Aldo Mancinelli to Perform at JBU

Siloam Springs, Ark. (February 26, 2008) — John Brown University’s music department presents internationally acclaimed pianist Aldo Mancinelli in concert on Sunday, March 9, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. in the Jones Recital Hall in the Cathedral of the Ozarks. Mancinelli, a Steinway Artist, will perform selections from Debussy, Beethoven, Griffes, and Chopin in his first concert at JBU. The first American-born pianist to win the coveted Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition, he made his debut at the age of eleven when he performed Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. As the recipient of two Fulbright scholarships, Mancinelli studied with Carlo Zecchi at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, and was awarded the Don Luigi Sturzo Prize as outstanding graduate of the year. After making his New York debut as a soloist with the National Orchestral Association in Carnegie Hall, Mancinelli also appeared as a guest soloist with numerous other major symphony orchestras in the U.S. and Europe, including: The San Antonio Symphony, The Dallas Symphony , The Cleveland Orchestra, The Hague Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, N.D.R. Symphony (Hamburg), Santa Cecilia Orchestra (Rome), and the La Scala Orchestra (Milan). Mancinelli has recorded numerous albums with such works as “Brahms F minor Sonata” and the “Liszt Ballade in B minor”, Beethoven’s “Fourth Concerto”, and the “Nel cor piu” Variations and the Sonata in E-flat, “Opus 31 No. 3”. He has recently appeared at festivals in Italy, France, Southeast Asia, and the Czech Republic. Admission for the performance is free and open to the public. The Jones Recital Hall in the Cathedral of the Ozarks is located on the campus of John Brown University.