“He revels in contrasts and the generally brisk tempi are matched by equal poetry and sensitive rubato in more lyrical moments and his rhythmic vitality is gripping.”
“The pieces offer ample opportunities for expressive nuances, which Turbil grasps with enthusiasm. His skillful manipulations of tempo and timing, be it in stormy or lyrical passages, make for enthralling listening.”
American Record Guide
Edoardo Turbil is considered one of the most brilliant Italian pianists of his generation. Praised by leading figures of the international music world, such as Paul Badura-Skoda or Solomon Mikowsky, who hailed him as an “excellent pianist, with sensitivity and a well-developed technique,” and “able to satisfy the highest artistic expectations,” Turbil has appeared—as recitalist, soloist with orchestras, or in chamber ensembles—in the most important Italian and international concert halls and seasons, such as the Teatro Regio in Turin (with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the 1900s), the Shenzhen Concert Hall (with Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra), the Festival of the Two Worlds in Spoleto, the Alte Oper Mozart Saal in Frankfurt, the “G. Verdi” Theater in Turin (with the Orchestra Sinfonica Giovanile del Piemonte), the Sala Mozart of Accademia Filarmonica in Bologna, the Sala della Pergola and Municipal Theater in Florence, the Zunfthaus zur Waag in Zurich, the Albrizzi Palace in Venice, and also in San Jose, Shanghai, Santa Clara, Bern, Guangzhou, Rome, among others. In 2011, he was invited by the European Central Bank to represent Italy at the Cultural Days Festival, as a soloist and in duo with the cellist Miriam Prandi, in season with stars such as Claudio Abbado and Uto Ughi.
Lecturer, Piano and Keyboard
School of Music, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen
501 LongFei Boulevard, LongGang District, ShenZhen City,
GuangDong Province, China. Postcode: 518172
+1 (646) 318-5081 | +86 130 2796 1449
Turbil is the unique and eclectic product of the synthesis between the great Italian and American piano schools. His vast repertoire, matured over many years of experience, ranges from the great classics to the works of more unusual composers such as Clementi, Janáček, Sinigaglia, Villa-Lobos, Debussy, Messiaen, Granados, Albéniz, de Falla, Stockhausen, Soler, and Say. Acclaimed for his light touch and his ability to paint suggestive musical narratives through a calibrated use of a vast palette of colors (evoking “an enthralling picture of a character torn by longing,” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), Turbil is able to reinvent listeners’ expectations, exploring unusual yet deferential interpretative territories, by virtue of solid and reliable technical means.
Over the years, Turbil has received numerous awards and prizes, including the Gold Medal with High Distinction at the Manhattan International Music Competition, the Third Grand Prize and the Prize for the Best Performance of a Baroque work (with Domenico Scarlatti’s sonatas) at the Chicago International Music Competition, the first prize at the 28th World Music Competition in the piano solo discipline, the First Place at the American Protégé International Piano and String Competition, the nomination at the German Piano Award, the Special Prize at the “Arcangelo Speranza” International Piano Competition in Taranto, the First Prize at the International Bach Competition in Sestri Levante at the age of 10, among others. From 2013 to 2017, Turbil was the recipient of the De Sono Scholarships, awarded each year to the most gifted young musicians from Piedmont. In 2022, Turbil was awarded the Melvin Johns Fellowship by the Lions Club International, for the tremendous contribution to humanity and to the legacy of the founder, Melvin Jones.
Performance projects and activities in America, Europe, and China have provided Turbil with the opportunity to collaborate with internationally renowned artists such as Andrea Lucchesini, Pietro De Maria, Joel Sachs, Krzysztof Jablonski, Fang Yuan, Jin Zhenhong, etc. For many years, Turbil has played in duo with the Italian cellist Miriam Prandi, with whom he concertized extensively in different parts of Europe and America. He is currently active as chamber musician in various ensemble combinations.
Turbil has received rigorous and thorough Italian traditional musical training. He began studying the piano at the age of four. From the age of eleven to twenty-one, he was a pupil of internationally renowned artist and Scarlatti-specialist Maria Tipo. Under her scrupulous guidance, he accumulated early on much performance experience and solo repertoire. As a child, he appeared on Italian national television in 1998 as an up-and-coming enfant prodige of the piano. At the age of sixteen, he attained the Italian Piano Diploma with top marks and honorable mention from the Alessandria State Conservatory. He attended the Pinerolo Music Academy, and in 2012 he attained the High Specialization Diploma with top marks and honors from the Fiesole Music School, in concert pianist Andrea Lucchesini’s studio. In 2014 he attained the Specialized Biennium at the Ferrara State Conservatory with top marks and honors, and in 2016 he attained his Master’s Degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York, in Russian-Cuban pedagogue Dr. Solomon Mikowsky’s studio.
In 2021, Turbil graduated from the Juilliard School’s Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) CV Starr Piano Performance Program, in the studio of piano chair Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky. Turbil wrote his Juilliard DMA dissertation on the music of the unjustly neglected Italian-Jewish composer Leone Sinigaglia (1868 – 1944): “Leone Sinigaglia: A rediscovery of Brahms’s Italian Apostle.” The thesis won the Richard F. French Doctoral Prize.
In the 2021/22 and 2022/23 seasons, Turbil has/will publish three new album releases, with Da Vinci Records, KNS Classical, and Centaur Records, dedicated to the music of Sinigaglia, Brahms, Debussy, Clementi, Prokofiev, Bach-Busoni, and Villa-Lobos. In November 2022, Turbil edited and published the Improvviso and Secondo Studio in D Major for piano, by Leone Sinigaglia with Da Vinci Scores.
Turbil is regularly invited to teach masterclasses—including Lang Lang Music World, Shenzhen, and Polar Music Center, Shanghai—and to adjudicate competition—including the Piano Macao Competition Finals; the Vivace Competition, the MGSN European International Music Competition, the Paris Music Competition in Shenzhen; the 6th SAE National Youth Piano Competition Finals Tribute to Mozart, the Blüthner-Internationales Festival der Musik und der dritte Deutsch-Carl Rönish-Internationale Klavierwettbewerb, in Guangzhou; the “M.Ravel” Buriasco Competition in Italy.
Turbil has taught at The Juilliard School as Teaching Assistant/Fellow, at the “P. Mascagni” Livorno Conservatory as Piano Duo Visiting Professor, and at the “G. Verdi” Conservatory as Professor of Pianistic Practice. Starting from 2022, Turbil is a full-time Piano Lecturer at the School of Music of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen.
As of March 2023, Turbil is World Piano Teacher Association (WPTA) Piano Pedagogy Chapter President, WPTA Piano Pedagogy International Piano Competition (IPC) Artistic Director, and WPTA Piano Pedagogy World Piano Conference (WPC) Executive Director.
Other than music, Turbil is a mindfulness and transcendental meditation enthusiast, and a voracious reader of books on ancient Eastern philosophies.