New Generation Piano Recital
Friday 9 March 2018, 8.30 p.m.
Today’s Italian stages are witnessing the emergence of a new generation of soloists, artists who are earning renown in major international competitions and on iconic stages. Sicily’s Giuseppe Guarrera, who gained recognition at the Montreal and Manchester competitions, is one of these rising stars and has already played alongside performers such as Daniel Barenboim.
For his first Fondation recital, this young musician, now age 26, has chosen lyricism as his theme: the impassioned torment of Beethoven in the famed “Appassionata” Sonata No. 23 (1805), the Iberian exoticism of Liszt in his Rhapsodie espagnole (1863), and the intensity of Rachmaninoff in the Études-Tableaux (1917). There is no lack of daring in this choice to bring Beethoven, Liszt and Rachmaninoff together for one performance: each of these three composers pushed the modern piano to untried boundaries and redefined virtuosity, without ever forsaking melodic depth.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonate n°23 op.57, Appassionata
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Études Tableaux op.39
Born in Sicily in 1991, Giuseppe Guarrera is currently one of the first students of the Barenboim-Said Akademie in Berlin, where he is studying under the guidance of Nelson Goerner. He also studied with Giuseppe Cultrera, Siavush Gadjiev and Eldar Nebolsin at the “Hochschule fur Musik Hanns Eisler” in Berlin where he completed his Masters in 2016.
Mr. Guarrera has won prizes at international and national competitions including Second prize at the James Mottram International Piano Competition in Manchester in 2015 and First prize at the Concorso Pianistico Nazionale Premio Venezia in 2010. And most recently, Mr. Guarrera won six prizes & awards at the 2017 Concours musical international de Montréal including Second prize, People’s Choice Award, André Bachand Award for the compulsory Canadian work, Best Semifinal recital award, Bach and Chopin awards. As a soloist, he performed in numerous venues namely the Auditorio Sony in Madrid, Fenice Theater in Venice, Bob Boas Foundation in London, Giuseppe Verdi Theater in Trieste, Studio Flagey in Brussels, University Hall in Leeds, Northern College of Music In Manchester, Bologna Festival in Italy, Palazzo Ricci in Montepulciano, Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, Verbier Festival (Vendome prize) and Maison symphonique de Montréal, with major orchestras including Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Royal Philarmonic, Liverpool Philarmonic and Orchestra del Teatro la Fenice. In september 2017, Mr. Guarrera will perform with Daniel Barenboim and the Pierre Boulez Ensemble a world premiere, a new piano concerto written by Benjamin Attahir.