Alessio Silvestrin, graduated with a scholarship at the Académie de Dance Classique Princess Grace in Monte-Carlo and the Ecole Atelier Rudra Béjart in Lausanne. He studied piano at the Conservatory of Music “Arrigo Pedrollo” in Vicenza and harpsichord at the Académie de Musique “Prince Ranier III” in Monte-Carlo. Under the guidance of Francesco Valdambrini he has become a composer of the new school of “Tricordale Music”. His compositions have been used in synthesis to his choreographic works and extending the serial systems derived from “Tricordale Music”. He worked as a dancer, choreographer and composer with the Béjart Ballet Lausanne and with the Ballet de l’Opéra National directed by Yourgos Loukos. He join the Frankfurt Ballet directed by William Forsythe in 1999 and since then is often invited as a guest artist with The Forsythe Company and he bas performed Willam Forsythe’s Choreographic Objects at 21_21 Design Sight in Tokyo, Wexner Center in Columbus, Fondation Beyeler in Basel, Neues Museum in Weimar, Sadler Wells and Tate Modern in London. Since 2003, he became an autonomous artist resident in Japan, involved in different kinds of activities. Some of his stage works have been commissioned by Aichi Arts Center in Nagoya, YCAM Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, Noism 01 Ryutopia Arts Center in Niigata, New National Theater, Cerulean Tower Noh Theater and Studio Architanz in Tokyo, Dance Biennale in Venice and São Paulo Conpanhia de Dança in Brazil and Link Dance Company in Perth, Australia. Music composition commissioned by Royaumont Foundations in France and received award First Prize by Audible Cities Composition Competition, San Francisco 2015.
What sparked your interest in toy piano?
My personal interest in concern to the different aspects related to the keyboard technique and its evolution, inspired and guided a research towards the toy piano. As performer and also composer, I have been fascinated and challenged by including complex music structures within the limits of the toy piano keyboard; which can allow and reveal new possibilities of instrumental approach combined with intellectual virtuosity as well. The condensed reality contained inside such small instrument creates an opportunity to discover a concise and poetic music universe.
What do you hope to achieve artistically or educationally from your participation in the festival?
The possibility of meeting, share and learn from new musicians with a common interest in music. Since I am searching for more opportunity to present my work to the music public, I find fascinating and rare the opportunity the can provide the Florida International Toy Piano Festival. Since several years I am resident in Japan, working in music in contact with different related performing activities, and I hope that such experience to come to Florida will eventually create new contacts to develop myself by opening new doors to this new kind of new music industry. I will truly appreciate your consideration for my current application and eventual collaboration in future as well.