Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Special music evening in Auckland with Italian pianist Flavio Villani

Bach-Busoni . Ciaccona in D
Chopin . Nocturne Op.27 n.2
Chopin . Ballade n.4
A.Taylor . eight miniatures
Liszt . Nocturne n.2
Liszt . Ballade n.2
Where . St Heliers Community Centre. 100 St Heliers Bay rd. Auckland
When . Friday 11th April 2014 @ 7pm
How much . $25 adult, $10 students, FREE for students of the music centre.

Flavio Villani . Bio

Italian pianist, born in 1984. He completed a Bachelor Degree in Piano Performance with Mo Matteo Napoli at the Salerno Conservatory “G.Martucci” (Italy) in 2007 and in 2012 he completed a Master in Piano Performance with First Class Honors at the University of Auckland (New Zealand) under the guidance of pianist Stephen De Pledge. He also coursed a pedagogy component to his Master with professor Rae de Lisle. He was invited to give Master Classes to the students of postgraduate level at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music in Lamezia Terme (taly) in mid 2013.

He performed as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles extensively in New Zealand. He was invited to play at the Venice Biennale in 2011 playing Michael Parekowhai carved piano at the event. In 2013 he was invited to perform by the Classical Music Festival of Lamezia Terme, Pianino Festival in Mallorca, Salerno and Barcelona for his first solo European tour having his invitation renewed for a second tour in Summer 2014 and to play with Orchestra Filarmonica della Calabria Beethoven 3rd Piano Concerto in December. His latest collaborations brought him touring New Zealand with the Christchurch based violinist Cathy Irons and an Eastern Europe/Gypsy inspired classical repertoire. In January 2014 he was invited by Chulalongkorn Universtiy in Bangkok Thailand to perform and teach a Master Class to their most talented students.

His collaborations and interest with other artists are various. In 2012 he co-directed and composed the music for a three weeks laboratory with UCOL students of performing arts in Palmerston North ending with the movement theatre performance "the_Kiss" directed by Jaime Dörner. He also performed and composed music with Dust Palace Company for their Auckland shows "Venus is..." and “Same same, but different” and with choreographer Geoff Gilson for his piece "Leviathing" at the Civic Theatre.

He's been invited often to perform with the emerging artists of NZ Opera in New Zealand and worked for their Summer School from 2011 to 2013 as Italian coach and pianist. Currently he's the Music Coordinator of the East & Bays Music Centre in St Heliers (Auckland) where he teaches piano and coordinates music events for the area.

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