Thursday 23 February 2017 at 20:30


Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi, bandoneon
Ksenia Kogan, piano
Khaled Mouzanar, piano
The Al Bustan Festival Quintet
Gianluca Marcianò, piano & conductor

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Martin Palmeri (1965 – )
4 Seasons

Roberto Molinelli (1963 – )
Trittico Napoletano (the same Carreras performs everywhere)

Carlos Gardel (1890 – 1935)
El diae que me quieras
Por una cabeza

Astor Piazzolla (1921 – 1992)

Khaled Mouzanar (1974 – )
Lettre à un père disparu

Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi, bandoneon
Born in Atessa – Italy in 1980

Specialization courses for Accordion and later for Bandoneon.
In 2007 he graduated with honours at the Music Academy “Santa Cecilia” in Rome, Italy.

1st Prize at the National Competition “Città di Latina” ( 1995,1996,1997)
1st Prize at the National Competition “Città di Montese” (MO) (1997)
1st Prize at the International Competition “S.Bizzarri of Morro D’ Oro” (TE) cat. Junior (1997)
Best Italian at the International Competition “Castelfidardo” cat. Junior (1997)
In July (1998) he was selected to represent Italy at the WORLD TROPHY C.M.A. (Junior) in Recoaro Terme, (Italy)
1st Prize at the National Competition “Città di Rieti” (MO) (1999)
1st Prize “ADAMO VOLPI” at the Competition “Città di Loreto” (AN) (2000)
In July 2000 he was chosen to represent Italy at the World Trophy C.M.A. (senior) held in Alcobaca (Portugal) winning the 2nd prize.
In 2001 he was the winner of the World Trophy C.M.A. (senior) in Lorient (France)

In England, France, Belgium, Croatia, Serbia, Germany, U.S.A., Portugal, Finland, Switzerland, Canada, Armenia, Russia, China and Lebanon.

In 2005 he collaborated with the Teatro dell’Opera of Rome and the Opera and Symphonic Foundation “Petruzzelli” of Bari for the staging of the Opera “Ascesa e Caduta della Città di Mahagonny”’ by Kurt Weill, under the direction of J. Webb.

– In October 2003-2004-2005 he played as a soloist in concerts with the Italian International Orchestra in China and Korea.
– In July 2006 he participated – together with P. Tonolo and G. Mirabassi – in the 27th edition of the Montreal Jazz Festival in the project “I Colori del Mare” with original compositions by E. Blatti.
– In 2008 he performed as a Bandoneonist at the 58°th edition of San Remo Festival.

Recordings & Broadcasts
– In June 2002 he was invited as a guest to “Premio Barocco”, broadcasted live on Rai1 from Gallipoli, playing for the famous singer Antonella Ruggiero.
In 2008 he recorded the Soundtrack of the Film “Caos Calmo” by Anronello Grimaldi, starring Nanni Moretti, music by Paolo Buonvino.

4th appearance at the Al Bustan Festival

Ksenia Kogan, piano

Pianist Ksenia Kogan is recognized as one of the brightest artists to emerge from Russia. Ksenia performs in the most prestigious concert halls all over the world, such as Theatre “La Fenice” in Venice, Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR) in Brussels, Queen Elizabeth hall in London, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Great hall of Moscow Conservatory, Seoul Arts Center in Seoul, Salle Philharmonique in Luxembourg, Salle Cortot and UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, Teatro alla Pergola in Florence, Real Alcazar in Seville, Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb, Duke’s Palace in Dubrovnik, etc. Her solo performances as well as collaboration with leading orchestras, such as “Sinfonia Varsovia”, Belgian National Orchestra, Russian Symphony Orchestra of Cinematograph, Lisbon Metropolitana Orchestra, and conductors, such as Walter Weller, Sir Christopher Warren-Green, Julian Kovatchev, Dirk Brosse, bring her to the USA and Mexico, China and Japan and all over Europe. Her partners in chamber music are violinists Dmitry Kogan, Soyoung Yoon, Michael Guttman, Augustin Dumay, Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, a winner of the Queen Elisabeth competition in Brussels pianist Abdel Rahman El Bacha, cellists Kirill Rodin and Nina Kotova, Spanish guitarist Angel Romero, a winner of Eurovision 2009 Alexander Rybak, Hollywood actor John Malkovich.

