Duo Moretti & Oliviero, Italy, 2008

Tour Dates: 26 Jun - 7 Jul, 2008

" An exceptional sound quality, a crisp phrase construction, an incredible technique ..."
- Magdeburg Volkstimme Zeitung

Maurizio Moretti

Maurizio Moretti is one of the best interpreters of the renowned Italian school of pianoforte. His ability to interiorize and develop the musical motives in a continuous search for the aesthetic perfection has made him the star of the most famous international concert halls. The pianoforte is his reason of life, and on stage he transforms himself from a timid, reserved man to an imposing pianist, with his magic fingers flying over the piano keyboard to deliver breathtaking performances. His ability to mix together incredible silences and powerful fortissimo, and the combination of perfect technique and amazing interpretation with irresistible Italian charm make him a star that enthuses the public and the most demanding critics.

During his career spanning more than two decades, Maurizio Moretti has performed regularly in the most famous European concert halls, including those of Berlin, Vienna, Moscow, Amsterdam, Prague, Milan, Budapest, Frankfurt, Madrid, Stockholm, Grenoble and Lille. He performs frequently around the world with concerts in Japan, North and South America, Persian Gulf and Australia.

His repertoire includes solo recitals, chamber music as well as concerts for piano and orchestra. He has played with orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonie der Nationen, European Community Chamber Orchestra, Stockholm Chamber Orchestra, I Solisti del Teatro alla Scala, the Moscow Soloists, the Salzburg Chamber Soloists, I Solisti di Perugia. He has worked with conductors such as the famous Mozart interpreter Peter Maag, Justus Frantz, Saulius Sondeskis, Yuri Bashmet, Piero Bellugi, and Marc Tardue.

His live recording of Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto with the Philharmonie der Nationen conducted by Justus Frantz, recorded at the famous Hamburg MusikHalle in 2003, has been the perfect conclusion of an outstanding tournée comprising 14 concerts in Spain and Germany and has received rave reviews. He has recently signed a contract with the prestigious Japanese record company Camerata Tokyo—Sony for to record, starting in the 2005-2006 season, two CDs dedicated to Mozart’s piano concertos, two CDs for piano duo as well as CDs with music by SWagner and Listz.

Born in Cagliari, he studied under Ida Allegretto at the Conservatory of his town and then for five years with Aldo Ciccolini, who wrote about him: "an extraordinary rhythmical vitality, a special inborn musical treatment of sound and a great technical capacity which characterize his pianism. He is surely one of the most talented and original exponents of Italian pianism”.

As a young pianist, his excellent performances and incredible musical interpretation have won him many awards including the Mozart fellowship from the Musikhochschule Mozarteum Salzburg, the International Piano Competition “Sergey Rachmaninov”, and the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia.

He studied and toured for three years with director Peter Maag, recognized worldwide as the best interpreter of Mozart’s music, and together they played all major Mozart’s piano concertos in front of several demanding European audiences. Together they performed Mozart’s piano concerto K595 in the last public appearance by maestro Maag in Madrid in front of an audience of 2700

Maurizio Moretti is currently artistic director of the International Chamber Music Festival of the roman theater of Nora, artistic director of the Ente Musicale di Nuoro, principal guest soloists in the Orchestra Sinfonica de L´Aquila. He is also the art director and the guest soloist of the Europa Philharmonie Orchestra in Magdeburg, one of the best young orchestras in Europe, and music director and guest soloist of the renowned chamber orchestra I Solisti di Perugia.

He is also an outstanding teacher: he is currently full professor of pianoforte at the Conservatorio di Musica in Cagliari, where he also teaches piano Master classes. Furthermore, he is an invited guest professor at the renowned Kusatsu Festival and Academy in Japan and has taught Master classes all around the world.

Maurizio Moretti currently lives near Cagliari, on the island of Sardinia (Italy), with his wife, the pianist Angela Oliviero with whom he often plays duets, and their son Niccolò.

Angela Oliviero

Angela Oliviero achieved her artistic education at the Conservatorio S.Pietro a Majella di Napoli (Italy) following the curriculum of the renowned school of Vincenzo Vitale, and graduating with full and high honors under the guidance of M° Aldo Tramma.

