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Emanuele Arciuli

  • Pianist

Biography

Emanuele Arciuli collaborates with many orchestra directors, among these Petr Altrichter, Marc Andreae, Yoel Levi, James MacMillan, Anton Nanut, Kazushi Ono, Zoltan Pesko, Stefan Reck, Arturo Tamayo and Mario Venzago. He performed (with Valede, Libetta, and the Rai Symphonic Orchestra) at the Venice Biennale in Claudio Ambrosini's Plurimo awarded with the Golden Lion 2007.

Among the composers who have written for Arciuli are Michael Nyman (Piano Concerto n. 2), George Crumb (Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik), Lorenzo Ferrero (Concerto n. 2 for piano and orchestra), Filippo Del Corno (Not in my name for piano and orchestra), Michele dall’Ongaro (Concerto n. 2), Carlo Boccadoro (Achrome for piano and orchestra), Brent Michael Davids (Mohicans) and Louis W. Ballard (Cherokee). In 2008, he has played Louis W. Ballard's Indiana Concerto with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Round Midnight Variations, a group of 16 compositions that in 2001 were written expressively for Arciuli, has gained much interest by international critics and can be considered one of the most significant contemporary piano collections. Involved composers include Babbitt, Rzewski, Torke, Daugherty, Bolcom and Harbison.

His interest for the native american culture has inspired a special project that involves the major native composers (Davids, Quincy, Croall, Chacon) in piano pieces dedicated to Arciuli (who executed these pieces in november 2008 at the Washington Smithsonian Museum).

He has recorded many CDs for Chandos, Bridge, Vai and Stradivarius, among these Gates to Everywhere with music from C. Bley, F. Hersch e C. Corea; the complete piano works of Berg and Webern, and the Concerto for piano and orchestra of Bruno Maderna as world premiere. The CD album dedicated to George Crumb (Bridge) was nominated for the Grammy Awards, whereas his CD with music from Adams and Rzweski (Stradivarius) has received the critics award for the best italian record in 2006.

Arciuli has published in italian the volume Rifugio Intermedio on contemporary piano music between Italy and the United States and he is working on a new book on american piano music to be published with EDT. Recently, the italian culture channel RaiRadioTre included Arciuli in its serial of ten transmissions presenting contemporary italian interpreters.

Arciuli is professor at the Conservatory in Bari and frequent guest professor at the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati and other american universities.