Emanuele Arciuli performs “Three Generations of American Music" at Haverford College, including "Devisadero" by Christopher Shultis


Nov 20 2011 - 12:00am
Pianist, Emanuele ArciuliPianist, Emanuele ArciuliA pianist who leaves an indelible impression. Jeremy Eichler – The New York Times, November 2004 

On Sunday, November 20, at 3 PM, Pianist, Emanuele Arciuli will perform “Three Generations of American Music: Accenting Native Traditions” on the Guest Artist Series at Haverford College.  This concert will be performed in Roberts Hall, Marshall Auditorium.  Ticket prices are $15 (Gen), $12 (Sr.), $8 (students), $5 (7-17) and free to the bi-college community. For more info, click here.

Arciuli's program will include music by Navajo composer Raven Chacon and Quawpaw/Cherokee composer Louis Ballard, Native American inspired works by Peter Garland and Curt Cacioppo, and "Devisadero" - the evocative desert-scape music of New Mexico composer Christopher Shultis, and the iconic "Phrygian Gates" by Pulitzer Prize laureate John Adams.

Emanuele Arciuli, 2011 winner of the Abbiati Prize, has established himself as one of the most original and interesting performers on the new concert scene. His repertoire goes from Bach to contemporary music, with a special relationship to the United States, and a particular interest in music written and inspired by Native Americans. He is highly esteemed among American composers and maintains close and fruitful collaborations with many of them.

Arciuli is an international recitalist, performs with orchestras, and has had works composed for him by Michael Nyman (Piano Concerto No. 2), George Crumb (Eine Kleine itternachtmusik), Lorenzo Ferrero (Concerto No. 2 for piano and orchestra), Filippo Del Corno (Not in my name for piano and orchestra), Michele dall’Ongaro (Concerto No. 2), Carlo Boccadoro (Achrome for piano and orchestra), Brent Michael Davids (Mohican) and Louis W. Ballard (Quawpaw/Cherokee), among others.   His interest for the Native American culture inspired several emerging Native composers (among them Davids, Quincy, Croall, and Chacon) to dedicate pieces to him which he performed in November, 2008, at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.

With 12 recordings to his name, the CD dedicated to George Crumb (Bridge) was nominated for the Grammy Awards, while his CD with music from Adams and Rzweski (Stradivarius) received the Critics Award for the best Italian recording in 2006.

In addition to his performing career, Arciuli is the author of Piano Music in the United States (2010, EDT Turin) and has published Rifugio Intermedio on contemporary piano music between Italy and the United States.  Emanuele Arciuli is professor at the Conservatory in Bari and frequent guest professor at the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati and at other American universities.

Arciuli has it all: scholarship, a dreadnought technique, accuracy, a full palette of colors, intellectual prowess, courage — and oh yes, an amazing program of “American Masterpieces.” Heuwell Tircuit, San Francisco Classical Voice, October 2008