Tiziana Scandaletti and Riccardo Piacentini
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 repertoire of all main authors of 20th Century and over than eighty Italian living composers, the DUO is considered one of the most significant reference points in the vocal-piano repertoire of works by composers ranging from the early 20th century to today. Since its debut in Vancouver in 1997 it has kept concerts and master-classes in over than sixty countries. Recordings for Curci (Manzoni, Piacentini), Nuova Era (Alfano, Casella, Ghedini, Malipiero), Stradivarius (six CDs “La voce contemporanea in Italia” with Italian living composers), Urania (Tosti, “The Last Songs” on original Erard piano) document a long activity with alluring reviews. 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, now professors at Milan Conservatory.
Sorprendente actuación del italianísimo Duo Alterno
April 23rd 2018
1 CD Urania Records LDV14033
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 all around the world: Algeria (2016/19), Argentina (1998, 2004/19), Australia (2004/8/10), Austria (2007/14/16), Azerbaijan (2014/15), Belgium (2002/5), Brazil (2012/16), Canada (1997, 2003/8/9/13/14), China (2002/7/8/10/15), Croatia (2014), Czech Republic (2009/10/12/13), Korea (2001), Denmark (1999, 2008/16/21), Estonia (2019), Ethiopia (2010), Finland (1998/9, 2010/15/19), France (2001/10/15/22), Germany (2007/8/9/12/13/16/17/18/21/23), Guatemala (2016/19), Holland (2005/14), Hong Kong (2011/15/16), Hungary (2011/14), Japan (2006/7/16), India (2004), Indonesia (2001/4/15), Kazakhstan (2001), Latvia (2009), Lithuania (2009), Luxembourg (2022), Malaysia (2018), Malta (2011), Mexico (2019), Mongolia (2007/10), Myanmar (2018), Norway (1999, 2002), Peru (2012), Poland (2011/12), Russia (2005/9/14), Serbia (2009/10/12), Singapore (2001/2/3/10/15), Slovakia (2015), Slovenia (2014), Spain (2011/12/22/23), Sweden (1999, 2008/15/19), Switzerland (2013), Thailand (2015), Turkey (2005), Ukraine (2009), the United States (2000/3/5/6/7/8/9/10/12/13/14/18), the United Kingdom (2001/13), Uzbekistan (1998/9), Venezuela (2012/16).
As well as dozens of performances in Italy, from Alba Music Festival to Fondazione Toscana Musica e Arte in Arezzo, Kandinsky Academy and Irpinia Festival in Avellino, Musica Aperta in Bergamo, Perosi International Academy in Biella, Accademia Filarmonica, Cultural Centre “La Soffitta” and Teatro Comunale – MICO in Bologna, Spazio Musica in Cagliari, Spazio Novecento in Cremona, Carlo Zauli Museum in Faenza, GAMO in Florence, Amici del Carlo Felice in Genua, Amici della Musica in Lanciano, Maratea Musica Festival, Dal Verme Theater and I Pomeriggi Musicali, Contemporary Music Center, Asteria Theater and Società dei Concerti in Milan, City Theater in Modena, International Summer Festival in Montepulciano, Millemondi Festival in Naples, Bibiena Art Festival in Piacenza, Amici della Musica in Pistoia, I Teatri di Reggio Emilia, Nuovi Spazi Musicali, Musica d’oggi, Incontri con la Musica, PentArte and Nuova Consonanza in Rome, Antidogma, Torino Settembre Musica, Camerata Casella, Accademia Stefano Tempia and Festival MI.TO in Turin, Trieste Prima, Amici della Musica in Udine, Teatro La Fenice, Ateneo Veneto, Levi Foundation and Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti in Venice… besides several master-classes in Academies, Conservatories and Universities (Biella, Bologna, Padua, Turin, Trento…).
Map of the concerts kept by the Duo Alterno all around the world.
Among the artists who collaborated with the DUO ALTERNO: violinist Jeremy Bell, writer Gabriella Bianco, cellist Guido Boselli, violinist Maurizio Cadossi, violinist Daniela Cammarano, writer Sandro Cappelletto, flutist Enrico Di Felice, cellist Francesco Dillon, dancer and coreographer Katja Erfurth, guitarist Bryan Johanson, violinist Matthias Leupold, trombonist Michele Lomuto, violinist Massimo Marin, flutist Massimo Mercelli, flutist Sara Minelli, 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, Pentarte Ensemble, State Philarmonic Orchestra – Baku conducted by Fabrizio Festa, 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 and Peruvian, Indian and Chinese National Televisions, Australian SBS, etc.