Dora Salce began with ballet lessons in Italy at the age of three. Her multifaceted artistic talent became manifest very quickly. The early encounter with dance proved an important factor in enhancing her special sensibility for classical music.
At the age of 13, she decided to study piano. Her exceptional talent and the creative and communicative force of expression she displayed were soon recognized and consistently fostered from then on.
It did not take long for her to win numerous competitions in her home country, including the international competition of Teramo. This led Felix Ayo, a renowned violinist, to describe her as an exceptional talent (“fuoriclasse”) and to add: “Dora Salce has revealed considerable musicality and command of her instrument. Despite her tender age, she demonstrated that she has achieved the right connection between personal sensibility and the possibilities of the instrument, and that, thanks to her ability of self-appraisal, she can be attentive to assessments and observations by others without becoming dependent on them.”
Only two years later, at 15, she won the Premio Seiler piano competition in Rome and shortly afterwards, playing on Seiler grand pianos, enchanted audiences in Germany with some professional and sensitive performances.
After completing her piano studies with Professor Filomena Montopoli at the Conservatory Luisa D’Annunzio in Pescara with honors, Dora Salce continued to study at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, Germany, with Professor Michael Uhde and finished her education there with honors, too.
In 2006 she passed the strict entrance examination for the master class of Rudolf Buchbinder at the Musik-Akademie Basel in Switzerland, where her outstanding musical talent continued to be honed in a targeted manner.
Dora Salce was subsequently awarded a scholarship by the Animato foundation, which enabled her to study at the École Normale de Musique de Paris under Professor Marian Rybicki and to further enhance her musical skills. She concluded the program with the Diplome Supérieur d’Enseignement, again with honors.
The year 2011 saw her earn a Master in Specialized Music Performance degree (majoring in chamber music) under Friedemann Rieger at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).
An additional study course in harpsichord at the ZHdK fostered and refined her empathy for the works Domenico Scarlatti.
Numerous international master classes provided further enriching experiences for her musical development. They were taught by renowned personalities in the world of music such as Boris Petrushansky (Imola, Italy), Irina Berkowich (Jerusalem), Yonty Solomon (London), Evgeny Koroliov (Hamburg), Pavel Vernikov (Zurich), Joaquin Soriano (Fulda), Homero Francesch (Zurich) and Bruno Canino (Milan).
Over the years, a growing number of scholarships and awards have confirmed her extraordinary musical talent. From 2002 to 2004 she was a Cini Foundation scholarship holder at the Venice Biennale under the tutorship of Professor Eugenio Bagnoli. In 2009 she won the Husmann foundation scholarship donated by the Allegro-Stiftung (Zurich), and in 2010 a scholarship of the Fondation pour des bourses d’etudes Italo-Suisses (Geneva). Awards include first prize at the international piano competition in Guardiagrele (Italy) in 2006 and first prize at the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe piano competition in Geneva in 2008. After winning the Yamaha competition, she has repeatedly been invited to give concerts on Yamaha grand pianos.
Dora Salce plays in concerts throughout the world and is a much appreciated soloist and chamber musician. Major concert halls she has performed in include: Auditorium del Caravita, Teatro di Marcello, Rome; Teatro La Fenice, Biennale, Venice; Teatro Flaiano, Pescara; Basilica Santa Maria di Loreto, Forio, Ischia; Philharmonie, Kleiner Saal, Berlin; TriBühne Norderstedt, Hamburg; Velte Saal, Karlsruhe; Seiler Konzertsaal, Kitzingen am Main; Conservatoire de Musique, Geneva; Toni Areal, Zürich; Angelika-Kaufmann-Saal, Schwarzenberg, Austria; Salle Alfred Cortot, Paris; Philharmonic Hall, Lviv, Ukraine
Ms. Salce has built up an impressive repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music. Besides numerous programs of chamber music and concertos for piano and orchestra, she also performs innovative solo pieces from the 20th and 21st century.
Dora Salce is currently Piano Professor at Foggia U. Giordano Conservatory in Italy.