Stefano Scarcella, born in Rome, studied pianoforte at the “S.Cecilia” Music Conservatory in Rome, in the same class as Fausto Di Cesare, obtaining his diploma with the highest marks. He then attended the Specialisation School in Portogruaro, where the encounter with Russian pianist and teacher Konstantin Bogino was decisive and significant for his training. Stefano studied with Konstantin for many years.
In the same fertile artistic environment he also specialised in chamber music with the renowned Tchaikovsky Trio and with the Trieste Trio at the Chigiana Academy in Siena.
Since his early youth years Stefano has won prizes in national and international piano competitions in Italy: Roma, Capri, Sulmona, Pistoia, Osimo, and so forth, and started his concert activity first as a soloist and subsequently as an appreciated chamber musician, side by side with some of the best talents of his generation such as Marco Fiorini, Shana Downes, Gabriele Geminiani, Ivo Scarponi, and with musicians like Konstantin Bogino and Vladimir Mendelssohn.
Stefano performed for important concert institutions in prestigious halls and theatres such as the Quartet Society in Bergamo, the Stradivari Foundation in Cremona (Ponchielli Theatre), The Music Youth in Modena (San Carlo Theatre), Association in Macerata (Lauro Rossi Theatre), Gonfalone Oratory in Rome, Euterpe Association and “Catholic” University of Rome, Bari Music Camerata, La Camerata Salentina, Friends of the Music in Trapani, Friends of the Music in Siracusa, Bellini Music Association in Messina, and so forth.
In 2008 together with Marco Fiorini and Ivo Scarponi founded the Raffaello Trio, which soon distinguished itself and was noticed by specialised critics with the release of its first CD with “La Bottega Discantica” trademark from Milan, dedicated to the trios by Dvorak and Smetana, and with which in 2012 the Trio was invited to play within the prestigious music series by Radio Tre “I Concerti del Quirinale”, in a live programme broadcast in the whole of Europe.
Stefano has been dedicating himself to teaching for over twenty years, and he holds a chair as a main pianoforte teacher in Music Conservatories, after having won, in his early twenties, the national competition for teaching posts, by examinations. He is presently teaching at the “Nino Rota” Music Conservatory in Monopoli, in 1st and 2nd level courses, and his pupils have often won prizes in competitions for young pianists.
He is often invited to take part in examination committees both in piano and chamber competitions, and for several years he has been regularly holding pianoforte courses at the Music Academy in Pescara, as well as for various Academies in the city of Rome.