The Italian pianist, Pietro De Maria, studied piano with Giorgio Vianello and Gino Gorini. Revealing a precocious talent, he won First Prize at the Alfred Cortot International Piano Competition in Milan at the age of 13. He graduated from the Conservatory of Venice and continued his studies with Maria Tipo at the Conservatory of Geneva, where he obtained the Premier Prix de Virtuosité with the highest honours in 1988. After receiving the Critics' Prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1990), he won First Prize in other prestigious international piano competitions, such as the Dino Ciani - Teatro La Scala in Milan (1990), the Géza Anda in Zurich (1994), and the Mendelssohn Award in Hamburg (1997).
An active concert pianist, Pietro De Maria has played as soloist with the best known orchestras, with conductors of the stature of Roberto Abbado, Gary Bertini, Myung-Whun Chung, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Daniele Gatti, Alan Gilbert, Eliahu Inbal, Marek Janowski, Ton Koopman, Michele Mariotti, Ingo Metzmacher, Gianandrea Noseda, Corrado Rovaris, Kwamé Ryan, Yutaka Sado and Sándor Végh.
His repertoire ranges from J.S. Bach to Ligeti. Pietro De Maria is the first Italian pianist to have played Frédéric Chopins complete piano works in public concerts. These works have been recorded by Decca and have received important acknowledgments from international publications of prestige such as Diapason, International Piano and Pianiste. In 2010, bicentennial of the birth of the Polish composer, Pietro De Maria was invited to play F. Chopin in the most important international centers such as Berlin, Paris, Warsaw, Zürich, Rome, the Nohant Festival, Beijing and Singapore.
During the coming seasons, Pietro De Maria will be focusing especially on J.S. Bach, presenting both books of The Well Tempered Clavier as well as the Goldberg Variations in his concerts.
Pietro De Maria has recorded three Sonatas by Clementi for Naxos, a live recital at the Miami International Piano Festival for VAI Audio, and L.v. Beethoven's complete works for cello and piano with Enrico Dindo for Decca.
Pietro De Maria teaches at the School of Music in Fiesole, at the Academy of Music in Pinerolo and at the Musikdorf Ernen in Switzerland.