Argentinian, born in Rosario, Sergio Calligaris
lived for a long time in the United States, later to become a citizen of Italy, where he
has lived since 1974.
Active internationally as a soloist from the age of 13, his career was guided by such
masters as George Fanelli, Arthur Loesser, Adele Marcus, Nikita Magaloff and Guido Agosti.
He concertized extensively in his native Argentina, and launched his international career
during the 1967-69 seasons with a highly acclaimed début at the Brahmssaal of the
Musikverein in Vienna, followed by equally successful presentations in the Konzersaal
Bundesallee (for the Hans Adler Konzert-Direktion) of Berlin; in the Società del
Quartetto of Rome; in the Institute of Hispanic Culture of Madrid.
His pianistic art has been also acclaimed in some of the most prestigious halls all over
the world, among which the Schönberg Hall of the University of California in Los Angeles;
the Kulas Hall of the Cleveland Institute of Music; the RAI Italian Broadcasting
Corporation; the Auditorium of the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome; the Main Theatre of
In 1968 he gave a special recital at the Palazzo Patrizzi in Rome for the diplomatic
representation at the Holy See.
The Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française in Paris commissioned him to record a
special program, and he was also presented in Paris and London in recitals officially
hosted and sponsored by the local Argentinian Embassies.
Concerts of him in 1977, 1985, 1987, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007 were recorded
by the Vatican Radio for the E.B.U. (European
Broadcasting Union) and broadcasted by the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), the
Bayerischer Rundfunk, by Suisse Romande Broadcasting Corporation and by other radio
networks all over the world.
In 1966 he was awarded the coveted Artist's Diploma from The
Cleveland Institute of Music, where, as a teacher, he was a member of the piano
faculty, of which he held the Main Scholarship of Piano, a post he also held at the
California State University in Los Angeles from 1969. In 1973 he founded, together with
California State University in Los Angeles, the American Academy of Arts in Europe, in
Verona. As its first artistic conductor he also gave master classes in piano there. He has
been teaching in Italy since 1974, first at the state Conservatory of Music S. Pietro a
Majella of Naples, and at the Luisa
D'Annunzio of Pescara, and then at the Alfredo Casella of L'Aquila.
As soloist with the Vatican Symphony Orchestra, Sergio Calligaris was formal recording
artist of the Vatican State Radio, which produced his two highly acclaimed albums
"Fantasia" and "Bis Celebri", released in Italy in 1969, that met with
great success and exceptional critical approval. In the United States he was, in the same
years, a recording pianist for Orion Records of Los Angeles, under the artistic
sponsorship of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation.
His recordings have been produced by EMI-His Master's Voice, Classico Records (Ricordi
distribution), Lev (Ares distr.), Orion Records and, more recently, by the Ente dello
Spettacolo and by Agorà, these latter ones distributed by Nuova Carisch.
On date February 12, 1972 in the Album Reviews of Billboard Magazine of Los Angeles, the
leading American publication, distinguished with the Four Stars Listings his Stereo
recording "The most beautiful Chopin" (ORION, ORS 7155).
Further highest recognition were confered by publications such as "The New
Records" of Philadelphia (on LP "The most beautiful Chopin") in 1972,
"La Nazione" of Florence (on LP "Bis Celebri", Famous Encores) in 1975
and "Stereoplay" of Rome (on CD "Quaderni pianistici", Piano
Notebooks) in 1989.
Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, 1971 Edition, G. Schirmer, New York,
included Sergio Calligaris' biography, written by Nicolas Slonimsky, an honor bestowed
upon few living musicians.
Sergio Calligaris is frequently invited to act as a member of the jury for important
national and international piano competitions. Moreover, several national and
international piano contests have dedicated for years special prizes to the rendering of
Maestro's music, sponsored by his publisher Nuova Carisch of Milan. Among them the T.I.M.
(International Music Tournament, which Artistic Director is Luigi Fait), with a special
piano prize dedicated to Sergio Calligaris and sponsored by Assicurazioni Generali of
Trieste; and the "City
of Rome" International Piano Contest, of the Italian capital "Fryderyk
Chopin" Association (which Artistic Director is Marcella Crudeli) which "Carisch
Award" was recently won on two successive editions by Duo
Maclé (Sabrina Dente and Annamaria Garibaldi): in 2004 with Scene coreografiche Opus
12 for 4 hands piano and in 2005 with B.H.S. Opus 20 for two pianos.
