Vanessa Benelli Mosell
Vanessa Benelli Mosell is a rising star on the international music scene. She is continuously praised for her virtuosity, her technical brilliance and the sensitivity of her musical insight, which have been shaped significantly in mentorships with Karlheinz Stockhausen and Yuri Bashmet.
Vanessa is acclaimed for her passion, in equal measure, for the great classics of the repertory and her championing of the newest composers. She has received universal praise for her recordings of Stockhausen for DECCA and for her concerto debut CD of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No2 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. She now has 5 acclaimed releases for DECCA CLASSICS, most recently a disc of Debussy’s Preludes Book I and Suite Bergamasques.
Recent and future highlights include her debut at La Scala Milan at the MiTo Festival; a recital tour to China; a Stockhausen Marathon; a debut recital at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam; a portrait concert at the National Concert Hall, Dublin in Ireland for RTÉ with concerti by Rachmaninov and George Benjamin. This season, Vanessa will make her debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and her debut at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre with the London Philharmonic Orchestra; she will return to RTÉ in Ireland, festivals across France and Italy, return to Madrid and will make recital and concerto tours to China, the USA and South Korea.
Vanessa Benelli Mosell began her comprehensive musical studies when she was exceptionally admitted at the International Piano Academy in Imola at seven years old, where she studied with Franco Scala. She gave her debut appearance at eleven years old with pianist Pascal Rogé, who described her as “the most natural musical talent I have encountered in my entire life”. In 2007 she was invited to the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory to study with Mikhail Voskresensky. Vanessa entered the Royal College of Music in London in 2007, where she graduated in 2012 studying with Dmitri Alexeev, generously supported by the Russell Gander Award. Vanessa was awarded the Elba Festival Prize by Yuri Bashmet, and more recently she has won the first Award of the Festival Pietrasanta as an outstanding young talent. She has been supported by the Keyboard Charitable Trust and in 2016 was appointed as a Steinway Artist.
Vanessa Benelli Mosell is internationally renowned for her performances of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Klavierstücke. Following her recording of Klavierstücke I-IV, she was invited by the composer to study under him, as he believed that she “has the power to let people appreciate my music”. Vanessa worked closely with the composer and he remains an important influence on Vanessa's music making, encouraging her passion for contemporary music and her championing of composers of today as well as the great classics.
She has worked with orchestras such as the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Münchner Symphoniker, Berliner Symphoniker, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna. She has performed often with the Moscow Soloists, with whom she replaced Martha Argerich in 2012. In the same year, Vanessa gave her debut at London's Wigmore Hall.
She is already well travelled with tours to the North and South America, Spain, China, Israel and Turkey, as well as playing recitals at Hamburg's Laeiszhalle, the Glinka Festival in Smolensk, Liszt-Festival in Raiding in Austria, Berliner Philharmonie, Auditorium Manzoni in Bologna, Tonhalle Zurich, Auditorium du Louvre, Hamburg's Laeiszhalle, Haifa Auditorium, UNESCO Auditorium, London's Kings Place and also master classes at the Rostov Conservatory.
Recent seasons have seen her touring Spain, making debuts at Madrid Auditorio Nacional, Palau de la Musica in Valencia, Auditorio de Saragoza, returning to give the Spanish premiere of Enrique Granados’ Piano Concerto at Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona. Vanessa had an acclaimed sold-out debut at Teatro alla Scala in Milano and at Teatro Regio in Turin with Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Torino conducted by Diego Matheuz for the MiTo Festival. This season also saw her first performing a "Stockhausen Marathon", a cycle of Stockhausen's Klavierstücke, for the Sagra Musicale Malatestiana in Rimini.
She furthermore collaborates in chamber music with partners such as Massimo Quarta, Daishin Kashimoto, Radovan Vlatkovich, Julian Rachlin, Boris Andrianov, Vadim Repin, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Michael Guttman, Alain Meunier, Boris Brovtsyn, Alexander Chaushian, Henri Demarquette, Alexander Buzlov, Linus Roth, Nemanya Radulovic and Massimo Mercelli.
Vanessa's debut recording of 2011, ‘Introducing Vanessa Benelli Mosell, Virtuoso Piano Music’, features music by Prokofiev, Haydn, Scriabin and Liszt and received great international praise for her "extraordinary artistic talent" and "sparkling technique in demanding music” (Gramophone Magazine). Her debut recording was quickly followed up in September 2012 by her second, equally acclaimed “Liszt Recital”.
In spring 2015, Vanessa made her debut album on DECCA CLASSICS label with “[R]Evolution”, a juxtaposition of Stockhausen and Stravinsky. Vanessa followed this in 2016 with a further disc in her Stockhausen series, “LIGHT”, with the Klavierstück XII and Scriabin Preludes. In 2017, Vanessa released her debut concerto CD for DECCA with Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Kirill Karabits; and also a further cd of Debussy’s Preludes Book I. In 2018 she released Echoes – a recording of music by Rachmaninov and Philip Glass with the French cellist Henri Demarquette, and with this her 5th critically acclaimed cd for DECCA.