"I am very excited to hear such a fabulous pianist and musician. Thanks for your Music!" Martha Argerich, 2013
"The young Leonardo Colafelice that I heard tonight impressed me for his qualities as a virtuoso of the keyboard. At only 12 years old he is able to deal dangerous reputed technical difficulties with a confounding simplicity. It goes without saying that an element such as Leonardo Colafelice is a born pianist and destined to a brilliant career "Aldo Ciccolini, 2008
In August 2016, Leonardo Colafelice was awarded Second Prize in the prestigious "Cleveland International Piano Competition" and also received 3 special awards: Audience Prize, Best Performance of a Russian Piece, and The Junior Jury Prize.
Prior to that, Leonardo was awarded with several international prizes: in May 2014 as a young 18- year old, Leonardo Colafelice was one of the six finalists during the "Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition" in Tel Aviv. At the end of the competition, he also received three important special prizes: Best Performer of a Classical Concerto, Best Performer of a Chopin Composition, and finally, Most Outstanding Pianist up to 22 Years of Age. Also in October 2014, he was awarded the "A. B. Michelangeli" prize from the city of Eppan in Northern Italy.
Between 2012 and 2013, he won several important international awards: Gold Medal at the "Gina Bachauer Young Artists International Piano Competition" in Salt Lake City (USA); First Prize at the "Thomas & Evon Cooper International Competition" in Oberlin and Cleveland (USA); Gold Medal at the "Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition" in Rochester (USA); all in 2012. In 2013, he was awarded: Gold Medal at the "Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition" in Arizona, where Martha Argerich herself personally handed him his Award; First Prize at the "Aarhus Competition" in Denmark; and finally, First Prize at the "Hilton Head Competition" in South Carolina (USA).
He was also the First Prize winner at many other international piano competitions including:"The Young Pianists of the North International Piano Competition" in Newcastle (UK); "The International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Young Artists" in Szafarnia (Poland); "The Concours Musical de France" in Paris; "The International Tournament of Music" (TIM) in Verona (Italy); and "The Premio Città di Padova" in Padua (Italy).
Born in 1995 in Altamura (Bari), Southern Italy, Leonardo was graduated as a pupil of Pasquale Iannone at the renowned "Niccolò Piccinni Conservatory of Music" in Bari.
Leonardo currently teaches Piano Performance at the "F. Torrefranca" Conservatory of Music in Vibo Valentia and at the age of 21, this makes him the youngest conservatory teacher in all of Italy.
Colafelice is regularly invited to play in the principal Italian cities including Milano, Turin, Roma, Bologna, Messina, Palermo, Catania, Bari, Padova, Venezia, Verona, Caserta, etc., as well as abroad in various venues in the United States, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Denmark, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, Israel, Morocco, Turkey, Norway, Chile, and Georgia.
He has performed with numerous and prestigious orchestras like: The Cleveland Orchestra, The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, The Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, The Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, The Chile Symphony Orchestra, The Morocco Philharmonic Orchestra, The Orchestra dei Pomeriggi Musicali, The Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto and many more.