The Italian pianist, Nicola Frisardi, began studying the piano with Marisa Somma at an early age. A grant from the Italian government recognizing his prodigious gift, enabled him to continue his studies at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. He was student of Hans Leygraf and took part in the master-classes of Tatiana Nikolayeva, György Sebök and Elizabeth Leonskaja. Nicola Frisardi obtained several prizes in international competitions, including 3rd prize in Casella (1987), silver medal in Barcelona (1980), the special Bärenreiter Prize in the „Mozart Competiton” in Salzburg (1985). He was unanimously awarded first prize in the „International Invitational Piano Competition” (Palm Beach, Florida 1989). This led to invitations to perform throughout the USA (Lincoln Center, New York; Jordan Hall, Boston; Kennedy Center, Washington; Philadelphia...) Nicola Frisardi serves on the faculty of the University Mozarteum, and gives master-classes in Japan, the USA and Italy, where he is the artistic director of the festival “Farinelli“ in Andria (Bari). Nicola Frisardi has recorded for Austrian, German, Italian, Spanish, American and Japanese radio and television. Deutsche Grammophon recorded live his debut in Tokyo. Nicola Frisardi also records for EMI, BMG Classics, Chesky and VAI Audio. His recording of the Mozart Concerti KV 271 and KV 595 with the Orchestra of the Mozarteum is in worldwide distribution on Chesky Records. His performance of the. J. Brahms D minor Piano Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London was released internationally by Video Artists International (Hans Graf, conductor).