When & Where

Social Theater
Corso Garibaldi 58, Valenza (AL)
Sunday 16 June, 5.00 pm

Tickets

General admission ticket: € 10
Tickets can be purchased at the Theatre box office on the day of the concert from 8.00 p.m.
For information: info@festivalechos.it

Info

The evening’s proceeds will be donated to the L’Uspidalì nursing home in Valenza.

Programme

FIRST PART

R. Schumann
Fantasy pieces Op. 73
I. Zart mit Ausdruck (Delicato e con espressione)
II. Lebhaft leicht (Animato, leggero)
III. Rasch und mit Feuer (Rapido e con fuoco)

F. Poulenc
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
I. Allegro tristamente
II. Romanza
III. Allegro con fuoco

SECOND PART

M. de Falla
Seven Spanish Folksongs
No. 1 El pane moruno
No. 2 Seguidilla murciana
No. 3 Asturiana
No. 4 Jota
No. 5 Nana
No. 6 Canción
No. 7 Polo

J. Horovitz
Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano
I. Allegro calmato
II. Lento quasi andante
III. Con brio

Dimitri Ashkenazy

(USA – Island)
clarinet
Born in 1969 in New York, Dimitri Ashkenazy began playing the piano at the age of six and then switched to the clarinet under the tuition of Giambattista Sisini, with whom he continued studying when he entered the Conservatory of Lucerne in 1989. Since completing his studies, he has gone on to perform widely, both as soloist and chamber musician. On tour, he has appeared at the Royal Festival Hall in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, at the Hollywood Bowl with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, at the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony and SBS Youth Orchestras, at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and in Japan with the Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony and Mito Chamber Orchestras.
In addition to the major concertos for the clarinet, his repertoire extends to include contemporary works such as Peter Maxwell Davies’ Strathclyde Concerto No.4, which he has performed with the composer himself conducting at venues around Europe (and at the composer’s 80th Birthday Prom with Ben Gernon conducting), and Krzysztof Penderecki’s own transcription of his Viola Concerto with the composer himself conducting both in Poland and on tour in Spain. He also gave the world premiere performances of concertos by Marco Tutino (with the Filarmonici della Scala, Milan) and Filippo del Corno (with the orchestra «I Pomeriggi Musicali»), and of Peter Maxwell Davies’ Clarinet Quintet «Hymn to ArtemisLocheia» (with the Brodsky Quartet at the Lucerne Festival). An active chamber musician, he has performed with the Kodály, Endellion, Heath, Brodsky and Faust Quartets and with partners such as Barbara Bonney, Helmut Deutsch, Bernd Glemser, David Golub, Edita Gruberova, Ariane Haering, Antonio Meneses, Cristina Ortiz, Maria João Pires, and of course his brother Vovka, his father Vladimir Ashkenazy, and violist Ada Meinich, with whom he shares his life.
In addition to his concert activity, Dimitri Ashkenazy has made numerous CD (paladino, Orlando, Pan Classics, Decca, DUX, Ondine), radio (Radio Nacional de España, France Musiques, Radio della Svizzera Italiana, DeutschlandRadio) and television recordings, and been invited to give master classes in Australia, Spain, Romania, New Zealand, Singapore, Iceland, Switzerland and the U.S.A.

Carlo Ponten

(Sweden)
piano
Ha iniziato lo studio del pianoforte in Svezia all’età di cinque anni, continuandolo nella Repubblica Ceca per poi diplomarsi in Italia presso il Conservatorio di Castelfranco Veneto. Vincitore di una borsa di studio dell’Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Stoccolma, si è perfezionato con Pietro Rigacci a Firenze, con Dario De Rosa e Maureen Jones presso la Scuola Superiore di musica da camera del Trio di Trieste, con Radoslav Kvapil a Praga e con Andrzej Jasinski al Mozarteum di Salisburgo.
Svolge un’intensa attività concertistica che lo ha portato ad esibirsi in tutto il mondo, sia come solista che con orchestra: Svezia, USA, Israele, Colombia, Guatemala, Cuba, Italia, Spagna, Germania, Lussemburgo, Olanda, Belgio, Inghilterra, Islanda, Serbia, Repubblica Ceca, ecc. Da citare in particolare un concerto trasmesso in diretta radiofonica dal Cultural Centre di Chicago, una lunga tournée con la Guatemala Symphony Orchestra che ha attraversato tutto il Sud America e un concerto a Örebro per Sua Maestà il Re di Svezia. Recentemente ha realizzato una tournée in Russia con il David Oistrakh Quartet.
Vincitore di numerosissimi concorsi, è frequentemente invitato come docente di pianoforte e musica da camera presso la Musikhochschule di Karlsruhe (Germania), il Conservatorio di Sarajevo (Bosnia), a Riga e in Svezia. Ha ricevuto premi dall’Accademia Reale di Musica di Svezia e dalla Regione del Södermanland che lo ha nominato Ambasciatore Culturale per il suo contributo alla diffusione della musica nel suo Paese.

Venue

Social Theater

Valenza