Paolo Scartoni

Paolo Scartoni received his Master of Arts in Piano from the Higher Institute of Musical Studies «R. Franci» in Siena, Italy, in 2013. He worked at the same Institution as a Teaching Assistant for the class "History and Exegesis of Musical Sources" taught by Professor Antonello Palazzolo. In 2014, he graduated summa cum laude from the University of Siena earning a degree in Languages. He discussed an honors thesis entitled «Treuer Geist, erschaff' sie wieder. Goethe, Brahms e il Lied, tra musica e parola» (Faithful spirit, create them anew. Goethe, Brahms and the Lied, between music and word).
 
He studied Pianoforte and Historical Piano at the Conservatory of Perugia under the supervision of Costantino Mastroprimiano. He graduated summa cum laude in 2017, defending a thesis entitled «Das ungebrochene Licht. La produzione pianistica di Schumann tra musica e letteratura» (The unrefracted light. Schumann's piano works between music and literature).
 
In Italy, he participated in masterclasses taught by Andrea Lucchesini, Pietro De Maria, Jin Ju, and Antonello Palazzolo, among others. From 2015 to 2016, he worked as a Teaching Assistant for Italian and Italian literature at Oberlin College and Conservatory where he had the chance to deepen his knowledge of Historically Informed Performance Practice under the tutelage of Professor David Breitman.
 
He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Italian studies at Rutgers University. His research focuses on the relationships between music and literature in the Middle Ages and in the 19th and 20th century.