Biography

Clinton Giovanni Denoni has performed in North America’s most prestigious recital halls including: Victoria’s Phillip T. Young, Vancouver’s Chan Centre and Cleveland’s Mixon and Kulas halls, to name a few. Most recently, Mr. Denoni collaborated with the Pianoforte Festival in Kelowna which featured Canada’s best talent from the nation’s greatest institutions. “All six recitalists were superb … tackling works that would be at home on any recital stage in the world and met each technical challenge with apparent ease. They excelled not only in the robust chords and flourishes, but also played with extreme sensitivity and superb musicianship, bringing the audience to its feet every night,” published in the Kelowna Daily Courier.

                                   From an early age, Mr. Denoni showed a keen interest in playing the piano and at the age of four he asked to start taking lessons. At seven years of age, he was given a bursary for the most promising performer in the Coquitlam Festival, and the next year won the same award in the Chilliwack Festival. In 2001, Mr. Denoni received First Class Honours on his Grade 10 piano exam and began teaching piano; he also won a scholarship for the most outstanding performance and highest combined marks at the Abbotsford Festival. This money paid for half a year’s tuition with Edward Parker; after taking piano lessons with his Mom for eight years, it was time for a change.

                          Mr. Denoni has been named Grand Champion of the Chilliwack Festival three times and in 2005 he won the Canadian composer’s class at the B.C. Festival of Performing Arts. In June 2007, he received First Class Honours with Distinction on his A.R.C.T. Performers’ exam. Also in 2007, Mr. Denoni was accepted into the Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto under the direction of Marc Durand and was awarded a $14,000 scholarship. In September of 2008, he was accepted into the University of Victoria for his Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance and awarded the Cathcart scholarship annually for outstanding academic and pianistic achievement. Mr. Denoni was also a featured soloist with the Chilliwack Symphony in May 2007 and again in November 2009. Representing Victoria in September 2010, he was awarded first place for the performance of a Canadian work at the B.C. Piano Competition. On March 5, 2011, he collaborated with the Thompson-Valley Orchestra under the direction of Mr. Berg. Mr. Denoni was awarded the highest mark in the University of Victoria piano department from 2008 to 2012 and in June of 2012, Mr. Denoni graduated from the University of Victoria upon completion of his Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance.  He has been deeply inspired by his teacher and mentor Edward Parker, whom he thinks the world of. “Clinton has been studying piano with me for the past 8 years and during this time has matured into an impressively dynamic, colourful pianist who performs with passion and authority … and I foresee a brilliant future for him.”

                                                        Edward J. Parker


                 In September of 2012, Mr. Denoni was accepted into the Cleveland Institute of Music where he began his Masters of Music in Piano Performance. During that time, he had the supreme privilege of collaborating with world renowned cellist Matthew Allen as well as partaking in masterclasses with maestro Daniil Trifonov. From September 2012 to April 2014, Mr. Denoni was awarded and maintained a $25,000 annual scholarship for outstanding pianistic and academic achievement from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Mr. Denoni has also had the incredible opportunity to study with Shoko Inoue, Edward J. Parker, Ian Parker, Dr. Jamie Syer and Emanuela Friscioni, among others. In May of 2014, he graduated with his Masters of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

 


         
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