Leonardo Saraceni

Composer and Pianist

Italy

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About

Leonardo Saraceni consolidates his artistic character, piano technique and compositional intuition under the guidance of the South American professor, Luigi Roig, who would guide him through a wide, cosmopolitan preparation. He performs at eleven years his first solo concert. He obtained the piano diploma as a private student in four years at the Conservatory " Luisa D' Annunzio " in Pescara and also at the Vest University the Master's Degree with a specialization in interpretation and concert, together with composition studies at the Conservatories of "Santa Cecilia" in Rome and "Alfredo Casella" in L’Aquila.

He released the CD "The emotions that remain", recorded live at the Wildenstein 'Sches Palais in Herlangen (D) and at the Sapienza University of Rome. In 1992 he began his concert career, which still today sees him acclaimed performer in many European cities and overseas; his last work, the Piano Concerto n.1 op.15, was performed by himself in world premiere in August 2010 in the city of Guanajuato (Mexico), on the occasion of the Festival del Verano, at the National Juarez Theater, directed by Maestro Jose Maria Melgar; in 2013 he was invited and performed in Romania the Concert Plan n.1 op.15 in the European premiere, with the Banatul Philharmonic, directed by Maestro Roberto Di Maio.

He has international collaborations, both as a concert performer and as a composer and teacher, as well as publications in the catalog of renowned publishing houses, such as La Feltrinelli, Libreria Universitaria, IBS; his compositions performed in RAI Radio 2, as well as included in the concert programs of valid international performers, who also recorded them on CD. He is president of the International Prize "Music in the World" which takes place in Rome since 2016. He founded and directed the School of Music "F. Cilea ”, today among the oldest and most renowned Italian music schools, where many young people successfully attend the various Instrument and Singing Courses. He is a piano teacher at the International Pianist Academy E.P.T.A. Italy of Rome and also professor in Master Classes of Musical, Piano and Harmony Interpretation.

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What does music mean to you personally?

If you look at the wonderful sunset on the sea your soul it is filled with emo5ons. it is a cosmic combina5on which has very precise scien5fic rules. This is also music, a precise science that fills the universe with emo5ons

Do you agree that music is all about fantasy?

Fantasy is good if you have talent…

If you were not a professional musician, what would you have been?

I do not know

The classical music audience is getting old, are you worried about the future?

I'm worried about the future, yes… but I also have many young people around me that give me great hope

What do you envision the role of music to be in the 21st century? Do you see that there is a transformation of this role?

I think the music it is and will be an eternal companion of humanity… instead I think the way of marke5ng music changes

Do you think that the musician today needs to be more crea@ve? What is the role of crea@vity in the musical process for you?

I think there is no other music to compose ... every 5me I write, I realize that what I have wriBen has already been wriBen by others before me ... this is why every 5me I compose, I appeal to the emo5ons hidden in the depths of our soul ... there is s5ll so much to write about them ... to discover ... and to tell ...

Do you think we as musicians can do something to attract the younger generation to music concerts?

I think we musicians need to talk to kids in schools to educate to classical music, and then again spread our works on the internet. informa8on at school and the internet bring kids to live concerts… probably

Tell us about your creative process. What is your favorite piece (written by you) and how did you start working on it?

For me wri8ng music is like talking… I tell with music the things I live every day and the emo8ons that I live are the same for everyone ... or almost. I don't have a par8cular preference for my music, but I like my piano concert op.10 a little more. In my music there is a complex harmony and the melody is easy to follow. The composi8on technique I use is the academic, but the technique for me it must not exceed the artwork Can you give some advice for young people who want to discover classical music for themselves? Yes. Begin to listen to the most famous pieces by Mozart and Beethoven ... or the characteris8c songs, for example "Carmina Burana" by Orff or "Il volo del calabrone" by Rimsky-Korsakov or the "Dance of swords" by Khachaturian. .. etc.

Do you think about the audience when composing?

No

What projects are coming up? Do you experiment in your projects?

concerts already scheduled: 15.12.2019 they play my composi5ons in Milan - “Società Italiana Musica Contemporanea” 18.01.2020 I play the piano in Rome - Marcella Crudeli for EPTA Italy living room February 2020 I play the piano in Frankfurt March 31st I play the piano in Timisoara (RO - Baroque Museum) July 2020 I play the piano in Rome (Teatro di Marcello)