Pompili Enrico, Italy, 2009

Tour Dates: 12 Nov - 23 Nov, 2009

"…Pompili played Miroirs of Ravel with a new timbre, a great scale of dynamic shifts, and his own language. His performance was exquisite, in particular the absolute precision in the innumerable technical and expressive difficulties of the piece. But he added something scarcely seen: the gesture. Each and every part of Miroirs was accompanied by a gesture which seemed to bring the sounds to the highest level of perfection."
-     Elizabeth Ocaña, Eco del Norte, Argentina

Enrico Pompili

Born in Bolzano (Italy), Pompili’s international career was launched in 1989 when he won the First Prize in the Competition “Opera Prima-Philips” in Milan and with his debut CD released for Philips Classics. Later he was one of the finalists in the Dublin International Piano Competition and the highlights include Second Prize in the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, following in 1995 with his triumph in the XII Santander International Piano Competition in Spain (with Alicia de Larrocha as President of the jury) winning the “Prize of Honour” and the Special Prize for Contemporary Music.

Mr. Pompili began his piano studies with Andrea Bambace at the Conservatory of Bolzano, graduating with cum laude and first class honors. He continued his studies with Franco Scala, Alexander Lonquich, Lazar Berman and Boris Petrushansky at the  Accademia Pianistica “Incontri col Maestro” of  Imola where he received a special “Master Diploma” for his  excellent artistic quality.

In September 2000, Pompili attended the prestigious International Piano Foundation “Theo Lieven” in Cadenabbia /Lake Como where he took part in private master classes with such eminent artists as William Grant Naboré, Andreas Staier, Leon Fleisher, Fou Ts’ong, Dmitri Bashkirov, Caroline Gautier, Alicia de Larrocha , Claude Frank among others.

Pompili performs regularly and has made many recitals and tournées throughout Europe (Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, England, Ireland, Slovenia) as well as in the USA, Japan, Argentine, Venezuela, Colombia, Uruguay, Ecuador, Chile, Panama and The Dominican Republic.

Enrico Pompili has performed as soloist with different orchestras such as The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, L’Orpheus Chamber Orchestra of New York, The Philharmonic of Warsaw, The National Orchestra of Spain, The “Haydn” of Bolzano and Trent, The orchestra of Padua and Veneto, The Sicilian Symphony Orchestra, The Philharmonic Orchestra of Turin, The  Tuscany Regional Orchestra.

Pompili has appeared at major festivals in Italy including La Sagra Malatestiana of Rimini, Le Settimane Musicali of Merano, Settimane Musicali of Stresa, Settembre Musica of Turin,  Festival Milan-London-New York of Serate Musicali.

For many years, he performs regularly at the Serate Musicali in Milan and has produced the cycle “Suoni e profumi del Mediterraneo” dedicated to Spanish and French music.

He has collaborated with the pianists Andrea Bacchetti and Roberto Prosseda together with the Orchestra of Padua and Veneto preparing The Complete Piano Works of Bach.

Enrico Pompili has recently recorded The Complete Piano Works of Alberto Ginastera for Phoenix Classics and a CD including works of the Italian composer Alberto Bonera. He is currently preparing the complete piano works of Niccolò Castiglioni and a selection of piano works of the American composer Michael Glenn Williams for Stradivarius label.



"…Pompili gave one of the most reserved, introverted performances of the Ravel Concerto in G that I have ever heard. I found the approach both fascinating and engaging, and his handling of the slow movement extremely beautiful. He struck me as a player rich in reserves of imagination"

- Michael Dervan, The Irish Time, Dublin

"…Pompili has been able to show what it always appears as his own original and generous interpretative world, made out not only of highly delicate miniatures, (…) but also of intelligent and wise recalls. (…) and strong evocative abilities."

- Andrea Bambace, Alto Adige, Bolzano

"…In Pompili we find that 'plus' that makes the virtuous performer an artist. He does not attack fidelity on the original score and its spirit, but shows a dose of highly developed imagination."

-Enrique Franco, El Paìs, Spain

"…Enrico Pompili was, is, and will be a magnificent artist, because his performance comes out of his own sensitivity. If we add to this his virtuous technical shills, we shall find the eminent performer and artist that we all wish to find in recitals and/or concerts."

- Pablo Aguilar, El Panama America, Panama

"…Pompili has shown an interpretative style of luminous colours and almost stiff manners. From this combination of tones one could intuitively find, immanent, a deep and strong concentration, maybe reflection of a spirituality so solid as refined."

- Paolo Tarallo, Corriere della Sera, Milano

"…This Polonaise Fantasy has certainly never sounded so rich and new, as it has in the hands of Enrico Pompili. He brought the audience through all the surprising and unexpected paths that make it so great"

- Tomas Eastman, El Mercurio de Valparaiso, Chile

"…[His] impressionism is very singular, particularly for a post Benedetti Michelangeli Italian pianist. Implicitly nonconformist, he is faithful to himself, as he proves in his original approach to contemporaneous music, which he only does not disregard, but exalts the magic and intelligibility of the sound"

- Hans Fazzari, Milano

"…Pompili proves particularly genial in his performance of Messiaen: he makes clear the most hidden harmonic vibrations, he brings luxurious exotic timbre, he adheres with all his being, including the loud memory, to a score of transcendental technical difficulty."

- Andrea Bambace, Alto Adige, Bolzano