Musicological research can prove an unparalleled stimulus for bringing ideas to performance. But I have long been aware that performance can just as easily feed back to musicological thinking. And this is not all. Very often these synergies reveal no clear unidirectional trajectory. I experience this fertile collision with growing interest, in particular because of its potential to reshape our historiographic, stylistic, and professional categories. With this in mind, in November, 2018, I launched this new personal project: concerts, talks, recordings, and other initiatives, some addressed to an academic environment, others to general audiences, the common thread being my yearning to offer alternative ways to perform the classical-music repertoire from a starting point of unconventional musicology-based approaches.
Lectures at the piano
HÉLÈNE DE NERVO DE MONTGEROULT
Rebel woman, offbeat artist
The thrilling life and unbelievable music of a unique figure in music history. Works by Hélène de Montgeroult.
2020-2021 & 2021-2022
Piano and orchestra
RETHINKING THE EMPIRE
Experimental inVersion of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5. World premiere: August 2021
A radically different performance of Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto: inVersion by Luca Chiantore with original variants; fermatas, cadenza, interludes, and solos (re)composed from autograph sketches; ornamented timpani part; and extemporaneous rendering of the thoroughbass.
World premiere: Morelia, Mexico, August 21, 2021. Tzintzuni Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Juan Vázquez.
- inVERSIONSMy inVERSIONS of Beethoven’s Sonatas Op. 53 and 27#2 and an experimental informed performance of nine Etudes by Hélène de Montgeroult (recording: November, 2020; release: January, 2021)
- The Spherical PianoAn experimental 360º recording of my inVERSIONS of works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Fryderyk Chopin, and Johannes Brahms, plus my Five Binaural Etudes (2020), composed specifically for this album. Recorded at Musikeon, Valencia, between July, 2020, and March, 2021; produced by Ronald Ayala at The Spot Studio. Release: July 2021.
- Open WorksAn experimental recording of my inVERSIONS of Musorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Granados’ Valses Poéticos (recording scheduled for: September, 2021). Producer Ronald Ayala, The Spot Studio.
Musician, musicologist, educator