• 8 th of September / 19.00


    The Crescendo programme begins with the childhood theme illustrated by the thirteen miniature masterpieces that form Robert Schumann’s Kinderszenen(“Scenes from Childhood”) for solo piano. Works by the young Johannes Brahms and likewise youthful Sergei Rachmaninov will take us through the stringed fusion on duet and trio territory towards a fresh, newly commissioned quartet composed by our resident artist Pierre Audiger, in its premiere. The programme culminates with a resounding performance of Cesar Franck’s passionate and uncompromisingly mature Piano Quintet in F minor.

    Robert Schumann – Kinderszenen op.15
    Von fremden Ländern und Menschen (Of Foreign Lands and Peoples)
    Curiose Geschichte (A Curious Story)
    Hasche-Mann (Blind Man’s Buff)
    Bittendes Kind (Pleading Child)
    Glückes genug (Quite Happy)
    Wichtige Bebebenheit (An Important Event)
    Träumerei (Dreaming)
    Am Camin (At the Fireside)
    Ritter vom Steckenpferd (Knight of the Hobby-Horse)
    Fast zu ernst (Almost too Serious)
    Fürchtenmachen (Frightening)
    Kind im Einschlummern (Child Falling Asleep)
    Der Dichter spricht (The Poet Speaks)
    Artist: Graeme McNaught

    Johannes Brahms – Scherzo in C minor opus posthume
    Artists: Graeme McNaught & Kristine Balanas

    Sergey Rachmaninoff – Trio élégiaque no.1 in G minor
    One Movement (più vivo – con anima – appassionato – tempo rubato – risoluto)
    Artists: McNaught, Kristine Balanas & Alberto Cassadei

    Comissioned Piece for Premiere in the Festival
    Artists: Pietro Bonfilio, Bogdan Ciobanu, Pierre Audiger, Alberto Cassadei

    Cesar Franck– Piano quintet in F minor opus 14

    Moltomoderato quasi lento – Allegro
    Lentocon molto sentimento
    Allegronon troppo ma con fuoco

    Artists: Graeme McNaught, Kristine Balaans, Michelle Dierx, Catalina Toma, Alberto Cassadei


Born in Tuscany (Italy) in 1990, Pietro graduated with honors at Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdiin Milan. He completed a Masters degree in performance with Distinction at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Hehas performed in the USA (Carnegie Hall in New York, NYU and Cornell University in Ithaca), in various cities of Sweden, Germany, Scotland (Stevenson Hall and in the Royal Concert Hall of Glasgow), Mexico (Centro Cultural Bicentenario in Mexico City), Cambodia (Phnom Penh Piano Festival Meta House) and Thailand (Bangkok Piano Festival, Siam Ratchada Auditorium).

He has performed frequently in Milan, most notably at Teatro alla Scala, in the Salone Napoleonico of Palazzo Serbelloni, in the Royal Palace, in the Puccini hall and in the Verdi hall, in the great hall of Casa Verdi, in Villa Litta Borromeo Visconti for Società Umanitariaand in the Gaber Hall for the Società dei Concerti.

He has performed as a soloist with Mexico State Symphony Orchestra, with Philharmonic Orchestra “Mihail Jora” Bacau, with Grosseto Symphony Orchestra, and with Reggio Calabria Francesco CileaOrchestra.

Corriere della Sera, La Repubblica, La Nazione, Il Tirreno and Suonare News have all given him glowing reviews and RAI TV News (TG1) have interviewed him, introducing him as A promising young talent on the Italian, musical scene.In 2011 he recorded a concert for the national service Radio Classica, as guest artist on their programme The Pianist. In 2014 he played live for RadioRai3.

He has recorded a CD for Brilliant Classics dedicated to the Russian composer Dimitri Kabalevsky.