Emanuele Torquati

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Emanuele Torquati, pianist



Site: www.emanueletorquati.com


The recipient of several Italian and international awards, Emanuele Torquati has performed extensively throughout Europe, United States and Canada, giving solo recitals in such diverse cities as San Francisco, Banff, New York, Chicago, Vancouver, Boston, Paris, Lyon, Metz, Leipzig, Prague, Krakow, Munich, Graz, Milan and Rome. He is a notable performer of new music and enjoys a diverse and varied career as a pianist.
In March 2008 he was artist in residence at The Banff Centre with the project “Voyage Messiaen”.
In 2009 the Debut at ILHMEC Chicago as well as the US Tour with cellist Francesco Dillon were highly praised from critics and followed by an immediate invitation from Columbia University New York for a Solo Recital. His performance was hailed as a “magnificent Recital of a powerful player, who uses his full body to create sounds” and described as an “out of body experience” by the Columbia Spectator.
Highlights of the 2010 season are the residency at The Banff Centre with the premiere of a his new Janacek project, the San Francisco Debut and the release of a double CD with the Transcriptions of Robert Schumann’s piano and vocal music for cello and piano. Upcoming recording projects are the Liszt complete works for cello and piano and Wagner’s complete piano music for Brilliant Classics.
He has worked intensively with leading composers including Sylvano Bussotti, Wolfgang Rihm, Kaija Saariaho, Beat Furrer, Jonathan Harvey, Brett Dean, Magnus Lindberg and he has collaborated among others with musicians such as Matthias Pintscher, Michael Gielen, Susanne Linke, Inon Barnatan and Sean Lee.
His activity has been supported by Institutions such as Federazione CEMAT, Accademia Musicale Chigiana, DAAD Bonn, Ambassade de France en Italie,Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Graz, International Ensemble Modern Academy. He has been invited to give Masterclasses within several Universities and Conservatories, such as IULM, G.A.M.O., Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, and Conservatory “F. Bonporti”.
Torquati was born in Milan in 1978.  His most influential teachers were Giancarlo Cardini and Konstantin Bogino. He also worked closely with Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen, Nicholas Hodges, Ian Pace, Michael Wendeberg. He went on to specialize in Chamber Music first with Franco Rossi, then he achieved a Master Degree at the International Chamber Music Academy of the Trio di Trieste. He’s the artistic director of music@villaromana for German institution Villa Romana.



“A vibrant pianist, excellent overall”

Boston Globe

“Italian pianist Emanuele Torquati was fascinating for his deep submersion in the music and capacity to convey the works of very different composers”

Czech Music Quarterly

“I found his playing imaginative and sensitive from the very first touch, with a deep understanding of each piece. Absolutely stunning”

Aki Takahashi

“…le pagine di Messiaen, qui illuminate con sovrana grazia e pari sapienza dal giovane artista, che con questa superba performance ha lasciato alla cittá un allettante biglietto da visita”

E. Bergamaschi

“…molto infatti accade nell´aria ed essa diventa protagonista quando Torquati si pone davanti al pianoforte e se ne appropria, le sue mani si muovono sicure a preparare gesti certi d´approccio alla tastiera. La forza muscolare dell´impatto articolato e consapevole, una volta indotta a comprimere i tasti e coinvolta nelle movenze della partitura, ne riceve fascino, a tutto vantaggio dell´interpretazione.”

I. Pedrina

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