Piazza studied with Maestro Arnold Östman, considered one of the
greatest interpreters of Mozart. Having graduated in Conducting,
Composition and Violin at the “Arrigo Boito” Conservatory in
Parma, Maestro Piazza began his conducting career at a very
early age and has conducted concerts and operas in prestigious
theatres both in Italy and abroad.
In 1994 he was accepted on a course for young conductors organised by the Emilia Romagna Region in collaboration with the European Union at the “Gianandrea Gavazzeni” Academy, which he completed with the best assessment.
He has worked with artists such as the operatic bass Michele Pertusi (with whom he has also recorded a CD), the soprano Annamaria Dell’Oste, Bin Huang (violinist winner of the 1994 international “Niccolò Paganini” competition in Genoa), the pianists Maurizio Baglini and Maria Tretyakova, Christoph Hartmann (oboist of the Berliner Philharmoniker), Federico Guglielmo (concertmaster and conductor of “L'Arte dell'Arco”), Alberto Miodini, Ivan Rabaglia and Enrico Bronzi (members of the “Trio di Parma”).
He collaborates with various orchestral groups and important musical institutions, including the Orchestra of the Regio Theatre (Parma), the Sanremo Symphony Orchestra, “Gli Archi Italiani”, the “Gian Francesco Malipiero” Philharmonic Orchestra of Veneto Region, the Italian Philharmonic Orchestra, the “Arturo Toscanini” Symphony Orchestra of Emilia Romagna Region, The “Accademici de La Fenice” Orchestra (Venice), the “Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto”, the “Giuseppe Verdi” Symphony Orchestra (Milan), the “Virtuosi of La Scala” (Milan), the “Camerata RCO” of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Amsterdam) and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
Of the operas he has conducted we remember particularly Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Così fan Tutte and La Clemenza di Tito, Rossini’s La Cambiale di Matrimonio, Il Signor Bruschino (featuring Michele Pertusi) and Il Barbiere di Siviglia (at Le Théatre de Nîmes and Le Théatre National de Narbonne).
He has also assisted Maestro Arnold Östman prepare operas and concerts in Vienna, Stockholm, Trieste, Verona, Venice, Genoa and Ferrara (with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra) and has collaborated with the “Symphonica Toscanini” preparing symphonic programmes for Maestro Lorin Maazel in Italy and abroad.
He is the artistic director of the “Festival di Torrechiara Renata Tebaldi”, which takes place in the wonderful fourteenth century castle near Parma and boasts the participation of the internationally famous artists such as the operatic bass Michele Pertusi, the violinist Sergej Krylov, the Virtuosi of the Alla Scala Theatre, Milan, the European Union Chamber Orchestra, the ensemble “Europa Galante”, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, the Cameristi del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Salzburg Chamber Soloists, the Ensemble Berlin - Soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic and many others.
The Publishing house “L’Oca del Cairo” has published three compositions of his: “Rapsodia per violino e pianoforte”, “Recitativo e aria su testo di Metastasio” for soprano and orchestra and “Variazioni per orchestra sulla Marcia dei Sacerdoti dal Flauto Magico”.