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Mirian Conti: Bio

"Ms. Conti's pianism offers more than tonal luster; her's was an impressionism imbued with sinew and, in livelier movements, with the spirit of the dance.  Her playing was impulsive, colorful, and precise."  ~ The New York Times

Argentine/ American pianist Mirian Conti, based in New York City, enjoys a growing reputation as a musician whose performances combine technical brilliance with striking originality and artistic insight. Stylistically assured in a wide range of repertoire, Ms. Conti's prolific recording output and international concerts have garnered praise and awards. In recognition of her extraordinary talent, a scholarship honoring Mirian Conti was established at The Juilliard School by the Edwin Bachman Estate. In addition, she was selected as one of the "100 Outstanding Alumni" to celebrate The Juilliard School's Centennial in 2005-6. She was a Scholarship student of Richard Fabre and Josef Raieff and graduated from the School with a BM and MM. Other teachers include Genny Blech, Freda Rosenblatt and Byron Janis.

Her CDs on the Koch International label Danzas Fantasticas(KIC-CD-7663) and Ernesto Halffter: Sonatina (KIC-CD-7751) have been praised by Gramophone, as has her Looking South (Troy 837) recording on Albany, attracting airplay on major classical radios stations in the U.S. and internationally. She has also recorded works by American and Spanish composers, including Katherine Hoover, Phillip Ramey, Michael White, Samuel Zyman, Morton Gould, Vincent Persichetti, Joaquin Turina, James Cohn, David Diamond and Ernest Bloch for Toccata Classics, Island, XLNT and Parnassus Records. Her CD on Toccata Classics, Music of Benjamin Lees 1947-2005 (TOCC 0069) received an award for best recording of piano contemporary music by International Piano Magazine (U.K.) in 2008. She has also recorded Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Schumann for Towerhill (TH 71994). Other recordings on the  Steinway & Sons label  (recorded between 2010 and 2014) are the complete Chopin Mazurkas (CD 3003). The Fanfare magazine review of the CD says, "Conti brings all these pieces to life with a spirit of fantasy and imagination that is totally endearing…Conti's mazurkas rest beside splendid complete sets in my collection by Vladimir Ashkenazy, Alexander Brailowsky, and Alexander Uninsky". Also on the Steinway & Sons label: Nostalgias Argentinas (2012) and Panorama Argentino (2014).  Her latest recording with Albany records "Children's world" has been praised for its original selection fo composers and works about children.  

Mirian Conti has appeared worldwide as soloist and with many orchestras, in Europe, Asia, Africa, South and Central America, Canada and throughout the U.S. She has made solo, orchestral and chamber appearances at Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, Los Angeles' Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and has performed at numerous concert halls throughout the world, including the Teatro Colón in her native Argentina. She has appeared in Poland, Latvia, Morocco, Spain, France, Puerto Rico, Italy, Montenegro, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, and many cities in China.

Her lecture-recitals and masterclasses on the music of Spain have been presented at Oberlin College, Manhattan School of Music, Eastman School of Music, Tulane University, William Paterson College and at the National Conservatory López Buchardo in Buenos Aires and the Simar Festival in Cali, Colombia, as well as the central conservatories in Beijing and Dalian (China). Committed to promoting the classical piano literature of Latin America, Spain and the U.S., Mirian Conti has been organizing competitions, directing festivals and promoting careers of promising young musicians through master classes and special prizes, and has been an active as a board member of several renowned musical organizations. She is the Artistic Director and Founder of the I Certamen Musical Rioplatense, a competition for musicians of Argentina and Uruguay which took place in Buenos Aires. She has also created and directed the New York City International Tango Competition for professional musicians in New York and Teachers del Norte-Pianists del Sur, an international exchange between Argentina and the U.S. (2008 and 2012) under the auspices of the American Embassy in Buenos Aires. She is also the creator and director of 5 @ 5 at DiMenna,  and of 6 @ 6 at Yamaha,an international solo piano concert series devoted to featuring the finest Concert Pianists around the world. Last July, Grandes Maestros Argentinos , under Mirian Conti's direction, was presented for the first time in Argentina, where 16 Distinguished Argentine Piano masters gave Masterclasses to 35 young students.

Celebrating Women's Month in March 2002, the Latin American Cultural Center of Queens and The Women's Council of New York awarded her recognition for her dedication to classical music in the Latin American community, as well as the Galo Award for Distinguished Latin Women in the Arts in NYC. She is also an active adjudicator of important international piano competitions.

Since 2007, Ms. Conti is on the Faculty of the Evening Division at the Juilliard School. 

Mirian Conti is a YAMAHA artist.

1 Danzas tradicionales para piano: #5 Mi quena te llama
2 Danzas tradicionales para piano: #7 De angora
3 Serie Argentina, De la pampa y los cerros: I. Preludio
4 Serie Argentina, De la pampa y los cerros: II. Danza del nandu herido
5 Serie Argentina, De la pampa y los cerros: III. Zamba
6 Serie Argentina, De la pampa y los cerros: IV. Ventisquero
7 Milonguero triste
8 Danzas tradicionales para piano: #11 Pal nato
9 Danzas tradicionales para piano: #16 En Septima
10 Danzas tradicionales para piano: #18 Chumbeao
11 Piano Sonatina in G Minor: I. Allegretto
12 Piano Sonatina in G Minor: II. Lento muy espressivo
13 Piano Sonatina in G Minor: III. PrestoCanning y Triunvirato, Bar Argentino
14 Canning y Triunvirato, Bar Argentino
15 Danza
16 Motivos de la sierra y la llanura: Escondido
17 Motivos de la sierra y la llanura: Bailecito
18 Motivos de la sierra y la llanura: Estilo
19 Impresiones de mi tierra, Book 1: I. Jujena
20 Impresiones de mi tierra, Book 1: II. Quenas
21 Impresiones de mi tierra, Book 1: III. Amanecer en los cerros nevados
22 Impresiones de mi tierra, Book 1: IV. Bailecito
23 Aires nacionales, Vol. 1: Triste #1
24 Aires nacionales, Vol. 1: Triste #2
25 Aires nacionales, Vol. 1: Triste #3
26 Aires nacionales, Vol. 1: Triste #4, Cordoba
27 Aires nacionales, Vol. 1: Triste #5, Cordoba
28 La llamo silbando
29 Taquito Militar
30 Danzas tradicionales para piano: #7 Pa' la Lilucha
Yamaha SX Series - Interview with Mirian Conti

Following up on her 2012 Steinway release Nostalgias Argentinas, described as "a disc to savor" by The Absolute Sound and featuring "Infectious verve and impeccable musicianship" (Classics Today), Steinway artist and native-born Argentine pianist Mirian Conti continues to carry the banner for a vast and varied group of composers whose music is rarely heard outside of Argentina. On Panorama Argentino, the selections run the gamut from melancholy to mercurial, folding in the lyrical influences of Italian immigrants like Cayetano Troiani, the homebred impressionism of Ángel Lasala, the unapologetic Romanticism of Carlos Guastavino, the folkloric influences of Remo Pignoni and Enrique Albano, the brassy nationalism of Julián Aguirre, Buenos Aires rhythms from a trio of tango gods- Aníbal Troilo, Horacio Salgán and Mariano Mores, and a classical take on the form by Mario Broeders. 

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