5 Questions for Musicologist Antonietta Loffredo

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Antonietta Loffredo, pianist and toy pianist, is a graduate of the Conservatorio “F.E. Dall’Abaco” in Italy and of the Conservatoire de Musique d’Issy les Moulineaux in France.
She has also conducted studies in a teaching and educational context at the Università degli Studi in Pavia and earned a Master of Music degree in musicology from the University of Milan with a thesis on the toy piano.

Acclaimed interpreter of the contemporary piano repertoire, she has performed in Europe, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.

Composers who have dedicated works to her include Diana Blom, Mercedes Zavala, Sara Carvalho, Antonio Giacometti, Giorgio Colombo Taccani, Chris Adams and she has also premiered toy piano pieces by Kaveh Azimi, Paolo Ricci, GoOkawa, Silvia Corda, Sayyd Shafiee, Andrea Padova, Mauro Agagliate, Gian Paolo Luppi, Paul Smith, Matteo Pittino and many others.

Since 2004 she has been holding lectures and seminars around the world on the subject of contemporary art music (Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, University of New South Wales, University of Canterbury – Christchurch, Liverpool Hope University, Conservatorio Profesional de Música “Teresa Berganza” of Madrid, Australian International Conservatorium of Music, Conservatorio “Giuseppe Tartini” of Trieste, Exter University, ISME world conferences on music education in Bologna, Beijing and Thessaloniki).

Her articles on contemporary music piano pedagogy have been published in the UK, Australia and Italy.
Her CDs of newly composed piano music include Childhood in Music, Shadows and Silhouettes – new music with a Chinese-Western confluence and Antarctica – new music for piano and/or toy piano released by Wirripang Pty. Ltd. (projects in collaboration with the University of Western Sydney). antoniettaloffredo.com

Antonietta Loffredo will join colleagues from across the globe at the 2016 Florida International Toy Piano Festival in January 2016 presented by The New Music Conflagration, Inc.

1) How did you first become interested in the toy piano as a concert instrument?
Actually it occurred by chance, seeing a silent film with live musical accompaniment. Among the instruments there was a toy piano and I was immediately fascinated by its sound.
2) What influenced you to come to the festival?
The perfect place to meet performers, composers and scholars with whom to share personal experiences and new ideas around the toy piano.

3) Who is your favorite toy piano composer and why?
I can cite some composers whose works have helped me to discover different aspects of the toy piano, starting from its combination with electronics in works by Karlheinz Essl and Andrián Pertout, or the timbre research by Diana Blom, especially in the association between piano and toy piano as in her The Blue Ice Cave. I would add the poetic perspective enhanced in works such as Almost a Lullaby by Stephen Montague or The Winged Energy of Delight by John Kennedy. Absolutely not forgetting the comic edge as in Monkey Music by Matthew Hindson and in Schroeder’s Revenge by Rob Smith.

But really the list could go on and on!

4) What do you see as the future of toy piano?
Given the growing interest, I would say that its story has only just begun.

5) What local place or thing are you most excited to experience during your visit to the Tampa Bay Area for the festival?
As always, I will decide at the last moment according to the time available. I will look around and be happy to welcome any good advice!


Antarctica CD




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