Enrico Pace / Photo: Marco Borggreve

Enrico Pace

Enrico Pace


Enrico Pace was born in Rimini, Italy. He studied piano with Franco Scala at the Rossini Conservatory, Pesaro, where he graduated in Conducting and Composition too, and later at the Accademia Pianistica Incontri col Maestro, Imola with Lazar Berman and Boris Petrushansky. Jacques De Tiège was a valued mentor. Winning the Utrecht International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in 1989 marked the beginning of his international career.

Since then Enrico Pace has toured extensively, performing in cities such as Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Milan (Sala Verdi and Teatro alla Scala), Rome, Berlin, London (Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre),Paris, Madrid, Munich, Salzburg, Prague, Korea, Japan and various cities in US and South America. He has performed at numerous festivals including La Roque d’Anthéron, Verbier, Lucerne, Rheingau, Schleswig-Holstein and Husum. He has worked with among others the following conductors: Roberto Benzi, David Robertson, Andrey Boreyko, Mark Elder, Janos Fürst, Eliahu Inbal, Lawrence Foster, Kazimierz Kord, Jiř í Kout, Gianandrea Noseda, Walter Weller, Carlo Rizzi, Jan Latham-Koenig, Vassily Sinaisky, Stanislav Skrowaczewski, Bruno Weil and Antoni Wit.

A very popular soloist, he has performed with many major orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, LSO, the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia Rome, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Dutch Radio Philharmonic, the Netherlands Philharmonic, the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the MDR-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, the G. Verdi Orchestra Milan and the Filarmonica Toscanini Parma.

Enrico Pace greatly enjoys chamber music and has played with the Keller Quartet, the Quartetto Prometeo; with violinists Akiko Suwanai and Liza Ferschtman;  cellists Sung-Won Yang and Daniel Müller-Schott, clarinetist Sharon Kam and horn player Marie Luise Neunecker. He participates regularly in chamber music festivals and has visited Delft, Moritzburg, Risør, Kuhmo, Montreux, Stresa and West Cork among others.

Highlights during the past seasons included engagements with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Residentie Orchestra, the Hungarian National Philharmonic; the complete Beethoven Sonata cycle with Leonidas Kavakos in a.o. Athens, Florence, Milan, Amsterdam, New York, Salzburg and solo recitals in a.o. the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Herkulessaal in Munich.

Enrico Pace enjoys on-going partnerships with violinists Leonidas Kavakos and Frank Peter Zimmermann. With Mr. Kavakos and cellist Patrick Demenga he recorded the piano trios by Mendelssohn (Sony Classical). Their recording of the complete Beethoven Sonatas for piano and violin has been released by Decca Classics. With Mr. Zimmermann he recorded the Busoni violin sonata no. 2 , the six Sonatas for violin and piano BWV 1014-1019 by J.S. Bach for Sony Classical and sonatas by Hindemith for BIS. In 2011 the label Piano Classics released his highly praised solo recording of the Annéees de pèlerinage “Suisse” and “Italie” of Franz Liszt.

Last updated: July 2019