Delighted to be playing an 1823 Jakesch piano at the end of this month in a recital at the Cini Foundation in Venice with violinist, Davide Amodio. In addition to Beethoven’s D major Sonata, Op.12 no.1, Davide and I will be playing Mozart’s E minor Sonata, K.304 and two new arrangements by Davide himself of sinfonias by Salieri.

For several years now, Davide has been developing a project around improvisation and interdisciplinary approaches to composition and arrangement, based at the Cini Foundation’s Branca research centre which owns several historic keyboard instruments including a grand piano made by Mathias Jakesch in 1823, with five pedals, and a Longman & Broderip dating from 1787. At this stage, I’ve no idea what machinery I might have at my disposal through the Jakesch’s five pedals, but look forward to finding an opportunity for a few surprises on the night!

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