He graduated from the Umberto Giordano Conservatory of Foggia in 1993. After graduating, he moved to Napoli, where he studied with the Italian professor Annamaria Pennella. He also studied for about 18 months with the pianist Aldo Ciccolini.
In 1998 he received the 3rd Prize at the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition in Paris, France. He also received the special prize for the best interpretation of a contemporary work written for the competition ("Tumultes" by Serge Nigg).
After winning the 1999 Cleveland International Piano Competition, he also won a silver medal at the 11th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2001, where he also received the prize for the best performance of a new work ("Three Impromptus" by Lowell Liebermann) .
Mr. Pompa-Baldi has appeared at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Paris’ Salle Pleyel, Milan’s Sala Verdi, Shanghai’s Grand Theatre, and Boston’s Symphony Hall. Among the orchestras he has soloed with include the Houston Symphony, Berliner Symphoniker, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Boston Pops, and Colorado Symphony, among many others.
After moving to the United States, he served on the piano faculty of the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, and is currently on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music. Pompa-Baldi regularly serves on the juries and faculties of prominent international piano competitions and festivals, including the Virginia Waring International Competition, Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition, Cleveland International Piano Competition, Hilton Head International Piano Competition, Music Fest Perugia, Lang Lang's Shenzen Piano Festival, and many others. He continues to maintain a busy performing schedule, regularly touring internationally as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician.
He lives with his wife and daughter in Cleveland, Ohio.
His discography includes the entire piano output of Edvard Grieg in 11 volumes, the Josef Rheinberger Piano Sonatas Opp. 47, 99. and 135, and an all-Rachmaninoff album for Centaur Records. He also recorded an all-Brahms album for Azica, and is featured on an Harmonia Mundi CD of live performances from the 11th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.