She continued her musical education at the Accademia Perosi di Biella (Italy) with the advanced degree in Piano Performance with Pianist Aldo Ciccolini.

She is currently a professor of piano at the Conservatorio di Musica “G. P. da Palestrina” of Cagliari (Italy), where she also is department head.

In her artistic career she has been the protagonist of important music concerts and festivals: Festival Pianistico Rai-Thalberg, Festival Puccini di Torre del Lago, Settimana Internazionale di Musica da Camera al Teatro Olimpico di Vicenza, Salle Messiaen di Grenoble, Festival de Nancy, Festival Brahms di Bern, Società dei Concerti di Milano, Notte dei Poeti al Teatro Romano di Nora, Teatro Valle di Roma, Festival Chopin, Musica nel Chianti, Ente Musicale di Nuoro e Ente Concerti di Oristano, Estate Musicale Internazionale di Alghero, Amici della Musica di Palermo, Accademia Filarmonica di Messina, Amici della Musica di Vicenza, I concerti di Merano, Teatro Comunale di Thiene. She has performed with several chamber ensembles and symphonic orchestras, and in the summer of 2004 she has been one of the performers of the Mozart's double concert with the Europa Philharmonie Orchestra at the Festival Schloss Hundisburg in Germany, and she has been invited again at the same festival in 2006.

The music critics have always been very flattering of her performances and recently the Magdeburg Volkstimme Zeitung wrote " ... An exceptional sound quality, a crisp phrase construction, an incredible technique ..."

Since 1990, she regularly plays in piano duo with Maurizio Moretti, with whom she has regularly toured Germany, Spain, France, Switzerland and Italy, playing for renowned concert halls: Sociedad Filarmonica di Malaga, Conciertos de Guadalajara, Conciertos de Pontevedra, Saarbrucken Musiktage, Festival Brahms di Rutihubelbad – Berna, Società del Quartetto di Vercelli, Filarmonica Laudamo di Messina, Teatro Diana di Napoli, Amici della Musica, and more recently the prestigious Festival de Musique Classique in Mauritius.

Recently she had her debut as piano duo at the famous Gesteig of Munich (Germany), with a great success of public and critics. In the fall of 2006 she will have her debut in the USA and in the summer of 2007 in Japan, with a series of concerts as piano duo with Maurizio Moretti.

She has always been attracted by the chamber music repertoire, and she collaborated with great artists including tournees and concerts with the clarinet player Michel Lethiec, the oboe player Pietro Borgonovo, the violinist Gabriele Pieranunzi, the flute player Mario Ancillotti, playing also world premiere of music pieces by very important modern composers such as Giovanni Sollima, D’amico and others. Noteworthy her collaboration with the violinist Anna Tifu with whom she has played concerts in Italy and Germany with great success of public and critics.

She has recorded music of Milhaud, Durey, Rachmaninoff for the RAI Radio 3; the record company CAMERATA TOKYO just published a CD dedicated to music of Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Poulenc and Respighi for piano duo (recorded with Maurizio Moretti), and in 2007 a new CD will be available with musics of Faurè, Debussy, Milhaud and Durey.

Reviews

"Moretti shows his wonderful fraseggio and a proper technique in a total and complete fusion with the ConcertGebouw Orchestra from Amsterdam"

- Elena Umbria ... Diario di Santander Spain

"The soloist asserted himself for a clear, delicate, pure sound in perfect coherence with the thought of Mozart and the original destination of his works for the aristocracy of Vienna ... He was able to combine simplicity and vigor ... large public ..."


- René Doumene ... Nice Matin France

" Sensitivity, total technical control and poetry, are undeniable qualities of the young Italian pianist Maurizio Moretti at his premiere performance in the Stuttgart’s Maarmoorsaal ... flowers and two encores ..."

- Stuttgart Nachrichten Zeitung

" An exceptional sound quality, a crisp phrase construction, an incredible technique ..." 

- Magdeburg Volkstimme Zeitung

 


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