The Opter Ensemble, formed by horn player Guglielmo Pellarin, violinist Francesco Lovato and pianist Federico Lovato, is a fixture on the Italian music scene.
The line-up is characterised their extensive research activity. Its repertoire, which focuses particularly on 19th century and contemporary music, includes trios by Brahms, Ligeti, Berkeley, Koechlin, and works by young composers such as Cascioli, Schweizer, Pagotto. The Opter Ensemble also performs arrangements from the symphonic repertoire such as the ‘Serenata’ op.11 by Brahms arranged by Zanettovich and the ‘Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche’ op.28 by R. Strauss arranged by Francescato. The versatile ensemble also makes it possible to expand the repertoire with pieces for horn and piano and for violin and piano, or to immerse the trio in larger formations.
As part of the ‘Suono Italiano’ project, organised by the Italian Music Council CIDIM, on 31 March the Italian Cultural Institute of Oslo will present the concert ‘Il corno e la sua storia’ (The Horn and its History), which will revolve around the figure of the English cornist Dennis Brain (1921 – 1957), the most important soloist of the 1950s, whose virtuosity changed the history of the instrument and inspired several composers, including Poulenc and Berkeley.
More information at iicoslo.esteri.it