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Pietro Roffi - 1999. Trekkspillkonsert



Pietro Roffi - 1999. Trekkspillkonsert

It was summer. During a local festival in my town I saw a man onstage holding in his arms a weird black box with a puff, from which different melodies kept coming out. That instrument, of which I didn’t even know the name, caught my attention instantly, to the extent that in the following days I begged my father to enroll me in a music class.  So that’s how on September 1999 I discovered that the weird black box was named “accordion”. I couldn’t have known it then, but my life changed when I was six years old: that choice destined me to a journey of which I could have never figured out anything. A journey with my accordion which included surprises, losses, sacrifices and a lot of passion, that same passion that kept me afloat even when I felt like giving up.
“1999” is a collection of musical histories describing some traits of this twenty-years-long journey. A journy through the alleys and the ramparts of the countries I’ve grown up or just happened to be; through the starry skies of far countries or intimate considerations and enlightening childhood experiences. A journey through my roots, those of the countryside surrounding Rome, and the trips to places million miles away. 
These pieces often tell about distances and remotenesses from places, people or feelings sometimes only experienced once, but which still strongly echo inside me. The album is also an unprecedented picture of my life: a vision of my instrument I have had since I was six, here merging with electronic atmospheres that have taken shape inside me through the last years and only became sharper and definite between the end of 2018 and the first months of 2019.
I chose to combine the accordion -an exotic instrument with an ancient taste- with the electronic, projecting the so called “organ of the poor” in to the present time and in a musical setting which was absolutely necessary for me. So, 1999, a symbolic year for everyone (being the last one before the new millennium), becomes a bond between past and future. I tried to take on my shoulders the musical tradition of the last century, the century during which the accordion has reached its apogee and its heyday, and I merged it with the musical settings of the new millennium. 

Dedicated to my family.

Blue Rio
Danse Chronique
Postcard n.1
Est Ovest
Postcard n.2
Storie Inventate
Is There A Place In Your Heart?

* * *
“Pietro is not only a musician technically very well prepared but also gifted with a poetic and sophisticated expressiveness, able to make his instrument sing and to follow the composer’s musical thoughts with imagination and empathy” (Dario Marianelli, Oscar Winner)
“The young and talented accordionist manages, as only the elected ones can do, to transform his accordion in various instruments”
(Puntual, Argentina)

“As Einstein said «everybody knows that something is impossible to achieve, until some naive person who doesn’t know this comes along and invents it». The «naïve person», after a tour that brought him everywhere, became a world famous star. Let’s not have low self-esteem. We are still the Italians we used to be” (Tosca, Italian singer)

“A technique that was stylistically and technically brilliant and demonstrated a complete mastery of this complex instrument”
(The Times of Malta)

“Pietro has never played ostentatiously placing himself in the foreground, but he let his extraordinary talent shine, creating a shared feeling as a true component of the orchestra (Kreiszeitung, Germany)

“The Italian accordionist showed his great talent, his intense study […]. He dealt with a various repertoire that was, both technically and stylistically, extremely difficult and that showed all his interpretative skills” (Ziauru Faclia, Romania)

“Pietro gave one of the most memorable recitals we have had for years. Wonderful colors flowed continuously from his black accordion, and the hall was filled with the warmth of his music and his personality. We were privileged to have this remarkable young man spend time with us” (John Marsden, Australian writer)

With his accordion on his shoulder, Pietro Roffi has traveled the world. Born in 1992, he began playing the accordion at the age of six and graduated with full marks and honourable mention at the Conservatory “S. Cecilia” in Rome. He made debut as soloist at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under the baton of Carlo Rizzari, playing a Serenata composed by the Oscar winner Dario Marianelli to celebrate the 90th birthday of Ennio Morricone, in the presence of the President of the Italian Republic.
Pietro carries out an intense concert activity and he performed in more than one hundred concerts all over the world as soloist and with symphonic orchestras, in prestigious concert halls as the “Die Glocke” in Bremen (Germany) with the Internationalen Jugendsinfonieorchesters, in which he performed the “Fairy Tales” concerto for accordion and orchestra by V. Trojan, and the  “Romanian Athenaeum” in Bucharest (Romania) with the National Youth Orchestra directed by Gabriel Bebeselea, meeting great acclaim by the audience and by the critics. He also went on tour in Lithuania, where he debuted with the Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach in 2017, in Italy (playing among others for IUC Concerti alla Sapienza, at the Teatro del Grande Eliseo, at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, for Expo Milano 2015, for Notti a Castel Sant’Angelo, for Nuova Consonanza and at the Narnia Festival), in England (at the Royal Academy of Music in London and at the Peterborough Cathedral), in Argentina (with a
sold-out tour in thirteen cities), in Malta (Bir Miftuħ International Music Festival), in China (Beijing, Tianjing and at the Nanjing University of Arts), in Australia (Melbourne and Woodend Winter Arts Festival in the Victoria State), in Brazil (in Rio de Janeiro, at the Sala Italia and the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes) in Croatia and Spain.
In 2017 he played the Concert Suite from the music for the movie Anna Karenina by Dario Marianelli as soloist with the Roma Tre Orchestra at the Teatro Palladium in Rome and at the Teatro Verdi in Pordenone, under the baton of Luciano Acocella; in that occasion he met the Oscar prize composer who called him to record the new soundtrack for the movie “Nome di donna” directed by Marco Tullio Giordana. In 2010 he won the First Prize at the International Competition of Castefidardo (virtuoso category). He attended seminars with pioneers of the accordion as O. Murray (UK), C. Jacomucci (Italy), Y. Shishkin (Russia), F. Angelis (France), M. Rantanen (Finland), S. Hussong (Germany), C. X. Qing (China), R. Sviackevicius (Lithuania), I. Alberdi (Spain), A. Melichar (Austria). After publishing an EP dedicated to Astor Piazzolla along with the pianist Alessandro Stella in 2018, his first solo album of original compositions (for accordion and electronics) came out on September 20, 2019, with the title of “1999”, edited by the label Inri Classic, proposed for the first time the past August 15 in Shenzhen (China). He gave master classes at the National University of Music in
Bucharest and recorded live concerts for national TVs and radios in Romania, Italy and China. He is invited every year for representing Italy by Embassies and Italian Institutes of Culture in the world. Pietro plays a Bugari Armando Prime, built in Castelfidardo. He currently lives in Valmontone, small town near Rome where he grew-up. 


Data: tor 3 okt 2019

Orario: Alle 18:30

Organizzato da : IIC Oslo

Ingresso : Libero


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