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GAZZETTA DI MANTOVA - CULTURA E SPETTACOLI - 8th November 2016

Premiere in Japan for conductor Pavesi who transcribes Dvorák - Matteo Sbarbada

 

Debut in Takamatsu for his version for two pianos and oboe of the “Largo” from the Symphony n° 9 “From the New World”.

 

From San Benedetto Po (near Mantua, Italy. N.d.T.) to the Land of the Rising Sun. Last summer, at Tersa Hall of Takamatsu, Japan, the transcription for two pianos and oboe by Antonín Dvorák’s “Largo” from Symphony n° 9 “From the New World” has been performed in absolute premiere. This transcription has been commissioned by the musical association ‘Group Vivi’ to Italian composer and orchestra conductor Giovanni Pavesi. «I am particularly pleased for this first collaboration with Japan, also due to the virtuous professional relationship with pianist Kyoko Saito». Performers of the transcription have been Aki Kubokawa and Mizuki Nagasima at the pianos and Kazuko Mizobuchi at the oboe. The piece has been produced for the 15th annual concert promoted by the musical association ‘Group Vivi’ whose programme included, inter alia, music by Rachmaninoff and Bartók».

 

Giovanni Pavesi has undertaken musical studies with Maestro Perezzani at Lucio Campiani Conservatory in Mantua, where he has successfully graduated in choral music and choir conducting under the guidance of Maestro Facchinelli. After moving to Milan he has completed his studies with honours in composition at Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory.

 

«This 2016 has seen my second occasion for my work to be proposed and performed in the international arena. In February a creation of mine for solo accordion, entitled De bruna löven (The darkening leaves. N.d.T.), was played at Kungliga Musikhoskolan in Stockholm, Sweden. The programme also included pieces of music by great authors such as Sciarrino, Cage, Hosokawa and Linden». Leitmotiv of the event, says Maestro Pavesi, is the correlation between sound and silence, so well depicted in the piece itself, commissioned by the music publishing house Bèrben. Edited in 2013, De bruna löven was premiered in Milan by accordionist Francesco Moretti, who played it in Stockholm.

 

«Even though I have now settled in Milan, I still feel vital my link with the city of Mantua and Lucio Campiani Conservatory, the institution where my education path first started. To this I add the memory and the emotion for my debut as orchestra conductor at Bibiena Theatre with the opera “Il matrimonio segreto” by Domenico Cimarosa, with the stage direction of Enzo Dara».

 

Beside the study course of composition, Pavesi mastered his ability in orchestra conducting at Claudio Abbado Civic School of Music of Milan with professor Rivolta.

 

«It is significant that in my education there has been an uninterrupted bond with my hometown. In August 2015, in fact, I took part in an international masterclass of orchestra conducting held by Maestro Paolo Arrivabeni, now artistic director at Opéra Royal de Wallonie of Liège, Belgium».

 

The relationship with the hometown remains close. The realisation of “Il Trovatore” by Giuseppe Verdi played in the charming cloisters of San Benedetto Po’s abbey can be traced back in 2013; that was the same venue for “L’elisir d’amore” by Gaetano Donizetti that took place the following year.