Albanian pianist Mariela Cingo was born in Korcë on 14 February 1978. She began learning music from the age of six, and gave her first concert aged seven. By the time she was twelve, she had played the Haydn Piano Concerto in D with the Korcë Philharmonic Orchestra.
When she was seventeen she moved to London to continue her studies with Raphael Terroni at the London College of Music and Media. There she won many prizes, including the Piano Concerto Prize for her performance of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2.
Notable engagements have included performances of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2 with both Sutton Symphony Orchestra and Wealden Sinfonia, Shostakovich's Second Piano Concerto with the London College of Music Orchestra, Mozart's Piano Concerto No 21 with both the Whitehall Orchestra and Blackfriars Sinfonia, Grieg's Piano Concerto with Aeolian Sinfonia of North London and Beethoven's Emperor Concerto and Mozart's Piano Concerto No 24, both with North Downs Sinfonia.
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