Silvio Vittore Alberto Scionti (//, SHEON-tee; Italian pronunciation: [ˈʃonti]; born 20 November 1882; d 22 May 1973) was an Italian-born American pianist and teacher. Born in Acireale, Sicily, he trained at the Royal Conservatory in Naples. He eventually settled in the United States, teaching at the American Conservatory of Music, the Chicago Musical College, and North Texas State College (now the University of North Texas College of Music) from 1942 to 1953, and privately in the Dallas area. He performed as a soloist numerous times with the Chicago and Minneapolis orchestras, and frequently gave recitals. In the 1920s, he toured the United States performing piano duos with former student Stell Andersen. After 1935, he and his wife Isabel toured Europe, Mexico, and the United States. He also recorded a handful of piano rolls.
Honors and awards
- Stell Andersen
- Monte Hill Davis
- Ivan Davis
- Jeaneane Jo Dowis (born 1932), married Samuel Lipman (1934–1994), pianist and co-founding editor of The New Criterion
- James Robert Floyd
- Jack Guerry
- Mary Nan Hudgins
- Jonetta Miller Hinkle
- Lucy Scarbrough
- Silvio Scionti, The Road to Piano Artistry; a collection of classic and romantic compositions, with interpretative and technical comment, Carl Fischer, Inc. (©1944; ©1947) (OCLC 3316099) (LCCN 45-13332)
- Silvio Scionti, Album of Selected Classics for Piano, G. Ricordi, New York (©1940) (OCLC 20586306)
- Silvio Scionti, Essays on Artistic Piano Playing,, compiled by Jack Guerry, University of North Texas Press (©1998) (ISBN 0585235821; electronic book) (ISBN 1574410415) (LCCN 97-41858) (OCLC 44962515)
- Silvio Scionti, Silvio Scionti's system of piano artistry, L'Arte pianistica, A revised exposition of all fundamental principles of piano technique, Edizioni Curci, Milan (©1961)
- The piano artistry of Silvio and Isabel Scionti (CD), published by Jack Guerry, Louisiana State University (1990) (OCLC 36348353)
- "Patricia Travers, Faculty Recital NTSTC." The Dallas Morning News, 6 December 1942.
- "NTSC Signs New Resident Pianist." The Dallas Morning News, 12 September 1953
- Jack Guerry, Silvio Scionti: Remembering a Master Pianist and Teacher, University of North Texas Press (1991)
- "Pianist Scionti Dies at 92." The Dallas Morning News, 26 May 1973.
- Scionti Decorated by the Italian Consul, The Dallas Morning News, July 7, 1956