Salon Series: Pianist Niccolò Ronchi and Violinist Esther Abrami

Niccolò Ronchi and Esther Abrami, photo courtesy of the artists

Salon Series, the Parrish Art Museum’s concert program featuring world-class artists performing in an intimate, casual setting, presents pianist Niccolò Ronchi and violinist Esther Abrami.

Niccolò Ronchi is an Italian pianist who is highly appreciated by both critics and audiences for his incredible virtuosity, great expressiveness, and the communicative power of his interpretations. Despite his young age, he has gained recognition in many international contexts. Niccolò started taking part in his first national and international piano competitions and execution prizes at an early age, immediately distinguishing himself on the national and international piano scene. His track record to date includes almost 70 placements at national and international competitions, 51 of which were first prizes.

In November 2006, Niccolò won the International Chopin Piano Competition, in Rome, distinguishing himself among 60 competitors from all around the world. This prize marked the start of a busy concert career, which brought him to some of the most prestigious theaters and concert halls in Italy, (Teatro la Fenice in Venice, Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Sala Verdi in Milan), Germany, France, Spain, England, the US, Japan, China, Russia, and Australia.

His repertoire ranges from the Baroque to the late twentieth century, up to Ligeti. Niccolò expresses himself at his best in the repertoire of the Romantic period and of the Russian twentieth century. He also collaborates with contemporary composers, and he recently debuted at the Monfalcone Municipal Theatre, with the opera Palinodia Terza by Riccardo Fabris, a composer from Trieste.

Violin vs. Piano features many selections that are transcriptions or arrangements for violin and piano, based on earlier works by other composers. The duo begins with the best-known arrangement of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Chaconne in D minor by Ferruccio Busoni, who transposes the virtuosity of the string writing onto the piano. Following is Franz Schubert’s Serenade in D minor with its familiar melody of the composers art song by the same name. Ronchi and Abrami will play two works by the composer/violin virtuoso Niccolò Paganini: Caprice No. 24 in A minor, and Etude No. 6 in A minor, arranged by Franz Liszt.

After a brief intermission, the duo will perform the Carmen Fantasy—familiar tunes from the popular opera by George Bizet, arranged by Alexander Rosenblatt—and Frédéric Chopin’s Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor, transcribed Nathan Milstein. The program concludes with 2 pieces that have a place in popular culture, Tango “Por una cabeza” by Carlos Gardel, arranged by  John Williams and Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C# minor by Liszt.

Any seat not filled by 6:30 pm will be released to those on the wait list.

Other Salon Series Performances:

Violinist Francisco Fullana and Pianist David Fung, October 5, 6 pm

Pianist Nadejda Vlaeva, October 19, 6 pm

Pianist Dominic Cheli, October 26, 6 pm

Seating is limited; advance registration is required.

Salon Series is generously supported by Louis K. and Susan P. Meisel, Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder, The Jeannette and H. Peter Kriendler Charitable Trust,  Concert Artists Guild, and Pro Musicis, and sponsored by Yamaha Artist Services, Inc.
Friday nights are made possible, in part, by the generous support of The Corcoran Group, BNB Bank, and Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.
Salon Series: Pianist Niccolò Ronchi and Violinist Esther Abrami
Friday, October 12, 2018 - 6:00pm
ticket group
$25 | $10 for Members, Children, and Students
Includes Museum admission
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