West Pittston’s Dominick Cristofori D’Alessandro was delighted to play two classical piano pieces at the Embassy of Italy last week, and to have his musical talent recognized by The Italian Cultural Society of Washington, D.C.
“It was a really great experience. The embassy was really impressive,” D’Alessandro said, adding he was thrilled to receive the society’s Luciana Montanari-Mendola Award in recognition of his talent as a pianist.
D’Alessandro, 19, is the son of Joseph D’Alessandro and Cynthia Stuccio D’Alessandro.
He began his piano training at age 3 with his mother, who “still works with me now.”
While he was a student at Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School in Kingston, he served as accompanist and student director of the Madrigal Singers, with whom he traveled to Germany, Switzerland and Italy.
He recently completed his freshman year at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and is preparing for a career as a performer and teacher at the university level.
At the embassy, he played Frederic Chopin’s Prelude in E minor, Opus 28, No. 4 and Etude in C-sharp minor, Opus 10, No. 4 during the Italian Cultural Society’s gala, which had a theme of Italian cinema.
D’Alessandro had applied for the award earlier, submitting recordings of other pieces.
During the summer, he expects to spend four to six hours a day practicing the piano and perhaps play some rounds of golf.
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