French accordionist Richard Galliano, one of the world’s greatest musicians, returns to the stage of the Radio Hall in a new concert performed besides the Radio Chamber Orchestra and by cellist Razvan Suma, conducted by Gabriel Bebeselea.
On Wednesday, April 29, starting at 7 pm, Galliano, whose opera includes over 400 works conceived by him, will perform one of his masterpieces – “Contrastes” (suite for accordion, cello and string orchestra) and a Mozart concerto in accordion arrangement – Concert in A Major for Clarinet and Orchestra. The repertoire of the show will include another score by the great Amadeus: Divertimento in D Major.
Equally interested in classical music and jazz, a performer and a composer, and orchestrator and a music teacher, Richard is the artist who relaunched accordion and granted it a new status on the most prestigious stages of the world. As he had promised himself at the age of 14, Richard Galliano granted the accordion the position of solo concert instrument, he changed its rhythm approach, he changed its harmonies and, most of all, he proved it was fit for jazz, as well.
Galliano started studying the accordion under his father’s guidance, at the precocious age of four and in the meantime, started studying at the Conservatoire in Nice. At the age of 23, he won acknowledgment in the Parisian music life as an orchestrator, conductor and composer, focusing mostly on jazz. He collaborated on concerts, radio recordings, television and film with stars of French music: Claude Nougaro, Barbara, Serge Reggiani, Charles Aznavour, Juliette Greco, etc.
In the year 1983, the stage of the Comedie Francaise witnessed an event that is worth outlining in the music history of the century: the meeting of Astor Piazzolla and Richard Galliano, the start of a beautiful friendship and an artistic collaboration.
At Piazzolla’s advice, Galliano returned to the roots of French music and reevaluated the entire traditional repertoire of valse musette, java, tango and initiated a new music trend entitled “New Musette”, with the manifesto recording released in 1993 and winner of the “Django-Reinhardt” Award of the Jazz Academy. Accompanied by his famous Victoria model accordion, he arrived to the USA in 1996, where, accompanied by George Mraz, Al Foster and Bireli Lagrene, he recorded the multiple award winning recording New York Tango.
His lifetime collaboration with his father and his care to share his complex experience as a performing artist with others created a method of studying accordion that gained the “Sacem” Award for best pedagogic work, in 1999.
The tickets are available on www.bilete.ro, in the Romanian Post offices, in Inmedio stores branded “bilete.ro”, in Germanos stores and at the Radio Hall box offices.