Costanza Principe is a London-based emerging young pianist. She started playing the piano at the age of six and graduated cum laude and with mention honourable in 2010 from Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan under the guidance of Vincenzo Balzani.
Winner of several national and international competitions, such as the Lilian Davies Prize from the Royal Academy of Music, the second prize at the Beethoven Society of Europe Intercollegiate Piano Competition, the second prize (first not awarded) at the Premio Pecar International Competition in Gorizia, Italy, and the second prize at the Concours International de Piano in Lagny sur Marne, she played her debut with orchestra in 2008 playing three Mozart Concertos with the Filarmonici Europei Orchestra conducted by Aldo Ceccato.
She has appeared as a soloist with, amongst the others, the Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Santa Fe under the baton of Aldo Ceccato, the Orchestra del Teatro Coccia di Novara, and she played in many prestigious concert halls and festivals in Italy, England, France and South America such as Verdi Hall, Puccini Hall, Milan Auditorium, Piccolo Theatre, Milan State and Bocconi Universities, Fraschini Teathre in Pavia, Serate Musicali, Spazio Teatro 89, Lyceum in Florence Dal Verme Theatre in Milan, Steinway Hall in London, Teatro 1ro de Mayo in Santa Fe (Argentina).
In 2012 she took part in the Beethoven Sonatas cycle organised by the Giovine Orchestra Genovese in Genova, Italy, playing five sonatas on three different early 19th-century fortepianos, and she performed again on the Royal Academy's Piano Gallery early pianos for its first Summer Piano Festival in 2014 and 2015.
Recent engagements include Costanza's orchestral debut in London, where she performed Prokofiev's Second Piano Concerto Op.16 with the Royal Academy os Music Symphony Orchestra conducted by Manuel Lopez-Gomez in the Duke's Hall of the Royal Academy of Music, and a recital in Rome, Quirinale, broadcast live on RaiRadio3. Future engagements include a lunchtime recital in Hereford for the Three Choirs Festival, and Beethoven's Concerto No.1 Op.15 with the Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana in the Teatro delle Muse, Ancona.
Her performances have been broadcast on Radio Classica, Italian TV and RaiRadio3; she also had masterclasses with Franco Scala, Pascal Devoyon, Boris Petrushansky, Boris Berman, Leonel Morales, Jeffrey Swann, Vsevolod Dvorkin, Natalia Trull, Robert Levin, Alexander Lonquich, Peter Bithell, Steven Osborne, Hung Kuang Chen, and Marios Papadopoulos.
Winner of three consequent awards from the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund in 2013, 2014, and 2015 she is also the recepient of one of the Craxton Memorial Awards in 2015. This year, Costanza obtained her Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours at the Royal Academy of Music with Christopher Elton, generously supported by the Liversidge Award, the Hilda Day Scholarship, and the Winifred Christie Award. She will be starting her Master of Arts degree next September.