Fabio Luppi, born in 1992 and graduated in piano, composition and chamber music with honors at Conservatory of Bologna and Enrico Mignani, born in 1997 and graduated in cello with honors at Conservatory of Bologna. They firstly performed together in Schoenberg’s “Pierrot Lunaire” for the project “The Shoenberg experience” (2012), performing twice at the Conservatory of Bologna and at the “Istituto musicale Jacopo Peri” of Reggio Emilia. As a duo (piano and cello) they performed in several concerts in Italy, for instance at the Foyer of Teatro Manzoni in Bologna, Oratorio di Santa Cecilia (Bologna), Ca’ la Ghironda (Zola Predosa), Artipelago Theatre (Rome), San Vigilio di Marebbe (Bolzano), Dobbiaco (Bolzano), Rocca di Vignola (Modene). As they are both composers, they sometimes write pieces to play in their concerts. They both have a collection of different kinds of toy pianos: they have in total 5 of them by different brands. Fabio has also written a suite for toy piano solo called “Pictures” which has been firstly performed by toy pianist Antonietta Loffredo. Both Enrico and Fabio collaborated with Antonietta writing pieces for orchestra or ensembles for the project “musicaalpresente”. They both won several national and international competitions as soloists or in ensemble. Fabio has published three works for “Ut Orpheus”, ArsPublica and Simon Verlag editions.
What sparked your interest in toy piano?
Fabio and Enrico were invited to write some pieces for toy piano after attending a concert by toy pianist Antonietta Loffredo. She explained them the timbral possibilities of this gracious instrument and the different types of toy pianos. They welcomed with enthusiasm this opportunity and noticed that the duo toy piano and cello worked very well, both in timbral aspects and in dynamic effects.
What do you hope to achieve artistically or educationally from your participation in the festival?
We would like to meet other people with our same interests and to spread our music for this ensemble, perhaps starting a collaboration between Bologna and Tampa Beach. This would be a very important experience for us to grow as musicians by collaborating with other colleagues.
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