Pianist Mario Feninger Makes Rare Appearance
Virtuoso pianist Mario Feninger performed in a rare Burbank performance selecting pieces from his extensive repertoire which includes Chopin, Liszt, Mozart and Busoni.
The performance was held in conjunction with a live auction, benefiting the Mario Feninger Legacy Project, dedicated to preserving and furthering the pianist’s recordings and teaching methodology – all built over his 82-year career.
The evening was hosted by Mazen Hijleh, co-founder and CTO of StudioVox, an online hub for artists and other creatives. “I have known Mario for many years and am both a student and fan of his,” said Hijleh, known for developing and implementing advanced technology infrastructures.
Feninger performed on a Estonia concert grand piano during the May 17 event, held at the Burbank-based Hollywood Piano Company.
Feninger was born in Cairo, Egypt where he was taught piano by his mother, Teresa de Rogatis, herself a known pianist, as well as composer, guitarist and teacher.
Feninger made his debut at the renown Paris concert hall, Salle Gaveau, and continued performing throughout Europe during the height of his career. The Italian press remarked on his “brilliant virtuosity” and termed him a “complex artist searching for his soul” and “animated by a great ideal.”