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Sinforosa Petralia, born in Trapani in 1988, started to play the piano at the age of five with her grandmother and piano teacher Sinforosa Pastorino. She then continued to study with Prof. Giuseppe Visconti who teaches at the Conservatory “A.Scontrino” of Trapani. In 2004 she entered the Conservatory “V. Bellini” of Palermo with Prof. Aurelia Spagnolo and graduated cum laude in 2006. From November 2007 until July 2011 she studied with Prof. Pietro De Maria in the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole.

In 2014 she obtained the Master of Arts in Musikalischer Performance Klassik at the Hochschule fur Musik of Basel under the tutelage of Prof. Claudio Martinez Mehner; the same year she earned a bachelor’s degree in DAMS at the University of Florence, discussing a thesis focused on the figure of the “Wanderer” in Franz Schubert. In June 2016 she obtained the Master of Arts in Musikpädagogik in the same Academy.

She took part in several competitions. In December 1998 she won the second prize at “Tonino Pardo” piano competition; the year after she won the first prize at “Città di Balestrate” Piano Competition. In May 2009 she won the first prize at “Nuovi Orizzonti” Piano Competition in Arezzo and the year after she won the second prize at “G. Rospigliosi” Piano Competition in Lamporecchio. In 2014 she won the “Talent Factory” competition, organized by the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana Foundation, that took place in Palermo’s Teatro Politeama Garibaldi.

Her debut as soloist was in 2011 with the Galileo Galilei Orchestra, playing Mendelssohn’s double concerto at Firenze’s Auditorium della Cassa di Risparmio, She then played as a soloist with orchestras such Kammerorchester Basel, Orchestra Sinfonica del Teatro Massimo,  Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana. 

Chamber music is one of her most important activities: she is the pianist of  Made in Trio composed by Rute Fernandes (flute) and David Dias da Silva (clarinet). In 2015 the Trio won the first prize at the competition organized by the Dienemann Stiftung and also received the 4th prize at the Orpheus Competition. In October 2016 the Trio participated to the finals of the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York. In November 2017 the Trio won the first prize at Chieri International Competition and in April 2019 the Special Prize of the public at Illzach International Competition. The trio has concertized throughout Europe attaining enthusiastic response from their audiences, especially in Switzerland, Portugal and Italy. As well as her chamber music experience with Made in Trio she is also the pianist of the Ensemble Container, based in Spain and focused on the contemporary music repertoire. She also takes part of the Künstlerkollektiv Phantasten focused on Theatre-Music: in March 2019 she performed in Konzerthaus Berlin with a show called "Petroushka", with music by I. Stravinsky. Since almost two years she plays in Duo with Gordon Fantini, bassoonist.

From two years she plays as accompanist of the bassoon class of the Hochschule für Musik Basel, under the guide of Sergio Azzolini.

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Sinforosa Petralia, nominated "Donna del Mediterraneo 2018" for her musical qualities, was born in Trapani in 1988 and started to play the piano at the age of five with her grandmother and piano teacher Sinforosa Pastorino. She then continued to study with Prof. Giuseppe Visconti who teaches at the Conservatory “A.Scontrino” of Trapani. In 2004 she entered the Conservatory “V. Bellini” of Palermo with Prof. Aurelia Spagnolo and graduated cum laude in 2006. From November 2007 until July 2011 she studied with Prof. Pietro De Maria in the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole (Florence).

In 2014 she obtained the Master of Arts in Musikalischer Performance Klassik at the Hochschule fur Musik of Basel under the tutelage of Prof. Claudio Martinez Mehner; the same year she earned a bachelor’s degree in DAMS at the University of Florence, discussing a thesis focused on the figure of the “Wanderer” in Franz Schubert. In June 2016 she obtained the Master of Arts in Musikpädagogik in the same Academy. As a post-master Studium she attended the School of Excellence with Claudio Martinez Mehner at the Hochschule of Basel, for the duration of one year.

