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Thursday January 31, 2008

Travel to Italy - Piano recital By Michelangelo Carbonara - Toronto, February 21st at Faculty of Music - University of Toronto

In collaboration with CIIM Canada and Toronto Faculty of Music, the Italian Culture Institute of Toronto is pleased to present:

Travel To Italy - Piano recital by Michelangelo Carbonara


Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 7:00 pm
Walter Hall - Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen's Park, Toronto 
Free admission 
Infoline: 416.921.3802 ext. 221 

The Italian pianist Michelangelo Carbonara is distinguishing himself on the international scene, amongst the new generation of pianists, for his rare performing qualities and adventurous repertoire. The distinctive traits that so clearly set Michelangelo apart are his refined sensitivity coupled with a fervent dedication to tonal quality, and extraordinary finger dexterity. The international press writes about this "Italian revelation:" "He is the greatest Italian hope at the piano" (Il Giornale); "A miracle pianist" (Music & Vision Daily); "One of the best musicians of the new generation" (La Repubblica); "A Star is born... an amazing performance... and extraordinary success" (La Provincia)

We would like to thank CIIM - Canada (Confederazione degli Imprenditori Italiani nel Mondo - Confederation of Italian Entrepreneurs Worldwide), for their precious collaboration.

DOMENICO SCARLATTI (Naples 1685 - Madrid 1757)
Sonata K 35 in F sharp major
Sonata K 454 in G major
Sonata K 147 in E minor
Sonata K 82 in F major

LUCIANO BERIO (Imperia, 1925 – Rome, 2003)

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH / FERRUCCIO BUSONI (Eisenach 1685 / Leipsig 1750) / (Empoli 1866 – Berlin 1924)
Toccata and Fugue in D minor (transcription for piano)

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MUZIO CLEMENTI (Rome 1752 – Evesham 1832)
Sonata op.40 No.2 in B minor: Molto adagio e sostenuto; Allegro con fuoco e con espressione; Largo mesto e patetico; Allegro

NINO ROTA (Milan 1911 - Rome 1979)
Quattro Preludi

GIOACHINO ROSSINI (Pesaro 1792 - Paris 1868)
Tarantella pur sang (avec traversée de la procession)

Michelangelo Carbonara was born in Salerno, Italy, in 1979 and began his musical studies when he was five. At six he started composing music and giving concerts. He owes his piano formation to Sergio Perticaroli, William Grant Naboré and Fou Ts'ong. At seventeen he graduated with top grades from the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome. In 1999 he was awarded his Piano Specialisation Degree by the Academy of Santa Cecilia, including the Grant as Best Graduate of the Year, and becaming the Academy’s Italian youngest ever graduate. He continued his studies at the Salzburg Mozarteum and at the Academie Musicale de Villecroze in France. In 2001 he was admitted to the famous International Piano Foundation « Theo Lieven » and the International Piano Academy - Lake Como, headed by Martha Argerich, where he followed master classes by Leon Fleisher, Graham Johnson, Alicia de Larrocha, Andreas Staier, Dmitri Bashkirov and other distinguished teachers. 
He has won 17 prizes in International Piano Competitions (amongst them at the « Schubert » International Piano Competition in Dortmund). For 2008 he is an artist represented by CIDIM (National Italian Committee for the Music). In 2007 he has been invited in Seoul (Corea) as Italian Ambassador of Culture. He received the same invitation in 2008 to represent Italy in Toronto (Canada) Since 2006 he is a Keyboard Charitable Trust’s artist (London) and first testimonial of Associazione Ambrosia (Milan). In 1999 he has won the Grant as Best Graduate of the Year of Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome, and in 2008 the Grant as best artist of the year in Academie Musicale de Villecroze, France, (with the Fortuna Trio) in the class of Emmanuel Ax. In 2005 the Italian Ministry of Education awarded him the National Arts Prize for services to Italian Music.
He has recorded for Papageno, Tactus and Suonare Records labels. He is to record Ravel complete piano music for Brilliant Classics.
He made his international orchestral debut in Austria aged 18. In 2003 he gave his first performance in China, and a masterclass at the Central Conservatory in Beijing. His American debut followed in 2005, and he performs now regularly in Europe, America, Asia and Africa, giving around 70 concerts per year. In the next months his concerts will touch: Germany, USA, Spain, China, Canada, Malta, Belgium, Turkey, Japan. In June 2007 he debuted in Carnegie Hall in New York.

His repertoire covers all the Schubert Sonatas, almost all the piano works of Schubert, Weber, Brahms and Schumann, many of the Beethoven, Clementi, Haydn and Scarlatti Sonatas, as well as the work of Polish composers including Chopin, Szymanowski, Lutoslawski and Paderewski. He is also an active composer.
After his appearance as conductor and soloist with the Orchestra Sinfonica Verdi in Milan and Lecco, he prepared all Mozart's Piano Concertos on an extensive international tour in 2006/2007. In the Mozartian Year he debuted also a conductor, playing Mozart’s Symphonies. From that moment he increases his activity as a conductor sharing in the same programme a piano concerto and a symphony. He studies conducting under Maurizio Dones at the Accademia Swarowsky.
In 2000 he created the Monésis Ensemble with the clarinetist/composer Paolo Marchettini, a chamber music group active in playing contemporary music under the guidance of Flavio Emilio Scogna. The Monésis is now one of the leading ensembles performing XXth and XIXth centuries music in Italy. In 2007 he has been chosen by the Italian National Committee for Music to create the Fortuna Trio with other two prominent young soloists : the violinist Markus Placci e the cellist Kyung-Mi Lee. They are going to record their first cd, and their first international tour is expected all over the South America on September 2008.



Date: Thursday, February 21, 2008

Times: 7:00 pm

Venue: Walter Hall - Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen's Park, Toronto

Presented by: Istituto Italiano di Cultura

In collaboration with: Faculty of Music - University of Toronto and CIIM (Confederazione degli Imprenditori Italiani nel Mondo - Confederation of Italian Entrepreneurs Worldwide)

Free admission