Like Mozart and Rossini, at the age of 15 Alexander Romanovsky was awarded the prestigious title of Honorary Academician by the Philharmonic Academy of Bologna for his interpretation of Goldberg Variations of Bach. At 17, he won First Prize at the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Italy.
This summer, the free-spirited music of this captivating performer accustomed to stages around the world, will fill Italian seats during the Piano B tour. By performing on a mobile stage on a trailer designed specifically for the occasion, the Maestro wishes to join these places which had not been thought for music. On the notes of Sergei Rachmaninoff and Frédéric Chopin, Piano B (plan b) is intended as an ambitious alternative offering a new perspective to react to the difficult months that we have all experienced. With TGLhe thus returns to his thirst for encounters and the desire to awaken his audience.
8 questions to the pianist Alexander Romanovsky :
The Good Life: It is said that your music redefines the boundaries of classical music. To what extent?
Alexander Romanovsky: For the music to really reach his listener, the performer must reinterpret it each time, he must go so deep into the material of the piece that it almost becomes his own, as if he had composed it himself. same. There is nothing revolutionary. All the great artists talked about that. This is the only way to reinterpret great masterpieces. As far as the form of a classical music concert is concerned, which was established more than a hundred years ago, I believe that the time to experiment with new solutions has arrived. Provided that the very essence of the music remains unaltered.
The Good Life: How do you define your musical style?
Alexander Romanovsky: I am in a perennial quest for pure emotions, that is to say the most perfect expression of a state of mind. It’s something very difficult to achieve, but for a few magical moments, when you manage to do it, you feel immense joy. For this reason, researching and working on a piece can take years. It is a process which, in reality, has no end. I want my music to speak, involve and relieve those who listen to it.
TGL: Why did you decide to become a pianist?
AR: There was no specific moment when I made a final decision… It was a gradual process of self-recognition as an artist. I was aware of not being able to find a better way to be myself, other than when I am on stage. The effect that music can have on people has always fascinated me. As a child, it allowed me to communicate with adults on an equal footing. At school I was respected by the little bullies because they were intrigued by what I could do on the piano. Now as a “grown up”, music is a way to communicate with all those who don’t speak my language.
TGL: Any advice for young people who wish to pursue a career as a pianist?
AR: You have to know that passion is not enough. It takes a lot of sacrifices, but also having an open outlook on the world and a vast culture. You have to try to come to understand in what your own uniqueness consists.
Piano B, 42 dates throughout Italy
TGL: How did you come up with the Piano B programme, a 42-date tour in several Italian locations that will take place from July 1 to August 15?
AR: By imagining playing in some of the stages of the tour. These are often intuitive choices, I trust my feelings. This time, I stopped on Sergei Rachmaninoff and Frédéric Chopin. If this project had not been ambitious, it would have made no sense. I wanted to reach as many people as possible in a humanly feasible way. I have a thirst for encounters, the desire to awaken people with these emotions that we had sometimes forgotten with the difficulties experienced during the last few months.
TGL: How did the collaboration with the Palazzo Monti artist residency that supports the project come about?
AR: I met the founder Edoardo Monti during a concert I played on the occasion of the centenary of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, in the Sala della Vittoria Alata of the Capitolium of Brescia in 2020, following which we became friends. Piano B is the opportunity we were looking for to collaborate together.
TGL: To what extent is this initiative designed as a social experiment?
AR. : We will be able to observe the response of different audiences to the sometimes unexpected listening to classical music. A photograph of the true state of things that, perhaps, will help us to understand the role that classical music plays today.
TGL: Can you tell us about the playlist you imagined for TGL?
AR: Music is a universe. Twentieth century music is simply a comet in an infinite space: so why not explore other stars in search of the one that will give us the strongest emotions? Here I have concocted some of the pieces that give me chills…
The Good Playlist ofAlexander Romanovsky :