Jean-François ANTONIOLI, Swiss of North Italian origin, was born in Lausanne, Switzerland. After studying with Fausto Zadra, a disciple of the legendary Vincenzo Scaramuzza, and being awarded the First Prize of Virtuosity at the Lausanne Conservatoire, he deepened his artistic knowledge for more than 3 years with Pierre Sancan in Paris. Together with these key teachers in his development, two other encounters had a crucial impact on the rest of his life: Bruno Seidlhofer, a reference of the Viennese style, and Carlo Zecchi (Rome, Italy), himself a disciple of Busoni and Schnabel, who will inspire Antonioli to play the 21 Mozart piano concerti.
As a pianist, he has been invited to perform, either solo or with orchestra, in musical centres throughout Europe, Israel and Canada. His US début was in 1991 with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC. He has appeared in a number of international festivals such as Montreux-Vevey, Lucerne, Orpheum Soloists in Bad Ragaz, Radio-France in Montpellier, …..
Antonioli is in charge of a virtuosity class at the Lausanne Conservatoire and has been giving master-classes since 1986 on the Island of San Giulio on the Lake of Orta in Italy, at the Music Academy of Sion, Switzerland (Tibor Varga Festival, 1991-94), at the European Piano Teachers Association Summer School in Dubrovnik, Croatia (1999 and 2001), at the Ribaupierre Institute in Lausanne since 2004, at the Paris Piano Programme of the Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot, Paris, since 2006.