August 6-7, 2020

Maurizio Baglini & Friends

Maurizio will offer his unmissable yearly Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Liszt’s virtuoso solo piano transcription. In the second concert, he will play in a trio with Silvia Chiesa (cello) and, for the first time in Castiglioncello, Federico Mondelci (saxophone).

Maurizio Baglini (piano)
The pianist Maurizio Baglini boasts a brilliant career as soloist, chamber player, music teacher and artistic director. As a soloist he performs on stages such as the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Kennedy Center in Washington and he is guest of prestigious festivals, including La Roque d’Anthéron, Yokohama Piano Festival, Australian Chamber Music Festival, “Benedetti Michelangeli” in Bergamo and Brescia. Warmly approved by critics, his recordings for Decca/Universal include works by Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, Schubert, Domenico Scarlatti and Mussorgsky. His third CD of the complete piano works by Schumann was released in 2018. Since 2008 he has been promoting the project “Ode to joy”, which allows him to play the “Ninth Symphony” by Beethoven/Liszt around the entire world, with more than fifty live performances. He also launched the project “Web Piano”, which combines live performances of piano masterpieces with projections by the multimedia artist Giuseppe Andrea L’Abbate. As a chamber musician he regularly performs with Silvia Chiesa, Massimo Quarta, Cinzia Forte, Roberto Prosseda and La Scala String Quartet. Founder and artistic director of the Amiata Piano Festival, he is the artistic consultant for dance and music of Teatro Comunale “Verdi” in Pordenone and cultural ambassador of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. He also holds masterclasses for the Accademia Stauffer in Cremona. Baglini plays a Fazioli grand piano.

Silvia Chiesa (cello)
The cellist Silvia Chiesa leads an acclaimed solo career, which has allowed her to perform in most European countries, USA, China, Australia, Africa and Russia. She gave the first world recordings of some Italian masterpieces from the 20th century, such as the Cello Concertos by Rota and the Concerto in C minor by Pizzetti, with the Orchestra Rai di Torino conducted by Corrado Rovaris (Sony Classical). She is a dedicatee of works by Azio Corghi, Matteo D’Amico and Ivan Fedele. She also played for the first time in Italy works by Shohat, Clementi, Dall’Ongaro, Maxwell Davies and Sollima. She regularly performs with the pianist Maurizio Baglini; the duo record for Decca, which has recently released their new CD with the complete works for cello and piano by Rachmaninov. She has recorded for Rai Radio3, Rai Sat, France Musique and France 3. She is a resident artist at the Amiata Piano Festival and teacher at the Istituto superiore di studi musicali “Monteverdi” in Cremona. In 2016 she received the Anlai Award of the Associazione nazionale liuteria artistica italiana. Chiesa plays a 1697 cello by Giovanni Grancino.

Federico Mondelci (saxophone)
Over the past 30 years, Federico Mondelci has established himself as one of the leading saxophonists of his generation. His principal studies were at the Conservatorio Statale di Musica ‘G. Rossini’ in Italy and later with Jean-Marie Londeix at the Bordeaux Conservatoire, where he was awarded the ‘Premier Prix et Medaille d’Or’. Federico Mondelci has performed as a soloist with all of the major orchestras, including Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Milan, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra of Bangkok, and Philharmonic Orchestra of Saint Petersburg. Federico Mondelci is an active promoter of contemporary music and an innovator of the instrumental technique. Numerous compositions have been dedicated to him and subsequently performed in many important venues in Europe and America. Throughout his career, he has worked alongside some of the greatest composers of the 20th Century, such as Philip Glass, Giya Kancheli, Luciano Berio, Giacinto Scelsi, Michael Nyman, Franco Donatoni, Henri Pousseur, Luigi Nono, Salvatore Sciarrino, Armando Gentilucci, Graham Fitkin and Nicola Piovani. His recording of ‘Kya’ by Giacinto Scelsi was recently awarded the ‘Diapason d’Or’. In 2006 Mondelci gave the world premiere of the ‘Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra’ by the New Zealand composer John Psathas. In 2019-2020 he will tour Italy, Finland, Germany, Armenia, Israel, Russia, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Egypt and China.

About This Event:

Date:   August 6-7, 2020

Time:   7:00 p.m.

Price:   Free

Location:   Sant'Andrea Church