In fact, towards the end of the 1970's, after two decades dedicated exclusively to
concertizing, he began composition again, which he had abandoned in his youth. He was
given the opportunity to do so in 1978 with a work, which has since then entered the
standard repertory, entitled "Il Quaderno Pianistico di Renzo" ("Renzo's
Piano Notebook"), a musical gift inspired by a fraternal friendship. In a short
number of years this composition won the admiration of the public and of the most
qualified international critics, a happy fate to which his successive works were also
destined, making Sergio Calligaris one of the contemporary composers most often performed
in the world. Essentially the musical language of Calligaris presents two opposing
aspects, one "dithyrambic", passionate and wildly primordial and the other
"elegiac", lyrical and evocative.
His works, masterfully composed and harmonically sophisticated, have been performed
with great success for some of the most important musical associations, as part of
international and Italian festivals, by the RAI, not to mention in very numerous cities
all over the world, from Japan to the Republics of the ex-Soviet Union and in China.
Places particularly to be remembered: the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome; Salle Gaveau,
Paris; the Philharmonic Hall of St. Petersburg; Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Hall, Tel
Aviv; the Prado Museum, Madrid; Kammer-Oper, Vienna; Rachmaninoff Hall of the Tchaikovsky
Conservatory of Moscow; the Teatro dell'Opera, Rome; Purcell Room, London; Kaway Hall,
Tokyo; The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin; the Konservatorium, Copenaghen; the
Conservatorio "Giuseppe Verdi", Milan; Broadcasting Corporation of China, Taipei
- Taiwan; Charlier Museum, Bruxelles; the Teatro Comunale, Florence; Festival du Vigan,
France; Teatro Ghione, Rome; Musikhalle, Hamburg; Konzertsaal der Kunsthalle, Brema; RAI
Auditorium of Turin; Culture Palace Pravda and Glinka Music Museum Hall, Moscow; Société
Française de Musique Contemporaine, Paris; XIV Festival d'Art Sacré de la Ville de Paris
(1991); Los Angeles County Museum of Art; RAI Auditorium, Naples; Roosevelt University,
Chicago; Juilliard School of Music, New York; New Delhi Music Society; the Accademia
Chigiana, Siena; the Fryderyk Chopin Society, Warsaw; Salle de l'UNESCO, Paris; Boston
University Concert Hall, Boston; École Normale de Musique de Paris, Paris; the
Conservatoire National de Musique, Brussels; Harvard Hall, New York; St. James'
His "Three madrigals" - with choreography by Vittorio Biagi - were performed
numerous times in important theatres such as l'Opéra of Lyon, the Petruzzelli of Bari,
the Romolo Valli of Reggio Emilia, the Argentina of Rome, the Massimo of Palermo; they
were also transmitted by the RAI Radio Televisione Italiana, the Italian National TV
Network. With this composition Sergio Calligaris participated in the "Premio
Italia" 1985 representing RAI 2.
In 1986, in commemoration of its 40th Anniversary, the Società Aquilana dei Concerti
"B. Barattelli" included in its prestigious cycle of concerts an entire program
saluting Sergio Calligaris both as composer and as pianist with the Choir of the Academy
of S.Cecilia of Rome, conducted by Fausto Di Cesare, Calligaris himself and Marcella
Crudeli at the pianos, and timpanist Adolf Neumeier. That same season the program was
repeated with great success in Rome at the Auditorium in Via della Conciliazione to the
acclaim of the public and critics alike.
In 1989, commissioned by the Istituzione Sinfonica Abruzzese in L'Aquila, he composed
the "Concerto Opus 25" for strings orchestra, immediately performed successfully
on different occasions. Particularly important were the two dates of I Solisti Aquilani on tour in Poland: on 16th
October 2005 at the Fine Arts Museum in Cracow and on 18th October at the Mirrors Hall of
the Royal Palace in Warsaw.
The "Symphonic Dances (in homage to Bellini) Opus 26, for large orchestra" -
commissioned by the Teatro Bellini of Catania for its centenary and for the occasion of
the 2nd Bellini Festival - were composed by Calligaris in 1990, and at their first
performance, on October 4th of the same year, under the direction of Tamás Pál, were a
triumphal success. The same work opened the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra 1993-94
Symphonic-Season in Bulgaria, with Wladimir Ghiaurov as conductor.
