Davide de Ascaniis
Featured soloist in Enescu’ Romanian Rhapsody
at the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, July 17.
Winner of the AGIMUS Prize in Rome, the Szeryng International Violin Competition in Mexico, and the Grand Prix at the LISMA Foundation in New York City, among other numerous awards, Davide has been concertizing extensively. He continues an intense concert activity as violin soloist (160 + concerts per year on the average) beside his mission to attract a younger audience with his shows “from Baroque to Rock” presenting original arrangements and compositions of different genres featuring two unique instruments: a carbon fiber violin and an electric violin, designed and made exclusively for him.
In the United States, de Ascaniis made his debut with the Gateway Orchestra in May 2014, with a review in Brooklyn Eagle: “His dazzling finger work, musicality, pizzicato and incredible cadenzas evoked the wizardry of Paganini.” Following performances in New York featured Davide as soloist with orchestras and in solo appearances at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at the Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Music Center.
de Ascaniis performed in Taiwan at the Taipei Arena for an audience of 15,000 and played to great media acclaim in concert halls in Tokyo (Suntory Hall), Rome (Auditorium Parco della Musica, Palazzo del Quirinale), Venice (Teatro La Fenice), Milan (Teatro dal Verme), and across America. He also participated and performed in international music festivals including the Orford in Canada, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Bled in Slovenia, Nippon Foundation festival in Japan, Trans-Siberian Art Festival in Siberia, Festival Dino Ciani and the Bologna Festival in Italy, to name a few. An iPalpiti artist since 2012, he performed in iPalpiti festivals at prestigious venues throughout Los Angeles, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Soka Performing Arts Center, as well as touring Israel in 2017, performing at the Keshet Eilon Music Center, Tel Aviv Recanati Auditorium, YMCA Jerusalem, and other major cities.
Davide remains one of the very few violinists in the world who performs the entire set of the 24 Paganini Caprices in a single recital.
Born in Italy in 1991 to a family of pianists, Davide’s first professional engagement was in 2000 in France, performing Bruch Violin Concerto with orchestra. After earning a Master’s Degree cum laude from the Conservatorio in Vicenza at the age of 16, he was awarded a Diploma at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, and continued his studies in New York with the eminent virtuoso violinist/composer Albert Markov. Recent headlining concerts were the sensational Italian premiere of Markov’s “Six Rhapsodies” for violin and orchestra, “Two Suites” for violin and piano, and “Solo Violin Sonata n.3,” which was dedicated to Davide.
In February 2022 Davide was appointed violin professor at the Music Conservatory “da Palestrina” in Cagliari (Sardinia). Upcoming engagements are scheduled in USA, Europe, Russia, Japan, the Middle East and South America.