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Born in Rome, Sebastiano Brusco discovered his passion for music while still very young. After recovering from a serious illness at age 19, he decided to dedicate his life to it, later receiving a cum laude diploma from the Conservatory “F. Morlacchi” in Perugia, studying with Valentino Di Bella.
He attended various courses with Maestros such as Lya de Barberiss, D. de Rosa, K. Labeque, P. Cassard, J. Achucarro (Accademia Chigiana of Siena) and with the Duo Moreno-Capelli.
Of great importance to his formation were his studies with Aldo Ciccolini and with Ennio Pastorino (former student of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli) under whom he received a diploma of excellence from the Accademia Musicale Umbra.
He has performed as soloist with important Italian and foreign orchestras: Solisti Veneti, Verdi's Orchestra of Milan, Transylvania National Orchestra, Tirana's Orchestra, Simphonic Orchestra of Pesaro, l’Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese, and has worked with great conductors such as R. Chailly, C. Scimone, R. Hickox, F. Totan, R. Gandolfi, and V. Antonellini.
Sebastiano has given concerts all over the world. He had recitals in London (England) for the events leading up to the Olympics, in Monterrey (Mexico) nationally broadcast by satellite, in Zurich (Switzerland) in the prestigious seat of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra where he inaugurated the new auditorium, as well as many others.
In Italy he has played in notable theatres and auditoriums, taking part in important musical seasons and festivals, often collaborating with renowned musicians like Russian violinist Vadim Brodksy (winner of the Paganini, Tchaikovsky, Tibor Varga, Wienansky competitions).
He dedicates particular attention to the music of the 20th century and has performed in numerous world and Italian premiers: Tosatti, M. Gould (Concerto for two pianos and orchestra), Milhaud (concerto for two pianos and four percussionists), Boriolo, Taglietti, Busoni (first recording of pieces for piano four hands), Matteo D'amico and others.
Sebastiano recorded a CD of the complete impromptus of Franz Schubert and a CD for the record label Phoenix with pianist Marco Scolastra with whom he’s been playing since 1993. He is currently recording a CD of all Chopin's Ballades, some Nocturnes, Etudes and Polonaises as well as the complete Mozart piano Sonatas in 6 CDs.
He composed the theme song and other music for the animated cartoon series “Hocus & Lotus” which was broadcast for three consecutive years on RAI 3 and translated into more than ten languages around the world. At the Derivio Cartoon Festival in 2005, he won first prize for “Best Soundtrack.”
He also composed and played the soundtrack, recorded for Warner Bros., for the Italian-French movie “WAX” that was in cinemas in 2016.
He is the founder and artistic director of the “Concerti della Sagrestia del Borromini” concert season in Rome which was started ten years ago with the intent of diffusing chamber music in Italy. The season was noted by the prestigious newspaper New York Times where it was chosen as the “Best deal in a cultural event” in Rome.
As the organizer and artistic director of the highly successful initiative “Museo in Musica,” his ideas led to the realization of numerous concerts in the great museums of the capital city and were adopted by the Municipality of Rome.
Artistic director of two festivals in the Abruzzo region, Festival dei Marsi in Pescina and Notti di Note in Pescasseroli, Sebastiano also directed an exposition in 2011 (Rome) called “Musica & Arte” uniting visual artists and musicians in a synesthetic collaboration.
Sebastiano has won many national and international competitions among which: first prize at the Carlo Soliva International Competition, finalist at the International Competition of Musical Execution “Provincia di Caltanissetta”, first prize at the Gubbio Festival International Competition, as well as others.
Sonata Kv 310 in A minor
Andante cantabile con espressione
Impromptus op.90 n.2, n.3, n.4
Nocturne op.9, n.1, n.2 (in E flat major)
Etude op.25, n.1 (“Aeolian harp”)
Ballade op.23, n.1
Polonaise op.53 (Eroic)