Italian pianist Roberto Plano first performed in Jamestown after winning the 2001 Cleveland International Piano Competition at age 23. In the following years, he was a Finalist at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Prizewinner of the Honens International Piano Competition, and the Axa Dublin International Piano Competition among many others. He also married the lovely Paola Del Negro – an accomplished pianist in her own right, who made her solo debut in Turin at age 9 and continued to win competitions and accolades throughout Europe. Together they ran a prestigious music school in Varese, Italy, while raising three young daughters and maintaining an international performance schedule – including returns to Jamestown and Chautauqua. In 2016 the family moved to the US where Roberto joined the piano faculty at Boston University. In January 2018 he won the American Prize in the solo professional division and has most recently become associate professor of piano at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where Paola is also adjunct lecturer as well as director of PDN Piano Studio.