A new event, Italian Piano Experience, takes place in China next month as part of the Meet in Beijing festival.
Conceived by Italian pianist, Roberto Prosseda, and organised by the Italian Institute of Culture in Beijing in collaboration with Cremona Musica and Bizzi Clavicembali, the event takes place from 17 May-3 June 2018 at Beijing’s World Art Museum. It features an exhibition, recitals and talks celebrating the Italian identity of the piano, which was invented in 1699 by Paduan instrument-maker, Bartolomeo Cristofori.
Curated by Guido and Claudio Brizi, the exhibition includes instruments from the first half of the 18th century as well as modern pianos by Italian maker, Fazioli. Claudio Brizi and Roberto Prosseda will give recitals as well as upcoming young Italian pianists, Leonora Armellini, Mariangela Vacatello, Axel Trolese and Vanessa Benelli Mosell. Nicola Sani will give a talk on contemporary Italian piano repertoire while Roberto Prosseda and Luca Fazioli will explain the evolution of the instrument from the fortepiano of Mozart’s era to modern grand pianos.
Italian Piano Experience
Programme highlights include:
- 17 May 2018: Opening concert: Claudio Brizi, Fedeli organ, clavichord, Italian Harpsichord, Taskin Harpsichord, Walter Fortepiano, Debain Harmonino, pedalpiano: ‘Concerto nel gusto italiano’ (Ferrini, Gibbons, Scarlatti, Bach, Vivaldi, Krebs, Stanley, Mozart)
- 17 May 2018: Talk by Guido Bizzi and Claudio Brizi: ‘The evolution of keyboard instruments between 1600 and 1800’
- 19 May 2018: Talk by Claudio Brizi and Guido Bizzi: ‘The history and technology of ancient keyboard instruments’
- 19 May 2018: Axel Trolese, piano (Brahms, Clementi, Mozart, Caetani, Rossini/Liszt)
- 20 May 2018: Leonora Armellini, piano (Liszt, Brahms, Busoni, Debussy)
- 25 May 2018: Mariangela Vacatello, piano (Scarlatti, Beethoven, Rossini, Liszt, Ginastera)
- 29 May 2018: Talk by Roberto Prosseda and Luca Fazioli: ‘The evolution of the pianoforte, from Mozart’s instrument to the modern Fazioli grand piano’
- 29 May 2018: Talk by Nicola Sani: ‘Contemporary Italian piano’
- 29 May 2018: Vanessa Benelli Mosell, piano (Rachmaninoff, Skrjabin, Debussy, Stroppa)
- 30 May 2018: Roberto Prosseda, pedalpiano (Schumann, Boëly, Alkan, Gounod, Sani, Liszt)
Instruments on display are:
- Feliciano Fedeli Positive Organ (Foligno, before 1746) (original)
- Pfeiffer Pedalpiano (Stuttgart, end of 19th century) (orginal)
- Debain Harmonino (Paris, around 1870) (original)
- ‘Hubert 1784’ Clavichord (replica)
- Italian Bizzi ‘Continuo’ Harpsichord (contemporary, inspired by the Italian tradition)
- French ‘Goermans–Taskin’ double manual Harpsichord (replica)
- ‘Walter 1789’ Fortepiano (replica realised by Guido Bizzi)
- Cristofori Fortepiano ‘Harpsichord col piano e col forte’ (replica)
- Fazioli F183 Piano
- Fazioli F278 Grand Piano
After Meet in Beijing, the exhibition and concerts will move to Cremona, Italy, as part of Cremona Musica’s Piano Experience, which runs from 28-30 September 2018.
Header photo: Pianists at Cremona Musica’s Piano Experience