Marino Formenti

piano, conductor

Marino Formenti's unusual combination of emotion and intelligence characterizes him as one of the most interesting musicians of our time, his fondness for experimenting with new and unexpected combinations led to the development of unique projects and alternative concert formats (Nothing is Real, Piano Trips, Piano Integral, Nowhere, The Party).

Marino Formenti has appeared at the international festivals of Salzburg, Lucerne, Edinburgh, Schleswig-Holstein, Ravinia and Aspen, as well as the great concert halls of Berlin, Vienna, Paris, London, Zurich, Moscow, Tokyo, Los. In 2004, he made his début at the Lincoln Center in New York. Beginning in 2013, Marino Formenti will be presenting his own cycle at the Wigmore Hall in London over a period of three years.

Marino Formenti's orchestra engagements have included performances with the New York and  Munich Philharmonic, Gustav Mahler Chamber Orchestra under the baton of such Maestri as Franz Welser-Möst, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Gustavo Dudamel among others.

Marino Formenti has led performances as a conductor at Milan's Teatro alla Scala, Vienna's Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Konzerthaus Berlin, Salle Pleyel in Paris as well as in Rome, Milan, Los Angeles, Johannesburg or Tokyo. He conducted the Austrian premiere of Kurt Weill's opera "Der Protagonist" and in 2010 led the chamber version of Prokofiev's "The Fiery Angel," which was unanimously hailed by the European Press.

Formenti has worked with some of the world's greatest living composers, among them Friedrich Cerha, Olga Neuwirth, Helmut Lachenmann, Gyorgy Kurtág, and Salvatore Sciarrino.

In 2009 Marino Formenti was awarded the Belmont Prize for contemporary music by the Forberg-Schneider Foundation in Munich.

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Wishing His Listeners Luck, a Pianist Dives In
2014-06-06 Webpage, New York City
""A compelling pianist and an increasingly active conductor, Mr. Formenti has gained attention for programs that boldly juxtapose music of different styles and eras. "Liszt Inspections" looked particularly daunting."

"Mr. Formenti chose some of the most enigmatic, radical works by Liszt, including late rarities."

"This 90-minute recital without intermission had to have been a test of technique, stamina and brain power for Mr. Formenti."
(Anthony Tommasini)
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