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Antonio
Ballista

Antonio Ballista from the beginning of his career has not placed restrictions on his curiosity and has dedicated himself to the deepening of the most diverse musical expressions. His programs are very particular for their invention, originality and rigor, which often extend the ritual areas of the concert.

Antonio Ballista has performed in the most prestigious halls and festivals around the world, playing the most important conductors with the major orchestras; he has toured and collaborated with the most authoritative composers. Since 1953 he has formed a piano duo of historical importance with Bruno Canino.

Pianist, harpsichordist and conductor, Antonio Ballista since the beginning of his career he has not placed restrictions on his curiosity and has dedicated himself to the deepening of the most diverse musical expressions.


Always convinced that the aesthetic value is independent of the practical destination and that gender distinctions should not in themselves be considered discriminatory, Antonio Ballista has made very personal excursions in the field of ragtime, Italian and American song, rock and film music , often acting in a parallel dimension between the so-called consumer music and that of cultured extraction.


His programs are very particular for their invention, originality and rigor, which sometimes cross over into the theater and often broaden the ritual areas of the concert.


Since 1953 Antonio Ballista has been playing in a piano duo with Bruno Canino, an uninterrupted formation whose presence was fundamental for the diffusion of new music and for the catalyst function on composers.


He has played under the direction of Abbado, Bertini, Boulez, Brüggen, Chailly, Maderna and Muti and with the BBC Orchestra, the Concertgebouw, the Israel Philharmonic, La Scala di Milano, the Wiener Philarmoniker, the London Symphony, the 'Orchester de Paris, the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras and the New York Philarmonic.


He has often been invited to prestigious festivals including Paris, Edinburgh, Warsaw, Berlin, Strasbourg, Venice, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino ...


Berio, Boccadoro, Bussotti, Castaldi, Castiglioni, Clementi, Corghi, De Pablo, Donatoni, Lucchetti, Morricone, Mosca, Panni, Picco, Sciarrino, Sollima, Togni and Ugoletti have written for him.


He has toured with Berio, Dallapiccola and Stockhausen and has collaborated with Boulez, Cage and Ligeti in monographic concerts. He conducted the Symphonies for 21 pianos by Daniele Lombardi and in 2003 in New York (Winter Garden, Ground Zero) the world premiere of his “Threnodia” dedicated to the victims of September 11th. As opera director he made his debut at the Rome Opera with Franco Battiato's “Gilgamesch”.


He is the founder and director of the Novecento e Oltre ensemble, a stable formation that made its debut in 1995, whose repertoire goes from the historical twentieth century to the most recent trends.


His passion for lieder literature led him to collaborate with the singers Roberto Abbondanza, Magdalena Aparta, Anna Caterina Antonacci, Monica Bacelli, Marco Beasley, Gemma Bertagnolli, Cathy Berberian, Phillys Bryn-Julson, Alda Caiello, Luisa Castellani, Laura Cherici , Gloria Davy, Claudio Desderi, Mirko Guadagnini, Kim Kriswell, Sarah Leonard, Anna Moffo, Marcello Nardis, Alide Maria Salvetta, Susanna Rigacci, Luciana Serra, Lucia Valentini Terrani, Lorna Windsor.


With Lorna Windsor he forms a consolidated duo characterized by the originality of the musical programs.


Linked in a thirty-year partnership with Paolo Poli, Antonio Ballista has also worked with the actors Gianni Agus, Arnoldo Foà, Monica Guerritore, Ottavia Piccolo, Toni Servillo, Franca Valeri, Milena Vukotic and Peter Ustinov and the dancers Marga Nativo and Elisabetta Terabust.


He records for La Bottega Discantica, Emi, Rca, Ricordi, Wergo.


He has taught in the Conservatories of Parma and Milan and at the Piano Academy “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola.

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