New Concerts!

Duo Dillon-Torquati will open the 53th Edition of Pontino International Festival on 2nd July with a program alternating New Music Works and Beethoven Sonata op. 102 n. 2 and Schumann’s Fantasiestucke op. 73. They will give the Italian Premier of Matthias Pintscher‘s Uriel (2012) and perform “Memorie di Tempesta” by Federico Gardella, written for the Duo and premiered at Venice Biennale in 2015.

On 6th July, the Duo with flutist Manuel Zurria will present “Intimate Letters on G.K.” at Festival L’Arsenale in Treviso, a project devoted to the great Gyorgy Kurtàg which spans from Johann Sebastian Bach till works written for the Trio among others by Toshio Hosokawa, Peter Eotvos and Howard Skempton.

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Artist in Residence @ DAR Lithuania

Emanuele Torquati has been nominated “Artist in Residence” at DAR Center  for Arts (Lithuania), after his successful debut with Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra last October with Kurtàg’s Double Concerto at GAIDA FESTIVAL.

He will give two Recitals under the title “Dreams and Landscapes”, on 7h June in Vilnius at Ciurlionis Museum, and on 8th June at Ciurlionis Memorial House in Druskininkai. The program will be devoted to rarities of 20th Century, spanning from Alexander von Zemlinsky to Charles Griffes, including a seminal work by renowned Lithuanian painter and composer M.K. Ciurlionis, “The Sea op. 28″.

On 12th June, at Alytus Conservatory, Emanuele will give Piano masterclasses and a Lecture-Recital on Italian New Wave of composers, including three works written for him by Francesco Filidei, Vittorio Montalti and Maurilio Cacciatore.

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May Concerts

Emanuele Torquati will join again his long-term chamber music partner, cellist Francesco Dillon, for a performance of their “Distant Voices, Still Lives” project at IAC Malmoe (Sweden) on 5th of May. For this special occasion, the Duo will give the premiere of two new works, respectively written by Jonatan Sersam and Alessandro Perini.

On 15th May, Emanuele will give a Solo Recital in Padova, in the fascinating venue of Sala della Carità, for the Festival organized by Fondazione Omizzolo Peruzzi. The program will include pieces by Silvio Omizzolo, Skrjabin 10th Piano Sonata, Zemlinsky Rustic Dances op. 1 and last but not least the virtuosic Piano Sonata by Charles Tomlinson Griffes.

On 30th May at Conservatorio “Giuseppe Verdi” in Torino, Emanuele will join a Trio composed by cellist Francesco Dillon and violinist Bogdan Bozovic, former member of historical Vienna Piano Trio, for a program ranging from Robert Schumann to Ivan Fedele Funfzehn Bagatellen, including a new work written by Stefano Pierini for the project “Ritorno al Futuro” organized by Associazione DE SONO.

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Berlin Recital and CD Presentation!

On next 15th March Emanuele Torquati will come back to Berlin for a Solo Recital at Piano Salon Christophori. In this occasion, he will present also his latest CD Release “The Vale of Dreams”, on American composer Charles Tomlinson Griffes (1884-1920), a key figure for the development of American Music in 20th Century. This publication includes all his major works for piano, and follows previous Torquati’s CDs on Albert Roussel and Alexander von Zemlinsky for Brilliantclassics.

For his Programme at Piano Salon Christophori, Emanuele chose to build up a selection of composers whose influence was evident in Griffes works, such as Alexander Skrjabin and his Tenth Piano Sonata, Alexander Zemlinsky op. 1 and last but not least Ferruccio Busoni seminal Fantasia nach Johann Sebastian Bach, written after his father’s death. The same Ferruccio Busoni discovered the talent of Griffes after giving a concert in New York City, and supported publication of his first piano works for Schirmer.

 

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Duo Dillon-Torquati plays in Rome and Switzerland

Duo Dillon-Torquati open his Concerts season, which will mark their 10th Anniversary as a Duo, in Rome on 25th January, with a Romantic program devoted to Chausson, Grieg and Brahms. The musical selection made for the Festival “I Concerti del Mercoledì all’Università Cattolica” will include rare Pièce op. 39 by French composer Ernest Chausson, a rare transcription of Johannes Brahms First Violin Sonata, and the flamboyant  Sonata op. 36 by Edvard Grieg.

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After this engagement the Duo will travel to Switzerland, where they will give a new performance of their long-term project “Trance-Traum: Words and Sounds around Tomas Transtromer”, devoted to the recently passed-away Swedish Poet, awarded with Nobel Prize. The concert, ranging from Schumann to New Music works especially written for this project, will take place on 28th January at Museo Nazionale d’Arte di Mendrisio, which is hosting an important exhibition on Norwegian Painter Per Kirkeby.

 

 

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Argentina Tour

Emanuele Torquati will perform several concerts in Argentina from End of November till Mid December. On 29th November he will be on stage at Usina de las Artes in Buenos Aires with cellist Francesco Dillon and mezzosoprano Rosa Dominguez for VANITAS, one of Sciarrino’s finest works, for the 20th Edition of Ciclo de Conciertos de Musica Contemporanea. On 6th, 9th and 10th December, Duo Dillon-Torquati will give Recitals at Italian Cultural Institute in Cordoba and at Festival Encuentros en las Catedrales (Patagonia), with music by L. van Beethoven, and new pieces by Thomas Larcher, Federico Gardella, Mariano Etkin and Josè Manuel Serrano. More, on 5th he will teach a Chamber Music Masterclass with Francesco Dillon at Universidad Nacional de Cordoba.

