Giulia Grassi

Award: Transmission Fund

Year: 2019

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Piano

Location: London


Giulia Grassi is a classical pianist interested in researching the connections between different musical cultures and styles.
As a soloist and in several chamber ensembles, Giulia has performed across Italy, UK, Hungary, China and USA at venues including Accademia Filarmonica Romana (Rome), LSE Shaw Library, Pushkin House, the Victoria&Albert Museum, the SOAS University (London) Millenaris Theatre (Budapest), the Italian Institute of Culture of Beijing and the Italian Consulate of Guangzhou.
After graduating with honours at L. Cherubini Conservatory under the guidance of M. Giovanni Carmassi, Giulia has recently obtained her Masters Degree in Piano Performance at the Royal College of Music of London studying with Norma Fisher.
Giulia attended international masterclasses with pianists such as Robert Levin, Dmitri Bashkirov, Angela Hewitt and Aldo Ciccolini among others.
Giulia’s interest in a wide range of music styles has brought her to approach the field of classical and modern improvisation with organist Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin and with poli-instrumentalist and composer Claudia Bombardella.
In 2016, together with the diatonic accordionist Francesco Berrafato, Giulia founded Duoende.
The duo aims to find a common language between two apparently very different worlds: classical and folk music.
Through the composition of original repertoire and the arrangement of both folk and classical pieces, the ensemble works mainly on the search for an innovative timbre given by the combination of these two instruments and of the histories of the musicians.
In Spring 2019 the duo will record its first abum at University of Adger, Kristiansand (Norway).
In 2018 Giulia has been selected with scholarship to attend the Global Musician Workshop held at Depauw University (Greencastle, USA).
The project is an idea by cellist Mike Block and is led by members of the Silkroad Ensemble, founded by the world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
The idea is to encourage the encou