"The diva of the piano"
La Repubblica, August 2017
Powerful, emotional, romantic and dramatic, she sweeps us along in a dazzling display of assured technique.”
The Guardian, May 2016
"Glance at the new album from the 28-year-old Italian pianist Vanessa Benelli Mosell, and you might think she’s just another blonde babe seized on by a major label for her looks more than her talent. Look closer and you’ll see the names Scriabin and Stockhausen, an unusual choice of repertoire for a starlet. Listen to the CD and you’ll discover Mosell is a serious artist with a formidable technique and forthright musical personality.”
The Telegraph, May 2016
"Stockhausen is enlivened by bright and enthusiastic reading by Vanessa Benelli Mosell"
"She plays with fearless determination"
La Repubblica, 2016
"Vanessa Benelli Mosell has the power to let people appreciate my music."
- Karlheinz Stockhausen
Vanessa on VEVO
Vanessa Benelli Mosell is a rising star on the international music scene. She is continuously praised for her virtuosity, her technical brilliance and the sensitivity of her musical insight, which have been shaped significantly in mentorships with Karlheinz Stockhausen and Yuri Bashmet.
Vanessa is acclaimed for her passion, in equal measure, for the great classics of the repertory and her championing of the newest composers. She has received universal praise for her recordings of Stockhausen for DECCA and for her orchestral debut of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra which has been released in 2017. Last November Vanessa released her latest CD on DECCA CLASSICS of Debussy's Preludes Book I and Suite Bergamasque.
More recent and future highlights include her debut at La Scala Milan at the MiTo Festival; a Stockhausen Marathon; recitals at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam and at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg; a portrait in Ireland with concerti by Rachmaninov and George Benjamin at Dublin National Hall, recitals with violinist Vadim Repin, and her debut at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre performing Chopin Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra as well as her conducting debut with the Divertimento Ensemble in Milano.
Vanessa Benelli Mosell began playing the piano at the age of three and started her comprehensive musical studies when she was exceptionally admitted at the International Piano Academy in Imola at seven years old, where she studied with Franco Scala. She gave her New York debut appearance at eleven years old with pianist Pascal Rogé, who described her as “the most natural musical talent I have encountered in my entire life”. In 2007 she was invited to the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory to study with Mikhail Voskresensky. Vanessa entered the Royal College of Music in London in 2007, where she graduated in 2012 studying with Dmitri Alexeev, generously supported by the Russell Gander Award. In addition to her piano studies, she went on studying violin, singing, score reading, composition and conducting. Vanessa was awarded the Elba Festival Prize by Yuri Bashmet, and more recently she has won the first Award of the Festival Pietrasanta as an outstanding young talent. She has been supported by the Keyboard Charitable Trust and in 2016 was appointed as a Steinway Artist.
Vanessa Benelli Mosell is internationally renowned for her performances of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Klavierstücke. Following her recording of Klavierstücke I-IV, she was invited by the composer to study under him, as he believed that she “has the power to let people appreciate my music”. Vanessa worked closely with the composer and he remains an important influence on Vanessaʼs music making, encouraging her passion for contemporary music and her championing of composers of today as well as the great classics.
She has worked with orchestras such as the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Münchner Symphoniker, Berliner Symphoniker, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna. She has performed often with the Moscow Soloists, with whom she replaced Martha Argerich in 2012. In the same year, Vanessa gave her debut at Londonʼs Wigmore Hall.
She is already well travelled with tours to the North and South America, Europe, China, Israel, Russia and Turkey, as well as playing recitals at Hamburgʼs Laeiszhalle, La Scala, Wigmore Hall, the Glinka Festival, Ravello Festival, Turin's Teatro Regio, Berliner Philharmonie, Auditorium Manzoni in Bologna, Salle Gaveu, Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Festival Radio France et Montpellier, Lincoln Center in New York, Palau de la Musica in Valencia and Barcelona, Tonhalle Zurich, Auditorium du Louvre, Hamburg's Laeiszhalle, Haifa Auditorium, UNESCO Auditorium, London's Kings Place, Dublin National Concert Hall, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and also giving master classes at the Rostov on Don and Yakutsk Conservatories and at the Tonbridge Collegein the UK.
2015/2016 saw her touring Spain, making debuts at Madrid Auditorio Nacional, Palau de la Musica in Valencia, Auditorio de Saragoza, returning to give the Spanish premiere of Enrique Granados’ Piano Concerto at Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona. In 16/17 Vanessa had an acclaimed sold-out debut at Teatro alla Scala in Milano and at Teatro Regio in Turin with Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Torino conducted by Diego Matheuz for the MiTo Festival. Last season also saw her first performing a "Stockhausen Marathon", a cycle of Stockhausen's Klavierstücke, for the Sagra Musicale Malatestiana in Rimini. 18/19 season will see her conducting the Divertimento Ensemble in Milano, as well as debuting with the London Philharmonic, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and recitals at Seoul Arts Center, opening concert at Festival Presences 2019 at Auditorium de France in Paris and at Al Bustan Festival in Beirut.
She furthermore collaborates in chamber music with partners as Massimo Quarta, Daishin Kashimoto, Radovan Vlatkovich, Julian Rachlin, Boris Andrianov, Renaud and Gautier Capucon, Vadim Repin, Michael Guttman, Alain Meunier, Boris Brovtsyn, Alexander Chaushian, Henri Demarquette, Alexander Buzlov and Tatiana Vassilieva.
Vanessaʼs debut recording of 2011, ‘Introducing Vanessa Benelli Mosell, Virtuoso Piano Music’, features music by Prokofiev, Haydn, Scriabin and Liszt and received great international praise for her "extraordinary artistic talent" and "sparkling technique in demanding music” (Gramophone Magazine). Her debut recording was quickly followed up in September 2012 by her second, equally acclaimed “Liszt Recital”.
In spring 2015, Vanessa made her debut album on DECCA CLASSICS label with “[R]Evolution”, a juxtaposition of Stockhausen and Stravinsky. Vanessa followed this in 2016 with a further disc in her Stockhausen series, “LIGHT”, with the Klavierstück XII and Scriabin Preludes. Also, in 2017, Vanessa released her debut concerto CD for DECCA with Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Kirill Karabits. In November 2017 Vanessa released her CD on DECCA CLASSICS of Debussy's Preludes Book I and Suite Bergamasque and her latest, fifth album on Decca, ECHOES, in January 2018.
Vanessa is now increasingly taking over orchestral conducting and play-directing many piano concerti.