biography

IT | DE   The Duo Novalis was founded in 1991 by Stefania Amisano and Claudio Cristani as a stable ensemble with the aim to appreciate the essential chamber-music aspect of piano duo.
 After being trained by Pierpaolo Maurizzi, the duo specialized in chamber music and piano duo with Dario De Rosa, Maureen Jones, the Trio di Trieste and Josef Paratore at prestigious academies such as the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole (Florence, Italy), the Scuola Superiore Internazionale di Musica da Camera del Trio di Trieste (Duino, Italy) and the Internationale Sommerakademie Mozarteum Salzburg (Austria). Since its debut in 1992 in the Jeunesses Musicales concert series, the duo enjoy a international career, being distinguished for its refined and intense interpretations, virtuosity, exactitude and perfect sound balance. The duo received outstanding appreciation at important national and international competitions and was reviewed as one of the best ensembles in the italian musical panorama. The duo has released CDs and radio broadcasts and has also played the complete piano four hands work of Paul Hindemith on the first world CD recording (Rainbow Classics).
 Besides the greats works of Romantic and Modern periods, the Duo Novalis have a keen interest in contemporary music repertoire – especially for György Kurtág’s work – commissioning new works from both joung and established living composers with a specific interest in the research of new paths in the field of chamber music. The duo premiered works by composers like Gerhard E. Winkler, Agostino Di Scipio, Bernd Richard Deutsch, Fabio Nieder, Johannes Kretz, Grzergor Pieniek and Stefano Trevisi. The duo frequently collaborates with others musicians and artists in order to stage crossover projects between music, theatre, performance and new media. In 2010 has founded with composers Giorgio Klauer and Stefano Trevisi the music collective cantierezero, an ensemble devoted to the experimentation of new ways in the contemporary chamber music, in synergy with electronics and digital arts.

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