As a musician, I was born when I was five, when my parents gave me a toy piano for my birthday. It wasn’t long before I found my first loves: the music of Bach and Bartok that have influenced me ever since. Perpetually fascinated by experimentation, I often enjoy collaborations with artists in other media and music genres. Indeed, exploration and inclusion are core goals that I have nurtured over the years, spanning the older and the newer, from classical and folk, to jazz and contemporary styles. Ranging at times from spacious and melodic, to loud and frenetic, my sound continues to change, along with my life, interests and inspiration..
Composer and pianist Moira Lo Bianco graduated in Classical Piano Performance at F. Torrefranca Conservatory in Italy in 2004, under the guidance of Paolo Subrizi. In 2009, she completed her Bachelor of Arts at University of Tor Vergata, with an Ethnomusicology thesis on Calabrian folk music and its traditions. Under the tutelage of Oscar award-winning composer Luis Bacalov, Moira studied film scoring at Siena's Accademia Chigiana. She further earned a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music, where she graduated in Professional Music in 2012 (concentration tracks: Composition, Arranging, Performance). While at Berklee, she received the Outstanding Achievement Award and The Classical Contemporary Performance Award.
Moira’s work includes music for dance, film, theater and multi-media collaborations. She is currently collaborating with electronic composer Quentin Chiappetta on dīōd, a performing duo project that was recently awarded the QCA New Work Grant, funded by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. Their first work 19twelve was released in Fall 2018. Moira’s solo album Imago, released in March 2016, was produced by Steinway & Sons recording label (Naxos distribution). In 2013, she released her debut album Lunaria, featuring Bruno Råberg on double bass and Marcello Pellitteri on drums. That same year she got a nomination for Jazz Artist of the Year at the Boston Music Awards.
Moira is a former faculty at Berklee College of Music. In 2016, she founded The Equinox Music Festival and co-directed with Stephany Tiernan. The festival – held on the first day of Spring – explored the vitality of classical music through a dynamic series of presentations, workshops and performances. That same year, she received the Berklee Faculty Fellowship Grant, which allowed her to study the music of Brazilian pianist and composer Francisca ‘Chiquinha’ Gonzaga. In 2013, Moira launched a workshop series called Improvisation for Classical Pianists, which focuses on the element of improvisation in classical music. She has presented the workshop in partnership with several educational institutions, including Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA and Valencia, Spain campuses) and Steinway & Sons (M. Steinert & Sons, Steinway Society of Puerto Rico).
Moira has enjoyed collaborations with oud and violin virtuoso Simon Shaheen, Global Jazz Institute director Marco Pignataro, Grammy award winning clarinetist Kinan Azmeh (Silk Road Ensemble), among many others. She has performed at festivals (Villa Celimontana Festival, Newport Jazz Festival) concert halls (Steinway Hall, Steinert Hall, Di Menna Center for Classical Music), cultural spaces (Institute of Contemporary Art, French Cultural Center, Italian Cultural Institute, Goethe Institut, Steinway Society of Puerto Rico) and clubs (Regatta Bar, Ryles, Rockwood Music Hall, Cornelia Street Café).
Moira is currently serving as pianist at Marymount College, Juilliard School, Rioult Dance Center, Ballet Hispanico, Martha Graham Dance School among others. She is also a Teaching Artist at Creative Stage, as part of the Musical Teather Builders program (partner schools include School at Columbia, Bank Street School, the Cathedral School, Manhattan School for Children among others).
Moira is a Steinway Artist and a Steinway Educational Partner. She is a member of the MEW program at Carnegie Hall.