Location: Palazzo PittiAddress Piazza de Pitti, 1 , Firenze
Date: Thursday 26 May 2022
A great piano adventure is about to debut in Florence, scheduled from 25 to 28 May in the Sala Bianca of Palazzo Pitti: it is the Pitti Piano Festival, the result of the collaboration between the Uffizi Galleries and the Musica con le Ali Association.
"Pitti Piano Festival" is an event designed to offer visitors to Palazzo Pitti a listening experience of the highest level: great music and great art are mutually enhanced by the talent of young performers and leading names in international pianism involved in five exciting concerts scheduled. All this takes place in the place where the history of the piano began five centuries ago, thanks to the invention of the fortepiano by Bartolomeo Cristofori, the Paduan craftsman employed at the court of the Grand Duke of Tuscany Ferdinando I de 'Medici.
All concerts will be freely accessible to the public upon presentation of the entrance ticket to the Palazzo Pitti Museums. The program, very rich, is composed as follows.
It starts on Wednesday 25 May at 4 pm with the concert by Antonio Faraò, the spearhead of the international piano scene, with an unmistakable style that combines technical brilliance, impetuous emotional charge and a remarkable compositional vein. In the field of jazz he is among the European musicians who have reached an expressive standard at the level of the American ones. In this appointment he will propose some of his original compositions gathered under the title of "No borders".
Thursday 26 May at 4 pm is the turn of the young musician Greta Lobefaro, born in 2000, a student of the "Incontri col maestro" Academy of Imola and of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, with a roundup of prizes that tell a lot of her talent: first classified in Italy at the Steinway piano competition in the final in Verona in 2016, third in 2018 in Spoleto and at the XXXV Venice Award, to name just some of the 35 awards obtained to date. At the “Pitti Piano Festival” he will propose a well thought out program full of internal references that explores the work of three fundamental composers of the German area, very connected to each other: Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms and Alban Berg.
Afterwards, on Friday 27 May at 4 pm, the appointment will be with the recital by Elia Cecino, a young pianist who graduated with full marks at the Conservatory of Cesena in 2018 and subsequently perfected with Elisso Virsaladze at the School of Music in Fiesole. Since 2019 he is artist in residence of the "Luigi Bon" Foundation of Colugna di Tavagnacco. For the occasion he will propose music by Robert Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn and Sergej Prokofiev.
On Saturday 28 May there will be two concerts: it starts at 11.30 with the very young pianist Monica Zhang, who at the age of fourteen can boast 25 first prizes in international competitions of excellent prestige, not least the 1st absolute prize among all categories at the Italian final of the Steinway Competition. On this occasion he will perform in a program with a romantic atmosphere that revolves around the music of Chopin and Liszt and will revive some of the most intense pages of nineteenth-century pianism.
Finally, at 4 pm, the Festival will end with a concert by Roberto Prosseda, appreciated all over the world as a soloist and for his performances with some of the most important orchestras, including London PhilHarmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, Moscow State Philharmonic, Santa Cecilia, Filarmonica della Scala and Brussels Philharmonic. In this appointment he will propose a monographic program dedicated to Mozart and in particular to some of his most beautiful sonatas, immersing listeners in the atmosphere of eighteenth-century classicism.
“The Musica con le Ali Association is an old friend of Palazzo Pitti, to which it has given concerts of the highest level since 2017, with young musicians of the forefront on the international scene. During the pandemic there was an agonizing silence, but now the Sala Bianca, created precisely for music and court parties, returns to fully live its functions, giving Florentines and visitors to the Uffizi Galleries an experience wonderful ”- comments Eike Schmidt, director of the Uffizi Galleries. “After the extraordinary success of the exhibition“ From Florence to Europe ”- declares Carlo Hruby, president of the Musica con le Ali Association - the multi-year collaboration between our Association and the Uffizi Galleries is renewed today with the“ Pitti Piano Festival ”. We are therefore really proud to return to the wonderful Sala Bianca of Palazzo Pitti to offer the local public and tourists an event of the highest musical level in a symbolic place of our cultural heritage, in close contact with the wonderful works that characterize it: in these days of concerts we will listen to the best of international pianism, with the participation of young musicians of exceptional skill and established and world-famous musicians. Thanks to the director of the Uffizi Galleries Eike Schmidt for having embraced this new initiative aimed at enhancing classical music and promoting the young talents who make it alive over time, and thanks to Giovanni Iannantuoni and Yamaha Music Europe for the precious support offered in the field. of this extraordinary Festival ".
PITTI PIANO FESTIVAL 2022 PROGRAM
Wednesday 25 May 2022, 4:00 pm
Antonio Faraò piano
Thursday 26 May 2022, 4:00 pm
Greta Lobefaro piano
JS Bach, Partita n.1 in B flat major, BWV 825
J. Brahms, Variations on a theme by Paganini Op.35, I and II book A. Berg, Sonata Op.1
Friday 27 May 2022, 4:00 pm
Elia Cecino piano
R. Schumann, Fantasiestücke Op. 111
R. Schumann, Études symphoniques Op. 13
F. Mendelssohn, Variations sérieuses Op. 54
S. Prokofiev, Sonata n. 7 in B flat major Op. 83
Saturday 28 May 2022, 11:30 am
Monica Zhang piano
F. Chopin, É tudes op.10
F. Chopin, Barcarolle op.60
F. Liszt, Après une lecture du Dante - Fantasia quasi Sonata
Saturday 28 May 2022, 4:00 pm
Roberto Prosseda piano
WA Mozart, Sonata in C major, K. 545 WA Mozart, Sonata in F major, K. 533 WA Mozart, Rondo in A minor, K. 511 WA Mozart, Sonata in C minor, K. 457
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