Pianist Andrea Bacchetti will be in South Africa for three free concerts, organized by the Italian Cultural Institute in Pretoria. The concert in Johannesburg will be presented at the University of Johannesburg’s Arts Centre in Auckland Park on 8 September at 18:00.
Thursday 8 September 18:00 – UJ Arts Centre, Johannesburg
Saturday 10 September 18:00 – Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre, Cape Town
Sunday 11 September 18:00, Durban Jewish Club, Durban
Born in 1977, while still very young Andrea Bacchetti took advices from Karajan, Magaloff, Berio, Horszowski, Siciliani. He made his debut at the age of 11 in Milan in the Sala Verdi with the Solisti Veneti directed by C. Scimone.
Since then, he has played several times in International Festivals, while in Italy he is a guest of the major orchestras and opera companies, and of all the most important concert associations.
Abroad he has worked with numerous orchestras – Lucerne Festival Strings, Camerata Salzburg and Salzburg Chamber Soloists, RTVE Madrid, Sinfónica de Asturia, Oviedo, OSCYL, Valladolid; ORF, Vienna, MDR Leipzig, Kyoto Simphony Orchestra, Tenerife Symphony, Filarmonica della Scala, OSI Lugano, Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico, Russian Chamber Philarmonic St. Petersburg, and with directors such as Bellugi, Guidarini, Venzago, Luisi, Zedda, Manacorda, Panni, Petitgirard, Burybayev, Pehlivanian, Grazioli, Sanguineti, Toyama, Urbansky, Gullberg Jensen, Nanut, Lü-Ja, Justus Frantz, Bisanti, Ceccato – just to name a few.
He records for Sony Classical and among his wide discography are the SACD with the Sonatas of Cherubini (Penguin Guide UK Rosette 2010) and “The Scarlatti Restored Manuscript” (RCA Red Seal) winner of ICMA 2014 in the category “Baroque Instrumental”, Bach’s “Inventions and Symphonies” (CD of the month, September 2009, “BBC Music Magazine”), “The Italian Bach” (CD of the month, May 2014, “Record Geijutsu”) and “Keyboard Concertos BWV 1052 – 1058” with the RAI National Orchestra (CD of the month, May 2016 “Music”).
Composers such as Vacchi, Boccadoro, Del Corno – among others – have dedicated pieces to him. In recent seasons he has given concerts in Japan, Spain, Korea, Mexico, Cuba, Russia and is currently having tours in South America, Egypt and China, as well as concerts with the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano.
The programme includes:
Bach: 6 Preludes and Fugues (WTC II)
Scarlatti: 3 Sonatas
Cimarosa: Sonata in C minor
Schubert: Impromptu Op 142
Liszt: Consolation in Db
Debussy: The Little Shepherd and Jimbo’s lullaby
Mozart: Rondo’ K485 and Fantasia K397