March 31, 2011 , 7pm, Suggested donation $ 10

Visions on Janacek´s Piano Music - Emanuele Torquati, piano

Emanuele Torquati, piano

Intimate Sketches - Visions on Janácek´s Piano Music" proposes a way to approach the music of this fascinating Czech composer. A number of Janácek's miniatures will be presented alongside his two major works for piano: the Sonata 1-X-1905 and In the mist. To create a perspective, four new works have been commissioned for this occasion. Leading Australian composer Brett Dean and rising Czech talent Miroslav Srnka will join the Italian Riccardo Vaglini, composing with Janácek a prismatic quartet.

Leos Janácek (1854-1928)

Intimate Sketches

Merely blind fate?

So that one could never return

The golden ring

I wait for you

Lord Jesus Christ is born

Cradle song

To my Olga

Riccardo Vaglini (1965)

Morte di Olga Janackova (Death of Olga Janackova)

Miroslav Srnka (1975)

Variation on the Jenufa's final song

Leos Janácek

Sonata 1-X-1905

The Presentiment

The Death

Brett Dean (1961)

Etude (hommage a Janacek)

Leos Janácek

In the Mist (1912)

Emanuele Torquati

“A vibrant pianist, excellent overall” Boston Globe

“Italian pianist Emanuele Torquati was fascinating for his deep submersion in the music and capacity to convey the works of very different composers”

Czech Music Quarterly

“I found his playing imaginative and sensitive from the very first touch, with a deep understanding of each piece. Absolutely stunning”

Aki Takahashi

“I have worked with him and I have come to regard his playing with very high esteem. He’s an imaginative and deeply poetic performer, who can project and create strong atmosphere when playing. Audiences love him. His virtuosity can be astonishing too.”

Jonathan Harvey

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. Highlights 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 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. He’s the artistic director of music@villaromana for German institution Villa Romana.

Organized by: Czech Center New York