Friday, 9 th February 2018
Time: 19:00 hrs
Saturday, 10 th February 2018
Time: 16:00 hrs
Venue: Mahidol University, Prince Mahidol Hall
Italian Composer Arnaldo de Felice has been appointed by the Italian Embassy to especially write a new, original music to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Italian-Thai diplomatic relations. This exceptional world premiere will be performed by the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Alfonso Scarano.
The citation of Arnaldo de Felice on his commemorative composition:
“A reflection is a "percussione" (percussion/pressure) of a ray of light above a surface, it is a portion of truth that illuminates a path, it is cultivating the meeting and the exchange of values, the exchange of ideas and convictions between different cultures. With these convictions I started composing "Riflessi, สะท้อน …" approaching the traditional Thai music using the rhythmic form of "Sam Chan" in the slow parts and of the "Chan Deaw" in fast ones with the use of Chin Thai, trying to get a fluency of my music without having the impression of the flow of the beats but a continuous stream where the present, past and future were the same flow in a continuous present.
As a composer, I have always looked at the Italian tradition giving extreme importance to the vocal and expressiveness in a vision of the world of sounds as close as possible to that of poetry. Of course, the reading and study of Ramakien was the most important epic Thai poem, with great images of the forest, the dance of the leaves, the cavity of the tree. Another element was the recreating of certain sounds of the Pi Nai, (this instrument of the Thai tradition of great charm) and its multiphonic sounds made for orchestra. There are no words to thank the Italian Embassy in Thailand, the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra.”
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About the Festival: The Italian Festival in Thailand is organized by the Embassy of Italy and comprises this year 69 cultural events and 5 “weeks” in the biggest Department Stores throughout the year in Bangkok, covering 299 days: classical music, opera, jazz, seminars, cinema, dance, promotion of Made in Italy and a lot more.
The Festival is organized with the aim of spreading in Thailand the best of the Italian culture. Indeed, we believe that the cooperation among the two countries develops through the mutual understanding and appreciation of each other’s heritage and cultural identity. Now at its 13th consecutive edition, the Festival has received positive reviews throughout the years, and an ever growing recognition from the general public. All events are organized thanks to the contribution of many private sponsors and most of them are free entry upon registration.
Arnaldo de Felice
Foremost Italian oboist and composer, born in Florence 1965. He started his oboe studies at the age of 13 years
with Harold Gomberg, principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and gave his first solo recital two
In 1984 he became principal oboist of the Symphony Orchestra “Arturo Toscanini” in Parma, Italy. He obtained his Diploma with highest mention from the Conservatory “G.B. Martini” in Bologna in 1986, after which he continued his studies with Lothar Koch at the “Mozarteum” in Salzburg.
He held teaching positions at several Italian Music Conservatories. Since 1989 Arnaldo de Felice has been Professor of Oboe at the Music Conservatory “C. Monteverdi” in Bolzano. As soloist, DE FELICE has appeared at Carnegie Hall in New York, in the Tonhalle Zürich, at the Nuremberg State Theatre, at the Teatro Comunale in Modena and the Teatro Farnese in Parma, in the Verdi Hall of the Società dei Concerti in Milano, at Ferrara Music in the “Teatro Comunale” in Ferrara, at the Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna, as well as in Bolzano at the Società dei Concerti, Fondazione Teatro Comunale di Bolzano, Auditorium Haydn di Bolzano.
DE FELICE’S chamber music partners include Gustav Kuhn, Enrique Mazzola, Johanna Carneiro, Kurt Widmer, Olga
Pasichnyk, Machiko Takahashi, Sabine von Walther, Michael Martin Kofler, Ingolf Turban, Conrad Steinmann,
Patricia Kopachinscaja, Yves Savary and Anna Kravtchenko. He has recorded for the ORF (Austrian Radio), RAI (Italian
Radio), BR (Bavarian Radio), SDR2 (Swiss Radio) and Radio Belgium.
Since 2009 DE FELICE is giving annual Masterclasses for advanced oboe studies at the Musikforum Viktring,
Klagenfurt, Austria and since 2011 annual Masterclasses for advanced oboe studies and chamber music at the
Casalmaggiore Festival, Cremona, Italy. Concerts and Masterclasses in 2011 led him to the International Beijing Oboe Festival, Royal Northern College of Music Manchester and the prestigious Tchaikowsky Conservatory of Music.
De Felice is regularly giving solo recitals at the annual conventions of the International Double Reed Society
(IDRS), (Oxford, Ohio in 2012, New York in 2014 and at forthcoming convention in Tokyo in 2015) and at the Asian
Double Reed Society (ADRA), in Bangkok and Taiwan.
In conjunction with the Fondazione Teatro Comunale di Bolzano Arnaldo de Felice has been founder of the Accademia Neue Music Bolzano in 2005 and its artistic director (2005-2009) as well as principal oboist of the ensemble. With DE FELICE as artistic director, the Accademia Neue Musik Bolzano inaugurated the International Festival of Contemporary Dance at the
Biennale in Venice in 2006 collaborating with the re-known choreographer Ismael Ivo.
