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Giancarlo Palena

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Freelancer Classical Accordion and Bandoneon Player
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Giancarlo Palena, born in 1995, is a prize-winning Italian Accordion Player which started to study Accordion at the age of 7 with Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi. In 2019 he graduated at the University of Music Frédéric Chopin in Warsaw, under the direction of Klaudiusz Baran. He has performed as a soloist and in heterogeneous chamber ensembles at important theaters and concert halls, including Royal Festival Hall and Royal Academy of Music in London, Teatro San Carlo of Naples, Academic Hall of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music and the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Academic Hall of the Rome’s Conservatory Santa Cecilia, Vatican Museums, Italian Institutes of Culture in Istanbul, Dublin, Bucharest and Stockholm. In 2019 he won the 5th edition of the prestigious The Arts Club – Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award in association with Classic FM 2019. Among the numerous prizes obtained in national and international music competitions, in 2015 he was selected as the best Italian candidate to represent Italy at the 68th CIA World Cup, held in Turku (Finland), obtaining the third prize. In June 2016 he received the Medal from the President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies in recognition of the musical talent and his achievements at international level. He has held myriad concerts in Italy and abroad, performing in Austria, Belgium, England, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey. In 2018 he was a guest of the London Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the Foyle Future Firsts Ensemble’s debut held in Southbank Centre, with music written in Theresienstadt concentration camp, by Viktor Ulmann (1898-1944). He attended many masterclass of high musical improvement in Italy and abroad with Yuri Shishkin, Miljian Bieletic, Owen Murray, Geir Draugsvall, Cesare Chiacchiaretta and Voijin Vasovic. A versatile musician who extends his artistry over various musical genres, from baroque to contemporary, since few years he has also dedicated himself to the study of the bandoneón.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
Encore awards
2nd Encoreversary
Argentinian, Tango, Latin
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Transcription, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Examiner
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Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£180
Up to 1 hour£350
Up to 2 hours£500
Up to 3 hours£400


From customers:

Concert, 3 years ago

Very professional and music of high quality.

Live C, 3 years ago

a virtuoso of the Accordion