Carmen Piazzini was born in Buenos Aires into a musical family the home of which regularly welcomed Claudio Arrau, Wilhelm Backhaus, Walter Gieseking, Arthur Rubinstein and Arturo Toscanini. Her grandfather Edmondo, a close friend of Toscanini, had left Italy for Argentina and founded there the renowned Conservatoire Thibaud-Piazzini.
Carmen Piazzini started piano lessons at the age of five and soon demonstrated her great talents. Vincenzo Scaramuzza, who also taught Martha Argerich and Bruno Leonardo Gelber, offered her a place in his class. At the age of 15 she was already a celebrated pianist with an unusually large repertoire. After re-settling in Germany she studied with Hans Leygraf and was supported for many years by Wilhelm Kempff.
Concert appearances, radio and television broadcasts, and over 50 recordings testify Carmen Piazzini’s astonishing solo career. Her repertoire extends from classical to contemporary. She is especially interested in chamber music and was a founding member of the Álvarez Quartet. In 1998 she received from Argentina’s press the prize Best Pianist and in 2001 was a recipient of the renowned Tortoni Prize. Between 1985 and 2006 she was a professor at the Conservatory in Karlsruhe. Carmen Piazzini lives in Darmstadt.