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At the San Carlo Theater in Naples the third edition of the Piano Festival | 2024
Four concerts are scheduled, starring great performers of different generations: Sokolov, Pletnev, Fray, Piemontesi
From May 25th
to May 31, 2024
To the San Carlo Theater in Naples the expected returns Piano Festival, an event launched in 2022 which immediately met with the approval of the public, not only Neapolitans.

After the success of previous years, from Saturday 25 to Friday 31 May 2024 is on the calendar third edition of the review: four appointments proposed, of which the protagonists will be equally great performers belonging to different generations; the inauguration, entrusted to Grigory Sokolov, will be followed by concerts of David Fray, Mikhail Pletnev is Francis Piedmontese, all making their debut at the San Carlo.

The program

Saturday 25 May (8 pm) will be Grigory Sokolov to inaugurate the III Piano Festival of the San Carlo Theater: the evening opens with Johann Sebastian Bach, of which we will listen Four duets, BWV 802-805 from the third part of the Clavier-Übung and the Match no. 2 in C minor, BWV 826. They follow Mazurkas op. 30 is op. 50 of Fryderyk Chopin and the Waldszenen (Scenes from the forest), op. 82 of Robert Schumann.

Grigory Sokolov he was the youngest winner of the First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, which he received in 1966 at just sixteen years old. He holds around seventy concerts every season, hosting all the main concert halls in Europe. His recital programs range from medieval sacred polyphony and from the keyboard works of Byrd, Couperin, Rameau, Froberger and Bach to the classical and romantic repertoire with particular attention to Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms and the reference compositions of the 20th century of Prokofiev, Ravel, Scriabin, Rachmaninov, Schönberg and Stravinsky.


Tuesday 28 May (5pm), it will be the turn of David Fray. The protagonist of the opening and closing of the program is Franz Schubert, with the second song come on Drei Klavierstücke, D 946 and the Sonata in B flat major, D 960. Between the two compositions, a selection of works by Years of pèlerinage of Franz LisztMarriageSonnet 104 by Petrarch is Après une lecture du Dante from Two years ago, while, from Three years oldLes jeux d'eau à la Villa d'Este.

David Fray he is a guest in the main concert halls of the world in recitals and for chamber music or solo with orchestra. He has collaborated with conductors such as Semyon Bychkov, Paavo Järvi, Kurt Masur, Riccardo Muti and Esa-Pekka Salonen, playing with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic and Orchester national de France. He has performed in recitals at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center as well as several times at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Wigmore Hall in London and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris.


For the third appointment on the calendar Wednesday 29 May (8pm) will take the stage Mikhail Pletnev, who focuses his recital on the form of the prelude: he will propose i Preludesop. 11 of Aleksandr Skrjabin and Preludes, op. 28 of Fryderyk Chopin.

Mikhail Pletnev in 1978 he won the First Prize and the Gold Medal at the sixth edition of the Tchaikovsky International Competition. Since then he has performed as a soloist with all the most renowned orchestras and conductors in the world. Every year he performs regularly in Italy for the main institutions or concert halls, such as the Petruzzelli Theater of Bari, the Teatro Lirico of Cagliari, the International Festival of Brescia and Bergamo, the Conservatory of Milan, the Teatro Comunale of Bologna, the Teatro Regio of Parma and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, to name a few.


The closing of the Piano Festival is entrusted to Francesco Piemontesi. Two sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven, L'op. 53 “Waldestein” and theop. 109. Closes Claude Debussy with the Book II of the Préludes for piano.

Francesco Piemontesi, a regular guest of major international orchestras, performs in concert halls and music festivals around the world. As a soloist, he has played alongside the Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchester de Paris, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra Sinfonica della Rai, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Wiener Symphoniker, Symphony Orchestras of Chicago, Boston, London and NHK Tokyo. He regularly collaborates with illustrious conductors such as Noseda, Luisi, Pappano, Gatti, Harding, Järvi, Mehta. In chamber ensembles he has played, among others, with Capuçon, Kavakos, Argerich, Jansen, Hadelich and Widmann.
At the San Carlo Theater in Naples the third edition of the Piano Festival | 2024
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