Alfonso Bertazzi started piano lessons at six, when his father persuaded Joseph Robbone (founder of the Viotti International Music Competition) and organist Arturo Sacchetti to teach piano and music theory to a bunch of more or less cooperative children in Alfonso's hometown. Despite such an auspicious beginning, as Sacchetti's career took off new teachers replaced him and lessons dragged on for a decade with little motivation or enthusiasm.
It was not until his late teens that Alfonso began to realize how crucial a role music was playing in his life. What for years had been mere drudgery now started to make sense and reward him. At twenty, Alfonso could play a number of Scarlatti, Mozart and Beethoven sonatas, some Schubert, and most of the Wohltemperierte Klavier. Abandoned the idea of pursuing a degree in musicology (pretty horrified at the prospect, his father had dragooned him into choosing either economics or engineering), and since his devouring passion for music was getting too distracting, Alfonso, shortly after entering the university, resolved to stop taking music lessons. Some months later, he sold the piano.
After a hiatus of several years, put things in the right perspective, Alfonso eventually decided to give himself a second chance and resumed his piano studies. Beyond music, Alfonso enjoys outdoor activities and, along with his soulmate Monica, dedicates most weekends to hiking and mountaineering. As a balance, they usually spend summer holidays island-hopping in the Aegean. Alfonso has a degree in Economics and Business Administration, and squeezes out a living in the IT industry. He resides in a small town north of Turin, Italy, at a short distance from his beloved Western Alps.
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