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Antonio Pappano returns to the podium of Santa Cecilia, on stage Igor Levit, star of the piano
Sir Tony's long-awaited return to Rome for the first of the two concerts he will hold in the 2023/24 Season as Director Emeritus
Organized by: National Academy of Santa Cecilia Foundation

National Academy of Santa Cecilia Foundation Presenta

“ Concert Season 2023-24 ”
Antonio Pappano makes his long-awaited return to Rome, climbing - as Director Emeritus - on the podium ofAcademy National of Santa Cecilia for three concerts, scheduled on 2, 3, and 4 November 2023 at the Ennio Morricone Music Park Rome. With him for this extraordinary appointment, an exceptional soloist, the star of the piano Igor Levit.

Pappano – currently designated Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra and in his last season as Director of Covent Garden in London, he returns to the helm of the Cecilian Orchestra of which he was Music Director for 18 years, and which he conducted in over 650 concerts in Rome and on tour in the most prestigious halls in the world, among which the Berlin Philharmonie, the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Scala in Milan, the Musikverein in Vienna stand out.

In the Roman concert Sir Tony will perform a cornerstone of the repertoire, the Concert n. 3 for piano and orchestra of Ludwig van Beethoven, which will make both his impeccable technique and his intense and profound interpretation shine Igor Levit, described by New York Times as one of the “most important artists of his generation”.

The 36-year-old pianist, Russian by birth and German by adoption, is today in the midst of a dazzling career that leads him to play in the major halls of the world, but he is also a global star of the web and one of the classical musicians most attentive to placing the own art in the context of the civil and social events of his time: “Igor Levit Is Like No Other Pianist”, effectively summed up The New Yorker.

The evening ends with music by Luigi Cherubs (Overture from Anacreon), Jean Sibelius (the symphonic poem En Saga) and the whimsical and bold symphonic poem Till Eulenspiegel of Richard Strauss.

(Antonio Pappano, photocredit Musacchio, Ianniello & Pasqualino; Igor Levit, photocredit Felix Broede, Sony Classical)


Igor Levit he is appreciated not only for his artistic qualities. His commitment is also known in the social and political field: he openly took a stand against racism, anti-Semitism and the most extremist positions that have emerged in German political life in recent years.

In a recent interview published on Munich Merkur he stated: “A few years ago I made the decision to express myself and act outside of music. Seeing my most important mission in life as standing up to racists and haters is a choice I have made." The musician is also committed to protecting the environment; it is no coincidence that he played during a demonstration of the "Fridays for Future" movement and held a solidarity concert in the winter of 2020 in the Dannenröder forest, in Hesse, in support of the activists who were trying to block deforestation for the construction of a highway
Antonio Pappano returns to the podium of Santa Cecilia, on stage Igor Levit, star of the piano

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In the following days, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra led by Sir Antonio Pappano will be the protagonist of a prestigious one tour: at the Musikverein of Vienna, on November 6th with the same program, the young Korean pianist will be the soloist Seong-Jin Cho, on November 7 with Symphonies by Bruckner and Schubert, to continue in Germany, again joined by Igor Levit, with stages a Essen, BadenBaden is Frankfurt.


Orchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia

director Antonio Pappano
piano Igor Levit


Luigi Cherubini
Anacréon, overture
Ludwig van Beethoven
Concerto for piano and orchestra n. 3
Jean Sibelius
En Saga
Richard Strauss
Till Eulenspiegel


2 November 2023 at 7.30pm, 3 November at 8.30pm, 4 November at 6pm

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