Internationally Acclaimed Pianist to Perform Locally

The Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach is pleased to announce it will bring Italian classical concert pianist Francesco Attesti to Amelia Island for a performance at 7 p.m. on Sunday February 3 at St. Peters Episcopal Church in downtown Fernandina Beach.  Attesti, an internationally renowned performer, is considered one of the finest interpreters of both the Romantic and early Twentieth Century composers.  Attesti’s repertoire includes such masters as Chopin, Bach, Mozart and Liszt as well as the music of Gershwin.

The artist has been playing piano since the age of six and performed his first concert at 11.  At 16, he was invited to attend the Masterclass at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and later won numerous national and international piano competitions, including the Ibla Grand Prize International, F.I.D.A.P.A. Competition and the Rovere d’Oro. 

In 2008, Attesti, in collaboration with the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of Prague, performed the Italian premiere of “Chiavi in Mano” by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Yehudi Wyner.  He performs regularly in prestigious concert halls including the Philharmonia Hall of St. Petersburg, Russia, the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Moscow, Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, Italy, and at universities in the U.S. such as Columbia University in New York and the University of Denver.  In addition, Attesti has recorded several CDs with various classical music labels such as Agora, and Max Research.  His most recent recording was “Feeling Chopin” with the Drycastle label.

All proceeds from the concert will go toward the Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach’s college scholarship program, “Dollars for Scholars,” which since 1993 has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors of all four high schools in Nassau County.

“We are honored to bring such a prestigious performer as Francesco Attesti to our community,” said Club President John Boylan.  “Not only is Mr. Attesti a renowned pianist and recording artist, but he is a fellow Rotarian who shares our club’s commitment to furthering the mission of Rotary to provide educational opportunities for our youth.”

Tickets for the event are $25 per person or $40 for two and will be on sale in advance at Vystar Credit Union and The Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce. 

For more information about the concert or to reserve tickets, call Shannon Brown at 904.908.2463