Daklen Difato, (Italy)

Aberdeen International Youth Festival (AIYF)

Born in Matera, on the 26th May 2000, Daklen Difato began studying piano at only 7 years old; at 8 years he’s started to attend the Conservatory of Music “E. R. Duni “ in Matera, revealing himself at once a child prodigy.

Despite his young age, he managed to get to know himself in the National and International level: making his debut on the International stage at the age of 9 years, playing in a concert in the United States of America as representative of Italy at the Italian’s Embassy in Washington DC, with the presence of distinguished members of Washington Opera, the Library of Congress and the politicians, including Nancy Pelosi a speaker of the White House.

On the 4th November 2010 he was awarded in the “Italian Excellences Day” by the Education’s Ministry, University and Research and the National Academy of high schools in Rome.

In 2011 Giorgio Napolitano, the Italian’s Republic President, gives him the Gold Medal and Honor Certificate of “bishop of the Italian Republic” for “outstanding achievements in Music.”

At 12 years, in Tunisia, he represents Italy in the “Festival des Jeunes Virtuoses du Monde”  earning a special mention by the “Centre des Musiques Arabes et Mediterranèes” for defeating “tous le record deJuvenilité”.

The 24 March 2009 he performs at the piano on Vatican Radio, after hard selections for the 4th edition of the project “Conservatives in Concert” in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, University and Scientific Research.

He is been a guest on many occasions, as a talent of the Piano, like the TG1, TG3 and other RAI and Mediaset broadcasting.

Despite his commitment to study, he honors a busy concert schedule with Associations, Foundations and National and International Institutions (Edinburgh College of Art – Reial Cercle Artistic de Barcelona – Camerata Musicale Barese – Ministry of Education, University and Research – Foreign Ministry – Ministry of Culture – Centre des Musiques Arabes et Mediterranees – Musikalische Schatze im Schloss Wolfsburg – Musee Ennejma Ezzahara – Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe …) and playing in many places, like Scotland, United States, Germany, Spain, Tunisia, France, Israel …

In 2013, he graduated from 10 years of Piano at the Conservatory of Music “E.R. Duni “ in Matera, with a score of 10 Praise and Special Mention.

At 9 years old he performs for “Musical Passages” in Chamber Music with Concert K 414 by WA Mozart, at 14 years the Concert No.1 L.W. Beethoven for piano and orchestra directed by  Maestro

P. Manetti; in September 2016 the Concert KV 246 W.A. Mozart by Maestro N. Samale.

Now he continues studying the Piano with Maestro Alessandro Deljavan.

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