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. Shortly after, the ensemble was invited for a residency at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. At the residency, the group was able to further create an identity for themselves, and prepared repertoire for an upcoming tour in Europe later that year. In summer of 2016, the members of the group both received fellowships from the Yale School of Music’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. After, 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 School of Arts Ghent.
Highlights of the upcoming months include residencies in Marrakech, Morocco and Torralba de Ribota, Spain.
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