Hailed by the British music critics as the “natural successor to his great compatriot Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli”, Alessandro Taverna’s “music making stimulates the senses as does a visit to his native Venice”, and gives “rise to a feeling of wonderment”. When he reached the final and performed Chopin’s First Piano Concerto at the 2009 Leeds International Piano Competition, “the world was suddenly suffused with grave beauty: flawless minutes of poetry”, said the newspaper The Independent.
Alessandro Taverna established his international career by winning major prizes at Minnesota Piano-e-Competition, London International Piano Competition, Leeds International Piano Competition and Busoni Piano Competition in Bolzano. Since then he has gone to perform in some of the most important concert halls and seasons including Teatro alla Scala Milan, Teatro San Carlo Naples, Teatro La Fenice Venice, Musikverein Vienna, Konzerthaus Berlin, Gasteig Munich, Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Salle Cortot in Paris, Philharmonic Hall Liverpool, Musashino Hall in Tokyo, Auditorium Parco della Musica Rome.
His success has led to engagements with many prestigious orchestras including Filarmonica della Scala, Münchner Philharmoniker, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale RAI, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, Bucharest Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber, Orchestra of the Accademia Teatro alla Scala, working with conductors including Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Chailly, Fabio Luisi, Daniel Harding, Michele Mariotti, Reinhard Goebel, Thierry Fischer, Michael Guttman, Claus Peter Flor, Roland Böer, Joshua Weilerstein.
The London Keyboard Trust has presented him in recitals in Europe and the United States.
Born in Venice, Alessandro Taverna studied with Laura Candiago Ferrari at the Santa Cecilia Music Foundation in Portogruaro and with Franco Scala, Leonid Margarius, Boris Petrushansky and Louis Lortie at the Imola International Piano Academy. He later specialised at the Santa Cecilia National Music Academy in Rome with Sergio Perticaroli, at the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover with Arie Vardi, and at the Lake Como Piano Academy.
Taverna teaches at the Conservatory of Music “Jacopo Tomadini” in Udine and at Santa Cecilia Music Academy in Portogruaro.
For his artistic achievements and his international career, he was awarded the Premio Presidente della Repubblica in 2012.
A documentary on his life was shown on BBC-4 TV. He has also recorded for BBC Radio 3, Rai Radio 3, Slovenian National Radio and Television and for RSI Swiss Radiotelevision.
Following the critical success of his Medtner Sonatas disc for SOMM Recordings, Taverna released an all-French recital disc for the same label: “this superb release will add lustre to his reputation” (Fanfare Magazine)