International Piano
Two years later, he won the Bruce Hungerford Foundation First Prize in New
York, which led to his American recital début at the Carnegie Hall. Other awards include
prizes at the Clara Haskil and Dino Ciani Competitions in Montreux and Milan
respectively. In 1993, he took a pause from his engagements to study in London with Alice
Sandro De Palma has played concerts in every European country as well as throughout the
former Soviet Union and recently in Japan.
In his native Italy, he continues to play regularly both recitals and concertos with the major
orchestras including La Fenice, Rome, Milan and Naples Radio Orchestras, San Petersburg
Philarmonic Orchestra, Moscou Symphony Orchestra. He also plays chamber music in duo
with the violinists Boris Belkin, Pierre Hommage and Ilya Grubert, in quartet with the
Prazak Quartet, with winds and strings of Berliner Philarmoniker.
In 1983, his performance of Chopin's 24 Etudes at the 20th Brescia and Bergamo
International Piano Festival prompted a prominent Italian music magazine to comment:
"He hasn't many rivals in his rendering of the Etudes: no more than can be counted on the fingers of one hand, perhaps less." (Piero Rattalino)
In 1998 he obtained a brilliant success at the Wigmore Hall in London with the 24 Preludes
In February 2004 he played the Franck’s Quintet at Kammermusiksaal der Philarmonie in
Berlin with Amarcorde Quartet, members of Berliner Philarmoniker.
In 2004 and 2005 he played at famous Festival “La folle journée de Nantes” and at
International piano Festival “La Roque d’Anteron” , in 2006 at “La folle journée” in Tokyo,
and in 2006 at “Piano en Valois” and at “Piano au Jacobin” at Expo in Shangaj.
In April 2010 Sandro De Palma has played the Second Concert oh Brahms at Musikverein
and in November 2011 he made an important tour in China.
Sandro De Palma made his first recording at the age of sixteen of works by Liszt and
participated in the world's first recording for Fonit Cetra of Clementi's Gradus ad Parnassum
- a recording which won the 20th Italian Critics Award. He has also recorded works by Cilea
He’s President of “Associazione Muzio Clementi” in Rome.