Ksenia Kogan was born in Moscow and graduated with the highest distinction from the legendary Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Then she moved to Brussels and completed her professional studies at Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium.  

A winner of the important international competitions Ksenia had an honor to be introduced and perform for the Royal Family of Belgium in Brussels and the Royal Family of Spain in Madrid. Her performances win the hearts of the audience all over the world and receive an enthusiastic acclaim by the press. Ksenia Kogan is a genuine representative of the Great Russian tradition of the performing art.

She is a frequent guest of the famous festivals in Europe, such as “The Festival of Radio France in Montpellier” and  “Menton Festival” in France, “Placido Domingo Festival” in Seville, “Tuscan Sun Festival” in Florence and “Armonie Sotto La Rocca” in Italy, festival “Moscow Autumn”, performing her vast repertoire that consists of works by composers of different styles and ages, from early Baroque to a contemporary music.

She participates in UNESCO musical projects for Peace and cooperates with TV and radio stations. Together with a South Korean violinist Soyoung Yoon they recorded Mendelssohn Double concerto on DUX label on occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Korean Chamber Orchestra.

Coming from a family of professional musicians, Ksenia was surrounded by great artists from early childhood and had an opportunity to learn from musicians of different profile: conductors, composers, instrumentalists, singers and jazz musicians. Thanks to such an experience she has grown up in a versatile education in the performing art, which helps her now to collaborate with artists of different background and style and to participate in any kind of artistic project.

Being not only a performer but a creator of the projects where music, literature, theatre and dance are bonded together, Ksenia collaborates in a duo projects with American actor John Malkovich. In January 2015 Kogan and Malkovich presented their new show “Report on the Blind” in Seoul Art Center.  A world premiere has been followed by performances in the leading concert halls of Europe. Upcoming engagements bring the “Report on the Blind” to the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Japan during 2017-2018.

Recently Ksenia has also accepted a proposal to act in a movie based on Dostoyevsky’s work as a leading female character (in a role of a pianist and a ballet dancer) along with Hollywood actor of Italian origin Franco Nero.

Ksenia Kogan dedicates a significant part of her time and attention to the development of the young musicians taking care of an education and career of talented children. She gives master-classes and summer seminars in several places in Europe. During her recent visit in Zagreb Ksenia also gave a master-class in Zagreb Music Academy.

Often she takes part in the international competitions as a jury member or a president of the commission. Ksenia is an artistic director of the piano section and the vocal section of “Gianluca Campochiaro” International Music Competition that will celebrate its 25th edition in Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania (Sicily) in December 2016.

Ksenia’s repertoire includes almost all important Piano Concertos. Among her favorites are Brahms no.2, Rachmaninoff no. 2 and Rhapsody on Paganini’s theme, Schumann and Grieg concertos, Prokofiev no.3, Tchaikovsky no. 1, both concertos of Chopin, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in blue. She performes some rarely interpreted concertos such as Bartok Concerto for two pianos, percussions and the orchestra. Her preferred masterpieces with the chamber orchestra are Mendelssohn Double concerto for violin, piano and strings and Alfred Schnittke Concerto for piano and String orchestra. Kogan offers various programs for solo recitals that might also be specially selected for a certain theme of the event, either the significant date or particular occasion

Khaled Mouzanar, composer, song writer & music producer

Khaled Mouzanar is a Lebanese composer, songwriter and music producer.
He has composed several music scores for films including After Shave (won the Cesar Award for best short film in 2006), Caramel (won the UCMF Award for Best Music at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008), and Where Do We Go Now? (Won the award for Best Music at the 2011 Stockholm International Festival). Khaled’s work is rooted in various music genres, ranging from Classical and Jazz music to Mediterranean and Oriental melodies. His compositions also flirt with Brazilian Choro and Argentinean Tango. Mouzanar began experimenting with music at a very young age. His mother (both a guitarist and a singer) who has lived in Mexico passed onto him a passion for South American music. He then studied under the astute guidance of Boghos Gelalian  an Armenian-Lebanese composer. “I learned the rules of music composition by analyzing a Cantate of Johann Sebastian Bach every week,” stated Mouzanar.

