Prague Music Performance in collaboration with Struny Teens and Czech Philharmonic presents
October 20, 8 pm, La Fabrika
October 19, 10 am, Rudolfinum
Tickets: Czech Philharmonic, Rudolfinum
Francesco Tristano is an artist of many talents: pianist, composer, electronic music producer who combines eras, genres and styles in his music. Almost everything he does illustrates his refusal to accept borders and limits in music, he knows the conventions that have shaped generations of classical pianists – and has chosen to side step them.
Francesco has become a key reference in a new movement which explores the creative intersection between classical and electronic music, homogenizing it in a natural way which unites audiences from various worlds into his own universe. He is always bringing something new, as NY Times describes, “Francesco Tristano had rhythmic bite and color galore, while bringing engaging impetuosity to the music.”
Born in 1981, Tristano discovered the piano at the age of five and studied at New York’s Juilliard School for five years. lt was in New York that he started to work with electronic and club music as well as completing a master class with Rosalyn Tureck. In 2004, he won the first prize at the international piano competition for contemporary music in Orléans, France. He presented his compositions from an early age and is focusing increasingly on his work as a composer after recent successes such as ‘A Soft Shell Groove’, among others as well as Symphonic works for orchestra and Strings orchestra pieces. The Guardian described his recent works based on Stravinsky” … Ravel – Tristano’s own, very skillful, very witty two-piano version of Boléro, which drives to its climax in a wild torrent of clusters and glissandi, and the composer’s own arrangement of La Valse, … (a) kind of demonic music.
Tristano is very active and often collaborates with important names in different genres such as Derrick May, Carl Craig, the Quatuor Modigliani, Michel Portal as well as an exquisite dance project with Saburo Teshigawara to name a few.
To date, Tristano has released 12 albums, among them recordings of Bach’s Goldberg Variations and complete keyboard concertos, Luciano Berio’s complete piano works, and Girolamo Frescobaldi’s Toccatas. ‘Not for Piano’ (inFine, 2007), presented his own compositions as well as versions of techno classics at the piano and ‘Idiosynkrasia’ (inFine, 2010), recorded at Carl Craig’s Planet E-communications in Detroit, which was released to critical acclaim. As a Deutsche Grammophon artist he released ‘BachCage’, produced by Moritz von Oswald, in 2011, ‘The Long Walk’ (Buxtehude/ Bach/ Tristano)in 2012 and ‘Scandale’ with Alice Sara Ott in 2014.
In May 2017 he exclusively signed with Sony Classics and his first album on Sony label was released in September 2017 « Piano Circle Songs » a recording which explores the gentler, more innocent side of his creative personality with simple, poignant melodies being the key creative impetus.
As well as premieres of his symphonic and chamber orchestra compositions, projects include « The Goldberg City Variations » with an urbanization visual theme, a pioneering design rig for his electronic projects.
Recent and upcoming engagements (recitals and orchestral) include – Alte Oper Frankfurt, Orchestre National de Lille, Spanish National Orchestra, a residency with the Manchester Camerata, Audi Sommer Fest, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, La Folle Journée, Sonar, Arsenal Metz, Sala Sao Paulo, Cervantino Festival Mexico and Auditorio Nacional Madrid as well as yearly tours in Japan.