Pianist Paolo Vairo was born in Como, Italy in 1974. As a musician of uncommon brilliance and sensitivity, he has already acquired great recognition from audiences and music critics both in Italy and abroad. His piano repertoire contains a wide range of styles in which he shows a high level of understanding the interpretation of the authors’ wit, together with outstanding virtuosity and praiseworthy lyricism.
He regularly tours in Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Romania France, the United Kingdom and the United States both performing in recital and as soloist with orchestra. His appearances in major Italian cities were met with unanimous critical acclaim. Mr. Vairo performed as soloist with numerous orchestras including the Münchener Symphonikern at the world-renowned Herkulessaal der Residenz in Munich. He was also invited to participate in a concert series celebrating the music of Beethoven in Aosta.
He moved to the United States in the fall of 2001 where he obtained a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania studying under the guidance of Professor Harvey Wedeen. He received a full tuition scholarship and was awarded a Teaching Assistantship for the duration of his academic career. Since 2005, Mr. Vairo has been selected for inclusion on the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour roster.
Mr. Vairo has dedicated himself to the piano literature of Robert Schumann and between 2006 and 2010 (to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Schumann’s death and the 200th anniversary of his birth), he has been performing and lecturing on Schumann’s works. Since 2008 he was invited every year to perform a series of recitals, lecture-recitals in Vancouver, BC, Canada. In November 2010, Mr. Vairo inaugurated the newly refurbished grand piano for the Community College of Philadelphia’s concert series with an All-Schumann programme, which was then recorded and aired on local TV.
Noteworthy performances from his recent concert activity include an all-Chopin programme for the Chopin Society in Lazienki Park, Warsaw and solo recitals in other European music centers in Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, etc. Performances in the United States included the Academy of Music Ballroom in Philadelphia and for the Steinway Piano Group Series. Another performance has also been broadcast, which features Mr. Vairo as soloist with the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia in a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto in the spring of 2011. In 2012, Mr. Vairo traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia to perform and present master classes. He continued to tour in Europe in summer and reached Taiwan and Hong Kong, where he received tremendous responses, in autumn. In the summer of 2013, he was back in Europe for tour performances.
In addition to concertizing, Mr. Vairo is on faculty at the Darlington Arts Center, the Community College of Philadelphia and the Montgomery County Community College where he teaches piano, music history and music theory. He is also the Artistic and Programming Director of the Villa Carlotta Concert Series in his hometown, Como, Italy.