Visual Piano is a shape-shifting project where piano music and visuals meet and interact. It is a captivating and enjoyable journey inside contemporary music which includes original compositions by Francesco Di Fiore, alongside pieces by Douwe Eisenga (Netherlands), William Susman (USA), Neil Campbell (UK), Matteo Sommacal and Marco Betta (Italy). The programme presents these contemporary compositions alongside music from the Baroque era composed by composers such as Couperin, Galuppi and Domenico and Alessandro Scarlatti.
Francesco Di Fiore
Francesco Di Fiore, pianist and composer, was born in Palermo in 1966. He studied in Austria with Harald Ossberger, in the Czech Republic, at the National Academy of Music, with Peter Toperczer and in Italy with Eliodoro Sollima and Bruno Canino.
In 1986 he started his concert career performing hundreds of concerts worldwide. Still active as a performer appears regularly at international festivals presenting his compositions and also music by other contemporary composers. He regularly collaborates with video artist Valeria Di Matteo.
Alongside music for piano, his compositions include chamber and orchestral music and film soundtracks. A large segment of its production also consists of music for the theatre, having composed more than thirty scores for theatre productions, both classical and contemporary.
In 2011 he created an original and enormous project called Miniature 2011 in which he composed a new piece each week and presented it on the internet. The project yielded 53 compositions totalling around 3 and a half hours of new music.
He has collaborated with musicians such as Giovanni Sollima, Kim Sang-Fi, Damiano Binetti, Neil Campbell, Mario Crispi, ZoFo Duet and GliArchiEnsemble. A winner of numerous international competitions, his music has been performed internationally in Germany, Croatia, Finland, Spain, France, Romania, Slovakia, UK, Netherlands, USA and China.
Valeria Di Matteo
A web designer, video artist and pianist, Valeria Di Matteo was born in Catania (Italy) in 1981. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Piano at Conservatory of music “Vincenzo Bellini” in Palermo with highest honours, writing a thesis on minimal music.
In 2006 she began a number of video art projects, mainly in collaboration with international contemporary composers. Her works with Francesco Di Fiore include Visioni (2007), H.G.W. Project (2008), Piano Solo (2010-12), Miniature 2011 (2011), Icarus (2011), Visual Piano (2013), Pianosequenza (2013). She has also created video art in collaboration with composers Danilo Rispoli, Neil Campbell, Douwe Eisenga, Matteo Sommacal, William Susman and others.