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Sabatini-Rugani Duo

Violin and Piano Duo Recital

May 22, 2019
6:30 pm

Sabatini-Rugani Duo

Simone Rugani, piano
Daniele Sabatini, violin



Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)
Sonata in F Major for violin and piano (1838)
Allegro vivace
Assai vivace

Mauricio Kagel (1931-2008)
Klangwölfe for violin and piano (1978)


Aldo Finzi (1897-1945)
Sonata for violin and piano (1926)
Allegro Vivace
Andante sostenuto
Finale – Vivace e brioso

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Sonata n. 2 for violin and piano (1923-27)
Blues. Moderato
Perpetuum mobile. Allegro

The Sabatini-Rugani Duo is an award-winning violin and piano duo active on the European concert scene. Founded in 2013 by violinist Daniele Sabatini and pianist Simone Rugani during the Campus delle Arti masterclass, they are steadily building a promising career and an intense concert schedule. In December 2017 they had their New York City debut, performing at NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò and the Italian Cultural Institute of New York.

The duo has performed in venues such as ORF Funkhaus (Vienna, Asutria), Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania (Vilnius, Lithuania), Villa Torlonia, Palazzo Braschi, Teatro di Marcello (Rome, Italy), Palazzo Cavagnis (Venice, Italy), Villa Contarini (Piazzola sul Brenta, Italy), Teatro San Teodoro (Cantù, Italy), Edsberg Slott (Royal College of Music, Stockholm, Sweden), Glasgow Cathedral (Glasgow, GB), Edinburgh Society of Musicians (Edinburgh, GB), and has been invited to perform for festivals such as Monferrato Classic Festival, Campagnano International Music Festival, Carlo Capra Association in Chiari, Lunigiana International Music Festival and Asiago Festival.

The duo has won a number of important chamber music prizes. Most notably, they were awarded second prize (with first not assigned) at the VIII International Stasys Vainiūnas Chamber Music Competition in Vilnius. They also won the Gottfried Von Einem prize at the International Summer Academy (ISA) of the Vienna MDW Conservatory and second prize (with first not assigned) as well as the Audience Prize at the XLII “Francesco Cilea” Chamber Music Competition in Palmi.

The duo regularly performs a vast repertoire, ranging from classical to contemporary, with a particular focus on 20th-century and contemporary composers. They have recorded the first sonata by Alfred Schnittke and were invited to perform Schnittke’s Piano Quartet with violist Duccio Beluffi and cellist Claudio Pasceri at Asiago Festival. They have recently been chosen in a nationwide selection by CIDIM (Italian National Music Committee) to give a concert at the prestigious Sala dei Giganti in Padova in honour of the late violinist Giovanni Guglielmo, with a program focused on 20th-century Italian composers such as Aldo Finzi and Silvio Omizzolo.

Daniele and Simone are currently studying under the Ars Duo (Marco Fiorentini and Laura Pietrocini) at AimRoma (Rome International Music Academy) and with Roberto Galletto at “Santa Cecilia” Conservatory in Rome. They are attending also a contemporary muisc masterclass in Milan with Maria Grazia Bellocchio, focused on Mauricio Kagel.

They have also had masterclasses with Konstantin Bogino, Ilya Grubert, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Benjamin Schmid, Johannes Meissl, Evgenia Epshtein, Marian Hahn, Patrick Jüdt, Jan Talich, Petr Prause, Vida Vujic and Peter Nagy.

The duo is also involved in charity work, in collaboration with AFCECO, an international association dedicated to helping Afghan children.