Bio

A native of Rome, Italy, Dr. Lorenzo Salvagni is a well-established pianist, composer, and language instructor in the Greater Cleveland area. He currently serves as Director of Music at Holy Rosary Church in Little Italy and is a member of the faculty at John Carroll University and Hathaway-Brown School in Shaker Heights. Dr. Salvagni is a member of the Cleveland Composers Guild

In his three-year tenure as Music Director, Dr. Salvagni has greatly expanded the reach and scope of Holy Rosary Church’s Music Ministry by establishing continuing collaborations with The Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland Opera Theater, ContempOpera Cleveland and the Cleveland Composers’ Guild. 

In the past 12 years, Dr. Salvagni has taught Italian language and literature at Case Western Reserve University, University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and Duke University, where he developed innovative and interdisciplinary courses focusing on Italian music and literature. He has given lecture-recitals on Italian popular, classical and contemporary music at academic conferences, workshops and seminars throughout the United States and Italy; the Cleveland Orchestra invited him to introduce the world premiere of a piano concerto by the Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino at Severance Hall. 

Dr. Salvagni is the author of scholarly articles and book essays on the interaction of music and literature and contributes regularly to Italian classical music magazines Amadeus and Suonare News in Milan. One of his favorite topics is the notion of counterpoint (the simultaneous flow of independent voices) applied to the fields of literary criticism, politics, and publishing. 

In Italy, Lorenzo Salvagni successfully completed multiple advanced degrees in music performance, communication, composition and literature; he studied piano performance with Benedetto Lupo, Sergio Fiorentino, Charles Rosen, Robert Levin and Rosalyn Turek. In the USA, he earned a M.M. in Collaborative Piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music under Anita Pontremoli and a Ph.D. in Italian Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill. He currently lives in Shaker Heights, OH.

Photo by Shuai Wang

Photo by Shuai Wang