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Duo Spina-Benignetti Australian Tour



Duo Spina-Benignetti Australian Tour

spina benignetti photo 1As everyone knows, one of the objectives of the Italian Cultural Institute in Sydney is to provide young Italian artists with a space that allows them to increase their international fame, thus facilitating the creation of contacts with local cultural bodies that can implement future collaborations.

This is undoubtedly the case of the Duo Spina-Benignetti, young Italian pianists whose Australian tour in 2019 the Institute supported and who today return to the downunder stages again with the support by the IIC. During this new tour, Visions Tour, linked to the homonymous title of their latest album, Eleonora Spina and Michele Benignetti will play music by composers Schubert, Ravel, Franck, Poulenc and Rachmaninov.

They will begin the tour with a seminar at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on October 7th. They will then perform in Brisbane (Sandgate Town Hall) on 8 October and the day after at the Sydney Schubert Society. They will then continue to Canberra where on October 12 they will play at the Wesley Music Foundation. On 23 October they will be back in the state capital, again at the Wesley Music Foundation and again on 26 October in Sydney invited by the St James' Concert Series to finally conclude their tour in Oceania at the Astelia Place Concert Series in Canberra on 30 October. They will also perform on October 13, 14 and 15 in Melbourne and in October 16, 21 and 22 in Tasmania.

Eleonora Spina and Michele Benignetti's partnership as a piano duo took off in 2013 and was met with positive critical acclaim. In June 2014, they were unanimously awarded the prestigious ‘Diplôme Supérieur d’Exécution’ at the Ecole Normale De Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris, under the supervision of Chantal De Buchy. Lifelong learners, they received master’s degrees with honours in 2019 at the Maastricht Conservatorium of Music in the Netherlands under professors Igor Roma, Henk Guittart, and Enrico Pace. They also studied at the Universität für Musik in Graz with Sivan Silver and Gil Garburg. Their acclaimed 2015 record Brahms Sonata for 2 pianos - Haydn Variations includes Brahms’s complete works for two pianos for Brilliant Classics Records has been praised by audiences and critics alike. Their album Lifetime followed in January 2017. Released by Sheva Collection, it went on to win Gold Medals for Best Album, Best Duo, and Best Emerging Artists at the 2017 Global Music Awards in La Jolla, California.

The third album Visions is also released on Sheva Collection on July 2021 and it contains the worldwide premiere of César Franck'sspina benigneti foto 2 Prelude, Fugue and Variation op.18, transcribed for piano four hands by Abel Marie Decaux. The new album dedicated to Franz Schubert’s works for piano four hands will be released in September 2022 by the UK label Ulysses Arts. Theirs recordings were presented by Radio France, Rai Radio3, Radio Vaticana, Rete Toscana Classica, Radio Popolare Milano, SBS Australia, Art Sound FM Canberra, and Radio Suisse. The duo recently performed live at Rai Radio3 in Rome, for the radio show “La Stanza della Musica” produced by Stefano Roffi. The duo performs regularly throughout Europe and worldwide. Recent highlights include a recital for the live shows ‘Génération Jeunes Interprètes’ and ‘Génération France Musique- le Live’ at the Auditorium of the Maison de la Radio in Paris, broadcasts for the famed France Musique National Radio, a recital for the ‘Jeunes Talents’ concert series in Paris, a debut recital at the Osaka Izumi Hall in Japan, a concert tour in South Africa, and a performance at the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival, concert tours in China, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.

Eleonora Spina and Michele Benignetti are also teacher, and they currently teach at the Cité de la Musique et de la Danse in Soissons, France. Additionally, they are often invited to give masterclasses in Italy, China, at the Summer International Academy of Colombes in Paris, at the Summer Music Academy of Flaine (France), at Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music in Melbourne and at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

The Spina-Benignetti Piano Duo is an Official Yamaha Artist and has been proudly sponsored by them since December 2017.

For further information and booking please visit the venues’ websites.


Date: Da Friday, October 07, 2022 a Sunday, October 30, 2022

Organized by : Duo Spina-Benignetti

In collaboration with : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Entrance : With fee


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