Piano recital by Emanuele Torquati
Columbia University's Italian Academy for Advanced Studies Presents:
The E.R. Lorch Memorial Recital
Emanuele Torquati, piano
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 7 PM
In the Teatro of the Italian Academy
Columbia Universitys Italian Academy for Advanced Studies will present the first annual E.R. Lorch Memorial Recital on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 with a performance by Italian pianist Emanuele Torquati of works by Beethoven, Busoni, Ivan Fedele, Francesco Filidei, Eric Maestri, and Domenico Scarlatti.
The recital honors the late mathematician Edgar R. Lorch, an early supporter of musical events in the Italian Academys Teatro and partner of the Academys founding director, Professor Emerita Maristella Lorch.
The concert is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.
Emanuele Torquati is rapidly gaining international recognition for his poetic and passionate music making, communicative performances and engaging programming. His flourishing career has taken him to some of Europe, Canada and America's most illustrious venues, in such diverse cities as Buenos Aires, San Francisco, Banff, New York, Chicago, Vancouver, Boston, Paris, Lyon, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Berlin, Prague, Krakow, Munich, Graz, Kiev, Ljubljana and Oslo.
A notable performer of new music and an avid chamber musician, he enjoys a diverse and varied career as a pianist. He was artist in residence at The Banff Centre with the project Voyage Messiaen in 2008 and in 2010 with "Intimate Sketches: Visions on Leos Jancek", enriched by 4 new pieces commissioned for the occasion.
Highlights of the 2012 season were the debut at Teatro Colon with Orquesta Filarmonica de Buenos Aires and the release of his first Solo Album, "Promenade sentimentale" for Brilliantclassics, devoted to the Complete Piano music of Albert Roussel. This release has been followed by his third Schumann CD with cellist Francesco Dillon, after those published in 2010 (Schumann) and 2011 (Liszt).
Torquati has worked intensively with leading composers including Sylvano Bussotti, Wolfgang Rihm, Kaija Saariaho, Beat Furrer, Jonathan Harvey, Brett Dean, Magnus Lindberg, Peter Ablinger and he has collaborated among others with musicians such as Isabel Charisius, Matthias Pintscher, Michael Gielen, Marisol Montalvo, Garth Knox, Susanne Linke, Inon Barnatan and Prometeo String Quartet.
The recipient of several international awards, Torquati has been supported by Institutions such as CEMAT, Accademia Musicale Chigiana, DAAD Bonn, Ambassade de France en Italie,Universitt fr Musik und Darstellende Kunst Graz, IEMA Frankfurt, The Banff Centre. He has been invited to give Masterclasses within several Universities and Conservatories in Italy and abroad, a.o. for Longy School, Boston University and University of La Plata (Argentina).
Torquati was born in Milan in 1978. His most influential teachers were Giancarlo Cardini and Konstantin Bogino. He also worked closely with Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen, Nicholas Hodges, Ian Pace, Michael Wendeberg. He went on to specialize in Chamber Music first with Franco Rossi, then he achieved a Master Degree at the International Chamber Music Academy of the Trio di Trieste. Since 2010, hes the artistic director of music@villaromana for German institution Villa Romana.
Also this season at the Italian Academy:
MIRANDA CUCKSON, violin
with Blair McMillen, piano
Oscar Bianchi, Salvatore Sciarrino, Marco Stroppa, Giuseppe Tartini,
and a world premiere by Jason Eckardt
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 7 PM