Maria Grazia Amoruso is a pianist and organist. Her repertoire ranges from Frescobaldi and Bach to Dallapiccola and Castiglioni. She has distinguished herself in national and international competitions, including the Schubert Competition and the Competition of Geneva. She was invited to the Europa Musica International Festival, the Ticino International Music Festival, the Medina Theater in Madrid, the International Holland Music Sessions and the Bergen Festival. She has collaborated with the Genoa Philharmonic Youth Association, the Alma Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the University of Siena.
Maria Grazia began her artistic career at the Niccolò̀ Paganini Conservatory in Genoa where she graduated in piano with honors with Claudio Proietti. She subsequently specialized with Lazar Berman, Jan Marisse Huizing, Oxana Yablonskaya, Alexander Malter and attended in Genoa master classes of Lev Naumov (student and assistant of famous Russian professor Heinrich Neuhaus). Maria Grazia participated at chamber music master classes of the clarinetist Karl Leister in Locarno.
Her study with Maestro Giorgio Questa was pivotal for her artistic development. She studied organ and musical interpretation and analysis, and in particular the manuscripts of Italian music of the 16th and 17th centuries with the guidance of the maestro. On the death of Giorgio Questa in 2010, Maria Grazia Amoruso restored the wooden portative organ bequeathed to her by him in order to continue its artistic tradition.
Maria Grazia played Haydn’s concerts for organ and orchestra at the Carlo Felice Theater in Genoa and during the Rolli Days she gave four concerts in Genoa for the Giovine Genovese Orchestra.
Maria Grazia has recorded for the Deveg, Philarmonia and Zecchini labels. Her recordings include numerous piano CDs with music by Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Fauré, and Debussy and two CDs with the organ by Giorgio Nella. In 2006 Maria Grazia created the International Music Festival of the Island of Capraia, of which she is the artistic director. The festival, now in its 18th year, is considered an essential element of summer in Capraia. Giorgio Questa’s organ is often included in the festival. It will also be played at a festival in Mombarcaro in Langhe dedicated to the Maestro.