18 Feb 2011


Francesco Dillon
Emanuele Torquati

Duo Dillon - Torquati:
Francesco Dillon (cello)
Emanuele Torquati (piano)

The first meeting, CANTI SENZA PAROLE (SONGS WITHOUT WORDS), is a journey through a genre experimented in the Romantic period by Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms and taken up by some of the greatest exponents of contemporary music. The dialogue between cello and piano unwinds alternating between romantic Lieder (songs), without words in as much as they are entrusted solely to instruments, and contemporary Lieder, from Harvey to Hosokawa, and through to Ades and Kurtag. The project's premiere is presented by Duo, made up of Francesco Dillon, cello, and Emanuele Torquati, piano, with many concerts in Europe and the United States and a very recently released recording of the album Schumann for Brilliant Classics.


Brett Dean (1961)
Elegy (2001)

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Lieder (selection)

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Lieder ohne Worte (selection)

György Kurtág (1926)
Az Hit, für Cello

Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Consolations (selection)

Toshio Hosokawa (1955)
Lied III (2007)

Helmut Lachenmann (1935)
Hänschen klein, from Ein Kinderspiel (1981), for piano

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Intermezzo op. 117 n.1, for piano

Salvatore Sciarrino (1947)
Melancolia I (1980)

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Après un rève

Franceso Dillon graduated with the maximum of degrees at the Conservatorio L.Cherubini in Firenze under the inspirational guidance of Andrea Nannoni. Other very influential teachers where David Geringas, Mario Brunello and Amedeo Baldovino and for the composition studies Salvatore Sciarrino. Beside his solo activity (with Orchestra nazionale della RAI, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana,Orchestra Haydn among the others) he’s very active as cellist of the Quartetto Prometeo (wich tours regularly in Europe, Japan and South America). His deep interest in contemporary music led him to collaborate closely and regularly with some of the most important composers of today such as Gavin Bryars, Ivan Fedele, Luca Francesconi, Philip Glass, Vinko Globokar, Sofia Gubaidulina, Jonathan Harvey, Toshio Hosokawa, Giya Kancheli, David Lang, Arvo Part, Henri Pousseur, Steve Reich, Kaja Saariaho, Salvatore Sciarrino, John Zorn, and with well renowned electronic musicians such as Matmos, Pansonic,Scanner, Alva Noto, Midaircondo. As a member of the internationally acclaimed group AlterEgo and for his solo projects he has performed in all the major contemporary music festivals (Stockholm New Music, MaerzMusik, Festival Archipel, Ircam, Romaeuropa Festival, Ultima Festival Oslo, Wien Modern, Gaida Festival, Huddersfield Festival, Nous Sons Barcellona, Taktlos Berna, Musica Electronica Nova Wroclaw, Teatro San Martin Buenos Aires , Munich Biennale, Bologna Festival, Milano Musica, Biennale Venezia among others). He regularly plays chamber music with partners such as I. Arditti, G. Carmignola, M. Campanella, P. Farulli, V. Hagen, A. Lonquich, A. Lucchesini, E. Pace, R. Schmidt (Hagen string quartet), P. Vernikov. He won several competitions and with the quartet prizes at Pague spring (1st prize 1998), ARD Munich, Bordeaux. His performances were broadcasted by the German ARD, Saarländischer Rundfunk and Bayerische Rundfunk, the English BBC, Radio France, the Austrian ORF, Australian ABC and regularly for the Italian RAI Radio 3. He recorded for the labels Aulos, Dynamic, Ricordi, Stradivarius and Touch. His most recent releases are the first world recordings of Variazioni for cello and orchestra by Salvatore Sciarrino, rewarded with the prestigious Diapason d’or, the recently discovered Ballata by Giacinto Scelsi with the Italian National Radio Orchestra, and the debut album of his improvisation project with David Marana, Bowline. Next will be a Schumann album on Brilliant label. He has tought for more than ten years at the Scuola di musica di Fiesole.

Emanuele Torquati is rapidly gaining international recognition for his poetic and passionate music making, communicative performances and engaging programming. His flourishing career has taken him to some of Europe’s most illustrious venues, and such diverse cities as San Francisco, Banff, New York, Chicago, Vancouver, Boston, Paris, Lyon, Leipzig, Berlin, Prague, Krakow, Munich, Graz, Milan and Rome. A notable performer of new music and an avid chamber musician, he enjoys a diverse and varied career as a pianist. In March 2008 he was artist in residence at The Banff Centre with the project Voyage Messiaen. In 2009 his debut at ILHMEC Chicago and his US Tour with cellist Francesco Dillon were highly praised from critics and followed by an immediate invitation from Columbia University in the City of New York for a solo recital. His performance was hailed as a "magnificent recital of a powerful player, who uses his full body to create sounds" and described as an "out of body experience" by the Columbia Spectator. Highlights of the 2010 season include a residency at The Banff Centre with the premiere of a his new Janacek project, and the San Francisco debut and the release of a double CD of Robert Schumann’s piano and vocal music transcribed for cello and piano. Upcoming recording projects for Brilliant Classics include Liszt’s complete works for cello and piano and Wagner’s complete piano music. Torquati has worked intensively with leading composers including Sylvano Bussotti, Wolfgang Rihm, Kaija Saariaho, Beat Furrer, Jonathan Harvey, Brett Dean, Magnus Lindberg and he has collaborated among others with musicians such as Matthias Pintscher, Michael Gielen, Susanne Linke, Inon Barnatan and Sean Lee. The recipient of several international awards, Torquati has been supported by Institutions such as Federazione CEMAT, Accademia Musicale Chigiana, DAAD Bonn, Ambassade de France en Italie,Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Graz, International Ensemble Modern Academy. He has been invited to give Masterclasses at several Universities and Conservatories in Italy and abroad. Born in Milan in 1978, Torquati’s most influential teachers were Giancarlo Cardini and Konstantin Bogino. He also worked closely with Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen, Nicholas Hodges, Ian Pace, Michael Wendeberg. He went on to specialize in Chamber Music, first with Franco Rossi, then earning a Master’s Degree at the International Chamber Music Academy of the Trio di Trieste. Torquati is the artistic director of music@villaromana for German institution Villa Romana.

With the kind support of