The first world performance of the "Seconda suite di Danze Sinfoniche Opus
27" on February 8th , 1995 in Tirana with the Symphonic Orchestra or the Albanian
Radio and Television Corporation conducted by Vittorio Parisi won unanimous success with
both public and critics. Success recently repeated during the Gala Concert the of New Year
Eve of the Philharmonc Orchestra George Enescu of Bucharest, conducted by Stefano
Trasimeni, at the Atheneum Hall of the Philharmonic, on 29th December 2004.
The following year Sergio Calligaris composed the Suite Opus 28 for solo cello,
commissioned by the well-known bulgarian cellist Emilia Baranowska, soon acclaimed with
On February 23rd, 1994 the world première in the Santa Cecilia Auditorium in Rome of
the "Concerto Opus 29 for piano and orchestra" by Sergio Calligaris,
commissioned by Nuova Carisch, was extraordinarily well received by the public and the
critics. The composition, performed by the Symphonic Orchestra of the Albanian Radio and
Television, with the author himself at the piano, and conducted by Massimo De Bernart, was
sound-recorded by the Vatican Radio and offered for broadcasting to E.B.U. Also RAI RADIO
3 broadcasted the same audio recording. Only three days later, on February 26th, 1994 it
was repeated, conducted by Vittorio Parisi with the same performers, at the Auditorium
"Alessandro Scarlatti" of the RAI of Naples. The Neapolitan performance was
recorded by RAI and broadcasted on June 5th, 1994 on RAI 3 for the musical series "I
Concerti di RAI 3". In March 1998 the Concerto Opus 29 had great success at its first
Asian performance at the Main Theatre of Manila, with Calligaris at the piano and the
Philippine National Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Ruggero Barbieri.
"Toccata, Adagio and Fugue Opus 36 for string orchestra" had its world
première on 8th October 1997, during the season of the Istituzione Sinfonica Abruzzese in
L'Aquila, conducted by Vittorio Parisi; at the end of the same month, on 29th it was the
"Double Concerto Opus 37 for violin, piano and string orchestra" to be received
with enormous enthusiasm by both press and audience, for its world première at the
National Mégaron Theatre of Athens, in the brilliant performance of the duo Stefania
Mormone-Sergei Krylov, with the orchestra "La
Camerata", Friends of Music, of Athens, conducted by Alexandros Myrat. A success
which was repeated on June 29th, 1998 with the triumphal performance - the South American
première - at the Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires, again with the duo Mormone-Krylov, and
the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Garcia Navarro; on July 3rd at the
Teatro "3 de Febrero" in Paraná with the Entre Ríos Symphony Orchestra and the
same soloists; on August 30th in Rome with the Bulgarian Symphonic Orchestra conducted by
Vittorio Parisi. The Milanese première of 14th February 1999 at the Palazzina Liberty,
with the duo Mormone-Krylov and the Orchestra da Camera Milano Classica conducted by
Massimiliano Caldi, also made a great impression. Among the most recent performances by
the duo Mormone-Krylov, one accompanied by the International Orchestra founded and
conducted by Anton Nanut, on September 1st, 2000 (at the inaugural concert of the
International Festival of Modern Music in Lubiana, recorded by the Slovenian State
Television) and the first Chile performance with the Symphony Orchestra of Chile conducted
by David del Pino Klinge in Santiago on August 30th and 31st, 2002: in both occasions the
duo earned an enthusiastic and unanimous success.
The Maestro's catalogue has been increasing with compositions that confirm his creative
inspiration, gaining wider and wider approval. Among them, the "Sonata Opus 38 for
clarinet and piano" stands absolutely out and was performed as its world première by
Dimitri and Vladimir Ashkenazy, to whom the work is dedicated - in a memorable, exciting
and at a very high-artistic-level performance, immediately acclaimed triumphally by both
audience and critics -, on June 30th, 2001 at the inaugural concert of Festival Pontino di
Musica, at Teatro Grande del Palazzo della Cultura in Latina (Italy). The manuscript and
the sketches of the composition have been donated by the Composer to The Institute of
Music "Goffredo Petrassi" of Latina, organizer of the Festival.
