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Culture & music-concert: "paths between silence and sound"

Thursday 17/7/2014 at 21:00
Thomas Schwan

Board room-Canove-European premiere of Thomas Schwan-performers: Thomas Schwan, piano-Mitja, Quartet of arcs-Thursday, July 17

As part of its concert season, Culture & music is truly proud to present Thursday, July 17, a major concert, which will be carried out, as a European Premiere, Thomas Schwan's music, composer and pianist.
The appointment will be in Council Chamber in Canove, at 21.00, and will be followed by a small reception.
Thomas Schwan same will be at the piano, accompanied by String Quartet Mitja: outstanding ensemble consists of extraordinary young musicians, who have international careers.

Thomas Schwan(Milan, 1985), composer and pianist, has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Italy, United States, Russia and the Netherlands. Diploma in piano with top marks cum laude at the Conservatorio di Vicenza, has gotten important recognitions such as the Diploma of honor and the Monte dei Paschi di Siena Chigiana Music Academy, as well as numerous prizes in international competitions. In 2007 he won a scholarship and moved to Dallas, Texas (USA), where he graduated from Southern Methodist University in the class of Joaquín Achúcarro. His music is of growing interest for its lyrical quality and original research in the relation between time, sound and meaning. Recent engagements include performances of his works in the seasons of Dallas Chamber Music Society and the Meadows Wind Ensemble, which has required two pieces for small orchestra, and collaborations with musicians specialized in new music such as violinists Matt Albert (founder of the Group Eighth Blackbird) and Joseph Puglia (first violin of the Asko |Schoenberg Ensemble Amsterdam). Next year will also see his song performed by Voices of Change, one of the leading ensembles of new music in the United States.

The Quartet Mitja was founded in 2008 by four musicians from Naples, Salerno, Potenza and Bari, heirs of illustrious cities culture of Magna Greece.
Mitja, Dmitri, is the little sweet diminutive that Shostakovich's mother used to call his son.
The Quartet was the host of important international music festivals and concert festivals such as:
Association "theatre-Premio Borciani" Reggio Emilia "Festival dei 2 Mondi" in Spoleto (PG), Alessandro Scarlatti Association (NA), ProQuartet "Rencontres Musicales" in Pont Royal (FRANCE), Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland in Weikersheim (Germany), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Rome, the "Festival of Pentecost" Tavarnelle Val di Pesa (FI), "Jeux d'art à la Villa d'Este at Tivoli (Rome), MozArt-Box of Portici (NA), "Singing Stones" L'Aquila, Teatro Ponchielli in Cremona, Palazzo Pitti, Florence, flanking a great performers such as Flavio Cucchi, Renzo Skins, Simone Gramaglia and Giovanni Scaglione of the Quartetto di Cremona.
The ensemble has been invited to give at the Conference "the Quartet in Italy today", organized by the Association "Amici del quartetto Guido a. Borciani" in Reggio Emilia.
The goal of the Quartet Mitja to realize "dream to sixteen strings" is reachable only through a world-class cosmopolitan education.
To pursue this dream the ensemble specializes in Florence (Scuola di Musica di Fiesole and European Academy Quartet), Imola (International Piano Academy "Incontri col Maestro"), Cremona (w. Stauffer Academy), Paris (courses of ProQuartet Academy) and Weikersheim (International Chamber Music Campus), where he studied under Andrea Nannoni, Antonello Farulli (Quartetto Sinopoli), the Quartetto di Cremona, Hatto Beyerle, Valentin Erben and Gerhard Schulz (Alban Berg Quartet), Milan Skampa (Smetana Quartet), Heime Müller (Artemis Quartet) Quartet, Casals, Stefan Fehlandt (Vogler Quartet), Dirk Mommertz (Fauré Quartet), Johannes Meissl (Artis Quartet), Claus Christian Schuster (Altenberg Trio), Christophe Giovaninetti (Ysaÿe Quartet and Quartet Elysée), Vladimir Mendelssohn, Alain Meunier, Ettore cause (Air Quartet), Petru Horvath, Bruno Giuranna, Quartetto di Torino, Alberto Maria Ruta (Quartetto Savinio).
The Quartet Mitja won the 1° prize at the European Competition "Jacopo Napoli" of Cava dei Tirreni, and received awards at the XXXIV national competition "Francesco Cilea" di Palmi (RC) and the 14th International Contest "Pietro Argento" Gioia del Colle (BA).
Cosimo Carovani composer dedicated "the 5 elements" to the Quartet Mitja, award-winning composition in the contest "Antonio Veretti" 2nd Edition.
The Quartet have been recognized as important scholarships from the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole (2010), ProQuartet (Paris) (2011-2012-2013-2014), Fondazione "a. Ciampi" (2012), Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland (2012)
Between 2010 and 2012 the group played a Quartet "Arnaldo Morano" (1970) entrusted by the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole.
The Quartet Mitja is among the performers sustained by "Project Springboard" friends of Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, which aims to launch the "young music promises that have already been" [cited above]

Thomas Schwan's music explores the subtle relationships between time, sound and silence, in a totally empirical and size never abstract, in an attempt to fuse the tonal tension with primitive circularity of time of so much 20th-century music. Refraining from the mere search for new stamps and combinations, the author again seemingly sound familiar in a meta-historical size, where the extreme expansion of time creates new perceptual contexts and casts new light on what seemed to be known. Music that, retrieving the primacy of the subject, is connected to the great tradition of spirituality in music in the twentieth century (Ives, Messiaen, Scelsi, Feldman) trying to reconcile the deepest instances of last century with a renewed need for introspection and lyricism.

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