Through the creation of interdisciplinary collaborations and immersive musical events that thrive at the intersection of different cultures and aesthetics, pianist Nicoletta Favari and percussionist Christopher Salvito have earned a reputation together as advocates for contemporary classical music as they continue their years-long journey around the world. Influenced by their ever-changing location, the duo commissions new repertoire, composes original pieces, and films music videos that seek to capture their interpretations in a creative and engaging format.

Passepartout Duo’s project through the Nordic countries in 2018 was met with support from the Nordic Culture Fund and Nordic Culture Point, and brought the duo to premiere nine works at the Dark Music Days Festival (IS) and the Summartónar Festival (FO).

Collaborating across disciplines is also at the core of the duo’s work, with projects ranging from recording music for a full ballet production with Santa Monica’s Barak Ballet (US) to composing music for an animated short by Anna van Riel (BE).

The duo’s debut EP of original music, a collaborative project featuring prints by visual artists Yumo Wu and Yannis Zhang (CN), took inspiration from a small fishing village in the north of Iceland, called Ólafsfjörður (2018). The album has been broadcasted on Melbourne's PBS, BBC 3 in the UK, Rai Radio 3 in Italy, and Chongqing Music FM 88.1 in China.

The ensemble has performed at prominent music festivals like the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (US), the Festival de La Habana de Música Contemporánea (CU), and the Sounding Now Festival (SG). The duo was also awarded an ensemble fellowship at Eighth Blackbird’s inaugural Creative Lab in 2017.

Looking toward the future, the duo will spend 2019 on a tour through Asia including residencies at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel (CN) and the Nakanojo Biennale (JP).


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"Two people proving over and over again that artistry exists without barriers of any form. The common expectations for a pianist and a percussionist playing truly contemporary duets fit a particular stereotype, one that the duo shatters daily with modern music that is globalized and far-reaching and provocative and, yes, even beautiful."

Benjamin Pomerance
Lake Champlain Weekly

“Experimental mood music to the nth degree. Expect weird rhythms and jazzy soundscapes."

John Rogers
The Reykjavík Grapevine (IS)

"Masters of this daily art that is substantiating their own dreams"

Miryam Scandola
Pantheon Verona (IT)

"This beautiful and concise recording makes us want to stay outside all year long, looking at - or for - the sun and other stars."

Richard Allen
A Closer Listen

"A captivating and successful performance - much applause."

Thomas Ziegner
Rottenburger Post (DE)

"A simply enjoyable, streamlined listen."

Laura Studarus