Vincenzo Scalera was born in New Jersey, USA, of Italian-American parents and worked as assistant conductor with the New Jersey State Opera after graduating from Manhattan School of Music. He continued his studies in Italy and in 1980, joined the musical staff of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala as coach and pianist, assisting conductor’s Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Giannandrea Gavazzeni and Carlos Kleiber, among others.
Mr. Scalera has participated in many important music festivals, accompanying such celebrated singers as Andrea Bocelli, Montserrat Caballé, José Carreras, Juan Diego Flórez and Renata Scotto. He has numerous recordings, including Sumi Jo “La Promessa” as well as highly acclaimed “Bergonzi Celebrates Gigli” concert’s video recording in Carnegie Hall 1985. As harpsichordist, he is renowned from the recordings of Rossini by Claudio Abbado. Mr. Scalera is a Steinway Artist and is currently on the staff of Milan’s Accademia d’Arti e Mestieri of Teatro alla Scala.