She took part in several competitions. In December 1998 she won the second prize at “Tonino Pardo” piano competition; the year after she won the first prize at “Città di Balestrate” Piano Competition. In May 2009 she won the first prize at “Nuovi Orizzonti” Piano Competition in Arezzo and the year after she won the second prize at “G. Rospigliosi” Piano Competition in Lamporecchio. In 2014 she won the “Talent Factory” competition, organized by the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana Foundation, that took place in Palermo’s Teatro Politeama Garibaldi.

In 2007 and 2009 she attended the Internation Engadiner Summer Academy with Pietro De Maria . In July 2008 she attended the masterclass in the Accademia di Musica in Pinerolo with Pietro De Maria and in December 2009 and 2010 she attended the masterclass in the Accademia Cristofori in Florence with M.Alexander Lonquich. During summer 2010 and 2011 she attended the masterclass in the Accademia Chigiana in Siena with Alexander Lonquich, as a soloist and in chamber music groups. The same years she was at Accademia Dino Ciani attending the master-class with Pietro De Maria, Claudio Martinez Mehner and Dmitri Bashkirov. During the Masters in the Hochschule für Musik Basel she attended the masterclasses of Ferenc Rados, Susan Tomes and Dénes Várjon.

Her debut as soloist was in 2011 with the Galileo Galilei Orchestra, playing Mendelssohn’s double concerto at Firenze’s Auditorium della Cassa di Risparmio, She then played as a soloist with orchestras such Kammerorchester Basel, Orchestra Sinfonica del Teatro Massimo,  Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana. 

Chamber music is one of her most important activities: she is the pianist of  Made in Trio composed by Rute Fernandes (flute, Opernhaus Zürich) and David Dias da Silva (clarinet, Malaysian Philarmonic Orchestra). In 2015 the Trio won the first prize at the competition organized by the Dienemann Stiftung (Luzern) and also received the 4th prize at the Orpheus Competition (Luzern). In October 2016 the Trio participated to the finals of the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York. In November 2017 the Trio won the first prize at Chieri International Competition (Turin) and in April 2019 the Special Prize of the Public at Illzach International Competition. The trio has concertized throughout Europe attaining enthusiastic response from their audiences, especially in Switzerland, Portugal and Italy. As well as her chamber music experience with Made in Trio she is also the pianist of Ensemble Container, based in Spain, and focused on the contemporary music repertoire. She also takes part of the Künstlerkollektiv Phantasten focused on Theatre-Music: in March 2019 she performed in Konzerthaus Berlin with a show called "Petroushka", with music by I. Stravinsky. Since almost two years she plays in Duo with Gordon Fantini, bassoonist and Ambassador'choice in Classeek.

From two years she plays as accompanist of the bassoon class of the Hochschule für Musik Basel, under the guide of Sergio Azzolini.

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Sinforosa Petralia graduated cum laude at the Conservatory “V. Bellini” of Palermo in 2006. From 2007 until 2011 she studied with Prof. Pietro De Maria in the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. In 2014 she obtained the Master Performance at the Hochschule fur Musik of Basel under the tutelage of Prof. Claudio Martinez Mehner; in 2015 she also earned a bachelor’s degree in DAMS at the University of Florence, discussing a thesis focused on the figure of the “Wanderer” in Franz Schubert. In June 2016 she obtained the Master Pädagogik in the same Academy.

She took part and was awarded in several competitions: “Tonino Pardo” , “Città di Balestrate” , “Nuovi Orizzonti” , “G. Rospigliosi”, “Talent Factory”.

She played as soloist with Kammerorchester Basel, Galileo Galilei Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica del Teatro Massimo,  Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana.

She is the pianist of Made in Trio composed by Rute Fernandes (flute) and David Dias da Silva (clarinet). The Trio was awarded in competitions like Orpheus Competition,  Chieri International Competition Illzach International Competition. The trio has concertized throughout Europe attaining enthusiastic response from their audiences, especially in Switzerland, Portugal and Italy. As well as her chamber music experience with Made in Trio she is also the pianist of the Ensemble Container, based in Spain, and focused on the contemporary music repertoire. Since almost two years she plays in Duo with Gordon Fantini, bassoonist and Ambassador’choice in Classeek. She is the accompanist of the bassoon class of the Hochschule für Musik Basel, under the guide of Sergio Azzolini.

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