The Faculty Artist Series presents harpsichordist Edoardo Bellotti, Associate Professor of Organ, Harpsichord and Improvisation, Saturday, March 24, at 8 p.m., in Hatch Recital Hall, at the Eastman School of Music. The program is a Francois Couperin 350th Anniversary Celebration, titled ‘’Francois Couperin and his Time”. Included are movements from Couperin’s L’Art de toucher le clavecin and Pièces de Clavecin, I and II Livre, as well as Georg Bohm’s Suite in C Minor and Praeludium, Fugue and Postludium in G Minor, and Alessandro Scarlatti’s Toccata in G Minor and Partita sopra Follia.
Internationally renowned organist and harpsichordist Edoardo Bellotti performs as a soloist and with ensembles and orchestras in Europe, the United States, Canada, Japan, and Korea. He is frequently invited to give seminars and master classes as an expert of Renaissance and Baroque repertory, performance practice, and improvisation. In addition to his musical studies (organ and harpsichord), he studied humanities at the University of Pavia, Italy, completing laurea degrees in philosophy and theology.
Before joining Eastman School of Music in 2013 as Associate Professor of Organ, Harpsichord and Improvisation, Edoardo Bellotti taught in several academic institutions in Germany (Trossingen, Bremen) and Italy (Milan, Udine, Trento).
In addition to teaching and performing, he has devoted himself to musicological research, publishing articles, essays and critical editions of organ music, and presenting his work in many international conferences and symposia. He has edited the first modern edition of two of the most important Baroque treatises on organ playing: Adriano Banchieri “L’ Organo suonarino” (Venice 1605), and Spiridion a Monte Carmelo “Nova Instructio pro pulsandis organis, spinettis et manuchordis” (Bamberg 1670). He has made more than thirty recordings on historical instruments, which have obtained critical acclaim.
The Faculty Artist Series is generously supported by Patricia Ward-Baker.
Tickets for Eastman’s Faculty Artist Series are $10 for the general public and free to current Season Subscribers. Tickets can be purchased at the Eastman Theatre Box Office, 433 East Main St.; by phone (585) 274-3000; or online at http://eastmantheatre.org
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About Eastman School of Music:
The Eastman School of Music was founded in 1921 by industrialist and philanthropist George Eastman (1854-1932), founder of Eastman Kodak Company. It was the first professional school of the University of Rochester. Mr. Eastman’s dream was that his school would provide a broad education in the liberal arts as well as superb musical training. The current dean is Jamal Rossi, appointed in 2014.
About 900 students are enrolled in Eastman’s Collegiate Division—about 500 undergraduate and 400 graduate students. Students come from almost every state, and approximately 20 percent are from other countries. They are guided by more than 95 full-time faculty members. Six alumni and three faculty members have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music, as have numerous GRAMMYÒ Awards. Each year, Eastman’s students, faculty members, and guest artists present more than 700 concerts to the Rochester community.