The accordion is an instrument adaptable to all types of music: classical, folk, jazz, ancient music, tango… You play all the genres, but if you had to choose one, which would you choose and why?
For many years now I focus on the pre-Baroque, Baroque and Classical repertoire using a special accordion, unique in the world, tuned with the A 415hz and with the temperament “Vallotti”. There is certainly a personal taste for that period, but it is also due to the decisions I made during my career.
About twenty years ago, in fact, I became particularly interested in Baroque music and I contacted specialists for lessons. I thought I will find a strong opposition to the use of the accordion (twentieth century instrument) in that repertoire, and instead I found a series of opportunities that led me to study with Roberto Pagano, Marco Farolfi, Luca Oberti and Emilia Fadini, and to collaborate with great specialists like Michele Andalò, Fiorella Andriani, Francesco Baroni, Luca Giardini, Alessandro Palmeri, Alessandro Tampieri or Imbi Tarum.
Your favourite breakfast
I am practically omnivorous, but for me breakfast must be sweet : yogurt, cereals, croissants, fruit …
“About twenty years ago, in fact, I became particularly interested in Baroque music and I contacted specialists for lessons. I thought I will find a strong opposition to the use of the accordion (twentieth century instrument) in that repertoire, and instead I found a series of opportunities… “
The last movie you’ve seen
Lately, also because of the presence of a 9 year old son passionate about the genre, I do not miss any of the films dedicated to Marvel superheroes. Last Sunday I saw Black Panther.
On 22-23 June you will be in San Sebastian at the ACCOLAND 2018 accordion masterclass, can you explain us why there and what are you organizing?
I will be in San Sebastian thanks to the very kind invitation of Anne Landa, whom I have known for years, but with whom I had lost contact for a long time. We met recently and we organized my visit to San Sebastian. I would like very much that in the near future Anne would come to Parma to speak to the students of my Conservatory of the applications of the Alexander Technique and to my students, in particular, of her vision of the modern accordion.
What are your most exciting projects for this year?
This year is very special for me. I have just recorded my second CD dedicated to Domenico Scarlatti, which should come out at the end of spring.
During the summer, I should start a new collaboration with the baroque bassoonist Dana Karmon and with the flutist / clarinetist Massimiliano Limonetti, with whom we will propose some Bach counterpoints and original tracks for wind instruments and continuo. Moreover, this summer I will begin working on my new concert/recording project: I plan, in the next two years, to record and propose in concert the complete French Suites of JS Bach.