Stefania Tallini & Gianluca Giganti
Stefania Tallini – piano
Gianluca Giganti – violoncello
Two musicians of similar musical background, but different in the taken direction. Stefania Tallini, one of the most successful jazz pianists and composers, who meets Gianluca Giganti, a great classical cellist, who has prestigious and different international collaborations to his credit.
The two musicians create an original project that brings together apparently distant worlds, which are not distant. In the repertoire pieces by Tallini herself, characterized by a recognizable and peculiar language, synthesis between jazz, classical music and Brazilian music; pieces by cellist Lucio Amanti, also a so-called “border” composer, in crossing with his music, different sounds. And there are also reworkings by Tallini of some pieces taken from Bach’s Suite for cello and also pieces by Villa-Lobos and Astor Piazzolla. In addition, the duo presents some forays into the world of impromptu improvisation to act as a trait d’union between the songs, in which Gianluca Giganti will also play as an improviser, in a particular and suggestive musical exchange with the jazz musician.
Stefania Tallini is an internationally acclaimed award-winning musician, who has a brilliant career in the area of jazz and classical music, with incursions into the world of Brazilian music involving collaborations with the great artists of Música Popular Brasileira (MPB).
Apart from her solo career she has collaborated with many illustrious artistes such as Guinga, Bruno Tommaso, Gabriele Mirabassi, Enrico Intra, Enrico Pieranunzi, Maurizio Giammarco, Javier Girotto, Salvatore Maiore, Remì Vignolò, Bert Joris, Matthieu Chazarenc, Andy Gravish, Gabriele Coen, Michele Rabbia, Massimo Nunzi, Tiago Amud, Hans Teuber, Marcus Tardelli, Sergio Galvao, Civica Jazz Band, Keith Middleton, Aaron Marcelus, Tim Smithsoneon Smith, Davi Viera, and Chorolé. In the classical field she has collaborated with Corrado Giuffredi, Simone Nicoletta, Phoebe Ray, Natalia Suharevic and Maurizio D’Alessandro.
He studied with Giorgio Ravenna, Mario Brunello, Franco Maggio-Ormezowski and, at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, with Mischa Maisky (who always awarded him the Diploma of Merit). He was laureate at the International Cello Competitions “Prague Spring” in 1994 (first italian cellist in the gold of this event) and at “Roberto Caruana-Premio Stradivari” in Milan in 1996. He was Principal Cello at some of the major Italian Orchestras such as the Symphony Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the RAI National Symphony Orchestra of Turin and the Orchestra of the San Carlo Theater in Naples, collaborating with the world’s greatest conductors including Georges Pretre, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Yuri Temirkanov, Valery Gergiev, Jeffrey Tate and Riccardo Muti. He has made chamber music collaborations with important concert artists such as Uto Ughi, Salvatore Accardo, Francois-Joel Thiollier and David Geringas. He has participated in important Festivals and Concert Seasons (Festival “Prague Spring”, “Festival delle Nazioni” in Città di Castello, “I Concerti del Quirinale” and the “Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti”-IUC in Rome, “I Pomeriggi Musicali” in Milan, the “Società Aquilana dei Concerti Barattelli”, the “Alfredo Piatti Festival” in Bergamo etc.) and played the major repertoire concerts in some of the most prestigious concert halls including the Auditorium della Conciliazione, the Sala Santa Cecilia of the Parco della Musica in Rome and the Sala Tchaikovsky in Moscow. He has performed first performances by important contemporary Italian composers including “Margini” by Carla Magnan (the winner of the Portland Chamber Music Festival Composers Competition in 2016), “Lamento” by Silvia Colasanti for solo cello (performed in 2016 at the Conques Festival) and, in the winter of 2019, Lucio Franco Amanti’s Cello Concerto dedicated to him. He is professor at the “Nicola Sala” Conservatory of Benevento.