composer and pianist
The DUO ALTERNO, defined by Los Angeles Times “the high theatrics Duo with a strong personality”, by The Washington Post “the duo with a big voice and a fine sense of comedic timing”, by la Repubblica “the duo that gives voice (and piano) to the Italian century”, by the Globe and Mail “the inventive Duo” and by The Indu of Chennai “an electric experience”, was born in Torino (Italy). With its performances of over than 70 Italian living composers, the DUO is considered one of the most significant reference points in the vocal-piano repertorio of works by composers ranging from the early 20th century to today. Since its debut in Vancouver in 1997 it has kept concert and master-classes in over thirty countries. Many composers (including Giacomo Manzoni and Ennio Morricone) have written pieces for soprano Tiziana Scandaletti and pianist-composer Riccardo Piacentini, both of whom are graduated with top marks in History of Music as well as in their respective fields of performance.
The DUO made its debut in February 1997 at Vancouver Festival of Italian Contemporary Music, where they were invited to hold concerts and master classes at Simon Fraser University, at University of British Columbia and Vancouver Academy of Music. Since then they have undertaken regular foreign tours:
- Finland in 1998 (Sibelius Akatemia in Helsinki), Uzbekistan (Tashkent Festival of contemporary music, first Italian artists to be invited) and Argentina (Centro Cultural San Martin in Buenos Aires and Teatro Colon in Mar del Plata);
- in 1999 they returned to Uzbekistan and visited the four Scandinavian countries (Festival "Memorie Sonore" in Stockholm, Cinemateket in Oslo, Cable Factory in Helsinki);
- in 2000 they were in USA (Ethical Society of Philadelphia, Levine School of Washington, Rutgers State University);
- in 2001 in France (Festival Musique Italienne du XXme siècle in Strasburg, Festival Transphotographique of Lille, Centre Noroit in Arras), Kazakhstan (Almaty State Conservatory), Great Britain (Festival Roussel in London), south-east Asia (Gedung Kesenian Theater in Jakarta, Chongdong Theater and Joong Ang University in Seoul, Jubilee Hall in Singapore);
- in 2002 in Belgium (Flanders Festival), Norway, China (Bejing Central Conservatory of Music), Singapore;
- in 2003 again in USA, Canada (Los Angeles, San Francisco, NUMUS Concerts at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo-Toronto and second time at University of British Columbia in Vancouver) and Macedonia;
- in 2004 in India (New Delhi Indian International Centre, Madras Musical Association in Chennai, ITC Windsor Mannor in Bangalore), Indonesia (Erasmus Huis in Jakarta) Australia (Melbourne Chapel off Chapel and University of New England) and Argentina (San Paolo Auditorium and Museum Fernandez Blanco in Buenos Aires);
- in 2005 in Holland, Belgium, Turkey (Gerere Theater in Istanbul), USA (Mannes College of New York and, again, Rutgers State University), Russia (St. Petersburg Composers' Union - Spring Music Festival);
- in 2006 in Japan (Toyota Municipal Museum of Art and Tokyo IIC) and USA (Haverford College and Philadelphia Ethical Society);
- in 2007 again in USA (Stanford, Berkeley and Portland Universities, Fine Arts Building of Chicago, Four Oaks Auditorium of Houston, Modern Works of New York and Ethical Society of Philadelphia), in Germany (Gasteig in Munich), Japan (Toyota Municipal Museum of Art and Kyoto University for Foreign Studies), Austria (Meranpalast in Graz , Justizpalast in Wien for Creatives Centrum), China (Xinghai Concert Hall in Canton, Liaoning Grand Theater in Shenyang, Settimana Internazionale della Lingua Italiana in Pechino) and Mongolia (Opera Theater in Ulaan Baatar);
- in 2008 in Germany (Unerhörte Musik at BKA Theater in Berlin, Wolfsburg Castle, Munich IIC), Sweden, (Ars Nova Malmö, Kulturveket Halmstad), Denmark (Copenaghen IIC), USA (ensemble in residence at Albuquerque UNM Composers' Symposium), Canada (SoundaXis Festival at the Music Gallery in Toronto in cooperation with Penderecki String Quartet)), Serbia (ArtLink Festival in Belgrado and Novi Sad), Australia (Sydney Conservatorium, Canberra Wesley Uniting Music Centre, Melbourne Federation Hall, Perth Modern School), China (Shenyang Conservatory);
- in 2009 in Germany (Neue Musik Köln - Festival all'Italiana and Dresden Jazz Tonne Club), Canada and USA (Toronto Bata Shoe Museum and, again, Haverford College), Russia (Czars Village in St. Petersburg, Ciaikovskij Conservatory in Moscow), Czech Republic (Janacek Academy in Brno), Lithuania and Latvia (University Theaters of Vilnius and Riga), Ukraine (Taras Shevchenko University in Kiev);
- in 2010 in USA (Levine School of Washington, St. Mary's College and University of Baltimore in Maryland County), China and Mongolia (Beijing Modern Music Festival and Opera Theater of Ulaan Baatar), Czech Republic (Prague Vila Portheimka), France (Les Floraisons Musicales), Finland (International Brinkhall Summer Concerts), Serbia (Gradska kuca in Novi Sad and Knjazevsko Serbski Teatar in Kragujevac), Singapore (Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts), Australia (MELMI Project and IIC in Melbourne), Ethiopia (Addis Abeba IIC);
