The Italian pianist, Simone Pedroni, graduated from Milan's Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in 1990 and in 1995 he took his Master degree at Accademia Pianistica "Incontri col Maestro" in Imola, Italy, where he studied with Lazar Berman, Franco Scala and Piero Rattalino. After being awarded the Second prize at the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition in Tel-Aviv, and the First prize at the Queen Sonja Piano Competition in Oslo, on June 6, 1993, at age 24, he was named the Gold Medalist of the Ninth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
Simone Pedroni's international engagements have included such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (with Sir Yehudi Menuhin), Moscow Virtuosi (with Vladimir Spivakov), Orchestra of Maggio Musicale - Florence (with Zubin Mehta), Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI - Turin (with Eliahu Inbal), Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra (with Pinchas Steinberg), I Musici de Montréal with Yuli Turovsky, Orchestra Giovanile Italiana (on tour in South America with Roberto Abbado), Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice with legendary Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Prague Chamber Orchestra (on tour in USA including Avery Fisher Hall, New York), Orchestra Sinfonica I Pomeriggi Musicali (with Aldo Ceccato), Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Belgium National Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orquesta de Valencia and Orquesta Nacional de España - Madrid.
As artist in residence at the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Simone Pedroni has performed with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin (Johannes Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2), Riccardo Chailly (the unusual Piano Concerto No. 1 of romantic Italian composer Giuseppe Martucci), Gianandrea Noseda (L.v. Beethoven 5 Piano Concerti), Lous Langrée (Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1) and Lu Ja (Schumann Piano Concerto).
His recital appearances have included the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Herkules Saal in Munich, the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Quirinale in Rome, the Filharmonia Narodowa in Warsav, The Settimane Musicali of Stresa, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, The Prague Spring Festival, the Palau de la Musica of Valencia, the Festival de Música de Canarias, the Delft Chamber Music Festival - Holland, the Festival de Menton, Bonn, Berlin, Hannover, Lisbon Athens, Istanbul, Montecarlo, Tel-Aviv and many others in USA and in Japan. He performed several times J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) for the 250th anniversary of the composer death: among them at the Teatro de la Maestranza of Seville, at the Auditorium of Milan.
Recent engagements includes his debut in Beijing, China (Recital and Master-class), a Japan-tour playing J.S. Bach Golberg Variations (BWV 988), several performances Martucciís Piano Concerto in D minor in Lugano with the Orchestra della Radio della Svizzera Italiana with James Gaffigan and on a Spain-tour with Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi with Oleg Caetani, Sergei Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 in Trondheim-Norway and J. Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1 in Milan with Aldo Ceccato. Recently (June 2009) he made his debut with great success at the Parco della Musica in Rome, with Vladimir Ashkenazy conducting the Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome.
For Philips Classics Simone Pedroni has issued a live recording with works by Mussorgsky, S. Rachmaninov and Paul Hindemith, for U.I.O.G.D. the recital "Simone Pedroni Live in Concert" recorded live during his Japan, USA and Spain tours, J.S. Bachís Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) and recently (January 2008) an album with works of Franz Liszt both on Discantica, Pictures at an exhibition by Mussorgsky, works by Arvo Pärt and a recital entirely devoted to Schubertís last Piano Sonata D. 960 and Six Songs arranged for piano by F. Liszt both on www.lolproductions.it.
Upcoming engagements include performances and a CD with Orchestra della Radio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano (Ottorino Respighi's Piano Concerto in a minor) and performances of Messiaen Turangalila Symphonie, with Juanjo Mena and of Haydn Piano Concerto in D major with Giuseppe