This recording of Chopin’s works by the Venetian pianist Roberto Poli couples the familiar with the unknown to reveal a different persona from the romantics’ Chopin, one closely attuned to popular tastes and actively engaged with the political strife of his own day. The collection also emphasizes what the nineteenth century failed to appreciate fully: a master craftsman in full command of large-scale musical forms. (James H. Johnson - Associate Professor of History, Boston University)
This is the first album of "The Chopin series" Roberto Poli is recordings for OnClassical. Enjoy!
Recorded at: New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall,
Engineer: Kazuto Maekawa
Photo/paint on cover: Eugène Delacroix: 'The Sea from the Heights of Dieppe' (1852)
Heights of Dieppe (1852)
studio master is copyrighted: OnClassical, © 2003
Born in Venice, Italy, Roberto Poli has been portrayed on many occasions
as a Renaissance man, enjoying not only an international career as a performer,
but also being very much involved in writing, poetry and painting.
After Roberto Poli’s American debut was saluted by the press as ‘pure magic’,
similar assessments have been expressed around the world in cities such as New York,
Dublin, Rome, Boston, Brussels, Calgary, Seoul, and wherever he travels. Acclaimed
as a soloist on both piano and harpsichord, and as a chamber musician and conductor,
Roberto Poli has appeared with the Monet Ensemble, the Trio di Venezia,
the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston, soprano Elizabeth Keusch, clarinetist
Jonathan Cohler and cellist Sarah Carter. In recent years, he has appeared in extensive
and critically acclaimed tours of South Korea and the United States with world-renowned
cellist Daniel Lee.
It was not until the age of twelve that Roberto Poli started taking piano lessons,
when he convinced his parents to rent an upright piano. He was privileged to study
for over ten years with Giorgio Vianello, graduating from the Venice Conservatory
Summa Cum Laude and Honors in 1993. He furthered his studies under Philippe
Cassard, Piero Rattalino and Eugenio Bagnoli. From 1995 to 1997, he studied with
Boris Petrushansky at the Piano Academy Incontri col Maestro in Imola.
In mid 1996, Roberto Poli was called to serve his country and was stationed at
a Bosnian refugee camp at the outskirts of Italy’s border with Croatia, shortly
after the Bosnian war came to an end. It was a year of hardship in which his performing
activity came to a nearly complete halt. This hiatus from the concert platform was
nevertheless a crucial period of growth in which writing and poetry became an alternative
vehicle of expression. It is during this time that his first writings on music and
a series of poems depicting the life of the Bosnian refugees and the experiences
lived during those months took shape.
A few months later, Roberto Poli was in North America invited by the Gina Bachauer
Foundation to participate in their International Piano Competition. Shortly after
the conclusion of the competition, Roberto Poli moved to Boston to follow the great
artistry of Russell Sherman, Artist in Residence at the New England Conservatory,
and made the United States his home. Under Sherman’s tutelage, he received a Master’s
Degree with artistic distinction and academic honors, and the prestigious
Roberto Poli is an enthusiastically sought-after teacher and lecturer. He holds
positions at the Rivers School Conservatory in Weston, Massachusetts, where he is
the Artist in Residence, and at the New England Conservatory’s Preparatory
School, teaching a select group of talented pupils.
Roberto Poli is also an active recording artist. His debut album Shall we
dance… was released on the Americus Records label in 2002 and was enthusiastically
received by publications such as Fanfare and American Record Guide.
Other commercial releases followed, including recordings of contemporary music on
Considered by many a rising authority on the music of Chopin, which he has comprehensively
studied through manuscripts and original editions and widely performed throughout
the world, Roberto Poli is currently pursuing a project encompassing the composer’s
complete works. Intended to celebrate Chopin’s 200th birthday in 2010, this project
includes recordings as well as a book, The Secret Life of Musical Notation: defying
interpretive traditions, which presents new insights into Chopin’s music. This
first volume on pianistic interpretation provides a new vision of Chopin’s works
that is both scholarly and practical.
Roberto Poli lives in Boston where he continues his work as a musician, writer
and painter, in addition to the restoration of his 1850s Victorian house on historic
Poli is a natural-born performer. His confidence at the keyboard
invites the entire audience to gorge on the musical feast he serves.
- Salt Lake Tribune
Roberto Poli played piano and harpsichord with sensitivity
and flashes of brilliance.
- The Boston Herald
A pianist well worth your attention.
Pianist Roberto Poli is a dancing-musician, with velvet muscles
and a mind ever in motion.