The subsequent "Double Concerto Opus 41 for two pianos and orchestra",
commissioned by the Magna Grecia Orchestra of Taranto, had taken place in its first world
performance - warmly acclaimed with immediate and resounding success - on October 29th,
2000 at Teatro Orfeo of Taranto, under the conduction of Vittorio Parisi and with Fabio and Sandro Gemmiti as soloists, to whom the
work is dedicated.
The "Ave Verum Opus 42" had subsequently come - composed in summer 2000 and
dedicated "in mild memory" to the young Dario Montemurro (1976-1995), a son of
very dear composer's friends - performed for the very first time on May 25th, 2001 at Teatro
Ghione of Rome for Euromusica, by the vocal ensemble "i Festinanti", with
Alessandro Drago at the piano and the conduction of Antonio Vignera, arousing a profound
and moved impression.
In 2002 Calligaris wrote the "Suite Opus 43 for two pianos and four timpani ad
libitum", another work intended to a great impact for the audience and dedicated to
the memory of his beloved mother Carlota. The world première took place on 16th October
2004 in Rome, during the XXI European Conference of EPTA (European Piano Teachers
Association), performed by pianists Irina Ossipova and Michele Gioiosa.
Always in 2002 he wrote the "Preludio e Toccata Opus 44 for piano solo", a
personal tribute to his friend Marco Volonté, managing director of Carisch. The world
première took place the 29th March 2003, performed by pianist Monaldo Braconi, at the
Great Hall of the Union of Composers of Russia in St.Petersburg, in the occasion of a
conference on the Italian Music of the Second Half of the XX Century, held by Maestro
Lorenzo Fico. Enthusiastic the success won by the composition, this time from an audience
of scholars and specialists.
Opus 45, written in Summer 2003, is entitled "Il Giorno" (The Daytime), Suite
for the Childhood for Boys' Choir (or Mixed Choir), piano, violin (or flute) and
It is about a unique work in the compositive sphere of Calligaris, who wrote its texts
too: thought for young people with almost didactic purposes, it combines a very cantabile
and catchy vocal line with an instrumental part that has the complex and refined
harmonical language so typical in the Author, what creates a sophisticated contrast able
to evoke intense and suggestive poetical climate.
Inspired by the Author's love for the life in the mountains, this work is divided into
four parts that express the joy of waking up in nature, the enthusiasm for a new healthy
working day, the contemplation of the sunset with the tolls of the village belfry and the
dancing climate of a country feast.
The first world performance, which gained a great enthusiasm in the audience at the
presence of the Author, took place last 14th December in Cremona, at the Salone delle
Cariatidi of Palazzo Cattaneo, in the occasion of the Christmas Concert promoted by the
Provincia di Cremona.
The performes, all very young but already winners of national and international first
prizes, were conducted with great care by Ludmilla Krylova, internationally renowned
concert performer and teacher, at the head of the Choir of Saints Cosma and Damiano of
Persico Dosimo: Beatrice Magnani at the piano, Edoardo Zosi at the violin and Luca Vanoli
at the percussions.
Year 2004 opened with an extraordinary international acknowledgement for the work and
the artistic production of Maestro Calligaris: his nomination as International Musician of
the Year for 2004, by virtue of his outstanding contribution to pianism and contemporary
composition, conferred by the International Biographical Centre of Cambridge, England.
This prestigious accolade is granted by one of the leading biographical reference book
publishers in the world with more than 30 Who's Who titles in 142 separate editions: this
is made available to only a few illustrious individuals whose achievements and leadership
stand out in the International Music Community, as decreed by the Research and Advisory
Board, rigorously selecting among tens of thousands of biographies on the International
One honour which made Maestro Calligaris extremely happy and that, as the Research and
Advisory Board Chairman Nicholas S. Law personally testified congratulating him, is
Even in Summer 2005, as every year since 1989, Maestro Calligaris found in Rocca di
Mezzo, on the Plateau of Rocche among the Apennines of the Abruzzi, the ideal site to
spend his summer holidays, his inspiration taking benefit for almost all his creations
"from its beauty, from the impressive space of its landscape, from its limpid air and
its verdant woods". A familiarity for which the Rocche Cultural Development
Consortium, in cooperation with the I
Solisti Aquilani, the Province of L'Aquila, the Region of the Abruzzi and the Ministry
of Culture wanted to express their gratitude to the Maestro, organizing a cycle of three
concerts called "Tribute to Sergio Calligaris", on 23rd July (in Ovindoli), on
20th July (in Secinaro) and on 24th August (in Rocca di Mezzo).
