I SALONISTI - a different piano quintet
The group I SALONISTI has been performing since in 1981. In these years the group has played its wide-ranging program with great success at home and abroad.
The group’s trademarks are the exploration of the most varied musical worlds on the one hand and the enormous engagement and energy of their interpretation on the other. The five musicians’ openness and the delight in discovery is evident in their concert programs. I SALONISTI dedicate themselves to familiar works with the same passion and care as they do to the unknown, to serious as much as to humorous and to ‘listener-friendly’ pieces as much as to more challenging ones.
The quintet always give their programs a central theme and weave a literary commentary through the concert, accompanying the public on its musical journey.
« Danube » from the Black Forest to the Black Sea
« Omaggio a Nino Rota » compositions fort he movies and the concert-hall
« als ob ... » (as if ...) music from Theresienstadt; Gaëlle Méchaly, soprano
« syncopated » jazzy compositions by great masters
« Babar & Co » music from Spain and Argentina
and more ......
The venues in which I SALONISTI have performed include: Internationale Musikfestwochen Luzern, Herkulessaal München,, Festival éstival de Paris, World Exhibition Sevilla, La Fenice Venedig, Wigmore Hall London, Thalia Theater Hamburg, Santory Hall Tokyo, Tonhalle Zürich, Menuhin Festival Gstaad
I SALONISTI recorded a wide range of repertoire with EMI, harmonia mundi, Decca and Sony: film music, Latin-American music, music from opera and operetta, tango, salon music, gypsy music. Two of their recordings, Orient-Express and Transatlantic, have been awarded the «grand prix du disque» (Académie Charles Cros).
Engaged by 20th Century Fox as the ship's orchestra in the film «Titanic», directed by James Cameron in 1997, I SALONISTI enjoyed the new experience of both performing the incidental music and, as actors, portraying the Titanic musicians in the film.
the five musicians
froim the book "I SALONISTI - 30 Jahre"
"Unbelievably, the five musicians were and are audacious enough to take on whatever appeals to them, to 'go with the flow' of developments, to never lose their obvious joy in playing, to refuse to allow a choice to be forced on them and to make every decision exclusively themselves. From both the lifestyle and artistic perspective this position is nothing less than exemplary. How fortunate that I SALONISTI are, in addition, so successful!"
© Roman Brotbeck, 2011