Arrangements of the First Violin Sonata and groups of songs and Hungarian dances, made by Brahms’s contemporaries for an idiom close to the composer’s heart, in new recordings by an experienced partnership.

Duo Dillon-Torquati conclude their fourth album for Brilliant Classics in a lighter vein, with nine of the ever-popular Hungarian Dances, arranged to stylish effect by the Italian virtuoso Alfredo Piatti who did so much to advance the cause of the cello as a solo instrument in the 19th century. The Italian duo’s pair of Schumann albums and Liszt Complete Works, were warmly welcomed in the critical press: reviewing the second volume, Il corriere musicale noted the ‘persuasive, vibrant tone of Francesco Dillon and refined pianism from Emanuele Torquati.’ 

Johannes Brahms was a keen transcriber, he wrote numerous arrangements of his own works and those of others. Moreover he was happy when others transcribed his works for other instruments, that is when it was done by musicians he trusted. He considered it a form of theft for love, a manifestation for respect for tradition and a sign of friendship. 
The transcriptions on this new recording were fully approved by Brahms, and they even found their place in the Brahms Thematic Catalogue made up by his publisher Simrock. The transcribers are Alfredo Piatti (Hungarian Dances), Paul Klengel (violin sonata No. 1) and Norbert Salter (songs). It is fascinating how essentially Brahmsian these transcriptions for cello and piano sound, the deep and slightly melancholy sonority of the cello fits Brahms music extremely well. 



Duo Dillon-Torquati on Tour

Duo Dillon-Torquati will be on Tour in February, starting with 2 concerts in Italy on 2nd and 3rd, then in Germany (on 9th in Stuttgart) and Denmark (on 13th in Copenaghen). The program will feature a rare transcription of Brahms most lyrical Sonata op. 78 in D Major, which will be part of the new All-Brahms CD of the Duo. Beside two important works of French repertoire, Debussy Sonata and Fauré seminal Second Sonata. Venues will be Torri dell’Acqua in Budrio (Bologna), Amici della Musica di Modena, and Italian Cultural Institutes in Stuttgart and Copenaghen.


Trio Zurria-Dillon-Torquati @ Rome Concerts

The Trio, active since some years, formed by outstanding flutist Manuel Zurria, and Duo Dillon-Torquati will give two concerts in Rome during next December, at 54th Edition of Nuova Consonanza Festival and for the 2017/2018 Season of prestigious Accademia Filarmonica Romana.

Two different projects are on the menu: on 1st December at MACRO Museum (9 pm), the musical selection will include New Music written by French and Italian composers, such as Francesco Filidei, Christophe Bertrand, Yan Maresz, Règis Campo; on 13th December at Sala Casella (8,30 pm), a new performance of “Intimate Letters: Hommage to Gyorgy Kurtàg” will be given, with repertoire ranging from Bach to Hosokawa.

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Duo Dillon-Torquati in Sweden!

After their successful concert at IAC Malmoe of last May, Duo Dillon-Torquati comes back to Sweden for two concerts devoted to the Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer, Nobel Prize winner in 2011. The project “TRANCE-TRAUM: Words and Sounds around Tomas Transtromer” will introduce the audience to the visionary world of his verses, related to specific musical works loved by the great poet. Commissioned works by Silvia Borzelli, Jonatan Sersam and Alessandro Perini will be paired with music by Grieg, Schumann, Britten and Sciarrino and concerts will take place on 19th October in the Hall of Italian Institute of Culture in Stockholm for the Festival “Specchi Italiani”, and on 22nd October in Umea for the “Italian Cultural Week”. Watch the whole project HERE !


Paris Recital

Emanuele Torquati will perform a Solo Recital in Paris on 19th September at 7,30 pm, at the Hotel de Galliffet, hall of the Italian Institute of Culture. Emanuele was selected for the residency program “Les Promesses de l’Art” in 2014 and now will be back for an exciting program which include a World Premiere by rising talent Giovanni Bertelli, written especially for this occasion. The new work, “Bar-bar”, is also based on theatrical gestures and is filled of virtuosic stamina.

The musical selection includes two seminal pieces by Schumann, the fragile Blumenstuck op. 19 and the passionate Novellette op. 21 n. 8, and the iconic Tenth Sonata by Alexander Skrjabin. The musical journey will be accomplished with rare Sonata written by Charles Griffes at the end of his life, in 1920. This last work is included in Emanuele Torquati’s last CD release, who won great critical acclaim, devoted to Griffes Solo Piano Music.


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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.



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.

Emanuele Torquati plakatas Druskininkai


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.


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.



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.


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.