By Guiseppe Grosso
Manhasset native and professor of piano Daniela Bracchi will once again call Manhasset home. The concert pianist first gained mention in the Manhasset Press many years ago, as a young child, with her debut recital at Carnegie Hall at age 10. A student of St. Mary’s Elementary and High School and the Bottazzi School of Music, Bracchi continued her studies earning a doctoral degree in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music, where she is currently on faculty. When asked about her return to her hometown, Bracchi had this to say: “When it came to choosing a place to settle, New York was a no-brainer. It is the center for classical music and classical musicians. When it came time to raise my own family, again, there was an easy answer. Manhasset gave me so many opportunities; I couldn’t think of a better place to raise my boys.”
Bracchi’s accomplishments in the music field do not run short. Her concert tours have taken her to engagements in France, Spain, Poland, and the Canary Islands and garnered her mentions in publications here and abroad, including International Piano and The New York Times. She has also won top prizes in international competitions including Missouri Southern, Long Island Philharmonic and Gina Bachauer to name a few. She credits most of her success to her teaching.
“I began teaching piano when I was 15,” said Bracchi. “It has taught me so much about communication and inspiration, and I see each lesson as a chance to engage someone in the brilliance of that language.”
Bracchi has recently moved her teaching studio to Plandome. Her services range from private piano lessons, to chamber music, to audition and competition preparation. She remains an active performer of classical and contemporary piano and chamber music. At her most recent engagement at the Manhattan School of Music, she performed Brahms’ works for violin and piano to a standing-room-only audience.
For more information, visit her website at www.danielabracchi.com.