Antonio was born in Bingen am Rhein, Germany in 1977. After his initial studies in Catania – Italy, on modern piano, Antonio continued his musical education at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague, The Netherlands. There he specialised in Early Music, Performance Practice and Historical Keyboard Instruments. Most recently Antonio furthered his musical education with Andreas Staier in Cologne and with Sally Sargent in Vienna.
Antonio is an Italian musician of the younger generation whose personal approach, both as a pianist and an exponent on historical keyboard instruments, is commanding increasing attention internationally. In 2009 he was awarded the First Prize at the Van Wassenaer Concours – Amsterdam, the most prestigious competition of early chamber music in the industry; followed in 2011 by the Clementi Award in England, the coveted prize for researching original repertoire on historical keyboards. His interpretative skills, versatility, sense of style and technical qualities distinguish him both as a soloist, recitalist and as a chamber musician.
Antonio appears at major international music venues, festivals and concert series in Europe, Japan, the United States and Middle East: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Muziekgebouw & Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Utrecht Early Music Festival, Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Festival of La Roque d’Antheron, Opera National de Bordeaux, La Folle Journée in Bilbao, Essen Philharmonie, Chopin Festival Warsaw, Bach Festival Istanbul, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space, Tokyo Opera City Hall, and in partnership with internationally renowned orchestras and artists such as Collegium 1704, Concerto Köln, Martin Roscoe, Alexander Rudin, Andreas Staier.
Antonio Piricone has recorded for RAI Italian Radio & Television network, the Czech Radio & Television, Radio4 in the Netherlands, Radio France. His recordings have been broadcast by Italian BBC Radio3, Radio Vaticana and Britains’ Classic FM, RadioTre Suite, Bavarian Radio.
Antonio is also active in the educational field since 2006, currently teaching at the State Conservatory of Music in Trapani where he holds the positions of Head of Keyboards Dpt. and Coordinator for Academic Research, Development and Internationalisation. His international acumen and recognition are further exemplified by his appointments as a Lecturer at Yasar University in Izmir – Turkey and masterclasses given at Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg – Russia.