Flavio Villani completed a Bachelor of Piano Performance with Matteo Napoli at the Conservatory "G.Martucci" in Salerno in 2007. In 2012 he completed a Master in Piano Performance at the University of Auckland with first class honours under the guidance of pianist Stephen De Pledge.
He is absolute winner of the Northland Society Piano Competition in 2008 as well as first prize for the Llewelyn Piano Competition in both 2011 and 2012.
Flavio has performed many recitals as a soloist as well as in different chamber formations extensively in New Zealand. He has played in various festivals including the Venice Biennale (2011) for the exhibition and installation of the New Zealand pavilion, "Lamezia Festival" (2013 and 2014), and other festivals in Italy, Spain and New Zealand. He performed Rachmaninoff Concerto n.2 with the Orchestra Filarmonica of Calabria in Italy, with the Orchestra of CalArts in Los Angeles and the New Plymouth Orchestra. In 2016 he also performed with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra the fun Warsaw Concerto. Future collaborations will include Wairua Sinfonietta and Wellington Chamber Orchestra in 2017 as well as other international events and Orchestras soon to be confirmed.
Alongside his solo repertoire he is keeping a busy collaboration with other musicians in New Zealand and overseas (Uwe Grodd, Mark Menzies amongst others). He was featured in the documentary "Crossing Rachmaninoff" which had its nationwide release in NZ in 2016 and has been shown in different festivals around the world. He is member and founder of the Villani Piano Quartet which had their debut in Auckland in the late 2015 and is touring extensively the country with Chamber Music New Zealand in 2016.
Flavio's interest in teaching and assimilating and delivering a proper piano technique led him to many different specialists in the field. Moreover to this interest, he has followed numerous seminars on memorization, body percussion, the Alexander technique and recently a more creative approach to the learning of music which involves creativity and improvisation and uses the classical score as a pretext for learning and mastering a more comprehensive musical language. He was invited to give Master Classes in the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music in Lamezia Terme (Italy) and at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok (Thailand).
He has been accompanist and Italian coach for the summer school of NZOpera from 2011 to 2013. He's been piano teacher for different organizations and schools in the last ten years and currently he is founder and Artistic Director of the St Heliers Music Centre in Auckland where he teaches piano, keeps his repertoire and chamber music studies and organizes and promotes a concert season for the area collaborating with various international musicians.
Most recent solo work
Rachmaninoff - Concerto n.2
Beethoven - Concerto n.3
Addinsell - Warsaw Concerto
Beethoven - Sonata Op.109, Op.10 n.3, Op.27 n.2
Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody n.6
Etude Trascendentale n.10
Chopin - Ballade n.3
Ballade n.4 and others
Bortkievic - Ballade
Cesar Franck - Prelude, Choral et Fugue
Mussorgsky - Pictures at an exhibition
Prokofiev - Sonata n.3
Bach/Busoni - Ciaccona in D minor