Federico Gad Crema


Born in Milan in 1999, Italian concert pianist Federico Gad Crema is considered one of the most promising young artists of his generation. Internationally recognized for his emotionally charged interpretations, subtle sensitivity, and supreme artistic depth, he has already performed at some of the most prestigious halls in the world, including Carnegie Hall and Steinway Hall in New York (USA), Teatro alla Scala and Sala Verdi in Milan (Italy), and Teatro Castro Alves in Salvador, Bahia (Brazil).

Winner of numerous prestigious national and international piano competitions in Italy, France, Germany, Belgium, Greece, and the USA, Mr. Crema has recently been awarded 1st Prize and special prize at the renowned CIAD International Piano Competition in 2018, 3rd Prize and special prize at the Casagrande International Piano Competition in 2019, and 2nd Prize, Best Contemporary Piece Award, and Audience Award at the Olga Kern International Piano Competition the same year.

Mr. Crema’s unique ability to capture audiences all over the world, from France to Japan and from Greece to the USA, has led him to an impressive international career both as a soloist and as a recitalist, attaining remarkable achievements. Among them, his solo debut at Teatro alla Scala in 2018 playing Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23, K. 488, and at Sala Verdi in Milan in 2020 playing Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 37, conducted by Maestro Roberto Abbado. He regularly performs alongside world-famous conductors such as David Coleman, Kimbo Ishii, Ricardo Castro, and Philippe Gérard, to name a few, and top orchestras such as Orchestra dell’Accademia del Teatro alla Scala, the Neojiba Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of Cannes, the “UNIMI” Orchestra of Milan, the “OSCoM” Symphonic Orchestra of Milan, the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, the New Mexico Philharmonic, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bacau, and the Chapelle Musicale Orchestra of Tournai, among many others.

In 2017, he began an important collaboration with the French piano star Jean-Yves Thibaudet, performing at the Wallis Annenberg Center of Performing Arts in Los Angeles. Other significant collaborations include those with Russian pianist Konstantin Bogino and an active duo with Italian violinist Clarissa Bevilacqua.

Graduating in 2016 from the G. Verdi Conservatory of Music in Milan with the highest score and distinctions, 110 cum laude, he continued his studies at the prestigious Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles and he is now pursuing a Master’s degree at the Conservatory of Music in Milan. Since 2019, he is also a proud recipient of a full scholarship at the Perosi Music Academy for his artistic merits.

On top of developing his musical abilities to the highest level of mastery, Mr. Crema nurtures his passions for conducting and fashion through the important mentorships of Brazilian conductor Ricardo Castro in Geneva and Jean-Yves Thibaudet in Los Angeles.


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