Ettore Pozzoli

 
Ettore Pozzoli

Ettore Pozzoli was born in Seregno on the 22nd July 1873.

In 1895, soon after he received his diploma from Milan Conservatory, he wrote “Allegro di concerto” for piano and orchestra, the oratorio “Jefte’s daughter”, a string quartet and “Theme and variations” for piano and orchestra.

There is in all these works a rich harmonic modulation which surpasses that which maybe found in the music of Wagner and Brahms and is more like Debussy.

In 1902 he married Gina Gambini, who had studied singing with maestro Leoni. At the same time he started to teach music theory and solfeggio at the Conservatory of Milan. He contributed to the magazine “Musica sacra” with a rich repertory of much appreciated passages.

Pozzoli was at his best when teaching, showing a mature creative energy and a serious and constant commitment to his work. His greatest contribution are his works on theory and solfeggio, his progressive difficulty course for piano and his teachings of harmony and counterpoint. Giancarlo Menotti and Giulio

Confalonieri were among his favorite students.

In 1943 he went to live in Seregno where he continued to compose for piano, harmonium and accordion. He was awarded first prize at the Ricordi accordion competition for his “Theme and variations”.

In 1956 his “Danza fantastica” was chosen as the compulsory piece for competitors at the sixth world accordion contest in Danzica.

Pozzoli died in Seregno on the 9th November 1957.

 

gina gambini

Gina Gambini(1876-1964) Ettore Pozzoli’s widow donated her inheritance to the International Piano Competition Foundation in honour of her husband’s memory. The project has been entrusted to the City of Seregno Council that is committed to promoting and preserving the name of its illustrious citizen. The first edition of the competition took place in September 1959: the winner was Maurizio Pollini who soon after won first prize at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw

giulio confalonieri

(1896-1972) Composer and music critic. He organized the first seven editions of the competition. Thanks to his personal prestige the contest rapidly gained international acclaim. A special prize is dedicated in his honour.

 

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