Naples - renowned for its musical heritage and its piano school (Thalberg and Vitale, mainly).
So... here's the great Maria Tipo! Magnificent interpreter of the Neapolitan school, born in 1931, maverick, elegant pianist. Of course Tipo is famous for her prize-winning Clementi, Scarlatti, Mozart and Bach discographic efforts. [...]
The pianist and pedagogue, Maria (Luisa) Tipo, gave her first public piano performance at the age of four. Her teacher was her mother, Ersilia Cavallo, herself a pupil of Ferruccio Busoni. She later received master-classes from Alfredo Casella and Guido Agosti. In 1948 she won 2nd prize (no 1st prize was given) at the Geneva International Competition, and returned in 1949 (age 17) to capture its 1st prize. In 1952 she won 3rd prize at the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition in Brussels.
Maria Tipo's success led rapidly to invitations to all the major musical centers. In addition to her career as a concert pianist, Maria Tipo is a dedicaded teacher. Maria Tipo championed the cause of traditional Italian keyboard music.




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