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Bartolomeo Cristofori Piano Festival 2023 | 6th edition • Padua
This year the Festival looks to Japan: “Ukiyo – The Piano of the Rising Sun” is the title of the program
Tickets can be purchased online on the website or directly thirty minutes before at the concert venue.
It takes place at Padua from 14 to 26 September 2023 there sixth edition of the Bartolomeo Cristofori International Piano Festival, which this year looks to the East: Ukiyo – The piano of the Rising Sun is the title of the program that brings several important Japanese pianists to the stage, who will play, alongside the great classics of the repertoire, music by composers from their country from the 1900s to today. In fact, Japan is a true hotbed of new talents on the instrument and a land of interesting composers from the "classical" area.

New to this edition is theartist in residence: it will be the 24 year old Mao Fujita, Silver Medalist at the 2019 Tchaikovsky Competition and Sony Artist. For the first time in Padua, the young Japanese pianist will be the protagonist of concerts, insights, meetings with associations, interviews and conferences.

Named after the Paduan Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655 – 1731) brilliant inventor of the piano, the festival presents as always a packed programme, full of innovative formats (Bartolo Talk, Bartolo Tour, Bartolo Lounge, BarTolomeo, CristOff) to support i concerts; the events will be hosted in some of the most evocative spaces of Padua, the Hall of the Giants at Palazzo Liviano, the School of Charity, the Verdi Theater, with stops also at Rovigo, Conegliano, Abano Spa is Arquà Petrarch.the art of one of today's most interesting musicians

The program

Made in collaboration with the Embassy and Consulate of Japan in Italy, the Cristofori Festival 2023 inaugurates Thursday September 14 to the Verdi Theater with the Festival's artist in residence, Mao Fujita, who will play together withOrchestra of Padua and Veneto directed by Wolfram Christ; the program includes music by Schumann, Mendelssohn and the Japanese Akutagawa.

Saturday 16th at the Hall of Giantsthe Fujita returns as a soloist with a recital dedicated to Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, while Thursday 21st in School of Charity will perform as a chamber musician with the award-winning Indigo Quartet, an Italian ensemble that won the First Prize at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition 2023 in the Land of the Rising Sun; music by Schumann and Taneev on the poster.

The programming of the Cristofori 2023 Festival continues by concentrating on two weekends with musical events, solo recitals, chamber and orchestral concerts, guided tours with concerts, performances and jazz lounge atmospheres, conferences, speeches by well-known musicologists and second evenings dedicated to contemporary music.

Among the main events, the concert on Friday is worth mentioning September 15 at the School of Charity, starring the trio formed by Keiko Shichijo, historical piano, Nicolas Baldeyrou, clarinet, e Alexander Andriani, cello, with music by Beethoven, Archduke Rudolf of Austria, Schubert;

again, the September 22 he will perform at the Sala dei Giganti Kyohei Sorita – for the first time in Italy after obtaining the Second Prize at the 2021 Warsaw Chopin Competition – in the double role of pianist and director of the Japan National Orchestra, team on the first Italian tour, with music by Tchaikovsky, Pärt, Shostakovich;

the September 24 in matinee (11 am) always at Hall of the Giants, the Quartet of Venice performs songs by Casella and Malipiero, on the 50th anniversary of his death;

and the final concert, the 2ndSeptember 6 at the Hall of the Giants, with the extraordinary Leonora Armellini who will propose the third concert of his project dedicated to the complete piano works of Frédéric Chopin.

In addition to previews which took place on 6 September at Palazzo Zuckermann Padua (Songs of rain and moon – A journey between jazz and Japanese folksongs, with the two pianos of Enrico Zanisi and Alessandro Lanzoni), on 8 September at Rovigo (with the Ensemble Vivaldi dei Solisti Veneti), on 12 September Conegliano and September 13th Abano Spa (with a jazz reworking for solo piano of Vivaldi's Four Seasons proposed by Francesco Grillo), another trip out of town, for example Arquà Petrarch, is scheduled for Sunday September 17 as part of the Petrarca Project: the afternoon will be divided between a guided tour (4.30 pm) and the concert by the Japanese pianist Chisato Taniguchi (6.30 pm) at the Oratorio della SS. Trinity; we will listen to music by Liszt, Gondai - in its first performance - and Ravel.

Finally, there will be no shortage of the already tested ones BartoloTour, guided tours with concert in collaboration with the guides of the Tartini 2020 Association, i Bar Ptolemy and “late night concerts” immersed in the suggestive atmospheres of Barco Theatre.

(In the image below, Mao Fujita)

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Tickets can be purchased online on the website or directly thirty minutes before at the concert venue.

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The Piano Festival is a tribute to the innovative genius of Bartolomeo Cristofori, born in Padua on May 4th 1655, who knew how to masterfully combine art and technology and "render on the instruments the speaking of the heart, now with the delicate touch of an angel, now with a violent eruption of passions". Craftsman-artist, Cristofori was one of the most famous and important harpsichord builders of his time. Personally invited by Grand Prince Ferdinando de' Medici, he invented the first piano models at the Medici court, revolutionizing the history of music.

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