The artistic personality of Leone Magiera is undoubtedly one of the most original and versatile of Italian and international musical life in decades.
Born in Modena, he has grown to the piano school of Lino Rastelli Giorgio Vidusso and Alberto Mozzati. A child prodigy, already 12 years he performed in the first concert, he graduated with honors and special mention at the Conservatory of Parma and then in composition. Later his studies emphasized vocal accompaniment and singing technique.
Cases of life led him to walk, however, many other musical paths, stating in each of them a strong personality and original.
Internationally acclaimed pianist-conductor, Leone Magiera, has been in demand throughout his career as an accompanist and collaborator of many world-famous opera stars. He has also directed many important orchestras, including the Berliner Symphoniker, Philharmonia, Bayerischer Rundfunk, and the orchestras of the La Scala Milan and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. He has experienced many successes at opera theatres the world over, including the opera theatres of Berlin, Hamburg, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, the Bilbao Festival, Verona, Genova and has undertaken tours throughout North and South America, Scandanavia, South East Asia and Europe.
As a pianist, Leone Magiera has given concerts in many international concert venues, theatres and festivals including Teatro alla Scala, the Teatro Verdi in Florence, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Maggio Musicale in Florence, the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, the Salzburg Festival and the Musikverein in Vienna.
Known for many years as one of the most important Italian vocal teacher-scholars,
his famous pupils were Luciano Pavarotti, Mirella Freni, Ruggero Raimondi, Peter Glossop, Giuliano Ciannella, Sergio Bertocchi, Patrizia Orciani, Carmela Remigio, many great conductors, including Herbert von Karajan, have called upon Leone Magiera to help prepare singers for operas and concerts. He has also acted as panel member and judge at a large number of major international singing competitions as well as giving singing master classes throughout the world.
Leone Magiera is a recognised music scholar and is currently writing a series of books dedicated at the problems encountered by vocalists and singers working in the opera theatre. Commissioned by Ricordi, the first volumes are titled Metodo e Mito: Luciano Pavarotti – Mirella Freni and Ruggero Raimondi.
As well as making many television appearances, Leone Magiera has made a large number of videos and recordings for record major labels, including recitals with singing greats such as his good friend, Luciano Pavarotti, and Mirella Freni, Raina Kabaivanska, Renata Scotto, Luciana Valentini Terrani and Ruggero Raimondi. He has also made two Chopin recitals and a critically-acclaimed recording of the Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle for Decca. Recently accompanied Italian soprano, Carmela Remigio, on a disc of Tosti songs with piano, and of Rossini Songs released on the Decca label.
In demand as collaborator and adviser by many major festivals and theatres, including the Teatro alla Scala, Milan and Florence’s Maggio Musicale.