Composer, musicologist and pianist.

Giovanni Bietti

Giovanni Bietti

He is Artistic Consultant of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, which is the most important and historical musical institution in Italy.

His compositions have been played, among others, at the International Edinburgh Festival, at the Schauspielhaus Berlin, at the Kuhmo International Chamber Music Festival (Finland), at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, by interpreters such as the violinist Thomas Zehetmair and the pianist Boris Berezhovskij. He teached Composition in the Conservatorio "V. Bellini" in Catania, and Ethnomusicology in The University “Carlo Bo” in Urbino.

He is widely regarded as one of the best lecturers on music in Italy, being particularly involved in the “popularization” of classical music: talking, directly sitting at the piano, with the aim to comunicate to all the listeners. He is the founder and responsible of the “Lezioni di Musica” (music lessons) series in the Rome Auditorium, which attracts thousands of listeners every month. He also speaks regularly at the Italian Radio, proposing to the listeners cycles about individual composers.

He specializes in the formula of “Lecture-Concerto”, and has performed in many of the most important Italian Institutions (Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Teatro La Fenice Venice, MITO Festival Milan and Turin, Teatro Regio Parma, Sferisterio Macerata, Teatro Olimpico Vicenza, Politecnico Turin, Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti in Rome, Teatro delle Muse Ancona, Orchestra da Camera di Mantova, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana in Palermo, Ravello Festival).

Moreover, he created a series of concerts for children, alternating little workshops and perfomances in which classical Fairy Tales are illustrated with classical music (most recently, Grimm’s Bremen Musikanten with music by Schubert and Brahms).

As a musicologist, he published essays, monographical DVDs and score revisions for Ricordi, Longanesi, Skira, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and for the main Italian Musicological Magazines. For more than ten years he worked for the Philips Classics Records, and is the author of the first Italian study on the music of W. Lutoslawski.

As a pianist, he played in the main Italian Contemporary Music Festivals. Among his collaborations: the singers Katia Ricciarelli, Gemma Bertagnolli and Boris Carmeli, the composer Mauricio Kagel, the violinist Thomas Zehetmair, with whom he has played at the Konzerthaus Berlin.