Maestro Calligaris, who really admired the performers of his compositions (conductor Luis Carlos Badia in Toccata, adagio e fuga Opus
26 for Strings, pianist Stefania Mormone and violinist Laura Gorna in Doppio concerto Opus
37 for violin, piano and Strings, I Solisti Aquilani for both works as well as
Concerto Opus 25 for Strings), came back again to the role of perfomer, on 24th August,
playing pieces of Ravel, Schumann, Debussy and Galuppi.
His most recent composition inspired during his stay in 2005 in Rocca di Mezzo,
"Panis Angelicus" Opus 47 for piano and mixed choir (it exists also in the
version for solo piano as Opus 47a), is dedicated to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.
On 30th March 2006, at Teatro Ghione in Rome, the excellent duet Pietro Stella (cello)
and Alessandra Gentile (piano) performed the Sonata Opus 9, with a refined, elegant and
rich of nuance performance.
On 29th April took place the première of the Double Concerto Opus 37a in the version
for flute and piano, for the cycle "Spring in music" in the setting of the
parish church of St Mary Rising in Gazzuolo (Mantua). A standing ovation of the whole
audience applauded with enthusiasm the performance of the flautist Stefano Maffizzoni and
the pianist Stefania Mormone, dedicatees of the composition, accompanied by the String
Orchestra Classica Viva conducted by Stefano Ligoratti. A great gift that the composer
offered to the two young artists as a token of esteem and friendship.
Among the most significant world-premières of Calligaris' compositions of the same
year, on July 2nd, in the season of the Ateneo of Madrid and under the sponsorship of the
Capital of Spain, it took place, with overwheming success from the public, the
world-première of the Sonata Opus 39 for viola and piano, in the brilliant performance of
Natasha Nikiforova at the viola and Piero Romano at the piano. The work is dedicated to
the memory of Joaquín Rodrigo.
Whereas on December 9th, it was the time for Preludio, Corale and Finale Opus 33, for
accordion, at the 4th Mediterranean Contemporary Music Days Festival, in Istanbul,
performed by Massimiliano Pitocco.
Always in 2006, the Rachmaninoff Society (Newsletter N.66, June 2006)
has dedicated a vast interview to Calligaris, signed by Maurizio Brunetti.
Moreover IMAIE (Institute for the Protection of Performing Artists Rights) has
sponsored a CD (Rigor y Pasión) for the DAD Records label, enterely dedicated to
Calligaris' chamber music, which has received the most enthusiastic reviews from the
New and famous artists constantly enter to take part among Calligaris' interpreters.
Only in the 2007 Spring, on April 14th, it was the time of the Katowice Philharmonic
Orchestra, conducted by Massimiliano Caldi (on Toccata, Adagio and Fugue, Opus 36). On May
10th, it was the prestigious chamber orchestra "I Solisti Veneti", with Stefania
Mormone at the piano and Stefano Maffizzoni at the flute to perform his Doppio Concerto
Opus 37a. And on the 21st of the same month, at the Philharmonic Hall of Luxembourg, were
pianists Bruno Canino, Antonio Ballista and Marco Sollini (on Passacaglia Opus 18 and the
Suite "...a Tchaikovsky" Opus 21, for three pianos). Always with remarkable
success, like one year later, on 23rd April 2008 at the Alexander Hall of the Philharmonia
Other performances of Calligaris' music took mainwhile place in leading music
institutions from Canada to England, from France and Belgium to Taipei, by leading
artists, among them pianist Marcella Crudeli.
In the summer of the same year 2007 two very important word premières of Maestro
Calligaris' music took place. On 30th July, at the Basilica of Loreto, in front of an
enthusiastic audience of over two thousand people, it took place an official concert in
the honour of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, during which Panis Angelicus Opus 47, for
piano and choir, was performed in an inspiring performance by pianist Marco Sollini and
the Lyric Choir "Vincenzo Bellini" conducted by David Crescenzi.
