Passepartout Duo is a piano-percussion duo based in Brussels, Belgium. Drawn together by their shared values of art, travel, and the joy of meeting new people, the duo’s musicians are known for their tireless advocacy of new works for the instrumentation and the compelling films they create.
Pianist Nicoletta Favari and percussionist Christopher Salvito hail from Italy and America respectively. Drawing from their international backgrounds, the duo seeks to champion ideas that cross aesthetic boundaries, create new audiences and communities worldwide through music, and inspire a love and curiosity for art and culture. Passionate about the piano-percussion instrumentation and the various configurations it can assume, the ensemble supplements its promotion of the current repertoire with a continual search for new composers and collaborations.
Within the group’s short history, they have concertized extensively including tours of both Europe and America. Their month-long tour of the United States in March of 2017 culminated in a residency at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music that featured the premieres of composition students at the school. The duo has been awarded fellowships at the Yale School of Music’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival as well as residencies at the Banff Centre, and the Cross Hatch Center for Art and Ecology’s Hill House. Recently the duo has begun writing original music through a collaboration with the Ghent-based animator Anna van Riel; the short film will be released in summer of 2017.
Looking to the future, the following months will include a residency at Avaloch Farm, and the recording/filming of Christopher Adler’s piece: The Toy Robot’s Mechanical Heart.
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