- in 2011 in Spain (VII Temporada de Concerts Internacionals in Ametlla del Vallès – Barcelona), Poland (Krakow Music Academy), Hungary (Budapest Spring Festival), Malta (La Valletta Hall), Hong Kong (Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts);
- in 2012 in Germany (Unerhörte Musik at BKA Theater in Berlin), Peru (Teatro Pirandello in Lima, Universidad Catolica San Paolo in Arequipa), Brazil (Escola de Musica – Conservatorium in Rio de Janeiro, Circolo Italiano in San Paolo), Spain (Palacio de Abrantes and IIC in Madrid), Czech Republic (Kaiserbad Concert Hall in Frantiskovy Lazne – Prague), Poland (Music Gardens Festival and IIC), Serbia (Knjazevsko Serbski Teatar of Kragujevac and Stankovic Conservatorium in Belgrade), USA (IIC di New York, REDCAT – Los Angeles), Venezuela (Teatro Humboldt – Caracas, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo – Maracaibo);
- in 2013 again in Germany (Unerhörte Musik in Berlin and IIC in Cologne and Hamburg), Czech Republic (Galerie Zavodny Concert Series in Mikulov), Switzerland (Ikarus Pavillon Konzerte in Basel), United Kingdom (The University of Edinburgh Concert Series), USA (Greenwich House in New York, Bryn Mawr College of Philadelphia), Canada (Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo-Toronto, Chapelle du Bon-Pasteur di Montreal);
- in 2014 in Canada and USA (Pyatt Hall of the Vanvouver Symphony Orchestra in Vancouver, Portland State University, IIC in San Francisco), Azerbaijan (Mugham Center), Russia (Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Glinka Museum in Moscow), Austria (IIC in Wien and Ganz Novi Festival in Zagreb), Holland (Conservatorium van Amsterdam), Hungary (IIC in Budapest);
- in 2015 in Finland and Sweden (Tempelliaukion Kirkko in Helsinki and Gio Ponti Auditorium at the IIC in Stockholm), Slovakia (Academy for Performing Arts and Music in Bratilaw), Hong Kong and China (Y Theatre in Hong Kong and IIC in Beijing), France (Festival de Musique Contemporaine de l'Italian Cultural Institute in Strasburg), Azerbaijan (Uzeyr Hacibeyov International Music Festival in Baku), Singapore (The Arts House), Indonesia and Thailand (IIC in Jakarta and Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre);
- in 2016 in Denmark (IIC in Copenaghen), Germany (Haus der Musik in Stuttgart, IIC in Hamburg, Unerhörte Musik in Berlin), Turkey (BSO's Concert Series at Bilkent University), Venezuela (Corporacion Andina de Fomento in Caracas. Casa Italia in Maracay), Guatemala (Casa Santo Domingo in Antigua), San Paolo (Theaters of Sao Bento and Sao Pedro, Instituto Baccarelli), Algeri (Auditorium de la Radio Algeriénne), Hong Kong (Y-Theatre), Tokyo (Auditorium Umberto Agnelli), Nara (Arts Festival), Graz (Florentinersaal der Kunst-Universität), Colonia (IIC), Wiesbaden (Museum), etc.
The DUO has made recordings for Curci (first recording of Giacomo Manzoni’s “Du Dunkelheit”, dedicated to the Duo Alterno, Milan 1998), for Nuova Era label (four CDs with first-ever recordings of works by Giorgio Federico Ghedini, Turin 2000 and 2001, Alfredo Casella, Turin 2002, Franco Alfano, Turin 2003) and the CDs of “foto-musica con foto-suoni”© with enviromental sounds for the 8th and 9th Biennial International of Photography in Turin (Musiche dell'aurora , Shahar and Arie condizionate), for the Train Museum in Bussoleno (Treni persi), for the mines in Traversella (Mina miniera mia) and the Royal Castle in Venaria Reale (Musiche della Reggia di Venaria Reale). For Stradivarius label the DUO has recorded the series La voce contemporanea in Italia - 1st CD, 2nd CD, 3rd CD, 4th CD, 5th, 6th CD and La voce crepuscolare - Notturni e Serenate del '900. They also collaborated together for the book + DVD I suoni delle cose - Poetica del foto-suono tra Filosofia, E(ste)tica e Musica (Curci, Milan 2011), that they are presenting through workshops and live performances all over the world.
Among the artists who collaborated with the DUO ALTERNO: violinist Jeremy Bell, writer Gabriella Bianco, cellist Guido Boselli, violinist Maurizio Cadossi, writer Sandro Cappelletto, dancer and coreographer Katja Erfurth, guitarist Bryan Johanson, violinist Matthias Leupold, trombonist Michele Lomuto, violinist Massimo Marin, flutist Massimo Mercelli, flutist Anna Maria Morini, trombonist Ivo Nilsson, flutist Giuseppe Nova, bass clarinettist Rocco Parisi, accordionist Christine Patè, writer Quirino Principe, cellist Madeleine Shapiro, flutist Gianni Trovalusci, accordionist Davide Vendramin. Among the ensembles and the orchestras: Gruppo Fiati Musica Aperta – Bergamo, National Orchestra of Radio and Television of Azerbaijan, Nuovo Contrappunto – Florence, Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali – Milan, Penderecki String Quartet – Toronto, State Philarmonic Orchestra – Baku, Studio for New Music – Moscow.
They have taken part in broadcasts on national radio and television stations, including RAI, Radio Italian Switzerland, Uzbek National Radio as well as Kazak, Indian and Chinese National Televisions, Australian SBS, etc.