and raised in Foggia, Italy, Pompa-Baldi first came to the U.S.
in 1999 to participate in the Cleveland International Piano
Competition. He won first prize and, while fulfilling all the
engagements that came with it, he and Friscioni decided to make
Cleveland their home.
Friscioni was born in Cantù, Italy. Since her debut at the age
of nine, Ms. Friscioni has played solo recitals as well as
concertos throughout Europe and the United States. She currently
serves as director of the Tri-C Creative Arts Academy and
the Tri-C Classical Piano Series.
The duo, both Steinway artists, have
performed to great acclaim throughout the United States and
Europe, in duet and two-piano recitals as well as with
“After many years in a presenting
role and as director of the Creative Arts Academy, I’m excited
to go back to my first love — performing with my husband,” Ms.
Friscioni said. “We are having a blast rehearsing, and we look
forward to sharing this music with our audience.”
Pompa-Baldi and Ms. Friscioni began
playing together when they first met in 1996 in the Northern
Italian town of Mezzago during a workshop conducted by pianist
Aldo Ciccolini. Since then, their musical partnership has
grown steadily as an integral part of their relationship.
The couple reside in Cleveland
Heights with their daughter, Eleanor.
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Seating for this performance is on a
first-come basis the day of the recital.