Amiata Piano Festival 16 th edition

Music and culture in the heart of Tuscany from July to December 2021
BERTARELLI FOUNDATION FORUM, POGGI DEL SASSO

Nine concerts thus distributed: Euterpe from 29 July to 1 August,Dionisus from 26 to 29 August and, at the end of a different year due
to the persistent pandemic uncertainties, the traditional Christmas concert on Saturday 11 December.

After a year of necessary and painful silence, the high quality music finally 
returns to the Bertarelli Foundation Forum on the Mount Amiata for the
“Amiata Piano Festival”, one of the most challenging and dreamlike music
projects on the European scene, for its cosy and independent nature. Even in this
reduced edition, the founding spirit of bringing international artists into the
Renaissance framework of the most untouched European countrysides, rendered
contemporary to us only by the visionary brush strokes of a concert hall that is
perfect for its acoustics, aesthetic impact and comfort, remains unchanged.
Therefore, thanks to the dream of the artistic and life companions Maurizio
Baglini and Silvia Chiesa and the great contemporary patronage of the
Bertarelli Foundation, art music returns to Poggi del Sasso.

It is really difficult to imagine a more visionary project than the one conceived by the
winemaking entrepreneur Claudio Tipa and the celebrated Italian pianist Maurizio
Baglini in 2005: a festival of cultivated music in the heart of Italy among the most
beautiful vineyards and olive trees of the world. Their perseverance, combined with
the one of the great cellist Silvia Chiesa, have created an inevitable miracle: to thrill
the artists to the fitzarraldic challenge and, at the same time, to build a local and
international audience loyalty. All this by rolling up the sleeves in person, passing
from the artistic directors' creativity to the simpler but fundamental procedures of the
administrative and accounting office and leafleting. The knowledgeable
contemporary patronage of the Bertarelli Foundation, wisely led by two women,
Maria Iris Bertarelli and Maria Tipa, has thus completed the dreamlike project with
an as beautiful as rationally unpredictable gift: a magnificent and ultramodern concert
hall, pride of another Italian excellence, the Edoardo Milesi&Archos architectural
firm.
Today, in this perfect setting of harmonically anthropized nature in a fully
Renaissance perspective, during the five tranches – this year reduced to three –
thousands of people from Grosseto, from all over Italy and from all over the world,
annually live a realised utopia: the Amiata Piano Festival.
Since eclecticism was one of the stylistic codes of Renaissance, as every year the

Amiata Piano Festival presents a programme of the highest artistic quality and total
indifference towards genres boundaries, gracefully inviting the listener from chamber
music to dance, with the soloists of the Stuttgart Ballet together with Silvia Chiesa
and Maurizio Baglini, on an Italian repertoire from the nineteenth to the twentieth
century; from considerations on the mathematics of sound, with a dialogue between
two piano and the mathematician and science communicator Piergiorgio Odifreddi, to
unusual projects, extremely uncommon in the regular seasons programmes, true
curiosities of subtle refinement, as the Concerto for harp and glass harmonica, an
instrument of rare allure that is also aesthetic, since it is made up of wine glasses, by
Pauline Haas and by the French musician Thomas Bloch specialised in unusual
instruments. And then, encounters of spoken word and music, with the great Paola
Pitagora, as narrator of One Thousand and One Nights during the piano four-hands
transcription by Rimsky-Korsakov of his orchestral suite Sheherazade, with the
pianists Marco Sollini and Salvatore Barbatano. The strong presence of a twentieth
century and contemporary repertoire, leitmotiv of the festival, is confirmed by the
historical Milanese ensemble Sentieri Selvaggi conducted by Carlo Boccadoro with
rare music by Torke, Testoni, Nyman, Jeffes, but also with the unusual Viaggio
Americano per Cinque Tastiere (American Journey for Five Keyboards) by Emanuele
Arciuli in his challenge with harpsicord, piano, prepared piano, electric and
microtonal piano, toy piano. Without forgetting the C3-ChiesaCellosCremona
project by Silvia Chiesa with the unusual ensemble of eight cellos and the soprano
Maria Babilua, as well as the Christmas concert led by Maurizio Baglini on a little
popular Beethoven repertoire.
The Amiata Piano Festival concerts are broadcasted by RAI RADIO3 and a selection of
them is annually published all over the world by Decca.