Unforgettable Modern Saxophonist Performs Indelible Pieces
08 March, 2012
Unforgettable Modern Saxophonist Performs Indelible Pieces

 

This was the festival of Italian cinema-music masterpieces and sparkling Argentine tango. Together with the Georgian State Symphonic Orchestra and Nikoloz Rachveli (Memanishvili) the famous Italian composer Federico Mondelchi presented the indelible music to the Georgian public. The Georgian audience had a nice possibility to listen live to the most beloved pieces from the immortal Dolce Vita, Amarcord and some other movies by Fellini and Visconti, written by Nino Rota, as well as pieces of Ennio Morricone, two Italian composers

from the new generation and Astor Piazzolla’s incomparable tangos.


The press conference took place two days earlier: “The whole world is longing for inviting Federico Mondelci, he has a very busy timetable and it is a great honor for us to be hosting him today”, Manana Patsuria, organizer of the concert told the journalists.

Neka Sebiskveradze, singer and Chairwoman of Center for Cultural Events of Tbilisi City Hall commented: “We have gladly become a partner of the concert as it is a great honor for us. We have chosen Rustaveli Theater as the venue of the concert. I very much hope that this will become a pleasant gathering for many music-lovers as I have seen the Program on the Internet and it is really fantastic.”

Franco Impala, Deputy Ambassador of Italy to Georgia, also made a speech: “This event opens the seasons of cultural activities supported by the Embassy of Italy in Georgia. I thank the organizers for allowing for this possibility. I hope the Georgian public will enjoy the beautiful music performed by Federico Mondelci. We wish to offer the Georgian audience as many cultural events as we can.  We are also relying on support of sponsors. I want to thank all the sponsors thanks to whom we are working in the bilateral cultural relations between Italy and Georgia.”

Tamar Kirvalidze, Director of Foreign Affairs and Media Communications Department of TBC Bank said: “Bank is always there where tasteful music is.”

Federico Mondelci was the last one as a real gentleman and a humble (as all the talented people) artist: “This is my first visit to Georgia. I am the guest of Saint Petersburg Philharmonic every year and I have a big collaboration with Moscow too. This is the first time to Georgia. I have heard a lot about this country, and this is supposed to be a paradise from the Bible (smiles).” In spite of his first visit, notably, Mondelci has performed the pieces of famous Georgian composer Gia Kancheli’s pieces, as well as with many other contemporary composers of the world. “But this time we decided to propose the Italian music mainly from the movies. The big composers like Nino Rota who wrote music for Luchino Visconti and Federico Fellini and Ennio Moriccone, probably the most well-known composer all over the world and Nicola Piovani   from the new generation who received the Oscar 2008 for the music La Vita Bella (Life is Beautiful). And also Argentinean Astor Piazzola whose ancestors are also from Italy and there are still links with Italy. And a new concerto the young composer Roberto Molineli who wrote the music for movies and there is still connection. This concerto is like spending one day in New York – the very first day is the sunrise from the skyscrapers – very technological sunrise, second is the tango – Latino American music which is very popular in America now, the third movement is the jazz ballad - the idea is to stop at the night club and the last movement is the end of the day in the Broadway quarter, which is a dream place to play concerto.“

Reportedly, he had received a ‘fantastic response’ from the audience from Russia and Yerevan and that encouraged him to come to Georgia too.

Federico Mondelci is characterized with immense artistic manner, very exquisite sound, elegant phrasing and virtuous performance and thanks to these qualities he has managed to mesmerize the whole world. In the last 20 years, he has established himself as one of the leading saxophonists of his generation. His principal studies were at the Conservatorio Statale di Musica ‘G. Rossini’ in Italy and later with Jean-Marie Londeix at the Bordeaux Conservatoire, France. In 1981, he was awarded the Premier Prix et Medaille d’Or a l’Unanimite.

Federico Mondelci has represented Italy on several occasions in the World Saxophone Festival. These include performances in Germany, UK, France, Spain, Japan and USA. In Italy, he has performed as soloist with all the major orchestras, including the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala at La Scala, Milan, conducted by Seiji Ozawa. During recent seasons, Mondelci has frequently performed in Russia and now enjoys a particularly close relationship with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra.

Federico Mondelci has been an active promoter of contemporary music and innovator of instrumental technique. Numerous compositions have been dedicated to him and subsequently performed and broadcast for many important venues in Europe and America. Since 1990, Federico Mondelci has also added conducting to his concert activities and has appeared regularly throughout Italy with many important orchestras. In recent seasons, Mondelci has been a frequent guest in Germany, directing concerts to great acclaim.

Apart from being a soloist, Federico Mondelci is a conductor too, conducting world-famous Orchestras and prominent solo performers.

The night premiered the music from La Vita Bella that received the Oscar in 2008. One of the Oscars was for the best music that was written by Nikola Piovani specially for the Saxophonist Federico Mondelci. At encore he played Astor Piazzolla’s Oblivion and Libertango that is particularly loved in Georgia. As a surprise, famous Georgian female composer Inola Gurgulia’s piece “Gza Mshvidobisa” (Have a nice Journey”) was proposed, which became a nice culmination of the soiree.

 

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