About the event
Ricci Weekender is a music festival which is held every year in September in South Italy.
Last edition data:
Geography: 18 countries
After the success of the 4th edition of Ricci Weekender, we are preparing a special event on 26th December. A unique live performance of Francesco Tristano. Francesco Tristano Schlimé, is a Luxembourg classical and experimental pianist and composer who also plays the clarinet.He composes both classical and electronic music.
Born on 16 September 1981 in Luxembourg City, Tristano studied at conservatories in Luxembourg, Brussels, Riga and Paris before graduating in music at New York's Juilliard School where his teachers were Jerome Lowenthal, Bruce Brubaker and Jacob Lateiner. He has also studied with Emile Naoumoff, Rosalyn Tureck and Mikhail Pletnev.
He debuted in 2000 with the Russian National Orchestra, with which he recorded Sergey Prokofiev's 5th Piano Concerto and Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto years later. In 2004 he presented and conducted at the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg and the Beaux-Arts in Brussels an original transcription/adaptation for piano and strings of Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons. He was nominated by the Philharmonie Luxembourg for the 2008 European Concert Hall Organisation’s Carnegie Hall Rising Stars series.
He is a specialist in Baroque music and contemporary music. In 2001, Tristano founded The New Bach Players ensemble, with which he recorded Johann Sebastian Bach's complete cycle of Keyboard concertos for Accord. He has also recorded the Goldberg Variations and the French Suites, as well as Girolamo Frescobaldi's 1st book of Toccatas. Very involved in Contemporary music, too, he has recorded Luciano Berio's complete piano works and collaborated with electronic music artists such as Carl Craig and Murcof. He won the 2004 Concours International de piano XXe siècle d'Orléans.
He was a member, with Rami Khalife and Aymeric Westrich, of the Aufgang group, whose eponymous album was released in 2009. Francesco Tristano left Aufgang in February 2014. The trio also released the albums Air on Fire and Istiklaliya. Aufgang is continuing as a duo composed of Rami Khalifé and Aymeric Westrich.
The event will be held at The Palazzo Biscari, which is a monumental private palace located on Via Museo Biscari in Catania, Sicily, southern Italy. The highly decorative interiors are open for guided tours, and used for social and cultural events.
Why should you sponsor?
This is a special and unique event promoted by one of the most exciting music festivals in Italy. Ricci has an international audience, it is a renowned brand, and sponsoring our event will give you access to a large audience from at least 18 countries.
Ricci Weekender Festival was born in 2018 as a collaboration between Mercati Generali, Gilles Peterson and Ed Wilson. The first one is an established club active in Catania since 1998, while Gilles Peterson is the recognised DJ Broadcaster on BBC Radio 6 and Worldwide FM, and Brownswood Recordings’ owner, and Ed Wilson, the owner of the restaurant Brawn in London. Their love for music, food and natural wine brought them together to found Ricci Weekender, merging the cultural delights of Sicily with an international selection of upcoming and established artists. Since its first edition, Ricci Weekender has hosted many prominent artists from the jazz and experimental music scenes such as Floating Point, Kokoroko, Motor City Drum Ensemble and Nu Guinea, animating the beautiful locations of the city of Catania like Palazzo Platamone and Radicepura. This year, Ricci Weekender will reach its fourth edition, more info will be announced soon.
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