Tours by Paolo Gualdi:
- March 2018 – Florida West with Qing Li (violin)
- October 2017 – Georgia with Qing Li (violin)
- April 2017 – Idaho with Qing Li (violin)
- October 2016 – North Carolina with Qing Li (violin)
- April 2016 – Minnesota with Qing Li (violin)
Tours prior to 2009–2010 season not listed.
Paolo Gualdi, Pianowww.pagualdi.com
Italian pianist Paolo André Gualdi has played recitals in Italy, France, Brazil and the United States for music organizations such as A.Gi.Mus., Accademia Ori, and Accademia Amadeus (Italy); Universidade Federal do Rio Grande so Sul and Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (Brazil); Musée Würth (France); International Piano Series of Charleston, American Liszt Society, Cincinnati Conservatory, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival (U.S.A.). He has also appeared with many orchestras including the Georgia Philharmonic, Wilmington Symphony, Atlanta Philharmonic, Florence Symphony, DeKalb Symphony, and the Universidade de Caxias do Sul Symphony Orchestra. He has recorded for Mark Records and IFO Classics, and his performances have been broadcast by NPR and Radio Vaticana.
Gualdi began studying piano with his father at the age of five, and continued at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy, with Carmela Pistillo. He earned his Piano Diploma with highest honors at the Conservatory Arrigo Boito in Parma. While in the U.S., he earned a Master Degree at Carnegie Mellon University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Georgia. Gualdi worked extensively with Carlo Maria Dominici, Roberto Cappello, Enrique Graf, and Evgeny Rivkin and took part in master classes with György Sandor, Earl Wild, Sergio Perticaroli and Menahem Pressler, among others.
He has won the top prize in numerous piano competitions, including the European Competition of Ostuni, the Altruda National Competition of Vasto and the Françoise Grimaldi National Competition of San Polo. Winning the “De Martino Award” at the Ibla International Piano Competition enabled him to study at Elon University with Victoria Fischer. During this period, he won the First Prize in the 15th Bartók-Kabalevsky International Competition.
Gualdi regularly gives master classes and lectures nationally and internationally at universities, conservatories and other music institutes, including New Mexico State University and College of Charleston (U.S.A.); the federal universities of Porto Alegre, Santa Maria and Pelotas (Brazil); Cittadella della Musica (Italy), and others. He has served on the faculties of Elon University, Emmanuel College and Oxford College of Emory University. He is the founder and artistic director of the South Carolina Chamber Music Festival, and is currently Associate Professor of Music at Francis Marion University.