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Date and location

May 23, 2024
6:30 PM
Orpheus Instituut, Korte Meer 12, 9000 Gent

Due di Duo Concert: Airs Galants Pieces extracted from the homonymous recording (da vinci classics), Piano 4-hands

May 23, 2024

DUE DI DUO, a piano duo formed by Caterina Roberti and Salvatore Sclafani, presents transcriptions of Renaissance and Baroque music for piano four hands. Keen to share their curiosity with audiences, Due di Duo have always explored lesser-known repertoires, with the aim of giving a wider public access to precious works.

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The transcription for piano four hands of the Airs de Ballet from Les Indes Galantes by Rameau, published by Durand (1908) under the direction of Camille Saint-Saëns, is a publication of historic importance. It forms part of the monumental work of critical editing of Jean-Philippe Rameau's complete works, carried out by Saint-Saëns himself from the last decade of the nineteenth century onwards, fundamental to the full recognition of the French Baroque composer's output in the modern era. Respighi's Antiche Danze ed Arie per Liuto reveal not only a nostalgic interest in the musical themes of the past, but also an intriguing and personal evocation of the sounds of the Renaissance and the Baroque. For Respighi, early music became a pretext for renewing inspiration and a field of research into timbres and colours. 

Due di duo is the fulfilment of an intense musical and personal bond. Graduated in 2019 from the Advanced Chamber Music Program of the Orpheus Instituut in Ghent (Belgium), Caterina Roberti and Salvatore Sclafani first crossed paths in 2013 at the Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles in the class of the Belgian pianist Eliane Reyes. Both captivated by multiple cross-disciplinary interests, the affinity between them is immediate. Their connection led them to an intense collaboration on works for two pianos at first and then for piano four-hands. In Brussels, they are invited to perform at the Festival Musiq3 (Flagey), the Festival Musicorum (Musées royaux des Beaux-arts) and the Maison des Arts of the Université libre de Bruxelles, among other venues. Keen on sharing their curiosity with the public, their repertoire mainly focuses on 20th century four-hands piano music and on the rediscovery of rarely performed works, particularly by Italian composers. They firmly believe that the musician's role cannot be separated from a research driven by the desire to give the general public access to precious works, especially when they still constitute a treasure to be discovered. This recording represents the crowning achievement of their project about Renaissance and Baroque-inspired modern and contemporary works and transcriptions.

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Caterina Roberti

Caterina Roberti is an Italian pianist, very active as chamber musician and accompanist for singers, ballet and instruments. She currently teaches Piano at the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze de Belgique in Brussels, Piano and Accompaniment at the Conservatoire M.-A. Guénin de Maubeuge (France) and combines her interest in the vocal repertoire with a passion for languages by teaching Italian for singers at the IMEP in Namur (Belgium). Graduated with the highest honors at the Conservatorio G. B. Pergolesi of Fermo (Italy), she holds a Master in Accompaniment and a Master in Piano from the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles, a Master in Music Education from the Conservatoire Royal de Mons (Belgium) and a Bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages for Interpreters and Translators from the Università di Bologna (Italy). Her duo with mezzo-soprano Amalia Avilán is awarded the Udo Reinemann International Masterclass Diploma in collaboration with the Théâtre royal de la Monnaie of Brussels. A versatile artist, Caterina is inexorably seduced by Argentine tango, Caterina explores and melts into this musical universe as a dancer and musician, taking part in several Tango-Orchestra workshops with the Silencio Tango Orchestra and the pianist and composer Pablo Murgier and she is currently studying with the Argentinian pianist and composer Pablo Estigarribia. In 2018, she founded the Giacinto's Secret Concert Society, a season of house concerts that has welcomed, in Brussels, performers from all over the world.

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Salvatore Sclafani

Born in Palermo (Italy), Salvatore Sclafani begins his musical studies with Antonio Fortunato at the conservatory of his native city, where he obtains a Diploma and a Master in Piano, both cum laude. He refines his skills in Belgium with Eliane Reyes, at the Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles, achieving with the highest honors a Master in Piano and a Master in Piano Pedagogy. At the same time, he follows pianist Roberto Plano's masterclasses at the Accademia Musicale Varesina. Finally, he pursues a post-graduate Concert Musician course in Piano at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel, under the guidance of Boyan Vodenitcharov. He currently works as teaching assistant for Piano at the Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles, and as professor of Piano at the Conservatoire M.-A. Guénin de Maubeuge (France). Doctoral student in Art and Art Sciences at the Université libre de Bruxelles and at the Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles, he takes part in conferences and scientific activities in Belgium, France, Georgia, Serbia, and the UK. Prize-winner of several national and international competitions, he performs in solo concerts, chamber music ensembles, and conference-concerts in Italy, Belgium, France, Spain, and Sweden. He holds a Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literature from the Università di Palermo. Passionate about writing and radio, he collaborates with the Italian magazines Suonare News, Amadeus and TGmusic.it. He is a reporter and a radio presenter for Cremona Musica Exhibitions and Festival. He has also participated as a guest in the programs Transmission and Table d'écoute, for the Belgian national radio Musiq3. He is the curator of the book Giorgio Battistelli. Per moto contrario: Autobiografia in forma di conversazione, written in collaboration with the composer Battistelli himself and published by LIM (Libreria Musicale Italiana, Lucca 2023). The volume was also presented on Rai Radio 3.

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Practical

Date: May 23rd, 2024

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: Orpheus Instituut

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