15 Oct 2011


Quartetto Prometeo
Emanuele Torquati
Mario Bertoncini

Emanuele Torquati (piano)

Quartetto Prometeo
Giulio Rovighi (violin)
Aldo Campagnari (violin)
Massimo Piva (violin)
Francesco Dillon (violin)

Mario Bertoncini (piano)

In MOTIONLESS the work Piano and String Quartet by American composer Feldman will be presented. A game of resonances in the space between the Quartet and the piano in a masterpiece of the last creative period of Feldman. A seemingly motionless game, but with a subtle inner movement, in dialogue with video images by the Italian artist now resident in the USA, Luca Di Pierro.

In the Night Concert, Mario Bertoncini, highly original composer in the context of contemporary Italian music (and more) will take the stage. Founder of the Gruppo di improvvisazione di Nuova Consonanza, along with Ennio Morricone and Franco Evangelisti, fellow traveler of Giacinto Scelsi, inventor of the amazing wind harps, an extraordinary pianist and a worthy heir of John Cage to explore the fascinating world of prepared instruments, Bertoncini will present some of his most important work in recent years such as SUITE: colori and elementi di forma for cello and tape.


Morton Feldman (1926-1987)
Emanuele Torquati, piano
Quartetto Prometeo

Night Concert
Suite: Colori
Mario Bertoncini, piano
Elementi di forma, for cello and tape
Francesco Dillon, cello

Winner of the 50th Prague Spring International Music Competition on May 1998, the Quartetto Prometeo, in the same occasion, was awarded the Special Bärenreiter prize for best performance of Mozart’s Quartet K 590 according with the original score, the City of Prague prize as best quartet and the Pro Harmonia Mundi prize. The Quartetto Prometeo has been designated resident group at the Britten Pears Academy (1998) in Aldeburgh and was recently awarded the Thomastik Infeld prize at the Internationale Sommer Akademie Prag-Wien-Budapest-1999 for outstanding performance of a chamber music work and the second prize at the Concours International de Quatuors in Bordeaux. In 2000 the Quartetto Prometeo was awarded the Special Bärenreiter Prize at the ARD Münich Competition. Since the beginning the quartet received many important scholarships from the Scuola di Musica of Fiesole and from the Accademia Chigiana of Siena, where in August 1995 won the prestigious diploma of honour. Quartetto Prometeo’s brilliant international career include performances at Concertgebouw, Musikverein, Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh Festival, Wexford Festival, Prague Spring Festival, Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Roma (world premieres of Salvatore Sciarrino’s Esercizi di tre stili and Uvietta’s Numi both dedicated to the Prometeo), Società del Quartetto di Milano (world premiere of Ivan Fedele’s Târ), Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival, Orlando Festival, Festival Die Lange Nacht der Elektronischen Klange 2000 in Berlin, Waterfront Hall in Belfast for the BBC, Grand Théâtre in Bordeaux, Foundation Royaumont (world premiere of Stefano Gervasoni’s Strada non presa dedicated to the Prometeo), Auditorium Musée d'Orsay in Paris, Boswil Festival, Schloss-Elmau Kammermusikfest, Würzburg Mozartnacht, Le Printemps Musical de Saint-Cosme (2001, 2002 & 2003), Engadiner Festwochen, Kammermusikfest di Saarbrücken (Nono’s Fragmente-stille an Diotim), Rencontres Musicales de Fontainebleau, Colmar Festival (world premiere of Jacques Lenot’s new string quartet), Sanssouci Festival in Potsdam, as well as tours in South America, The Netherlands... One of the characteristics of the Prometeo is the constant research in putting together the classical repertoire and the new musical expressions our time. Its close collaboration with Salvatore Sciarrino made the acclaimed composer to dedicate to the Prometeo his Esercizi di tre stili and the latest Quartetto n.8 commissioned by Società del Quartetto Milan, MaerzMusik Festival Berlin, Ultima Festival Oslo, Aldeburgh Festival, and recently recorded for the label Kairos, together with his latest works for string quartet. After having performed the Italian premiere of Târ, Quartetto Prometeo continues the collaboration with Ivan Fedele who is writing for the Prometeo his new work for string quartet and voice commissioned by Accademia Filarmonica Romana. New releases: works by Brahms, Beethoven and Verdi for LimenMusic. Quartetto Prometeo recorded for the German ARD, Saarländischer Rundfunk and Bayerishe Rundfunk, the English BBC, Radio France, the Austrian ORF, and regularly for the Italian RAI Radio 3.

