PIF2018 travels by music across all continents: from Italy to Spain, from Germany to Brazil, from France to Albania, from Korea to Russia, to Persia. The next September 13rd to accompany him on this tour in a thousand notes will be the Folksongs Duo aka Francesco Palazzo (accordion) and Tiziana Portoghese (vocals). The proposal that is the result of research among the most relevant and beautiful music written on popular texts from around the world.
Portoghese, a mezzo-soprano of extraordinary versatility, is able to easily switch from Renaissance to baroque singing, from opera to lieder, from ethnic to pop music. The performances and compositions of M° Palazzo have been broadcast by RadioTre, Vatican Radio, Radio Classica Network and other European broadcasters.
In the concert SCHEDULED at PIF2018, between a Jiddish and a Roman song, compositions and arrangements edited by the same performers, and original pieces composed for the two heterogeneous academics of formation and culture, such as Andrea Marena, Nicola Girasole, Luigi Morleo, Massimo De Lillo.
The duo has received enthusiastic acclaim from audiences and critics in Italy and abroad on the tour following the publication of the cd “FOLKSONGS!” (Digressione Music, 2004). For “FOLKSONGS! Vol.2 “(March 2017) was flanked by a rich ensemble of instruments, mainly made of woodwinds (brass and clarinets) and percussion, with soloist interventions by Roberto Ottaviano on the saxophone, Lucia Bova on the harp and Mauro Squillante on the mandolin.
He studied with Salvatore di Gesualdo. He graduated with honors in Accordion (the first in Italy) at the Conservatory “L. Cherubini” of Florence, completing his training through the humanities, Composition, Choral Music and Choral Conducting. Special Mention “S. Gubaidulina “all ‘” Ibla Grand Prize “2001 and 2002 got the opportunity to perform in prestigious concert halls in the United States and Europe (New York – Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, NY University, Amsterdam IIC)
It also played an important concerts in the main Italian cities and abroad (Holland, Germany, Albania, Congo) for important concert associations and music festivals.
He led a staff technical and expressive research, also based on comparison with other instruments, which prompted him to re-establish his playing technique on a new basis and to design and to build a concert instrument more responsive to the changing demands of art.
Since 1993 he has been teaching accordion at the Conservatory “N. Piccinni “in Bari, parallel to the concert and teacher, act as the auditor and composer with a number of publications of transcriptions, adaptations and his own compositions for accordion as well as an important work of didactic entitled” Fundamentals of Technical Accordion “for the Berben music publishing and for Physa Musical Editions.
He has recorded for Sorriso Ed Mus. (BRUNDIBAR), Rugginenti (CONTEMPORANEA) and as a soloist for the Phoenix Audiosystem, a recital includes music by J. S. Bach, C. Franck, F. Lattuada, F. Alfano, L. Ferrari-Trecate, S. Calligaris, B. Bartolozzi and S. Gubaidulina and Digression Music. With the latter has published “Movimento Perpetuo“, a new record on the original literature for accordion avant-garde of the last forty years of music by L. Andriessen, T. Hosokawa, T. I. Lundquist, F. Palazzo, S. Gubaidulina, G. Tailleferre, O.Schmidt, S. di Gesualdo, and “FOLKSONGS!“, with Tiziana Portoghese, mezzo soprano.
In chamber music and orchestral have to report important collaborations with the “Tamborrino Ensemble”, the “Xenia Ensemble”, Fondazione Adkins Chiti-“Women in Music”, the orchestra “Musica Judaica” and the “Collegium Musicum”, with which performed, alongside the cellist Elizabeth Wilson, the opera “Sieben Worte” by the Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina, for accordion, cello and string orchestra, the Orchestra of the concert Society of Bari, with which he performed for the first absolute in 2008 the “Concert for the people” for accordion and orchestra, dedicated to him by the composer Luigi pugliese Morley, the “Morley Mediterranean Quartet” Duo “with the mezzo-soprano Tiziana Portuguese Folksongs, the Duo” Palazzo Squillante, “with the mandolin player Mauro Squillante.
In 2005 he made his debut as a composer, winning the first prize to the Eighth Edition of the International Composition Competition “Franco Evangelisti”, organized by the New Consonance, with “Perpetual Motion” – Studio Concert for accordion, published by Suvini dell’Edizioni Zerboni.
His performances and compositions have been broadcast by RadioTre, Vatican Radio, Classical Radio Network and other European broadcasters.
In May 2011 at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari has performed in world premiere, a concerto for solo accordion and orchestra, written for him by composer Vito Palumbo.
In May 2018 he performed, for the first time in Europe, the Concerto for Accordion op.75 by Paul Creston, with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra of Bari, conducted by Giovanni Rinaldi.
She graduated with full marks from Conservatory “N. Piccinni” in Bari in opera singing and vocal chamber music. She attended Masterclass in opera singing with S. Bertocchi , A. Felle, B. Manca di Nissa, liederistic interpretation with L. Gallo, V. Valente, C. Ludwig, H. Deutsch. She graduated from specialization school “Paolo Grassi” in Martina Franca in opera singing, connected to Valle d’Itria Festival (winning a fellowship reserved to best students in 2002 and 2004). Moreover, she specialized with Maestro Elio Battaglia and Erik Battaglia winning a fellowship for a biennal Master financed by CEE in opera singing and liederistic interpretation, graduating with full marks.
She sang as solo contralto in numerous oratorios and operas, live broadcasted by Radio Rai. She recorded for Dynamic and Bongiovanni.
Finalist and winner of national and international vocal chamber music contests: first place at “Stravinskij” contest, distinguished at ”Ibla Grand Price” 2002, honourable mention at “Concorso Società Umanitaria” 2004 (jury director M. Abbado), finalist at International opera singing contest “Renata Tebaldi” 2005, winner of International vocal chamber singing contest “S.Omizzolo” 2006 in Padova.
Committed to philosophical and humanistic studies, she recently published the essay “La dimora sonora, dal rumore metropolitano alla nostalgia del silenzio” (The sounding home, from metropolitan noise to silence nostalgia) in the book “Metropolitania. Aspetti e forme di vita della città postmoderna” (Metropolitania. Features and life forms of postmodern city) edited by F. Semerari, for Ghibli ed.