Italian ‘post minimalist’ composer, supervirtuoso cellist and conductor Giovanni Sollima endeared himself to Australian audiences in 2014. During June and July, 2016, he will return to perform with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO), playing Neapolitan Baroque composer Leonardo Leo’s Cello Concerto No 3 in D minor as well as his own work Fecit Neap 17… for cello and strings.
Giovanni Sollima teaches at the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome and at Romanini Foundation in Brescia. An effective academic, he plays a Francesco Ruggieri cello made in Cremona in 1679, which is just perfect for presenting music composed over a 500 year period, as he takes the audience on a wild joy-ride through the evolution of Italian music-making.
Playing for Sollima is a means to communicate with the world. His renowned flair for showmanship will be sure to endear him to many as he collaborates with Satu Vanska, the orchestra’s leader and violin who will also be playing a solo; Introduction and Variations on ‘Dal tuo stellato soglio’ from Rossini’s Moses in Egypt by Paganini and Maxime Bibeau, who will perform Scelsi’s solo for Double Bass, C’est bien la nuit from Nuits.
ACO Artistic Director Richard Tognetti met Giovanni Sollima at the Festival Maribor in Slovenia in 2011, and it was immediately clear the pair were kindred spirits. The program the ACO and I are playing he explains, is a narrative, a tale, with connections, contrasts, stories, mysteries, secrets, love, and more.
Born into a family of musicians, Sollima often features as a soloist with orchestras around the world and with various ensembles, including the Giovanni Sollima Band, which he founded in New York in 1997.
Sollima has played in many interesting venues including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Alice Tully Hall , Knitting Factory, and Carnegie Hall (New York), Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), Salle Gaveau (Paris), Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Teatro San Carlo (Naples), Kunstfest (Weimar), Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Teatro alla Scala (Milan), at the International Music Festival in Istanbul and the Cello Biennale (Amsterdam), as well as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Sollima says “I am happy not only to return to Australia, but also to be with such a fantastic ensemble with great musicians who are also beautiful people. I have carried memories of them in my heart since my wonderful experience in 2014….my way of conducting is not formal; it hearkens back to an older approach, perhaps from the Baroque era before the modern concept of conductor emerged. SEQUENZA ITALIANA, Giovanni Sollima & ACO, 25 June – 10 July, 2016 – Venues & Tickets