Michelle Candotti was born in Livorno (Italy) in 1996. She obtained the piano Diploma with top marks while attending Verona's “ Dell'Abaco” Conservatory of Verona at the age of fourteen. She won the "XV Competition for the Best Italian Musician ' s Graduates 2009/10" (this led her to recording a CD in September 2011). She received also a Special Mention for Chopin and Scriabin at the “ XX Ibla Gran Prize ” , she won the second prize ex-equo (first not given) and Audience prize at “ Madesimo International Piano Competition” , the second prize and Audience prize at the “ International Piano Competition A. Scriabin” , the second prize and the “ Sir Philip Ledge Trophy ” for the youngest finalist at “ Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition” , the second prize and the “ Rotary Club Award ” for the youngest finalist at XXIII International Competition Chopin Rome, reciving also the medal of the President of the Italian Senate. She was also one of the finalist of the ” 59th F. Busoni Competition ”. She reached the semi-finals of the International Liszt competition in Utrecht last year, and the second round of the International Chopin competition in Warsaw. She is now studying at the Royal College of Music and at the Imola International Piano Academy.