The event was recorded "live" by the Vatican Radio, for the E.B.U. European
Broadcasting Union, and published on CD "armonie della sera - Festival di Musica da
Camera, terza edizione" (ADS 06).
Less than one month later, on 24th August, it was the time of the Double Concerto Opus
37b, in the version for cello, piano and string orchestra, at the Palace of the Sports in
Rocca di Mezzo, L'Aquila. A really breath-taking interpretation by cellist Fernando Caida
Greco, pianist Stefania Mormone and the Chamber Orchestra I Solisti Aquilani conducted by Andrea Di Mele.
On 27th October, at the Sala del Museo Greco in Sabaudia (Latina), Maestro Calligaris
was awarded with the prestigious International Musical Prize "Giuseppe Verdi"
(Sixth Edition), a much sought-after acknowledgement conferred on the highest
personalities of the musical world, in his capacity as Pianist and Composer. During the
ceremony he moreover gave a very high level pianistic performance, winning great approval
from the present personalities.
In the first months of 2008 Carisch achieved an important publishing initiative,
through the printing of a piano anthology in two books titled Piano Parnassum. It
is a collection, structured as a progressive piano method, of the most significant
compositions for piano solo of Maestro Calligaris.
A creation intended for bringing a fundamental contribution to the study of the modern
piano technique, other than for supplying an invaluable instrument for a deep
understanding of the Maestro's work.
In October Maestro Calligaris composed a lyric entitled "Poema Opus 49" for
voice of soprano or tenor and piano, on the text of the Rima VII by the poet and prose
writer of the Spanish Romanticism Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer.
The pianist Marcella Crudeli and the tenor Marcello Nardis, who commissioned it and to
whom it is dedicated, performed its world première at the Sala Maddalena in Monza on 29th
March 2009, in the cycle "I Concerti a Monza 2009" organized by the Società di
Concerti Corona Ferrea, earning a considerable and unanimous success.
The publishing of the piano anthology Piano Parnassum has continued in 2009 with two
other books, focusing respectively on the concert music in the version for piano solo and
on original music for piano duet: a remarkable enrichment of the contemporary piano
In 2010 there was the publication of two Sonatas. The Opus 50 for flute and piano,
dedicated to the duo Mauro Conti and Alessandro Stella, had its first world performance in
the prestigious Aula Magna of the Istituto Pontificio di Musica Sacra in Rome, under the
aegis of the Embassy of France at the Holy See, on June 1st of the same year with
remarkable success. The Opus 51 for violin and piano, dedicated to the young violinist
Sergio Calligaris has started the year 2011 with the composition of two new important
piano works: the Concerto Opus 52 for piano duo (to perform either four-hands or two
pianos), alternating warlike rhythm, lightness and poetic melancholy; and the Danza
Fantastica "Remembrance" Opus 53 for two pianos (or four-hands piano, ad
libitum), composed as a tribute to Martha
Both are dedicated to the Duo
Pianistico di Firenze, Sara Bartolucci and Rodolfo Alessandrini, who have wished to
express in this site their gratitude to the Maestro through the following sincere words:
«The collaboration with one of the most important composers
of this time in proofreading two of his works, and besides receiving the dedication of
them, it is understandably reason for great pride and satisfaction, but when the works
dedicated to us have the importance and the value of the Concerto Op. 52 and the Danza
Fantastica Op. 53, two feelings arise at once: the first a mixture of joy and gratitude
and the second a sense of great responsibility. Will we deserve that? The embarrassment
does exist, but for sure we will make all we can to deserve such two dedications, that add
up with the one of the Paraphrase Op. 16! For the moment we can only say a banal, but
deeply sincere, "thank you!!" to the great maestro and friend Sergio
In October of the same year, the Maestro has dedicated to I Solisti Aquilani and their artistic conductor
Vincenzo Mariozzi, commissioned as a mark of a friendship consolidated in many years of
artistic cooperation, his Op.54, Imagenes, Three movements for string orchestra (Night,
Calligaris closed the prolific year 2011 composing in December his opus 55, Allegro
brutale con pavana, for four-hands piano or two pianos ad libitum, dedicated to the piano
duo Marco Sollini and Salvatore Barbatano.
Both these two works had their first performances in a few days' time, during the
Summer 2012, gaining unanimous and enthusiastic approval by the audiences.
