Aquiles DELLE VIGNE
2021 Honorary Fellow
Born in Argentina in 1946, Professor Aquiles Delle Vigne gave his first recital at the age of 8. Under the artistic guidance of Claudio Arrau, he won the Grand Prix of the Albert Williams Competition. He then completed his training in Europe with Eduardo del Pueyo and György Cziffra.
Professor Delle Vigne has his own academy at the University of Coimbra in Portugal where more than 30 pianists of different nationalities follow his instruction. He also teaches at the Accademia del Ridotto, forming a team of professors alongside Andrzei Jasinski and Roberto Cappello.
Professor Delle Vigne is one of the most-respected piano professors in the world, serving as a jury member for prestigious international piano competitions and performing in tournées around the world. He has given masterclasses at the Moscow and Saint Petersburg conservatories, the Manhattan School of Music in New York, The Julliard School, Toho University in Tokyo, the University of Munich, the Mozarteum International Summer Academy in Salzburg, the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, and the Academy’s School of Music. He was a distinguished professor at the Codarts University for the Arts in Rotterdam as well as at the École Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot.
Besides his scholarship, Professor Delle Vigne is also highly regarded as a pianist. His concerts and records showcase his artistic talent, with a discography that includes recordings with EMI His Master's Voice, BASF Harmonia Mundi, BMG-RCA Victor, Naxos, Pavane and EMS. His performance of the Préludes pour piano by Olivier Messiaen for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican earned him high praise from the composer himself.
Professor Delle Vigne has returned to the School of Music at the Academy many times since 2008. He has made significant contributions to the standard of piano playing at the Academy. A knowledgeable and prestigious musician, he is always ready to share his piano skills and wisdom with students and faculty members alike. The students and staff say they look forward to his visits, gaining inspiration from his insightful and powerful teaching. Many students of the School have attended his masterclasses at the Mozarteum International Summer Academy in Salzburg. In 2019, Professor Delle Vigne joined the School of Music in launching the HKAPA Invitation to Music Summer Festival with great success. Many of his own followers joined the festival, making the keyboard section of the event a truly international affair.