Steinway Artist Cosmo Buono is Chairman and CEO of Alexander & Buono International. Having first come to international prominence with the Bradshaw & Buono piano team, he, along with the late David Bradshaw, did much to restore awareness of rare works written by Chopin, Liszt, Rossini, and Schubert. By continuing a tradition of distinguished piano duos begun with Liszt-Chopin and Debussy-Casella, Bradshaw & Buono played in major capitals and festivals throughout the world including New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Wigmore Hall in London, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and the Mostly Mozart Festival, all while creating a discography that includes Grammy-nominated recordings.
In addition to performing, Mr. Buono has distinguished himself as not only as a sought-after piano coach, but also one of the foremost teachers of the Leschetizky Method in the United States. Leschetizky was known for producing pianists capable of a resonant, almost voice-like quality on the piano, and it is that same technique which is part of Mr. Buono’s overall pedagogy. Advocating rich, expressive playing, he discourages students from note-perfect performances that lack enthusiasm, in favor of a complete understanding and communication of the musical idiom of the composer.In addition to supervising music schools in Italy and Japan, Mr. Buono also heads The Alexander & Buono Festival Orchestra, and serves as Artistic Director of the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, which has been called “one of the most important piano competitions in the world.”
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