Our mission is three-fold: To advocate for new music and the composers that create it, to cross cultural and aesthetic boundaries through interdisciplinary projects, and to be catalysts for the global mobility of art and artists.
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, and Rai Radio 3 in Italy.
The ensemble has performed at prominent music festivals like the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (US), and the Festival de La Habana de Música Contemporánea (CU). 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), and performances at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (HK) and the Sounding Now Festival (SG).