Costantino Mastroprimiano

Costantino Mastroprimiano

Costantino Mastroprimiano

Costantino Mastroprimiano has based most of his piano and fortepiano activity on the results of his personal research. He gained his diploma at the Conservatorio di Musica di Foggia and his diploma with merit at the Accademia Chigiana of Siena in piano (1984) and in chamber music (1985).
Having studied the main piano treatises, he has since concentrated his studies on rediscovering and re-evaluating 19th century Italian instrumental music. His repertoir includes Hummel, Clementi, Dussek, Moscheles, Cramer, Czerny, Kalkbrenner, Ries and Mueller as well as the most representative authors of the 19th century. Thanks to his researches he rediscovered and performed transcriptions of Haydn, Beethoven and Mozart’s sinfonies and concerts by Hummel, Moscheles, Ries, Czerny, Cramer and Clementi.
He is curator and member, for Ut-Orpheus in Bologna-Urtext, of the scientific committee for Muzio Clementi’s Opera Omnia, now available in the most important Libraries throughout the world.
He performed in the most important Italian and European cities (France, Austria, Bulgaria) both as soloist and in chamber ensemble. During the Chamber Music Season of the Wiener Symphoniker in the year 2000, he performed as pianist in the Musikverein – Brahms Saal with the soloist wind parts of the Orchestra. In Perugia he often plays as soloist with the Perugia Symphonic Orchestra (Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Brahms). In 1991 he performed Mozart’s complete chamber music works with piano and in 1996, during the San Gimignano’s Festival, he played, for the first time ever on fortepiano, J.S.Bach’s Goldberg Variationen and the Fourteen Canons BWV 1089.

He has been playing as pianist in the quartet Hausmusikensemble, founded in 1999, and as fortepianist in the ensemble Concert sans Orchestre, born in 2002, with Fiorella Andriani, Liana Mosca, Marco Testori, with whom performs philological executions of 18th and 19th century chamber repertoir, on original instruments.
He teaches Chamber Music at the Perugia Music Conservatory “F.Morlacchi” where he also holds the two- year post-graduate course in Chamber Music.

In 2003 he was invited by the National Music Academy “P.Vladigerov” in Sofia (Bulgaria) as guest professor and since last June he represents Perugia Conservatory in the European Association of Conservatories and Hochschule (AEC). He also teaches courses and master classes in Italy.
For the State Record Library he recorded Clementi, Martucci and other Italian composers and for RAI Schubert and Jelinek.He recorded with Tactus works by Francesco Giuseppe Pollini (4 stars on “Musica”, April 2007 and September 2007).

From 2006 to 2009 he recorded with Brilliant Classics the complete edition – 18 Cds – of the Sonate di Muzio Clementi on fortepiano; 5 cd boxes are yet published and were warmly appreciated by public and critics in Italy (5 stars on “Musica”, April 2007 and September 2007, “The Classic Voice”, “Suono”) and abroad (“Le Monde de La Musique” in France, “Fanfare” in US, “ABC” in Spain, etc.).

In 2010 he recorded with the Graf fortepiano in Palazzo Contucci (Montepulciano) some youth works by Chopin, in the Birth Bicentenary. Moreover, also with Brilliant Classics, he is at present recording the Johann Nepomuk Hummel Sonatas and the lieder by Buergmueller and Staehle with the soprano Eleonora Contucci.

In 2012-2013 he will be involved in the celebration of the Birth Bicentenary of Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813-1888) providing 2 CDs: a choise of solo works and some chamber music performed with the Forthepiano Trio¸ which he founded in 2009 with Nicholas Robinson (vl) and Marco Testori (cello), focusing on XIX music performed on period instruments. The Alkan Project is
held by the Fondazione Bru-Zane di Venezia.

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