This year’s edition of “Pietrasanta in Concerto,” the City of Art’s International Music Festival, features a stellar line-up of artists and performers. The event which fetes “La Famiglia,” takes place in the Chiostro of Sant’Agostino, the performances start at 9pm.
Below is The Program of the Festival.
Friday 26 July – Mozart in Family (Chiostro)
Duo Lechner Tiempo, Argentinian brother-and-sister duo Karin Lechner and Sergio Tiempo play together like the sun and the moon, the ying and the yang. This pair’s four hands work, and sound, as one. Described by Gramophone as “a formidable Duo”, the siblings will be joined by Natasha Binder, Karin Lechner’s daughter and a 12-year old phenomenon.
With the Cameristi del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, conducted by Toby Hoffman.
Mozart: Concerto for 2 pianos / Concerto for 3 pianos / Overture, Clemenza di Tito.
Saturday 27 July – Giovanni Sollima and I Turchini & Antonio Florio (Chiostro)
The renowned cellist and brilliant composer Giovanni Sollima, a collaborator of artists ranging from Martha Argerich to Patti Smith and Philip Glass, takes baroque music to new heights with the Neapolitan ensemble I Turchini conducted byAntonio Florio.
Neapolitan concerts for cello and strings by Leonardo Leo, Giuseppe de Majo, Niccolò Fiorenza, Giovanni Sollima.
Sunday 28 July – A meeting in Salzburg (Chiostro)
Pinchas Zukerman, a living legend of the violin and a true musical phenomenon, will perform in a trio with his wife Amanda Forsyth, a brilliant and sensual cellist, and pianist Angela Cheng, gold medalist in the Arthur Rubinstein Competition.
Beethoven, Kodaly and Mendelssohn trios.
Monday 29 July – Carte blanche to Pinchas Zukerman (Chiostro)
Pinchas Zukerman, violin, takes the reins of the stellar I Cameristi del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, once again joined by his wife and partner Amanda Forsyth on the cello.
Concertos from the Bach family (father and son), Vivaldi,
and Mozart’s Symphony No. 29.
Tuesday 30 July – Salvatore Accardo, the return of contemporary Paganini (Chiostro)
Alongside his favourite orchestra, the Orchestra da Camera Italiana, and its Cremona violins, Italy’s greatest violinist Salvatore Accardo will stage a dialogue between the two biggest families of Italian luthiers, Stradivarius and Guarnerius. The violinists Laura Gorna and Eduard Wilson will also join him onstage.
Our third Festival Prize for a Young Italian Talent will be awarded by Mr. Accardo to a promising violinist for the first time, after going to two talented young pianists.
Concertos by Vivaldi, Telemann, and more.
Wednesday 31 July – The Timbre Russian Accordion Group (La Rocca – Piazza)
One of Russia’s most popular accordion ensembles, the Timbre quintet plays world-unique «timbre accordions», designed to sound like symphonic wind instruments that range from low to high pitch. The five virtuosos will play classical and folk music from Russia and be-yond.
Thursday 1 August – Break
Friday 2 August – Mario Brunello, the pride of Italy (Chiostro)
Cellist Mario Brunello is the only Italian winner of the First Prize of the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, and has become the pride of Italy. In the hands of “Super Mario”, the cello seems incredibly lithe and easy to play.
Works by Boccherini, Bach, and more.
Prelude to the concert by the vocal group Profeti della Quinta, Renaissance music by Salomone Rossi.
Saturday 3 August – The Maisky Trio! (Chiostro)
With their father Mischa Maisky, Russian angel of the cello and a favourite partner of Martha Argerich and Gidon Kremer, the accomplished soloists Sascha and Lily Maisky form a family trio united by its musical genius. At last in Pietrasanta, freshly arrived from Verbier!
Duos and trios by Beethoven and Shostakovich.
Prelude to the concert by the vocal group Profeti della Quinta, Renaissance music by Salomone Rossi
Sunday 4 August – Boris Berezovsky, father and daughter (Chiostro)
Boris Berezovsky, who electrified the audience last year with a striking Shostakovich concerto, introduces his immensely talented daughter Evelyne. Together, they will play a Chopin concerto, in what is sure to be an extremely moving moment. Also featuring the return of the young clarinet prodigy and rising starDionysis Grammenos.
With the Cameristi del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, conducted by Domenico Pierini.
The programme will highlight Polish composers, with pieces by Chopin, Lutoslawski and Wieniawski.