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Bologna Festival, at the Cloister of Santo Stefano Kevin Spagnolo opens the 'Talents' review
A stage under the stars for the duo concert with the pianist Simone Rugani

Bologna Festival Association Onlus Presents

"Bologna Festival 2022 - Talents"
Opens Monday June 13 (9 pm) in Cloister of the Basilica of Santo Stefano the review of chamber concerts "Talents"Of the Bologna Festival.

The clarinetist Kevin Spanish, winner of the prestigious Geneva International Music Competition at the age of 22 and recently first clarinet of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Kevin Spanish will perform together with the pianist Simone Rugani, a meeting born during their studies in Lucca where the two young artists were trained. Parallel paths then follow: Spaniard perfected himself in Geneva, won several international competitions, played as a soloist and now also in the orchestra, Rugani in addition to continuing his musical studies in Rome and Padua, graduated in mathematics at the University and Pisa and devoted himself mainly to chamber music.

For the Bologna Festival, Kevin Spanish is Simone Rugani they have chosen a perfectly balanced program between Romanticism and the twentieth century, from Schumann to Bernstein, with some cornerstones of the clarinet repertoire such as the Sonata in E flat major op.120 n. 2 of Brahms.

Talents, the chamber music review of Bologna Festival, also for the 2022 edition alternates its appointments at the Cloister of Santo Stefano with the piano festival Pianofortissimo, in a single program proposed under Bologna Summer.

Talents 2022 is divided into five dates, this year all with Italian musicians, “a new fierce generation of artists - as he defined them Magdalene of Lisca, superintendent and artistic director of Bologna Festival - ready to face their concert career with the enthusiasm and determination that their youth give them. "

These are the other concerts of the festival:

June 16 Luca Giovannini cello - Martina Consonni piano, music by Schubert, Brahms, Debussy

June 21st Soloists of the Academic Chamber, music by Bach, Corelli, Giuignon, Vivaldi

June 30th Davide Ranaldi piano, music by Haydn, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Prokof'ev

July 5th EOS Quartet, music by Haydn, Brahms, Kurtág


Kevin Spanish, class of 1996, he graduated from the Lucca Conservatory with Remo Pieri and completed his studies at the Geneva Conservatory attending the Master of Arts in the class of Romain Guyot. First Clarinet in the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, he distinguished himself in various national and international competitions; in 2018, at the age of only 22, he won the prestigious Geneva Competition. Exceptional control of the instrument and a curiosity for the most diverse repertoires - from classical to jazz to klezmer - make him a very versatile interpreter. For his first CD, Façades, he chose music by Rossini, Weber, Françaix and Kovács. He holds concerts throughout Europe as a soloist or with chamber groups.

Simone Rugani, born in Lucca in 1993, began studying the piano at the age of six. After graduating with full marks from the Mascagni Institute in Livorno, he studied with Konstantin Bogino at the Padua Conservatory and attended chamber music courses at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory. He graduated in mathematics from the University of Pisa with a thesis on upsampling of audio files. He loves chamber music and usually plays in duo with the violinist Daniele Sabatini, with the clarinetist Kevin Spagnolo and with Francesco Gatti, first flute of Noord Nederlands Orkest. He recorded music by Debussy, Stravinsky and Prokof'ev.


(Above, Kevin Spagnolo, photo William Beaucardet, below, Simone Rugani)    


Tickets for sale online /; at Bologna Welcome (Piazza Maggiore 1 / E); on the day of the concert in the Cloister of the Basilica of Santo Stefano starting at 8 pm.
Bologna Festival, at the Cloister of Santo Stefano Kevin Spagnolo opens the 'Talents' review


Kevin Spanish clarinet

Simone Rugani piano


Robert Schumann
Fantasiestücke op. 73

Johannes Brahms
Sonata in E flat major op. 120 n. 2

Carl Reinecke
Introduction and Allegro Passionate Op. 256

Leonard Bernstein
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano

Witold Lutosławski
Dance Preludes

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