Emanuele Torquati, Nordic Ballads
A recital of works on piano by Brahms, Grieg, Saariaho, and Zemlinsky
Saariaho: "Ballade" (2005)
Brahms: "4 Ballades, Op. 10"
Zemlinsky: "4 Ballades"
Grieg: "Ballade, Op. 24"
Emanuele Torquati has been hailed as “a thoughtful musician and a champion of contemporary music” by the New York Times and “a vibrant pianist, excellent overall” by the Boston Globe. His career has taken him to some of the most illustrious venues in such cities as Addis Abeba, Buenos Aires (Teatro Colon), San Francisco, Banff, New York, Chicago, Vancouver, Boston, Paris, Lyon, Frankfurt, Berlin, Leipzig, Berlin, Prague, Krakow, Munich, Graz, Ljubljana, Kiev and Oslo.
Torquati was artist in residence at The Banff Centre with the project “Voyage Messiaen” in 2008 and in 2010 with “Intimate Sketches: Visions on Leos Janàcek”, and at the IIC Paris with the program “Les Promesses de l’Art”. His first recording, “Promenade sentimentale”, devoted to the
Complete Piano Music of Albert Roussel has been followed by the Complete Piano Music by Alexander Zemlinsky for Brilliant Classics. With cellist Francesco Dillon, he recorded 3 CDs with
Schumann rarities and the Complete Works by Franz Liszt.
Torquati has worked with leading composers including Salvatore Sciarrino, Sylvano Bussotti, Wolfgang Rihm, Kaija Saariaho, Beat Furrer, Jonathan Harvey, Brett Dean, Magnus
Lindberg, Peter Ablinger and has collaborated with musicians such as Isabel Charisius, Matthias Pintscher, Michael Gielen, Marisol Montalvo, Garth Knox, Susanne Linke, Inon Barnatan and Prometeo String Quartet. The recipient of several international awards, Torquati has been supported by institutions such as CEMAT, Accademia Musicale Chigiana, DAAD Bonn,
Ambassade de France en Italie, Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Graz, Ensemble Modern, The Banff Centre.
Torquati was born in Milan in 1978. His most influential teachers were Giancarlo Cardini and Konstantin Bogino. He also worked closely with Alexander Lonquich, Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen, Ian Pace, and Michael Wendeberg. He went on to specialize in Chamber Music first with Franco Rossi (Quartetto Italiano), then he achieved a Masters Degree at the International Chamber Music Academy of the Trio di Trieste. He is artistic director of Villa Romana.
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