Stefano Severini, of Italian nationality and resident in Switzerland, works both as an orchestra conductor and as a pianist.
He is currently studying for specialization in the technique of conducting. From 2018 he had the opportunity to attend as uditor-apprentice with Maestro Nello Santi at the Teatro alla Scala and Opernhaus in Zurich, for the entire operatic productions of Nabucco and Lucia di Lammermoor.
From 2011 until today, he has received technical and cultural training in orchestra conducting, throuh periodic private lessons and official masterclasses, from several disciples of Prof. Ilya Musin’s method, such as Prof. Leonid Korchmar, Alexander Polyanichko, Liutauras Balciunas and Ennio Nicotra. Alongside these, also took numerous masterclasses from different conducting schools, with well-known professors such as Lior Shambadal, Sergey Stadler, Colin Metters, Johannes Wildner, Roberto Paternostro, Pierangelo Gelmini.
As orchestra conductor he appeared as guest conductor with the Bryansk Philharmonic Orchestra in 2018, in 2016 with the Astrakhan Chamber Orchestra Philharmonic, the Hermitage Chamber Orchestra St.Petersburg, as well as from 2013 in the final concerts of masterclass with the Berlin Sinfonietta, Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra of Olomouc, St.Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Regionale Filarmonia Veneta, Orchestra of the Conservatory of Italian Switzerland.
As a pianist, Stefano Severini was awarded first prize in the UK Liszt Society's International Piano Competition in 2013 (with unanimous vote of the jury, presided by Leslie Howard), receiving an invitation from the Liszt Society in 2014 for a recital at the Goldsmiths University of London.
Since 1994, he has been finalist of international piano competitions such as Stresa Music Competition (1994), Pergolesi Piano competition of Naples (1998), Vidusso Piano competition of Milan (1998), Università Cattolica of Rome (2000), Rossomandi Piano competition of Foggia (2001), Chironi Piano competition of Nuoro (2001), Pecar Piano competition of Gorizia, Gante Piano competition Pordenone, and was awarded first prize by the Associazione dei Membri dell'Ordine delle Palme Accademiche in Lugano, Switzerland (2009).
In 2016 and 2017, he was scheduled to give a number of piano recitals and concerts in Russia on invitation of the Kostomuksha Festival, the Glinka National Museum Consortium of Musical Culture in Moscow, the Chelyabinsk State Philharmonic, the Samara State Philharmonic and the Makhachkala State Philharmonic.
After completing his pianoforte degree at the Conservatorio G. Rossini di Pesaro, he continued private piano studies focussing on Italian piano school with Prof. Sergio Fiorentino, Franco Scala and Sergio Perticaroli. He received scholarships from the Fondazione Rossini di Pesaro, the Summer Academy of the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Accademia Musicale Chigiana di Siena and the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, attended further masterclasses with Joaquin Achucarro, Leslie Howard, Jürg Wittenbach and Vladimir Ashkenazy, and participated in a chamber music workshop at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana with professors Bruno Giuranna, Massimo Quarta, Johannes Goritzki, Robert Cohen, Antonio Meneses, David Johnson and Pier Narciso Masi.
Thanks to his broad and versatile repertoire, Stefano Severini has attracted the attention of many cultural institutions since 2014, giving piano and chamber music concerts on invitation of the Fondazione Rossini di Pesaro, the Festival Terra dei Teatri di Macerata, the Teatro Ventidio Basso di Ascoli Piceno, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Pesaro, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Bucarest, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Zurigo, the Auditorium della Radio Svizzera Italiana, and participating in collaborative projects with the Fondazione Internazionale Premio Valentino Bucchi di Roma, the Philharmonie Opernhaus Zürich, the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, the Orchestra della Radio Svizzera Italiana, the Centro di canto e dell'Arte di presentarsi di Lugano, the Nuovo Coro Lirico Sinfonico di Roma, the Coro Polifonico del Teatro Lirico V. Basso di Ascoli Piceno, and giving concerts at painting exhibitions at the Museo d'Arte Moderna di Ascona, at the Pinacoteca Cantonale Giovanni Züst in Mendrisio as well as at the Museo Hermann Hesse in Lugano with opera singer Eva Wymola and renowned tenor Keith Lewis.
He did recordings for the Radio Svizzera Italiana, Radio Vaticana and the record labels Tau Records and Tactus, playing major piano works of Rachmaninov (Sonata Nr.2), Prokofiev (Sonata Nr.3), Liszt (Année de Pèlerinage: Suisse), Castelnuovo-Tedesco etc.
Stefano Severini lives in Zürich where, in addition to his concert activities, he is also the initiator of the Festival Piano-Attivo (first edition in 2013) and piano teacher at the Kalaidos Hochschule Schweiz.