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Kurtàg Double Concerto @ Gaida Festival Vilnius

Duo Dillon-Torquati, after last week’s Recitals in Parma, Bari and Munich, will perform again Gyorgy Kurtàg’s Double Concerto op. 27 n. 2 after giving the Italian Premiere in Torino on last February. This time is the turn of the opening of GAIDA Festival Vilnius, with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jonathan Berman.

Kurtàg is one of the greatest living composers and this year he will turn 90. His Double Concerto is considered among his best works and explores spatial horizons, with a peculiar orchestral setting. It was written in 1989 for Ensemble Modern and Ensemble Intercontemporain and the first performance was conducted by Peter Eotvos, with Miklos Perenyi (cello) and Zoltan Kocsis (piano).

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Solo Recitals in France, Slovenia and Czech Rep.

The first will take place on 20th September in Strasbourg, at Italian Cultural Institute, and will be an Hommage to great pianist and composer Ferruccio Busoni, whom this year is 150th Anniversary, and will include music by his friend Edvard Grieg, with his most important piece for solo piano, “Ballade op. 24″. More, Emanuele will perform Etudes Boreales (1990) by Ivan Fedele, recently awarded with the Honegger Prize, and the World Premiere of “Quatre Etudes pour piano” written for him by rising talent Maurilio Cacciatore.

The second Recital is scheduled in Ljubljana and will feature a set of Peter Ablinger’s Voices and Piano, including a World Premiere of a new piece based on Slovenian Philosopher Alenka Zupancic’s voice. The concert will be in the frame of Ear Zoom Sonic Arts Festival, at Cankarjev Dom on 8th October.

The third Recital is going to be in the beautiful Hall of Brno Philarmonic, for the prestigious 29th Edition of “Exposition of New Music Festival”, on 23rd October. The program will be devoted to New Music, with important works by Matthias Pintscher, Thomas Larcher, Ivan Fedele, Francesco Filidei, and two demanding pieces written by Petr Bakla.panorama2.

 

Constellation Kurtàg @ Accademia Chigiana

On 20th August at prestigious Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Emanuele Torquati will give the premiere of one of his main projects this year: Constellation Kurtàg. A Journey into György Kurtág’s Music in 5 Planets, with Francesco Dillon, cello and Manuel Zurria, flute, under the supervision of Pietro Babina, stage director.

Constellation K. intends to chart a path in his poetry articulating it in 5 different points of light, ideal planets of a fantastic cosmology, each one corresponding to an intimate sphere of his biography and his sensitivity. On the occasion of the ninetieth birthday, 5 great contemporary composers, related to Kurtág by friendship and spiritual community, contributed to the definition of this path. By his great friend and companion of musical adventures, Peter Eötvös, his compatriot László Sáry, his alter ego Howard Skempton, the eclectic Lukas Ligeti, up to the Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa. They each wrote a piece linked to one of the many sources of inspiration of the Hungarian composer.

A fundamental part of the project, therefore, will also dialogue with the music of the past, of which Kurtág is an expert and passionate connoisseur, from Machaut to Bach, Schumann to Schubert, through Beethoven’s Bagatellen, right up to the great twentieth-century references Janácek and Bartók, but also Olivier Messiaen and Ligeti . So Music, but also Literature and Poetry: Franz Kafka and Attila Jozséf, Goethe, Rimbaud, Beckett.

The project will be also presented in Kiev on 5th November at UKHO Festival, and on 9th April 2017 at Auditorium Renzo Piano in L’Aquila for Società dei Concerti Barattelli.

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7th Edition Music@VillaRomana – REVOLUTIONARY ROADS

On 17th and 18th June, Music@VillaRomana, curated by Francesco Dillon and Emanuele Torquati, will take place in Florence. The 7th Edition of the Festival will include some of the most original and adventurous New Music interpreters, performing Repertoire’s milestones but also Impro and electronic sets. Click here for the FULL PROGRAM!

Fidelio Piano Trio from Ireland, recently shortlisted for the RPS Awards, will present a varied program, with the rare Transcription of Schoenberg’s Verklaerte Nacht, juxstaposed with recent works by Luke Bedford, Donnacha Dennehy and Mexican composer Arturo Fuentes.
Saxophone virtuoso David Brutti will perform two different sets, with some new pieces by talented Italian composers Marco Momi and Michele Sanna paired with iconic figures of American Music such as John Cage, Terry Riley and Steve Reich.

On Saturday 18th, eclectic Nadia Ratsymandresy, will be on stage for a program devoted to Ondes Martenot, an early electronic musical instrument invented in 1928 by Maurice Martenot. Musical selection will include the first version of Messiaen’s 5th Movement from Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps, originally written for Ondes Martenot and piano, and pieces by Tristan Murail, Konstantin Koukias and Alain Louvier.
On the very same evening, Music@VillaRomana pay homage to a great Argentinian composer, Mariano Etkin, recently passed away, with the perfomance of his last Piano piece, “Lagrimas sobre Lagrimas” by Emanuele Torquati.
Closing event of the Festival will be the turntablist and sound artist Maria Chavez, Peruvian based in New York City, who will animate with her scratching sounds the last part of the evening.
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