Italian Piano Experience opens in Beijing tomorrow

Two week dedicated to the history of Italian pianoforte: concerts and exhibitions will be held at Cremona Musica 2018 as well.

Italian Piano Experience, the festival that celebrates Italian pianos, opens tomorrow in Beijing. An exhibition of keyboard instruments, including models from the XVIII century and Fazioli’s modern masterpieces, piano recitals by the greatest Italian masters and three conferences, are the main ingredients of the these two weeks full of events dedicated to music lovers, in the country that today is the first International market for pianos. The festival will be inaugurated with a concert by Claudio Brizi, dedicated to the ancestors of pianoforte. The events are taking place at the Millennium Monument Museum in Beijing, within the “Meet in Beijing” Festival, where Italy is “Guest Country of Honor”.

The project, conceived by Italian pianist Roberto Prosseda, is organized by the Italian Culture Institute in Beijing, in collaboration with Cremona Musica and Bizzi Clavicembali, to celebrate the Italian identity of one of the key instruments in the history of music, invented in Italy, in 1699, from an idea by Bartolomeo Cristofori. After Beijing, the exhibition and the concerts will be held in Cremona (Italy) as well, between 28 and 30 September, during Cremona Musica International Exhibitions and Festival 2018.

This is the first time an event like this has been held in China. Between 17 May and 3 June at the Millennium Monument Museum in Beijing the ancestors of the modern piano will be on display, including models from the first half of the XVIII century and today’s pianos, like the most recent pianos by Fazioli, one of the most famous brands in the world and a regular guest of “Piano Experience” in Cremona Musica. A unique opportunity to travel along the evolution of the piano thanks to the explanations by Guido Bizzi and the live performances by Claudio Brizi, the two curators of the exhibition, who will enable the audience to sample the sound of the different pianos and of their “cousins”. For those that want to discover something more about the piano, Nicola Sani will hold a conference about the contemporary Italian piano repertoire, while Roberto Prosseda and Luca Fazioli will explain the evolution of the instrument from the Fortepiano of Mozart’s era to modern grand pianos.

There will obviously be the opportunity to listen to some of the greatest Italian keyboard players. Claudio Brizi will inaugurate the stage, allowing the audience to discover the ancient sounds of the Harpsichord, Organ and Harmonino, also combining different instruments that the famous musician will play at the same time. In the final concert, Roberto Prosseda will publicly introduce the pedal piano for the first time in China: an instrument that is ancient and modern at the same time, that he rediscovered and promoted during recent years. Four piano recitals will complete the program, involving four of the most upcoming young Italian pianists: Leonora Armellini, Mariangela Vacatello, Axel Trolese and Vanessa Benelli Mosell, also including Italian keyboard repertoire, from Scarlatti to Stroppa.

Beijing is the perfect location for this great event, organized with the cooperation of Cremona Musica, Bizzi Clavicembali and Fazioli Pianoforti, not just because China is first market in the world for pianos. In fact, a cultural bridge connects Italy to the Asian country: during the XVI Century the Jesuit priest Matteo Ricci took the first Italian harpsichord to the court of Wan Li, from the Ming dynasty; following in his steps, at the beginning of the last century, Mario Paci undertook an important work of music education and production in China, leading to the foundation of the first modern Chinese symphony orchestra.

So the date for piano lovers is in Beijing, from 17 May, or at Cremona Musica 2018, between 28 and 30 September.



The program of events:

- 17 May: Opening concert: Claudio Brizi, Fedeli organ, clavichord, Italian Harpsichord, Taskin Harpsichord, Walter Fortepiano, Debain Harmonino, pedalpiano: “Concerto nel gusto italiano” (Ferrini,  Alessandro Scarlatti, Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart)

- 17 May: conference by Guido Bizzi and Claudio Brizi: “The evolution of keyboard instruments between 1600 and 1800”.

- 19 May: conference by Claudio Brizi and Guido Bizzi: “History and technology of ancient keyboard instruments”.

- 19 May: Axel Trolese, piano (Brahms, Clementi, Mozart, Caetani, Rossini/Liszt)

- 20 May: Leonora Armellini, piano (Liszt, Brahms, Busoni, Debussy)

- 25 May: Mariangela Vacatello, piano (Scarlatti, Beethoven, Rossini, Liszt, Ginastera)

- 29 May: Conference by Roberto Prosseda and Luca Fazioli: “The evolution of the pianoforte, from Mozart’s instrument to the modern Fazioli grand piano”

- 29 May: Conference by Nicola Sani “Contemporary Italian Piano"

- 29 May: Vanessa Benelli Mosell, piano (Rachmaninoff, Skrjabin, Debussy, Stroppa)

- 30 May: Roberto Prosseda, pedalpiano (Schumann, Boëly, Alkan, Gounod, Sani, Liszt)



The instruments on display:


Feliciano Fedeli Positive Organ (Foligno, before 1746) (original)

Pfeiffer Pedalpiano (Stuttgart, end of XIX century) (orginal)

Debain Harmonino (Paris, around 1870) (original)

“Hubert 1784” Clavichord (replica)

Italian Bizzi “Continuo” Harpsichord (contemporary, inspired by the Italian tradition)

French “Goermans–Taskin” double manual Harpsichord (replica)

“Walter 1789” Fortepiano (replica realized by Guido Bizzi)

Cristofori Fortepiano “Harpsichord col piano e col forte” (replica)

Fazioli F183 Piano

Fazioli F278 Grand Piano