Biography

Rossella Rubini graduated in piano in Teramo (Italy) at the age of 18 with distinction; in the same year, she won a grant to attend the Mozarteum Summer Courses in Salzburg with Alfons Kontarsky. Moved in Rome, she graduated in Musicology (Bachelor and Master Degree) at the University of Rome with distinction (cum laude).

In the meantime, she had been studying with Aldo Tramma, practising piano solo and chamber music and teaching music and piano in private and public schools. She has also been attending national and international competitions, in which she always obtained one the first three positions, and many masterclasses, where she learnt with Laura De Fusco, Andrée Jasinski, Mariangela Vacatello, Bruno Canino and others. She has also read piano in chamber music with Pier Narciso Masi in Florence.

At the moment, she is living in Oxford, working as a piano teacher, piano accompanist and pianist, while doing a PhD research on Gino Marinuzzi Jr. at the University of Surrey (London). Rossella is a Visiting Music Teacher at New College School and Head of Piano at Headington School. She is also an ABRSM Theory Examiner.

In 2013 she worked in co-operation with the visual artist Tamarin Norwood (University of Oxford) for the video opera Dance for Solo Piano and Premier Pro, commissioned by the Central Saint Martins College of Arts of London. Her latest work, in February 2014, was composing and performing music for the Total Potemkin Exhibition curated by Laura Carlotta Gottlob at St. John’s College in Oxford.

With the Colli&Rubini Duo she is performing four-hand piano music all over Europe and abroad: their first CD, Gino Marinuzzi Jr. Piano Works (Italy, 2012) contains the first recording of the piano music by the Italian composer; their second CD, The Voyage (London, 2012), was selected for the Grammy Awards of Los Angeles in 2013. In 2020 Martina and Rossella have released their third album, Riding Americas, produced through a fundraising campaign. It includes orchestral music by G. Gershwin, A. Copland and A. Ginastera transcribed by Martina for piano four hands.