Ilaria Baleani was born in Recanati in 1981. Influenced by the ancient musical traditions of her family, she began to study the piano at the age of five.

She was awarded several times by the “Giacchino Rossini Foundation" as one of the best students of Pesaro Conservatory, where she graduated in September 2004 with full marks, Honours and a Special Mention, under the guide of Professor Maria Teresa Carunchio, and in 2006 she obtained the II Level Academical Diploma with Honours as concert performer.
She graduated also in Musicology with full mark. Her graduation thesis regarded unpublished news of women’s music.

She has been awarded with important scholarships reserved to the best pianist graduated of the center of Italy from the "Council for Education and education Marchesini" of Macerata, the Foundation "Silius Taddei" of Livorno and the "Friends of the Opera" of Pesaro.
Then she specialized at the Ecole Normale de Musique "Alfred Cortot" in Paris with renowned international masters, studying with the pianist Clidat France. Her teachers in masterclass were also famous personalities such as Emilia Fadini, Michele Marvulli and Francois-Joel Thiollier.

Since the beginning of her carrier, under the guide of M° Paolo Biondi, she was awarded the first prize and obtained special awards in about 30 contests all over Italy, the most important of which are “D.Milella” of Taranto, “G.Gandolfi” of Salsomaggiore Terme, Prize “City of Cesenatico”, “ M.Masin” of San Gemini, ”C.Vitale” of Fasano, “Liburni civitas” (where she also won the special prize “Franz Liszt”) , and in International contests, such as “City of Manerbio” , Prize “City of Valentino” and “V.Scaramuzza” of Crotone, “Riviera della Versilia”, “Hiperin” of Rome.
In 2001 she won the national contest “City of Brindisi” where “Village Records” invited her to record a CD (Sonata N. 6 Op.82 by Sergej Prokofiev). She obtained Bronze Medal at the European Prize for Piano Performance “City of Avezzano” and at the International Prize of Assisi.
In June 2004 she won the Seventh Edition of the European Piano Contest “Pietro Argento” of Gioia del Colle -Bari as Absolute Winner.
Considered as one of the most interesting and talented young Italian pianists, Ilaria Baleani carries on an intense concert activity in Italy and abroad, winning enthusiastic appreciation of audiences and critics in Festivals and Concert Seasons, such as at the Wolfsburg Castle in Germany, at the Concert Organisation of Pesaro (Rossini Theatre), at Auditorium S. Rocco in Bologna (for the AGIMUS), at the Udine Castle (Salone del Parlamento), at The Naval Academy of Livorno, at the “Sala Paolina” of Castel S.Angelo in Roma (for 2008 European Music Festival), at the “Dal Verme” Theatre of Milan and also in Naples, Marina di Pietrasanta…etc.
She recently made a tour in the major cities of South America (Argentina and Uruguay) dedicating the programs of the concert to the Women's music and to the contemporary Italian music and she officiated masterclasses as teacher of the best students of the University Schools of Music.

She performed and recorded the Piano Concert N.3 Op.26 by Sergei Prokofiev as a soloist with the “Pesaro Symphony Orchestra”. As soloist, she performed also at the Ascoli Piceno Cathedral with the Orchestra Giovanile of Rome.


Thanks to her particular interest for women musicians she realized the Study and Research Project “Musica InAudita” (Never-Heard Music) -”The hidden aspect of women's genius” (2009), the first repertoire of piano works from XIX century to the present day. The aim is to recover and emphasize an important artistic inheritance, completely forgotten by history and society. These works have been recorded in CD by “Philology Classic” and transmitted by Radio Belgrado, National Radio of Slovenia, Italian Radio Switzerland, Vatican Radio and Latin Radio (Argentina).

Her interest in the composers also turned to contemporary music producing premiére performances (Ada Gentile, Teresa Procaccini, Silvia Colasanti, Sonia Bo, etc.) often dedicated to her. For her, Andrea Morricone has created a new version for piano and orchestra of Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, the famous soundtrack written with his father Ennio Morricone.


by Grazia Marconi