The Russian trained Italian pianist Emanuel Rimoldi, winner of the Cantù and Pozzoli piano competitions, recently captured the international attention as a laureate winner of the first prize at the prestigious and exclusive Top of the World Piano Competition in Tromsø, contest reserved to award-winning participants, convincing the jury to prize him ahead of 1 prize winner of Queen Elisabeth competition and laureate winners of Chopin competition in Warsaw and Rubinstein competition in Tel Aviv, which were participating at the same edition.
In 2016 he won the Grand Prix at the international Manhattan Music Competition Ivo Pogorelich (USA), captivating the judges for his "possession of a powerful musical personality, stellar technique and high quality of piano sound, able to create a powerful emotional involvement of the listeners'' (Alexander Toradze).
As well his interpretations of Robert Schumann were praised by eminent musicians such as Paul Badura-Skoda, Ivo Pogorelich, Radu Lupu and Elisso Virsaladze.
After making a vibrant 2018 concerts tour in the USA and in Germany, with his debut at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Emanuel Rimoldi ventures a dynamic 2021/22 season which include several tours in Japan, invitations at the Suntory Hall, Hakuju Hall, with the New Japan Philharmonic orchestra at the Tokyo Sumida Triphony Hall and in chamber concerts with cellist Nobuko Yamazaki and violinist Tomoko Kato.
Emanuel Rimoldi, Milanese pianist but with Romanian parentage, was initially trained in piano and composition at the Verdi Conservatory of Milan and at the Imola Academy achieving the graduation with honours.
He pursued his studies for five years at the legendary Tchaikovsky conservatory in Moscow with Elissò Virsaladze, following by affiliation the Neuhaus piano school heritage. During this period he was invited by her and by the cellist Natalya Gutman to share a recital in Moscow; after it she declared “...his interpretation it’s really unique and special, always having something unexpected!”
Furthermore were significantly important for his musical development meetings with Dina Yoffe, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Ivo Pogorelich.
He has been invited to perform in many of the international world’s most renowned concert venues collecting golden opinions from the press and the the audience: at the Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Philarmonie of Luxembourg, Salle Cortot in Paris, Nikkei Hall and Yamaha Ginza Hall in Tokyo, Minato Mirai Hall in Yokohama, Gewandhaus of Leipzig, NDR-Sendesaal in Hannover, Gasteig of Munich, Staatstheater in Oldenburg, Rome Opera Theatre, Verdi Hall in Milan and in Russia at the International Performing Arts Centre in Moscow and the Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory…
Festival appearance includes the 69th International Chopin Piano Festival in Duszniki Zdrój (Poland), the 22nd Festival Beethoven in Mexico, the Miami Piano Festival, the Castleton-Lorin Maazel Festival in Virginia (USA), the Upclose season of the Manchester Camerata (UK), the Yamaha Stars Festival with Sochi Philharmonie orchestra (Russia) and the Metro-Concert-Art Chamber Festival at the Moscow International House of Music (Russia).
Emanuel Rimoldi has been live-recorded and broadcasted by several illustrious public-service radios such as NDR (Hamburg), MDR (Leipzig), ARD (Munich), Bayerischer Rundfunk (Munich), the cultural channel of the Russian Television, the Norwegian Broadcast corporation, National Polish Radio and the European Broadcasting Union; he received enthusiastic reviews on the pages of Suddeutsche Zeitung, the Leipziger Volkszeitung, the Hamburger Abendblatt, Musicweb international, Daily Music and the Miami herald, among many others.
His repertory vaste from Bach to most contemporary composers, in solo repertory as in the chamber music and he often includes his own compositions in the recitals programs.
He accompanies his performing career giving master classes in different countries such as Italy, Russia, Norway, Japan ( including at the Toho Gakuen college of music in Tokyo, PTNA Fukuda foundation, at the Tokyo Ondai college of music ) and since 2023 is teaching regularly as a visiting associate professor at the Nagoya university of music.
As well he is serving on the jury of several international competitions ( Italy, France, Spain, Japan ) and composing movie music for several films.
Rimoldi believes in the moral necessity for the artist to bring to the attention of the public some of the most important issues of our era: the climate change and preservation of our environment. Because of this reason, at some of his concerts in Japan it's possible to donate and support the WWF Japan activities .
Emanuel Rimoldi studied composition and orchestration at the Verdi conservatory of Milan under the guidance of Bruno Zanolini, Fabio Vacchi and Danilo Lorenzini. During his studies he composed the music and made the sound effect for several author short films such as "Il Sileno", "The gift the magi" of Tommaso De Micheli among others... After his studies he was committed to perform his own compositions ( Romanian Fantasy, Toccata ) in several concerts season such as at the Miami piano festival and he performed his music in different countries: Usa, Russia, Mexico, Germany, Italy and Japan. He composed also for violin and cello ( first performance of his violin romance was by violinist Minami Shion ) and its scheduled to perform his solo composition (Fantasy on the opera the Golden Cockerel of Rimsky-Korasakov ) at the Osaka Phoenix hall and his cello piece at the Tokyo Hamarikyu hall and Nara Centennial hall with cellist Keisuke Morita.