Francesco Mazzoli

Francesco Mazzoli was born in Verona in 1988, he began to study playing piano in 1995; he descends from the musical school of Ferruccio Busoni, Carlo Zecchi and Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. Later he cultivated also the study of organ and harpsichord along with music composition and, lately, the orchestra conduction under the guidance of Maestro Enrico De Mori. He has also gathered the advices of Claudio Scimone, Pietro Spada, Martina Weindel, Antonio Latanza and Claude Mercier-Ythier.

He has always been particularly interested in the Bach and Mozart's repertoire (he played Bach's complete keyboard works and all Mozart's piano concertos).

He distinguished himself in various competitions, in many performances and in some recordings (in particular the recent audio production of the CD "Bach on Pleyel harpsichord" playing the harpsichord Pleyel Grand Modèle de Concert Wanda Landowska 1958).

Since 2006 he has been practicing as organist in various choirs of liturgical music, filling the role of official organist in a cathedral and a sanctuary.

He performed as pianist, harpsichordist or orchestra conductor in Verona at Circolo Ufficiali, "Italo Montemezzi" Auditorium, Teatro Camploy, Sala Maffeiana, Teatro Ristori (the last time as conductor beside the pianist Andrea Bacchetti) and Gran Guardia Auditorium; in Padua, at the prestigious "Sala dei Giganti"; in Paris, at Société Historique et Littéraire Polonaise. In 2010 and in 2013 he was invited by the Cité de la Musique in Paris to play the instruments of the reserve and the prestigious historical collection that include, among many rarities, original harpsichord by Hemsch and Ruckers, period fortepiani and the pedalpiano by Alkan. In 2011 he visited the Accademia Filarmonica in Verona to play the rare harpsichord/fortepiano Stein vis-à-vis with three keyboards. He also visited various important churches to play their organs, such as cathedral in Trieste, Roma, Gubbio, Verona and many other provincial realities. In 2013 he was invited by the “Civico Museo Teatrale Carlo Schmidl” in Trieste to play all the keyboard instruments of the municipal collection.

He has also been worked as composer: one of his Quintet for piano and strings has been recently recorded; he attended to the piano concert transcription of some Preludes and Fugues by J.S. Bach and also to a concert transcription of the J.S. Bach’s Chaconne for the Pleyel harpsichord. Moreover, he attended to the transcription and recording of various organ preludes and fugues by J.S. Bach, since two years he has been attending to a triple concert edition of the Goldberg Variations for concert piano, organ and large harpsichord.

He wrote a short Requiem for orchestra and choir, seven Quartets with piano, two Sonatas, various cadences for W.A. Mozart's Concerts and for the italian Concerto by J.S. Bach. His compositions have been played almost in every performance, particularly his "Fantasia brillante sui temi di Don Giovanni" has been played and recorded, being a hit with the public.

In 2010 he began to be interested in the art of the twentieth century harpsichord: he is working on a compendium about all modern harpsichords that have been produced from the nineteenth century until about 1970, amending and updating (with the contributions of modernity) the fundamental texts by Zuckermann, Neupert, Kottick and Hubbard.

He collaborated with Claude Mercier-Ythier about the restoration of one of the few specimens of Pleyel harpsichord still in working order: his contributions are cited in the two-volume book "Les Clavecins" by C. Mercier-Ythier, published in Paris in 2011. This instrument was played by Francesco Mazzoli in a memorable historical evening on 12th December 2012 in Verona, a sold out concert in which an extraordinary modern harpsichord with orchestra accompaniment reappeared on stage after a long oblivion.

In 2009 he co-authored the lecture-concert "The last stay in Paris of W.A. Mozart" organized by the University of Verona (Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures) in collaboration with the Alliance française of Verona.

He also attends to music critical essay: in 2008 he wrote "Personal notes for an aware musical lecture" (Verona, 2008), in 2009 "History and practice of instrumental solo cadenza” (Verona, 2009, forthcoming reprint).

In 2010 he took a bachelor’s degree in Moral Philosophy, in 2013 he got a master’s degree with honors in Aesthetics under the guidance of prof. Markus Georg Ophälders; he graduated with a work about musical thought of Ferruccio Busoni ("From the historical mimesis to the trasfiguration of sound: the new classicism and the musical thought of Ferruccio Busoni”). In 2013 he was awarded in Empoli by the prestigious “Centro Studi Musicali Ferruccio Busoni” for the value of his work among the musical literature of F. Busoni.

In 2012 he was called by the Alliance française as artistic director for all the initiatives, for the purpose of promoting musical heritage. In the same year he founded the association "Die junge Klassizität", a center of musical and musicological studies of which he is the artistic director as well as conductor of the orchestra "Die junge Klassizität", constituted as a tribute to the fundamental figure of Ferruccio Busoni for his own theoretical and musical view.