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Masterclass Talent

Alessandro Marino, master pianist

Alessandro Marino, master pianist

Talent is chaos, which needs to gain a shape. Through practice, high level self-consciousness and experiencing the body in which talent is imprisoned, there will finally be an order in the chaos and talent will flow out overwhelming all the surrounding environment.

About 10 years ago I came into contact with master pianist Alessandro Marino from Sicily. At that time I was working for Chelsea FC and doing talent research. Along with world-class football players, world-class musicians were also examined with regard to how their brain worked. Alessandro studied at Imola, the famous conservatory at the time and embarked on his currently already impressive music career. At that time I asked Alessandro to teach at the university together with me to illustrate and explain talent. This resulted in a long-term cooperation. Over the years, we have appeared on TV shows together during which I explained how the brain works and our talent research findings, and Alessandro told his development history and played beautiful pieces. We have since developed this cooperation even further and you can now book us for an inspiring combination of lecture and recital in an informal homely environment as well as for a large event as shown in the accompanying video. We will explain and illustrate how the human brain works, what the characteristics of talent are, how one can optimise talent and how you can apply these neuroscientific knowledge fields to your organization (finding the best employee for the job, work & move issues, optimisation of work environment etc).

Impression Masterclass Talent at i-Sensory Event 2018

The Programme

The human brain (Lecture)

Saint Saens / Liszt - Danse macabre (Piano)

Origin of Talent (Lecture)

Alkan - Symphony for solo piano (I movement) op. 39 no. 4 (Piano)


Talent optimisation: Is there a formula for success? (Lecture)

Alkan - Le Festin d'Esope op. 39 no. 12 (Piano)

Finding the best employee for the job (Lecture)

Alkan - 30 years "Quasi Faust" (from Grand Sonata op. 33 "The four ages") (Piano)

The Team

Alessandro Marino, master pianist

Alessandro Marino, master pianist

Alessandro Marino is the Top Prize-winner of the 2015 Ibla Grand Prize competition, through which he made a USA tour and debut at Carnegie Hall in 2016.


He regularly performs as a soloist for the most important associations and festivals in Italy, in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, France, USA, Georgia.


His concerts have often been broadcast by television and radio stations. In particular, Sky Classica HD recorded a documentary on his figure for the show Talenti!. In 2009 he was a guest and played live on an episode of Pauw&Witteman show, the most famous talk-show of the Netherlands. In 2013 he played in Quirinale, the official residence of the President of the Italian Republic and the concert was live recorded and broadcast by the italian channel Rai Radio3. In his solo recitals beside traditional repertoire there is often space for compositions of less known romantic composers such as Alkan, Gottschalk, Moszkowski.


In 2011 he received the Diploma released by the prestigious International Piano Academy of Imola in which he studied under the guidance of M° P. Rattalino and graduated summa cum laude both at Trapani Conservatory, under the guidance of M° S. Spanò, and at Cesena Conservatory. He holds a 2nd level postgraduate Master at Milan Conservatory perfecting with M° G. Bellucci.


He is currently teaching at Conservatory “A. Peri” in Reggio Emilia and Ottavanota School of music in Milan. He was also Professor at the Imola Piano Academy "Talent development - Eindhoven".

Dr. Erik Matser, medical docter

Dr. Erik Matser, medical docter

Dr. Matser graduated as a clinical neuropsychologist and has 30 years of experience in clinical neuropsychology. He worked at St. Anna Hospital in the Netherlands for 15 years and was an associate professor of the department of neuroanatomy at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Dr. Matser obtained his PhD in 2000 on the topic 'brain injuries in sports' and proved that typical residual symptoms such as fatigue, decreased performance / cognition and emotional instability can be caused by an accumulation of impacts to the head. Dr. Matser has conducted studies in New York at the Cornell University to gain more insight into residual symptoms of brain injury.  Some of those ideas have been implemented in the current Fifa protocol on how to treat players who sustain a concussion during the game. This protocol has already successfully been applied for several years all over the world.


The main focus of his work within the cognitive lab is diagnosis and treatment of cognitive impairment. For example concussion, brain contusion, cerebro vascular disorder, ADHD, early detection of dementia, Parkinson, MS and burn-out.


Duration of the lecture is about 2 hours (excluding intermission) and the costs are € 4.500, -.