Imágenes on 18th August at the Oratory of the Madonna del Gonfalone in Rocca di Mezzo,
for the eight edition of "Tribute to Sergio Calligaris" - dedicated to the
association "L'Aquila per la vita" - in an inspired performance of the
dedicatees, the Solisti Aquilani, conducted with great passion by their conductor Vincenzo
Allegro brutale con pavana the 29th August at the Jesus' Church in Ancona, in a concert
titled "From Rossini to Calligaris" for the sixth international festival
Adriatic Mediterranean - with the cooperation of Armonie della Sera, chamber music
festival - masterly performed by the dedicatees, the Duo Sollini-Barbatano.
Always in the same period many performances of Maestro's music followed one another, in
cultural events of various levels, proving the prompt devotion that Maestro's performers
have in divulging his music as well as the cultural ferment that Calligaris' work arouses
all over the world. On 20th August Marcella Crudeli performed Preludio, Sarabanda e Finale
Op.16 at the Assembly Hall of the Chetham's School of Music in Manchester.
On 21st August the first performance in Iceland of the Renzo's Piano Notebook op.7 took
place by Alessandra Pompili, together with the Studies 23 and 24 of the op.11, for the
"Summer Concerts 2012" at the Sigurjón Ólafsson Museum in Reykjavik, gaining
great interest in the local audience and critics.
On 24th August Fernando Caida Greco proposed the Suite op.28 for cello solo at the Pro
Loco in Rocca di Mezzo, anticipating his first world recording scheduled at the Radio
Vaticana, for the European Broadcasting Union, on 13th November.
On 27th September it took place the presentation of the CD "Dedica"
(Dedication), published by the Continuo Records, with the first world recording of the
Sonata op.50 for flute and piano, performed by the duo Mauro Conti and Alessandro Stella:
an event sponsored by the Cultural French Services and the Embassy of France at the Holy
The day after, Marcella Crudeli proposed Preludio, Sarabanda e Finale op.16 even in
Stocholm, for the EPTA (European Piano Teachers Association).
Year 2013 was not outdone by the previous, as for number and frequency of Sergio
Calligaris' music performances all over the world. Here are the most remarkable among
On Sunday 3rd March, Emilia Baranowska, accompanied by the piano of Marco Giovanetti, in
the series "Masters in concert", at the Collegio Vescovile S.Alessandro in
Bergamo, masterly performed the Sonata op.9 for cello and piano. The same cellist
performed twice again Calligaris' music during the year, playing the Suite op.28 for cello
solo, whose dedicatee she is: on 12th June, at Villa Bonaparte, French Embassy at the Holy
See in cooperation with Radio Vaticana, and on 15th December, at St. Thomas von Aquin,
On Wednesday 6th March, for the cycle "The Wednesday's concerts" at the
Auditorium of the Università Cattolica in Rome, on the wave of the success gained by
their CD launched on Semptember, the piano Duo Mauro Conti and Alessandro Stella proposed
the Sonata op.50 for flute and piano, with a significant appreciation of audience and
Marcella Crudeli proposed, always with enthusiastic success, Preludio, Sarabanda e Finale
op.16 in two other important international events: on 20th April in Moscow, at the Gnessin
Academy, and on 11th May at the Clara Schumann Haus in Düsseldorf.
Alessandra Pompili performed, on 28th June, as world première, Ave Verum op.42a at the
Lancaster Catholic Cathedral, played also at the Pre-Advent piano recital for the concert
series of the St Marie's Cathedral in Sheffield, season 2013-014, on Saturday 23rd
On Monday 5th August, in Fiuggi, for the 33rd edition of the Festival delle Città
Medievali (Festival of Medieval Cities), for an event called "Italy, cultural mother
of Argentina", in whose program Calligaris' music appeared together with Alberto
Ginastera's and Astor Piazzolla's, the "Daniele Paris" Orchestra, conducted by
Vincenzo Mariozzi, performed Imágenes op.54, gaining - according to the enthusiastic
words of Maestro Mariozzi himself in a letter addressed to the composer - «a great
success for a work of great emotional impact: a huge approval towards the work and its
The piano duo "Pianomallet Duo", for the concert called "From the old to
the new continent", in the occasion of the finissage of the exhibition "Natura
artis magistra" of the artist Stefania Valentini, at the Sala del consiglio in the
town hall of Pontassieve (Florence), on Friday 18th October proposed B.H.S op.20
Divertissement on musics by Bach, Haendel and Scarlatti: proof of how the interest for
Sergio Calligaris' work spreads beyond the borders of the musical institutions.
