Sara De Ascaniis



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 a student of Antonio Rigobello, and three years later she gave her first solo recital.

By the time she was eleven, Sara was already appearing as a soloist with orchestras throughout Italy.

Her performances of Beethoven's Piano Concerto n.3 and Schumann's 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 Santa Cecilia Music Academy in Bergamo with Konstantin Bogino and at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg under Claudius Tanski and Imre Rohmann.

In addition, she has taken precious advice from outstanding musicians and pedagogues, such as Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Pavel Gililov, Leonid Margarius, Benedetto Lupo and Lilya Zilberstein.

Winner of numerous awards in Italy and abroad, such as the Silvio Omizzolo Prize in Padua, the Vito Frazzi in Florence,  the Mozartpreis of Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Baden-Württemberg International Piano Competition (Germany), Sara performed as a soloist in prestigious venues including La Fenice in Venice, Ehrbar Saal in Vienna, Teatro Bibiena in Mantova, Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Wiener Saal in Salzburg and Tanna Schulich Hall in Montrèal.

Also an enthusiastic recitalist, her numerous appearances include La Societá dei Concerti in Milano, Internationaler Konzertverein Bodensee and Oberhausener Festival (Germany), Salzburger Kammermusikfestival, Aurora Chamber Music Festival (Sweden).

Her passion for chamber music made her performing with various ensembles from Duo up to Quintet and working with great artists such as Rainer Schmidt, Wolfgang Redik, Igor Ozim, Enrico Bronzi and Alois Brandhofer.

Sara also dedicates herself to teaching and has a strong interest in psychology of learning.

Along these lines she earned a Master in Piano Pedagogy at the Mozarteum University in 2014.