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, in 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 the Debut at ILHMEC Chicago as well as the US Tour with cellist Francesco Dillon were highly praised from critics and followed by an immediate invitation from Columbia University 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. Higlights of the 2010 season are the residency at The Banff Centre with the premiere of a his new Janacek project, the San Francisco Debut and the release of a double CD with the Transcriptions of Robert Schumann’s piano and vocal music for cello and piano. Upcoming recording projects are the Liszt complete works for cello and piano and Wagner’s complete piano music for Brilliant Classics. He 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 Isabel Charisius, 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 within several Universities and Conservatories in Italy and abroad. Torquati was born in Milan in 1978. His 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 he achieved a Master Degree at the International Chamber Music Academy of the Trio di Trieste. Torquati is the artistic director of music@villaromana German institution Villa Romana.

Mario Bertoncini, 1932 born in Rome, is a composer, pianist, musical constructivist. 1951-61 classical and musical studies (composition with G. Petrassi and piano with R. Caporali) in Rome; electronic music in Utrecht (G.M. Koenig). From 1956 he performs widely as concert pianist in Europe, as a soloist with orchestra (with Bruno Maderna, Daniele Paris, Mario Rossi, Paul Hupperts, Roelof Krol and others) and in recitals. 1962 price Nicola d'Atri (S. Cecilia National Academy) for SEI PEZZI PER ORCHESTRA. 1964-68 first experiments with prepared instruments (QUODLIBET, CIFRE, TUNE, SCRATCH-A-MATIC). 1965 price of the Fondation europeènne de la Culture for QUODLIBET. 1965-73 member of the improvisation group Nuova Consonanza in Rome. 1967-73 Professor at the State Conservatory G. Rossini in Pesaro, Italy. Music Theater; theoretic and practical work on a functional interaction of sound and gestures (SPAZIO-TEMPO, Note per un teatro della realtà). 1968 EPITAFFIO: correspondence between the action of drawing and writing a text and its sonorous result. 1970 première (Venice, Biennale d'Arte) of SPAZIO-TEMPO. Construction of his first sound objects on the priciple of the Aeolian harp. 1970-72 president of contemporary music society Nuova Consonanza, Rome. 1974 invited to Berlin as artist in residence of the DAAD art program; realization of the first ambitious project of open air kinetic sound-sculptures (VELE, Berliner Festwochen). 1975-76 associate professorship at the McGill University, Montréal: realisation of an experimental composition course called Musical Design Course (founder of the MUD group, later known as SONDE). From 1980 (to 1997) professorship at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin. 1986 co-founded the theater group VIE with Matina Schaak and Roberto Capanna; german patent of an interactive system for the transformation of dance-gestures in optical and acoustic signals called Choreophon. 1992-93 development and german patent of the Stabdämpfer (bar mute), a special device for the preparation of stringed instruments. Combined compositional work with performing activities as a pianist: works by Scarlatti, Schönberg, Stravinsky, Satie, Messiaen, Scelsi, John Cage, Terry Riley, Morton Feldman etc. and own arrangement: Earle Brown 4 SYSTEMS; Cage CARTRIDGE MUSIC. Concert/Lectures in Germany, Italy, USA, Canada, Europe, Corea, Israel. In 2004 he leaves Berlin and settles in Cetona, Italy.

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