Isabella Turso

Pianist & Composer

Isabella Turso

Biography

Isabella Turso Pianist and composer, she was born in Trento and graduated in piano with honors at the Conservatory of her city; then improved in Italy with Bruno Mezzena, Leonid Margarius, Anna Kravtchenko, and in Spain with Alicia de Larrocha. She also graduated with honors in chamber music.

She obtained several prizes in national and European piano competitions (Osimo, Rome, Albenga, Moncalieri, Pisa) and cooperated with various orchestras in Italy and abroad. From 2001 to 2017 he has been teaching piano at "I Minipolifonici", a music school in Trento very renowned for its richness of educational offer. Always engaged in teaching, she leaded several training courses and masterclasses in Italy and Spain, a country where she obtained the pedagogical specialization (CAP - Certificat d'Aptitud Pedagogica) at the Facultat d'Educació i Psicologia of University in Girona and the Intermediate Level Certificate (level B) in Catalan language.

Isabella’s natural curiosity led her to face heterogeneous repertoires ranging from baroque to contemporary, with interesting forays into the world of jazz, film music, pop and rap, with no limit to styles and trends. She cooperated with various artists, such as Maurizio Dini Ciacci, Arnoldo Foà, Luis Bacalov, Pino Donaggio, Elio, David Riondino, Paolo Fresu, Rui Massena, Renato Raimo, Dargen D'Amico. In 2011 Isabella was awarded in her city as “Trentina of the year - A personality for the future in the field of Music and Art”. She has been invited as a soloist (the only Italian) to the Festival for the celebrations of Guimarães, European Capital of Culture 2012, where she performed a multimedia musical show, conceived by her, entitled "Music for Childhood".

In 2013 she released her first solo piano album, "All Light", in a personal classicpop-jazz style. The album received notable reviews from critics, including the one obtained by Francesco Alberoni on "Il Giornale" "[…] I listened to her music and decided that her new way had to be immediately spread [...] ". She also made a version for jazz trio and symphony orchestra with the extraordinary participation of the jazz musician Paolo Fresu.

She cooperated with the American violinist Albert Stern, with whom she recorded a CD of pieces composed by her at the Morning View Studios in Malibu, California, performed with the famous Violon Rouge "Mendelssohn", Stradivarius of 1720. In 2014 she released her second album "Omaggio a Donaggio", based on the elaboration of themes, mentioned and re-composed, taken from movie soundtracks (in particular by Brian De Palma), TV-fiction and pop songs by the Venetian composer Pino Donaggio. The album obtained the maximum rating from the specialized web magazine "ColonneSonore.net" "[...] the admirable compositional work of the artist on the keyboard is pleasant and appreciable in its complex genius" and was performed in world premiere in New York at the Opera America Center in the presence of illustrious personalities from the world of cinema and the musical, such as Maury Yeston, who defined her ”a classical-jazz musician, who performs her own music, written with an evident classical elegance as if it was improvised".

Thanks to this release, in 2016 she was awarded with Apoxiomeno (together with the Oscar awards Helen Mirren, Abel Ferrara, Vittorio Storaro, Robert Hackford) and the ”Troisi 2017 Award” given to her by Maria Grazia Cucinotta with the following reason: "Pianist and composer, elegant and talented, creates works of musical intensity between classic and modern".

In this period she met the professional actor and director Renato Raimo with whom she conceived and created a new musical-literary show, in period costumes, entitled "Spogliati nel Tempo", show that was performed in Italy and abroad (Montecarlo and Nice). On December 25, 2014 she received an unexpected phone call from Maestro Ennio Morricone who complimented Isabella for her piano arrangement of "Nuovo Cinema Paradiso", estimating her talent and sensitivity. Crucial was her meeting, in 2014, with the talent scout and record producer Charlie Rapino, thanks to whom she has the opportunity to experiment with a new artistic language connected to hip hop world. She got in touch with Dargen D'Amico and proposed him to work together on a new recording project. In 2017 the album "Variazioni" was released, produced by Tommaso Colliva. It aims to get the hip hop genre closer to classical music. The national tour (April 2017-July 2018) was organized by the agency "Ponderosa Music and Art" and was received with great success by a heterogeneous audience, above all teenagers, and by the critics. Numerous festivals have been attended by Isabella and Dargen. To be remembered the closing of the exciting concert by Patti Smith at the Ariston Theater for the Premio Tenco.

She is currently working to new songs with the producers Yazee and The Buildzer. She is also working with DJ Cristian Viviano to a project which merges classical and techno-house music. Following these very exciting and stimulating experiences, Isabella is writing the music for her new project, for piano and rap voice, entitled “Rapmaninoff”. “Made in I.S.A.”, her new album of original piano compositions, will be released in physical and digital format next autumn. Just released and available on all digital platforms her new single “Get Busy (Sean Paul Cover)” – with the relevant official videoclip filmed in Milan - distributed by Bluebelldisc Music (historical record label of Fabrizio De André, recently reborn to new activity). Since December 2018 Isabella is the A&R of Bluebelldisc Music and she selected young artists for the upcoming record label releases.