Born in Rimini, Enrico Pace studied with Franco Scala at the Pesaro Conservatory, where he also graduated in composition and conducting. He furthered his studies at the International Piano Academy “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola, and his invaluable mentor thereafter was Belgian teacher Jacques de Tiège.
After winning first prize at the Franz Liszt International Competition in Utrecht in 1989, Enrico Pace has performed all over the world: Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Teatro alla Scala and Sala Verdi in Milan, Rome, Berlin, Wigmore Hall in London, Dublin, Herkulessaal in Munich, Prague, Philharmonie in Berlin and various cities in South America. He has been invited to play at numerous international festivals, including Lucerne, Salzburg, Edinburgh, La Roque d’Anthéron, Rheingau, Verbier, Schleswig-Holstein, Husum and the Brescia and Bergamo Piano Festivals.
Highly regarded as a soloist, he performs with such prestigious orchestras as the Royal Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, the Munich Philharmonic, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (RFO), the Netherlands Philharmonic the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Göteborg, London and Stavanger Symphony Orchestras, the Brussels Philharmonic, the Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg, the Rheinische Philharmonie, the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the MDR-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, the Camerata Salzburg, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the G. Verdi of Milan and the Filarmonica Toscanini of Parma.
Enrico Pace has collaborated with numerous conductors including Roberto Benzi, Gianandrea Noseda, Zoltan Kocsis, Kazimierz Kord, Mark Elder, Lawrence Foster, Vassily Sinaisky, Stanislav Skrowaczewski, Bruno Weil, Andrey Boreyko, Eliahu Inbal, Carlo Rizzi, Jan Latham-Koenig, Walter Weller and Antoni Wit.
Enrico Pace has also collaborated with such violinists as Leonidas Kavakos, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Akiko Suwanai, and Liza Ferschtman, and with cellist Sung-Won Yang, performing with them in Europe, the USA, and Asia.
Other partners in the field of chamber music include not only cellist Daniel Müller-Schott, clarinetist Sharon Kam, pianist Igor Roma and cornetist Marie Luise Neunecker, but also the Keller Quartet, RTE Vanbrugh Quartet and the Prometheus Quartet. A regular guest at chamber festivals, he has visited Delft, Moritzburg, Risør, Kuhmo, Montreux, Stresa and West Cork.
Past highlights include the Beethoven Sonatas cycle, with Leonidas Kavakos, in New York (Carnegie Hall), Athens, Florence, Milan, Amsterdam, Moscow, Tokyo, at the Salzburg Festival and Beethovenfest Bonn, as well as other performances in the United States, Europe and China. He has also performed Bach Sonatas with Frank Peter Zimmermann in New York, Amsterdam, Zurich, Frankfurt, Bamberg and Japan. With Matthias Goerne he brought Schubert’s Schwanengesang to La Scala in Milan. In Zurich, Frankfurt and Cologne he played with violist Antoine Tamestit, in Japan and at London’s Wigmore Hall with Akiko Suwanai, and in Korea and Japan with cellist Sung-Won Yang. As a soloist he has performed in such halls as the Concergebouw in Amsterdam and the Herkulessaal in Munich.
With Leonidas Kavakos and cellist Patrick Demenga he recorded Mendelssohn’s Piano Trios (Sony Classical). His recording of the complete Beethoven Sonatas for piano and violin with Leonidas Kavakos was released by Decca Classics in January 2013 and was nominated for a Grammy Award. In April 2016 Decca Classics released a CD in which the duo performs virtuosic pieces. With Frank-Peter Zimmermann he recorded Busoni’s Sonata No. 2 and J.S. Bach’s Six Sonatas for Violin and Piano 1014-1019 for Sony Classical. In 2011 the Piano Classics label released his well-known recording of Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage “Suisse” and “Italie.”