Mariangela Vacatello Piano Recital

…dazzling, virtuosic Italian pianist in concert…

Mariangela Vacatello
8 February 2019

"... and even when Ginastera gives you one piece with a close family likeness to another, you listen with a sense of renewal thanks to performances by Mariangela Vacatello of a superb zest, brio and imaginative scope... she has technique in spades, making her a front-runner with Argerich's legendary live Three Argentinian Dances... no praise could be high enough for Vacatello's achievement." (Gramophone 2016)

Mariangela Vacatello is recognised worldwide as an exceptionally gifted artist, reflected in the numerous awards and effusive reviews she received. Her performances have regularly been broadcasted by prestigious radio stations worldwide. The Second Prize at the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in 1999, at the age of 17, catapulted her towards an international career as a soloist, performing at Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), Walt Disney Hall, Montpellier Festival, Weill Hall (NYC) and the Oriental Centre (Shanghaj). She has appeared with such prominent orchestras as the Philharmonic of Teatro alla Scala, National Orchestra Santa Cecilia (Rome), RAI in Turin, Lithuanian Symphony, Stuttgarter Philharmonics, Prague Chamber Orchestra and has performed with renowned conductors such as Andris Nelsons, Krystof Penderecky, Andrès Orozco-Estrada, Gábor Takács-Nagy and Alain Lombard. Amongst her numerous top awards the following deserve special mention: the Solti Foundation Award, XVII Venice Prize, Finalist and Worldwide Audience Award at the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, 1st Prize Top of the World International Piano Competition 2009 and the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in 2005. Mariangela Vacatello was born in Naples (Italy) and studied at the Imola Piano Academy, Milan Conservatory and Royal Academy of Music (London).


  • R150 (adults)
  • *R80 (pensioners)
  • *R80 (UFS staff)
  • *R60 (students, learners and block bookings of 10+)

Tickets available at Computicket or online at

*Please note that tickets for pensioners, students, learners and UFS staff can only be purchased at a Computicket outlet (Shoprite Checkers) or at the doors since a valid card or ID has to be presented to qualify for the above-mentioned discount.

Ninette Pretorius (tel. 051 401 2504)

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