In the year 2000, he established his first label ‘Mooz Records’ through which he produced the majority of Beirut’s underground music scene. He then established his own recording studio ‘The Abeyrut Studio’ through which he still produces, records and mixes his own work using vintage analog methods and several rare and vintage instruments gathered from all over the world.
In 2009, he composed the music for the opening ceremony of the ‘VIe Jeux de la Francophonie’, which was viewed by 60 million spectators all over the world.

Though Mouzanar derives inspiration for his music from various sources, the script of a given film remains the most important in this regard: “Working with the script gives more freedom to my imagination compared to images or scenes from a movie.”

2nd appearance at the Al Bustan Festival

The Al Bustan Festival Quintet
For the biography of The Al Bustan Festival Orchestra, please refer to the concert of Wednesday, February 15

Gianluca Marcianò, conductor
For the biography of Gianluca Marcianò, please refer to the concert of Wednesday, February 15

Martin Palmeri (1965 – )
4 Seasons
Martin Palmeri, born in Buenos Aires in 1965, is a composer, pianist, choirmaster and orchestra conductor.
Palmeri has written numerous choral and instrumental works and operas, among which are “Tango del Bicentenario (Bicentenary Tango)“, first performed by the Qatar Symphony Orchestra; “Canto de la lejanía (Song of Distance)“, premiered in 2010 by the Buenos Aires choral society; “Oratorio de Navidad (Christmas Oratorio)“ first performed at the Faculty of Law UBA (2003); “Mateo“, an opera which opened in the Teatro Roma in Avellaneda, Buenos Aires (1999) and was recorded by the State Radio of Bratislava (Slovakia); “Fantasía tanguera (Tango fantasy)“ premiered in Saint Petersburg, Russia (2000); “Presagios (Portents)“, premiered in Matera, Italy, (2001); “Concierto para bandoneón (Accordion concerto)“ in the Teatro Roma in Avellaneda (2004); “Concierto de danzas (Dance concerto)“, “Negro y negro (Black and black)“, “Sobre las cuatro estaciones (On the four seasons)“.

Roberto Molinelli (1963 – )
Trittico Napoletano

Carlos Gardel (1890 – 1935)
El dia que me quieras
Por una cabeza
Carlos Gardel was tango’s first superstar and still one of its most enduring performers. He was the first singer to adopt the tango as a form of popular song.
Blessed with an expressive, sobbing baritone, Gardel’s flair for mournful heartbreak ballads helped establish an important part of tango’s emotional language.
By the time Gardel made his triumphant return to Buenos Aires in mid-1929, tango had spread like wildfire through Western Europe, and the cream of Paris society had embraced him with great enthusiasm. Accordingly, he signed a lucrative new record deal with RCA, which ushered in what many fans consider his most productive period.
Gardel turned to film to broaden his audience even further, appearing in a series of shorts during 1930 that helped introduce new songs. He signed a deal with Paramount, which hoped to use him as its entryway into the Spanish-speaking market.
Over 1934-1935, he completed four more films: Cuesta Abajo (which featured the title hit and “Mi Buenos Aires Querido”), El Tango en Broadway (another hit title song), Tango Bar, and perhaps his best-loved film of all, El Dia que Me Quieras. The latter featured yet another hit title song and the future Latin pop standard “Volver,” among others, and also boasted a brief appearance by Astor Piazzolla, still a child and playing a street urchin.

Astor Piazzolla (1921 – 1992)
Born March 11, 1921, Argentine Astor Piazzolla became a master of the bandoneón at a young age. He formed his own orchestra, playing tango music, but he was fascinated by both classical and jazz.
With a new group, Quinteto Nuevo Tango, he began to experiment with a fusion of all three genres. At first, the tango community rejected this new sound, but it became a hit in the 1970s.

Khaled Mouzannar
Lettre à un père disparu