Moira Lo Bianco at Zinc Bar - following interview and Q&A with Romy Oltuski and Sergey Goordev
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About the Event
"Moira Lo Bianco has used her impressive classical training as a vehicle for building a new kind of musical expression - she is a "piano explorer", an inventor and a joyful and exciting improviser. She is a brilliant pianist and composer with a unique voice."
- Stephany Tiernan Steinway Artist since 2005 and Berklee College of Music Piano Department Chair
Moira undertook classical piano performance at F. Torrefranca Conservatory in Vibo Valentia, in 2004. Soonafter, she undertook graduate studies at The University of Tor Vergata and completed her Bachelor of Arts with an ethnomusicology thesis on Calabrian folk music and its traditions. Under the tutelage of Oscar award-winning composer Luis Bacalov, Moira studied film scoring at Siena's Accademia Chigiana. Looking to develop her ability as a pianist, composer and arranger, she received a scholarship to pursue further studies at Berklee College of Music and graduated with Summa Cum Laude in 2012. Moira is currently teaching at Berklee College of Music and she has enjoyed collaborations with Simon Shaheen, Marco Pignataro, Kinan Azmeh, among others. Active both in classical and jazz music worlds, her performances include venues such as Roma Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Steinway Hall, Regattabar, Berklee Performance Center, Agannis Arena, among many others. She also had the chance to start a workshop series called Classical Chords~Improvisation for Classical Pianists, focusing on the element of improvisation in classical music. The workshop joined her philosophy to bring classical music to unconventional venues and to help the next generation of listeners understand and appreciate its influence on the music that came afterwards. Moira was nominated for Jazz Artist of the Year at the 2013 Boston Music Awards and she recently was appointed as Young Steinway Artist and Steinway Educational Partner.