The sheer virtuosity of Italian pianist Emanuele Arciuli is matched only by an insatiable appetite for discovery, with a staggering catalogue of repertoire ranging from Bach to the present moment.
Alongside releases with numerous awards—including a Grammy nomination—in 2011 Arciuli’s genius was recognised with the most important Italian critic’s prize, the Premio Franco Abbiati.
Arciuli has a special affinity with American music and is a leading interpreter of John Adams, George Crumb and Chick Corea, to name a few, but is also an acclaimed champion of America’s diverse musical identity, by way of two landmark commissions that pay tribute to the famous theme by Thelonius Monk, ’Round Midnight.
Reimagined as suites these have not only become a signature, but also a symbol of how Arciuli thinks, crossing the bridge from jazz to avant–garde in a single handspan.
PROGRAM ONE — MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE
Adams China Gates
Greenstein First Ballade
Crumb Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik Variations on a Theolonius Monk theme
Hakim Sound Gone
Rzewski Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues
PROGRAM TWO — DEAKIN EDGE
John Cage In a Landscape
Louis Ballard Four American Indian Piano Preludes
‘Round Midnight Suite Variations on a Theolonius Monk theme by Rzewski, Babbitt, Torke, Harbison and Daugherty
John Adams Phrygian Gates
PHOTO | Donato