Passepartout Duo’s musicians are drawn together by their shared values of art, people, and travel. Pianist Nicoletta Favari and percussionist Christopher Salvito hail from Italy and America respectively, and are dedicated to organizing performances world-wide with the hope of bridging the gap between cultural music ideologies and engaging a wider audience for contemporary classical music. 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.
The members of the ensemble first met during their stay as resident artists with the Atlantic Music Festival’s contemporary ensemble. There, they were responsible for premiering and recording the works of 40 young composers. Shortly after their stay at AMF, the ensemble was invited for a residency at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. At the residency, the group filmed and recorded Wally Gunn’s piece Can You Hear Me?, and was featured in two performances at the Centre. Recently, the group organized a week long tour in Europe with concerts in Paris, Chichester, Verona, and Basel. The members of the group both received fellowships from the Yale School of Music's Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in the summer of 2016. In August of 2016, they were resident artists at the Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology's Hill House where they filmed site-specific videos of two short works by Nikolai Kapustin. The ensemble currently resides in Brussels, Belgium where they are participants in MaNaMa, the Ictus Ensemble's master's program at the Royal Conservatory / School of Arts Ghent.
Looking forward, highlights of the following months will include concerts in Italy and Holland, with an upcoming tour of the US in March of 2017.
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