Thu, 15 Oct | Online music

Roberto Bravo in Concert

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Roberto Bravo in Concert

Time & Location

15 Oct 2020, 18:00 – 19:00 BST
Online music

About the Event

The concert is a recital of music from the world of cinema, focused on a tribute to Ennio Morricone, the outstanding Italian composer of film music - Cinema Paradiso, 1900, The Mission, Malena and Once Upon in America - who recently passed away.

The program includes music by Morricone, Michel Legrand (France), John Williams (U.S.A) Luis Advis (Chile) and Joe Hisaishi (Japan) and will last 30 minutes. 

A session of Q&A will follow the event. 

Biography of Roberto Bravo 

Roberto Bravo (Chile, 1943) is a well renowned Chilean pianist known for his interpretation of a vast repertoire spanning the baroque to the 21st century composers. He began his studies at the Conservatorio Nacional de Musica de Chile with Rudolf Lehman and then in New York with the world acclaimed pianist Claudio Arrau. He then continued his musical career at the Warsaw Conservatory and the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow with Olga Yukoba and Alexis Nasedkin, and later in London with Maria Curcio. Winner of numerous national prizes and seven international competitions in Europe and the USA, Roberto Bravo's concert career has brought him success in the five continents.

Roberto Bravo has performed in the most significant concert halls of Europe and America such as Carnegie Hall (New York), Place des Arts (Montreal), Salle Gaveau (Paris), Palau de la Musica (Barcelona), Auditorio Nacional (Madrid), Schauspielhaus (Berlin), National Theatre (Dublin), Teresa Carreño (Caracas), Philarmonie (Warsaw), Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico), Kennedy Center (Washington), Glenn Gould (Toronto), and the National Arts Center (Ottawa), among many others. He has also worked with numerous internationally renowned conductors alongside The Berlin Symphony, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, and the Symphony Orchestras of Melbourne, Dresden, Caracas, Sao Paulo, Quito, Lima and Santiago.

His vast recording catalogue includes Grieg's Piano Concerto and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.1, both recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London. He has also recorded albums dedicated to Chopin, Liszt and Schumann, as well as classical and popular Spanish and Latin American music of well renowned composers such as Astor Piazzolla (Argentina), Ernesto Lecuona (Cuba), Armando Manzanero (Mexico), Violeta Parra (Chile), and many others. During his career, Roberto Bravo has ventured in a broad range of musical styles in addition to his classical training; he values all aspects of popular music, literature and poetry in their pursuit of liberating the human soul. For this reason, he tries to reach as many people as he can with his music, regardless of whether they are musically educated, or people with little or no access to music. This has taken him to play in all sorts of places and scenarios from big halls of music to playing on a riverside, in a mountain, or on faraway places such as Chilean Antarctic Territory or to play for the Easter Island residents in the South Pacific.

Numerous national figures of the Chilean cultural scene joined Bravo in creating the "Roberto Bravo Foundation" to support promising new talents via scholarships, sponsorships, courses and seminars abroad. In 1990 the Chilean democratic government designated him Honorary Cultural Ambassador. In 1995 the Tunisian government awarded him the Ordre Commendateur des Arts and in the same year he was awarded the Chilean National Peace Prize. Roberto Bravo regularly hosts seminars and master classes in American universities and European conservatories, and gives concerts and classes wherever his music and knowledge is needed or might be of use.

In 2016 along with Austrian musician Georg Gratzer records “Intimo I”, and gave concerts in La Habana (Cuba), Bogota (Colombia), Geneva (Switzerland) on the United Nations Hall, in Weiz (Austria), Panama, Mexico. On the same year he also recorded “Bravo-Piazzolla Live Concert” with the Bravo-Piazzolla Quintet and “Musica para Soñar” with Chilean violinist Montserrat Prieto.

During 2017 he went back to Austria and with Georg Gratzer recorded “Intimo II: Live in Austria”, and then toured on Germany and Spain. By the end of the year with Chilean violinist Montserrat Prieto gave a concert in Roberto Cantoral Hall invited by Mexican composer Armando Manzanero, and another concert in Tlalpan in help of those affected by the earthquake that hit Mexico City that year. On August, the Mayor of Miami, Tomas Regalado, gave him “The Key of the City”. On the same year he was a resident artist at the Universidad Tecnologica Metropolitana of Santiago giving many concerts and seminars, and as an outcome of this alliance, Roberto Bravo´s autobiographical book was published. On November he was awarded the “Founders Medal” by the Universidad Central de Santiago.

On August 2018 he was given an Honorary Doctorate by the Universidad Tecnologica de Santiago (Chile), and on October a new set of recordings was launched, featuring Cinema Music along with Chilean singer Andrea Cardenas, Russian Music with Montserrat Prieto, and a re-edition of one of his most acclaimed recordings “Schumann-Liszt”. He also recorded a new CD entirely dedicated to Bach compositions.

On January 2019, Roberto Bravo toured with Andrea Cardenas in Guayaquil and Quito (Ecuador), and then on May went to Spain and Israel to give various seminars and concerts.

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