Maestro Stefano Severini attended 5 conducting masterclasses under my direction.[…] I was very impressed with his musicality, impeccable technique, sense of style and natural approach to the orchestra, a real maestro, with strong will and determination. His vast musical knowledge and superb piano skills, contributes highly to his conducting. His performance at the final concert was a great joy and satisfaction for the orchestra, audience and me. He deserves all support and consideration that you may have. […]
Berlin, July 29th, 2022. Lior Shambadal, Former Music Director of the Berliner Symphoniker (1997-2019)
Stefano Severini repeatedly participated in my annual conducting workshops I held in St. Petersburg from 2015. Working with orchestra, Stefano demonstrated a desire and skills to express his inner perception of Music and fundamental qualities that every conductor needed. He planned the time well, his remarks were short and informative, his confident conducting skills were always supported by performance will. A respectful attitude towards orchestras musicians helped him created a productive atmosphere. The result he demonstrated on open to the public concert was showed up Stefano as a genuinely gifted musician. During all these years, Stefano Severini demonstrates perseverance in self-improvement and in developing professional skills. […]
St.Petersburg, February 1st, 2021. Alexander Polyanichko, Prof. Mariinsky Theatre, Bolshoi Theatre RU
During his time at the Academy Stefano Severini has showed himself to possess an innate sense of musicality combined with an impressive knowledge of orchestral repertoire. His music skills such as score reading and analysis were also of a very high level and he communicated very well with the musicians of our orchestra. […]
St.Petersburg, February 3rd, 2015. General Manager, Peter the Great Music Academy, RU
Stefano Severini is one of the most versatiled musicians I have met in my 53 year academic career in five countries, a very fine pianist and conductor. He definitely belongs in the top 10% of his generation of artists. Needless to say, Stefano Severini is a prizewinner of numerous piano awards and studied with world renowned piano professors.
February, 2022. Prof. Dr. Lev Natochenny, academic professor of Kalaidos Music University in Switzerland
“The lunchtime piano recital, given in association with The Keyboard Charitable Trust, featured the splendid Italian pianist Stefano Severini. His programme offered the complete first book of the Années de pèlerinage in compelling and rich performances that captured on every occasion the precise character of these nine masterly works: his Chapelle de Guillaume Tell was grave, noble, and orchestral in its range of tone colour. The innocent simplicity of the four smaller pieces was done to a turn, whilst the mock ferocity of Orage was properly outclassed by the stunning storm amidst Vallée d’Obermann. Au bord d’une source was given with the later extended coda that Liszt wrote for Giovanni Sgambati – a little bit of magic! Les cloches de Genève had just the right balance of delicacy and fervour. This first-class account of one of Liszt’s finest inspirations brought great audience acclamation, which was rewarded with a sparkling account of Liszt’s Gnomenreigen.”
London, excerpt from Liszt Society Newsletter No 117, December, 2014. Concert review by Dr. Leslie Howard
Stefano Severini is a very fine young musician, combining a thorough technical preparation with an acute intelligence, a fine sensibility and a deep commitment to his art. In recent masterclasses in Rome he played several works for me, and I was immediately impressed by the freshness and essential goodness of his work – making the Prokofiev Sonata no. 3 limpidly attractive is a very rare occurrence, and Mr. Severini was exemplary in his variety of colour and tone, and in his sense of the beautiful. He promises to be a performing artist of considerable distinction.
Rome, July 16th, 2007. Maestro Dr Leslie Howard
[…] dichiaro di aver seguito musicalmente il pianista Stefano Severini negli ultimi tre anni e trovo che le sue qualità siano particolarmente importanti sia dal punto di vista tecnico e quello della proiezione musicale. Ho molta stima di lui e so che è un eccellente pianista che ha raggiunto un alto livello professionale.
Roma, 3 luglio 2008. Prof. Sergio Perticaroli, Accademico di Santa Cecilia, Titolare della Cattedra di perfezionamento di Pianoforte