The Italian Cultural Institute in Pretoria in collaboration with the Etienne Rousseau Theatre presents a series of five concerts by Italian accordionist Pietro Roffi, who will perform from 10 to 15 May together with the Odeion String Quartet from Bloemfontein.
Born in 1992, he began playing the accordion at the age of six and graduated with honors from the ‘Santa Cecilia’ Conservatory in Rome. He made his debut as a soloist at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome with the Orchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia under the direction of Carlo Rizzari, playing a Serenade written by Oscar winner Dario Marianelli on the occasion of Ennio Morricone’s 90th birthday, in the presence of the President of the Republic.
He carries out an intense concert activity that has seen him perform in over one hundred and fifty concerts all over the world, as a soloist and with symphonic orchestras, in prestigious halls such as the ‘Die Glocke’ in Bremen (Germany) with the Internationales Jugendsinfonieorchester, where he performed the concert ‘Fairy Tales’ for accordion and orchestra by V. Trojan, and the ‘Romanian Athenaeum’ in Bucharest (Romania) with the National Youth Orchestra conducted by Gabriel Bebeselea, receiving praise from audiences and music critics everywhere.
He recently recorded the soundtrack of ‘Pinocchio’ (by Matteo Garrone, with Roberto Benigni) written by Dario Marianelli, nominated for the David di Donatello Awards and recorded and co-produced together with Mokadelic the music for the series ‘La Garçonne’ (France2).
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