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The Neapolitan pianist Emma Abbate pursues a varied career as a chamber musician, vocal coach and teacher. Based in London, Emma is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She also works for Opera North and acts as a staff accompanist at Trinity College of Music.
Performances have included recitals for international festivals in Salzburg, Naples, Koscierzyna and Sorrento, as well as at London’s Wigmore Hall, St George’s Bristol, Aldeburgh Festival, the Italian Institute of Culture in Lisbon and The William Walton Society in Ischia. Recordings include world-premières of works for cello and piano by Krzysztof Meyer and Algernon Ashton with the cellist Evva Mizerska. Published by Toccata Classics, their performances have been praised by The Strad for their "great expressive range and impressive authority". She is also planning a series of recordings devoted to 20th century Italian songs, the first of which, entitled L’Infinito, has been released for Urania Records with the mezzo-soprano Kamelia Kader.
Following her graduation from the S. Pietro a Majella Conservatoire in Naples at the age of only 19 and an Advanced Diploma from the S. Cecilia Conservatoire in Rome, Emma studied in London with Yonty Solomon. She completed her studies with Geoffrey Pratley and Patsy Toh as a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music, from where she was awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Accompaniment with distinction. Her many prizes have included the Anglo-Czechoslovak Trust Award, the International Ibla Grand Prize as Distinguished Musician, the Jeejeebhoy prize for piano studies, the Grover Bennett Prize and the AMA Calabria Award. She was also awarded an Italian Literature and Culture degree cum laude from the Federico II University in Naples.