The European Cultural Association (ACE) together with the JRC French semester propose a Piano Talk on Rossini’s “Péchés de vieillesse“, or a piano conversation that alternates the performance of the composer’s pieces with the story of anecdotes, curiosities and reading of letters and documents to reconstruct the Parisian environment of the time and of the “Samedis musicaux” by the composer.
Thus we will talk about Rossini’s rebirth in the Parisian environment and the frequenters of his living room: writers (eg. Balzac, Dumas), musicians: (eg. Liszt, Wagner), bankers (eg. Rothschild) etc.
Rossini’s autograph menus will also be read and the “Macaroni War” between the musician and Alexandre Dumas will be told. We will also talk about the hostess Olympe Pélissier of which everyone, including Bellini (with success), sought the graces to obtain the protection of the Master.
The pieces proposed are:
- “Les anchois – Thème et variations” from “Quatre hors d’oeuvre et quatre mendiants”
- “Marche et réminiscences pour mon dernier voyage” from “Album pour piano, violon, cello, harmonium et cor”
- “Une pensée à Florence” from “Album de chaumière”
- “Un petit train de plaisir” from “Album pour les enfants dégourdis” with recited
To register: https://ginevracostantininegri_rossini.eventbrite.it
GINEVRA COSTANTINI NEGRI, 21 years old,
She graduated with honors and honorable mention in piano at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan, under the guidance of Prof. Anna Abbate. At 10 she performed for Lang Lang and played at Carnegie Hall in the recital of the winners of an American competition. Awarded in 9 international youth competitions and special mention at Sony Classical Talent Scout 2013, she has performed in the United States, France, Austria, Switzerland and Malta and for prestigious associations such as the Amici del Loggione del Teatro alla Scala and Musical Evenings and in various Festivals and theaters, including the Uto Ughi Festival and the Carlo Felice Theater in Genoa. She was the first teenager to record a CD on Rossini’s Péchés de vieillesse, a CD that achieved unanimous acclaim from critics, entered the TOP TEN of classic iTunes, was adopted by the Vatican for the Rossini celebrations in 2018 and earned her the nomination for the ICMA 2020 (International Classical Music Awards) in the Solo Instrument category. Her performances were broadcast on Sky Tg24, Rai3, Rai Radio 3, Radio Svizzera Italiana, Radio Classica, Radio 24, Radio Popolare, among others.
On March 13, 2019 at the Quirinale, the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella awarded her the honor of Standard Bearer of the Republic for artistic merits and for her commitment to spreading the Italian piano heritage.
Also in 2019, Forbes magazine listed her among the 100 under 30 Italian innovators and leaders of the future for their sector (5 for music).
During the lockdown, she was a special guest of the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala for the digital week and held a TEDX Talk for the Catholic university together with personalities such as Carlo Cottarelli, Davide Oldani and many others. In 2021 she got the Arca d’Oro Italy Young Talents International Award. In May of the same year, her new album The Paisiello Academy was released by Sony Classical, with the recording of two Paisiello concerts, recorded with the Canova Orchestra and the conductor Enrico Saverio Pagano. The CD is getting a good critical success and is broadcast by the main radio stations in the sector (Rai radio 3, Radio 24, Radio Classica, etc.). In September 2021, the Musica magazine dedicated an extensive interview to her. The newspaper La Repubblica in the magazine D donna has included her in the Top Ten of Italian extra-ordinary women of 2021.