On 22nd November an important recording of Radio Vaticana, for the European Broadcasting
Union, was performed with the Suite op.28 foc cello solo, B.H.S op.20 and the Scene
Coreografiche op.30 for piano duo and string sextet.
Year 2014 opened with an importan event: the first absolute performance in Lithuania,
on 18th February, of the Doppio Concerto op.37 for violin, piano and string orchestra in
Vilnius, at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic with Sergej Krylov soloist violin and
conductor of the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and Rostislav Krimer piano, gaining a great
The same performers gave the opus 37 for the first absolute performance in Belarus too,
the 29th September, in the opening concert of the Ninth Edition of the Yuri Bashmet
International Music Festival, at the Belarus State Philharmonic, gaining once again an
Between those two dates, the 20th August, the same Doppio Concerto was also performed in
Rocca di Mezzo by the Solisti Aquilani, with great success too.
Other important dates distinguished the year 2014.
On 28th February, at the Auditorium Ottava Nota in Milan, it took place the world
première of the Sonata Fantasia op.31 for trumpet and piano, with the duo Giuseppe Alfano
and Silvia Fiorentini, gaining outstanding success.
On 18th March Radio Vaticana and the European Broadcasting Union recorded the Sonata op.9
for cello and piano, with Emilia Baranowska and Marco Giovanetti, who performed it also
the 19th March at the Goethe Institut of Rome.
On 13th June, for the first time in Buenos Aires, the Studi op.11 were performed by the
pianist Alessandro Stella, at the "Usina del Arte", with great interest of the
Moreover a milestone in the Maestro's career occurred in 2014: since February, Sergio
Calligaris is numbered among the most prominent artists of Ricordi/Universal Music, that
acquired the total amount of rights from Carisch, his historical publisher, and has been
proceeding in its complete reprinting.
His most recent composition is a vast chamber work, Trio Op.56 "Méditation",
for violin, cello and piano, completed on «10th March 2015 (5:05 pm)». It is the very
first unpublished work edited by Casa Ricordi, to which it is dedicated.
Since January 2016, to coincidence with the Jubilee of Mercy, Maestro Sergio Calligaris
has been awarded with the title of Honorary President of the new Section of A.Gi.Mus.
(Associazione Giovanile Musicale, Youth Musical Association) in Rome called «Rome, Places
of the Sacred», as leading personality in the contemporary musical panorama and composer
of the very highest reputation.
Further biographical and artistic information about Maestro Sergio Calligaris is available
in the following international musical and musicologic publications:
"INTERNATIONAL WHO'S WHO
IN CLASSICAL MUSIC 2004" Cambridge Biographical Centre - publication: 2004
Europa Publications - Taylor & Francis Group plc
"INTERNATIONAL WHO'S WHO IN MUSIC" FIFTEENTH EDITION
Cambridge Biographical Centre - publication: 1999
"DICTIONARY OF INTERNATIONAL BIOGRAPHY" TWENTY-THIRD EDITION
Cambridge Biographical Centre - publication: Winter 1993/94
DICTIONARY OF MUSICIANS" (8th Edition, copyright 1991 by G. Schirmer, Inc.,
New York, a division of Macmillan Publiching Co., Inc.)
Prof. Peter Hollfelder
Lexikon Klaviermusik" (1999) Page 442 Florian Noetzel Verlag-Heinrichshofen-Bücher, Wilhelmshaven
Prof. Peter Hollfelder
"GESCHICHTE DER KLAVIERMUSIK" (1989) Florian Noetzel Verlag-Heinrichshofen-Bücher, Wilhelmshaven
"IL DIZIONARIO ENCICLOPEDICO
DELLA MUSICA CLASSICA" Armando Curcio Editore
"AROUND THE PIANO" (volume II, 2003)
Appunti intorno al pianoforte Magnum-Edizioni, Sassari
Piero Mioli (Editor)
"DIZIONARIO DI MUSICA CLASSICA"
(volume I, Page 326) Edizione BUR (2005)