From April 22 to June 16, 2023, the Brescia and Bergamo International Piano Festival celebrates its 60th anniversary in its year as the Italian Capital of Culture with a program that focuses on overcoming boundaries and prejudices with respect to 20th-century music.
The thematic path of the second part of Novecento Suite - a fundamental feature of the Piano Festival's identity - is based on a carefully selected repertoire of more than 30 composers. The 60th Festival is dedicated to theAnti Avant-Garde, understood as the search for those composers who have been able to speak a contemporary language in the 21st century, often ostracized by militant critics, but whose success has been decreed by time (and especially by the public), from the Russia of Rachmaninov, Šostakovič, Prokofiev, to the America of Bernstein, but also of Adams and Rzewski.
The inaugurations will be joined by two special Concerts dedicated to Capital of Culture that will bring to the two theaters the Filarmonica della Scala conducted by Riccardo Chailly-a guest at the Festival last time in 2019 on the occasion of the extraordinary concert for the Canonization of Paul VI-with soloist Mao Fujita, a young Japanese pianist making his Festival debut, in 2019 a silver medalist at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition.
Mao Fujita is the soloist in Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3, to which Chailly juxtaposes Tchaikovsky's Patetica in Brescia on April 22; Stravinsky's Chant funèbre and Prokofiev's Symphony No. 7 in Bergamo on May 4.
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