Angelo Villani began his career as a child prodigy in his native Australia, where as a teenager he enjoyed acclaim performing major works including the Rachmaninov 2nd and Tchaikovsky 1st piano concertos.
In 1990, Villani entered the Moscow International Tchaikovsky Competition, however a trapped nerve led to a loss of sensation in his right hand preventing his participation in the competition and consequently kept Villani away from the public stage for over two decades. Villani moved to London in 1991 in search of treatment whilst earning a living teaching piano and working in the Classical department of Tower Records.
During this period Villani performed sporadically, and as improvements to his hand slowly emerged, Villani began to perform short selections of works in private gatherings, including the Liszt Society’s annual meetings where his mesmerizing performances received enthusiastic responses from his audiences. Villani gained notoriety among critics, piano enthusiasts and professional musicians, and in 2012 he made a much anticipated comeback recital at St. James’s in Piccadilly, London, where his beautiful and dramatic accounts of core Romantic repertoire astonished the audience.
Since returning from his long sabbatical, Villani has been covered by major media, and his BBC interviews and performances were broadcast live to millions across the UK and the rest of the world.
Villani’s debut album Angelo Villani plays Dante’s Inferno was released by Sonetto Classics in 2015, and was followed by recitals in the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Villani is represented by Nicky Thomas Media