Costantino Catena is a pianist rare in his generation. He does not hold back in his use of the expression pedal, shining above all in the art of singing on the keyboard with an inventiveness of phrasing that demonstrates his exquisite musical intelligence.
Carlo Vitali, Amadeus
After graduating from the “G. Martucci” Salerno State Conservatoire with top marks and cum laude under the guidance of Luigi D’Ascoli, Costantino Catena continued and completed his piano studies with Konstantin Bogino, Bruno Mezzena and Boris Bechterev. Encounters with Aldo Ciccolini and Joaquin Achucarro have also been important landmarks in his musical education.
A prize-winner at numerous national and international piano competitions he has performed in Europe, Australia, Japan, U.S.A. and Russia at the invitation of important cultural and musical associations and institutes including the Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna, the Kennedy Center and Georgetown University in Washington, Amici del Teatro Regio di Torino, Amici della Musica di Trapani, Dante Alighieri Society, Ravello International Festival, Alghero International Festival, Liszt Institute of Bologna, Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, Kusatsu International Festival, and Ohrid Summer Festival. In 2011, on the occasion of the bicentenary of his birth, he participated in the performance of the Liszt’s complete piano music, an event jointly organized by the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Accademia Musicale Chigiana and the Liszt Society, at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome.
Active in the field of chamber music, Costantino Catena has collaborated with leading artists such as Alessandro Carbonare, Franco Maggio Ormezowski, Gabriele Geminiani, Maja Bogdanovich, Michele Lomuto, Sashko Gawriloff, Sabrina-Vivian Höpker, Claudio Casadei, Lynne Dawson, Claudio Brizi and Quartetto Savinio.
He has recorded for Phoenix Classics and Nuova Era International labels, and for Camerata Tokyo has recorded Franz Liszt’s complete works for violin and piano, as well as a double CD featuring all of his piano works dedicated to Venezia and Napoli.
Costantino Catena is actively involved in teaching at several Academies and Universities including The Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań, Tromsø University, Music College of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, and Yasar University of Izmir, and teaches regularly in Avellino, where he chairs the piano professorship in the “Domenico Cimarosa” State Conservatoire. Alongside his performing activities he graduated in Philosophy at the Salerno University and in Psychology at Naples University, with a particular focus on issues concerning the management of psychological and physiological aspects during musical performance.