Born in Milazzo (Province of Messina), Italy, Annalisa Monticelli began studying the piano at the age of five with Professor Olga Brogno. She was later accepted into the Luis Gianneo Music Conservatoire in Mar del Plata, where she studied with Marta Scafoglio and Eugenia Rozental. She took part in numerous recitals and concerts in her hometown and province (Balcarce, Tandil, Buenos Aires) both as a soloist and a pianist in duo with cello, violin, trumpet.
In 1997 she attained her diploma in “Formazione Basica” in piano at the Conservatoire in Argentina. In 1998 she took part in the VIII campus of Chamber Music with the Spanish Conductor Jordi Mora, and participated as a soloist and pianist in the only ensemble of young musicians to be selected for the “Primer Festival Nacional Astor Piazzolla” in the city of Mar del Plata. In the same year she moved to Italy to continue her studies at the “Arcangelo Corelli” Music Conservatoire in Messina with maestro Nicolò Di Marco, attaining her diploma in piano with the highest possible marks.
She has won chamber music prizes at the National Music Competition “TuttArte” in Paternò (CT), the International Music Competition “G. Campochiaro di Pedara” (CT) and the National Music Competition “Benedetto Albanese” in Caccamo (PA). In 2008 she worked on productions of The Barber of Seville and Don Giovanni. In June 2009, she was the accompanist for a vocal masterclass with Soprano Rebecca Turner performing in the Concert Hall of Dublin.
In 2009, she completed her Masters in Music Education and the II Level Diploma in Piano Performance at the Conservatoire in Messina. In October 2011, as a student of Dr. Douglas Weeks and a winner of the Young Artist Competition, she performed the “Allegro” from Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Converse Symphony Orchestra. She completed a Masters in Piano Performance in May 2012.
As a member of the choral ensemble “Cantica Nova” in Milazzo and the female vocal trio “Encanto,” she has performed in various venues in Italy and abroad. During her time in Spartanburg, she has performed as a solo pianist and accompanist, taught in the Lawson Academy Program, and coached for the Converse Opera.