Sara De Ascaniis ~ Pianist ~

Sara portrait with piano


About Sara

Born in Italy in 1987 into a family of musicians, Sara began to play by ear and improvise on the piano at the age of two.At seven years old she entered the Music Conservatory Arrigo Pedrollo in Vicenza, where she was astudent of Antonio Rigobello, and two years later she gave her first solo recital. By the time she waseleven, Sara was already appearing as a soloist with orchestras throughout Italy. Her performances of Beethoven Piano Concerto n.3 and Schumann Concerto have been broadcast on the national radio and television with high acclaim.

After the Master's Degree summa cum laude at the age of 18, she studied at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg under Claudius Tanski and Imre Rohmann and at the Music Conservatory Cesare Pollini in Padova under Konstantin Bogino (Postgraduate). In addition, she has taken precious advice from outstanding musicians and pedagogues, such as Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Pavel Gililov, Leonid Margarius, Benedetto Lupo, Lilya Zilberstein and Boris Petrushansky.

Winner of prestigious awards in Italy and abroad, such as the J.S. Bach Prize in Sestri Levante, the Silvio Omizzolo Prize in Padua, the Vito Frazzi Prize in Florence, the Mozartpreis at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Baden-Württemberg International Piano Competition (Germany), Sara has been performing as a soloist in prestigious venues including La Fenice in Venice, Sala dei Giganti in Padua, Teatro Bibiena in Mantova, Teatro dal Verme in Milan, Ehrbar Saal in Vienna, Wiener Saal in Salzburg, Steinway Haus in Munich, Tanna Schulich Hall in Montrèal and Bing Theatre in Los Angeles.

Also an enthusiastic recitalist and chamber musician, she performed with various ensembles from Duo up to Quintet, working together with artists such as Rainer Schmidt, Wolfgang Redik, Igor Ozim, Enrico Bronzi and Alois Brandhofer. Her numerous appearances have included Aurora Chamber Music Festival (Sweden), Internationaler Konzertverein Bodensee (Germany), Salzburger Kammermusikfestival, iPalpiti Festival (California), LeXGiornate in Brescia, Il Maggio del Pianoforte in Naples, La Societá dei Concerti in Milan.

Through the years she developed a strong passion for teaching and earned a Master's Degree in Piano Pedagogy from Mozarteum University Salzburg. After teaching in various music academies in Berlin, she has been appointed Piano Professor at the Music Conservatory Cesare Pollini in Padua (2017). In the academic year 2018/2019 she was also Piano Professor at the Music Conservatory Luca Marenzio in Brescia.

Her first solo Album “Fantasies” with works by Schumann, Chopin and Skrjabin will be released in 2020. A CD dedicated to all piano Sonatas by Sergej Prokofiev, which contains her live performance of the Sonata n. 4, has just been released by the Label Velut Luna . Upcoming engagements include concerts in Europe, USA and Mexico, also with her brother, renowned violinist Davide De Ascaniis. Sara and Davide have been performing together in concert halls worldwide since their childhood

Sara playing on piano


Date Location
2018-07-01 California, iPalpiti Festival
2018-10-14 Este, Villa Albrizzi
2018-10-22 Brescia, Salone Pietro da Cemmo
2018-10-27 Venezia, Palazzo Cavagnis
2018-12-02 Berlin, Kulturamt Steglitz-Zehlendorf
2019-01-13 Padova, Sala dei Giganti
2019-01-18 Rubano, Auditorium dell´Assunta
2019-02-09 Venezia, Palazzo delle Prigioni
2019-02-22 Padova, Auditorium Pollini
2019-03-31 Scandicci (Firenźe), Sala Consiliare Orazio Barbieri
2019-04-11 Padova, Auditorium Pollini
2019-05-18 Bonn, Musikstudio Paquè
2019-05-19 Berlin, Kulturhaus Schwartzsche Villa
2019-06-08 Brescia, Conservatorio di Musica Luca Marenzio
2019-09-13 Verona, Basilica di San Zeno
2019-09-14 Padova, Chiesa di Santa Caterina d´Alessandria
2019-09-15 Trieste, Auditorium Casa della Musica
2020-01-12 Padova, Auditorium Pollini
2020-01-19 Padova, Sala dei Giganti
2020-03-08 Berlin, Löwenpalais