San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Giovanni De Cecco
He graduated in Piano from Venice Conservatory of Music and in Philosophy from the “Ca’ Foscari” University of Venice.
In Romania he studied from gypsy bands and from country folk musicians many of the themes which he loves to reinterpret in the concert halls.
He was often invited to perform and represent Romania together with Romanian artists.
He performed in the Presidential Palace in Bucharest; in 2004 at the Teatro dell’Opera, Rome, the special concert held to celebrate the National Holiday of Romania; in Vienna for the upcoming entrance of Romania into the European Union; in Japan in the presence of new Romanian President Basescu for the international Aichi Expo in June 2005 and in Nagoya and Tokyo in September 2005.
More recently he performed in other important concerts in Prague at Reduta Jazz Club, in Stockholm (Berwaldhallen) and in Turkey (Istanbul Jazz Center, Nardis jazz club, Galata Dernegi), and for many Italian Cultural institutes (Wolfsburg, Bucharest, Stockholm).
In 2008 he recorded the album “Traditional music from Romania” with the Hungarian violinist Leonardo Jeszensky.
He played and presented this album in the most important international klezmer festivals, among which “klezMORE”2008 (Vienna), Internationales Furth Klezmer Festival 2009 (Furth, Germany), Ot Templom Fesztival (Gyor, Hungary).
For years he has been holding seminaries and masterclasses in many Universities (Udine and Venice in Italy, Iasi in Romania), Cultural Institutes (Roumanian Institute in Venice, Roumanian Embassy in Prague, Italian Cultural Centre in Cluj Napoca Romania), and more recently in Thailand, Bangkok (Silpakorn University, ABAC University, Yamaha Siam Kolkarn Ratchadapisek) and Iran (Tehran Conservatory).
On 2013, bicentennial of Richard Wagner’s birth, he performed a program of a series of recitals all overt the world all dedicated to his music, trancribed for piano and piano duet.
He began to play the piano when he was eight. He studied with Sebastiano Cannizzo in “Vincenzo Bellini” Conservatory, Caltanissetta (Italy) and graduated at the age of twenty.
Then he started to dedicate himself to the study of ancient keyboard instruments: organs and harpsichords, graduating in Harpsichord with Maria Pia Jacoboni.
Meanwhile he studied Composition with Giorgio Tosi, and Electronic Music with Francesco Giomi and Marco Biscarini at the “Arrigo Boito” Conservatory in Parma (Italy), where he graduated.
He continued his education, graduating in Musicology in the University of Pavia (Italy) with a dissertation about Carlo Antonio Marino and his music.
He also studied Harpsichord with Francesco Baroni, and for four years attended the course “Ars et Labor”, an advanced Piano and Chamber Music Course, with Christa Bützberger and Marina Rossi in Vicenza (Italy).
During these studies he attended masterclasses with Enrico Baiano, Bob van Asperen, Michele Barchi and Emilia Fadini.
He has performed in many recitals for important institutions in Europe and Asia, such as the Apostolic Nunciature and the Italian Embassy; he has played with different ensembles, from baroque to modern, including music for two harpsichords with the Novecembalo Ensemble, and ancient music with Baroque Me Baby, blending “Historical Performance Practice” with new ways of understanding the art of music.
He regularly plays basso continuo for many chamber music groups and orchestras, and plays piano or harpsichord in solo recitals and with orchestras.
He is editing the works of the Italian baroque composers Mortaro, Ferronati and Marino, and is also collaborating with “Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini” to edit the works of Luigi Boccherini.
He is currently full-time lecturer of the Department of Music Performance at the Assumption University of Thailand, where he teaches Harpsichord, Piano, Counterpoint and History of Western Music, amongst other subjects.
He also teaches Piano and Harpsichord at Yamaha Kolkarn Music School, Bangkok and he has been invited as Guest Lecturer by Thammasart University. He is the founding conductor of Assumption University Gregorian Chant Choir (AUGCC), and conductor of the Siam Rathadapisek Chamber Orchestra (SRCO).
He estabilished the International Keyboard Academy (IKA) in Thailand, organizing several musical events and collaborating with world renowned musicians.
4 handed piano: Brahms, Schumann, Rubinstein
Alberto Firrincieli & Giovanni De Cecco: piano
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): Variations op. 23 on a Theme by Schumann for Piano and Four Hands
Robert Schumann (1810-1856): Bilder aus Osten op. 66: 6 Impromptus for Four Hands Piano
Anton Grigorevich Rubinstein (1829 – 1894): 6 characteristic pieces op. 50 for Four Hands Piano.
(1. Nocturne, 2. Scherzo, 3. Barcarole, 4. Capriccio, 5. Berceuse, 6. Marche)
When & Where
Italian Cultural Institute Hong Kong
The Italian Cultural Institute in Hong Kong is the Cultural Office of the Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong and (with Beijing and Shanghai) one of the three cultural agencies of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in China. The Institute serves as a source of information about Italian life and culture, showcasing Italy’s classic and contemporary heritage. The Institute works alongside the Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong in organizing cultural events and establishing relationships with local cultural institutions.