In 2011 Arnaldo de Felice was invited by Jürg Kussmaul and the Academy G. Mahler to give a chamber music course in Bolzano. Arnaldo de Felice debuted at the Poly Theater in Beijing in 2013, as a soloist with the “Beijing Strings Trio” (Zhe LI, violin, Su Zhen, viola, Chu Yi-Bing, cello). In 2012 and 2014 he toured Argentina and Brazil giving solo concerts with the Symphony Orchestra of Riberao Preto, Mar del Plata, Philarmonica de Mendoza, the Double Reed Festival Buenos Aires and Masterclasses at the Universities of Buenos Aires, Belo Horizonte and Sao Paulo. In December 2014 he appeared as soloist at the didactic project ALMA at the Theatre San Pedro of Riberao Preto, Brazil. December 2015, he was invited to be present in the jury of the prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition, Moscow.
Arnaldo de Felice studied Composition with Roland Moser at the Music Academy of the City of Basel, Switzerland.
In July 2001 he was awarded first price at the International Opera Competition Teatro Minimo of the Theatres of the Bavarian State Opera House Munich and the Opera House Zurich (members of the jury included Sir Peter Jonas, Alexander Pereira, Luciano Berio, Manfred Trojan, Zubin Metha, Franz Welser-Most) with his Chamber Opera (Opera Lirica da camera) Akumu. Masterclass at the University of Belo Horizonte, Sao Paulo, concert and masterclass in Goiania, Royal Northern College of Music Manchester and Zaragoza, Spain.
Arnaldo de Felice’s compositions and world premières:
MaChiko for flute solo (1996) in Tokyo (Bunka-Kaikan) and Osaka (Izumi Hall), Japan;
Judith for soprano and Renaissance treble recorder in G and F;
Bellarmin for treble recorder, oboe and cello (1997) at the International Festival for Treble Recorder in Zurich;
Bellarmin for oboe and piano (1999) at the Teatro Comunale in Ferrara;
Le linee della vita… for soprano, string trio and piano (1999) in Weimar and Toblach;
Notturno (2001) for string trio in Liestal, Switzerland;
Percussioni d’ombra for treble recorder quartet at the European Music Months 2001 in Basel, Switzerland;
Akumu, Chamber opera (2001) Opera House Zurich and Bavarian State Opera House Munich;
Medusa for alto flute solo (2002) in Amsterdam and Sapporo (Hokkaido), Sapporo Concert Hall;
Tre Canti for soprano, violoncello and piano (2003) at the Konzertverein Bozen and at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich (Ernst von Siemens-Auditorium);
Angoli d’Ombra for Symphony Orchestra (2003) in Merano at the Meraner Musikwochen (Conductor S. Sondekis);
Medusa for oboe solo (2004), State Theatre House Nuremberg;
In November 2005 world premiere of the Opera Medusa at the Bavarian State Opera House Munich;
In June 2006 opening performance of the Biennale Danza in Venice with music to the ballet Illuminata, choreographer Ismael Ivo (world premiere);
Pezzo Fantasioso (world premiere) at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl in July 2006;
Performances of the opera Medusa at the Munich Opera Festival during summer 2006;
Den for cello and piano, at the Munich Opera Festival in July 2008;
Frammenti tratti dal Gigante Egoista di Oscar Wilde (Wilde: The Selfish Giant) for soprano, bass and orchestra, world-premier at the Festival of Haydn's 50th Anniversary in Bolzano with Haydn Orchestra Bolzano (Conductor Gustav Kuhn) in 2010;
In July 2010, Viktring (Klagenfurt, Austria) “…nach Erinnerungen und Briefen von Alma Mahler…” for soprano and flute (cello ad libitum) – world premiere;
2013, Adagio Liquido for bassoon, oboe and orchestra, world-premiere at the IDRS Congress in Redlands, USA CD with De Felice’s composition Mu for flute and percussion released in March 2010 (recording company Camerata Tokyo).
March 2014, Auditorium National de Espana, Madrid Cello concerto, world premiere with the Spanish National Orchestra under Kent Nagano, solo cello: Yves Savary.
June 2014 “Illuminata for Harald” ballet with Ismael Ivo choreographer and dancer, Sabina von Walther Soprano, Gian Maria Romanenghi Conductor, Bolzano, Italy August 2015, Tokyo “Den” for Oboe, English horn and Piano. IDRS Tokyo
November 2015, at the Society of concerts of Bolzano, "String Quartet" with the Quartet "Novus"
Festival di Musica Sacra di Bolzano e Trento, May 2016 “Sguardi” on Dante Alighieri's lyrics, for Sprano and Strings Quartett.
In March 4, 2018 it is planned the world premiere of “Musica Concertante”, under the direction of the Conductor Andrew Manze with Helsingborgs Symfoniorkester in Helsingborg, Sweden.