Filippo Faes, pianist and conductor
After his victory at the International Schubert Competition in Dortmund in 1989, Filippo Faes was celebrated by the press as one of the most profound and creative performers of his generation (“he played the Sonata in C minor and Schubert came breathtakingly close to us“ – Westfälische Rundschau, and “probably, since the days of Schnabel or Erdmann we have not heard the Schubert Sonatas being performed in such an intense, musical way“). For seven years in a row he was invited as a soloist with orchestra in great concert halls like Kölner Philharmonie and Musikhalle Hamburg, both sold out time after time. The reception of his debuts at Berlin Philharmonic, Gasteig Munich, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, BBC International Recitals London, Mishkenot Center Jerusalem, Stravinsky Hall in Montreux, Palais des Beaux Artes in Bruxelles, Palais de la Musique in Strasbourg was just as enthusiastic.
Especially acclaimed as a supreme and original interpreter of Schubert, Filippo Faes performed the complete series of his piano sonatas repeatedly, he participated in several Schubertiade concerts (like at the 1997 edition of Schwetzinger Festspiele – together with Lisa Leonskaja, the Prazak Quartet and Dietrich Fischer Dieskau as a lecturer). He has conducted most of his symphonies. His essays on Schubert and his music have been broadcasted by Italian radio and television. In Italy Filippo Faes is a regular guest of the most important institutions and orchestras. Titles of his reviews include: “Musician from another epoch turned into a poet by Schubert“ (Il Giornale nuovo, Genoa) or “An immersion into Beethoven‘s depths that makes us hold our breath“ (Corriere della sera, Milan).
As a conductor he is often engaged in the performance and diffusion of contemporary music: in June 2009 he conducted the world première of the opera Giocasta by Azio Corghi at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza (with the Swingle Singers and the narrating voice of Chiara Muti). He also directed various original projects (like the remake of Ingmar Bergman‘s version of Peer Gynt and the Schönberg/Riehn version of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde) with some of the leading Italian chamber orchestras. In July 2009 he was artistic director and conductor of the multimedia-futuristic opera L’Incendiario elettrico, created and performed by students and faculties of seven European universities and conservatoires, under the supervision of the Conservatoire of Castelfranco Veneto. The Opera was performed and recorded at the Teatro Accademico, a DVD has been published for the label Al Gran Sole.
Filippo Faes is the author of many television programs on music (like 10 Conversations at the Piano produced by RAI SAT in 1999). E se chiedessimo a Beethoven? (Suppose we asked Beethoven?), a series of 14 lectures is taking place in the historical Palazzo Leoni Montanari in Vicenza for the fifth year in a row, in order to discover, together with groups of university and high school students, the formidable power of communication Music can possess and discuss how it can transform our world. Filippo Faes is professor of chamber music, piano and lieder interpretation at the Conservatoire of Castelfranco Veneto and gives masterclasses in Europe, the USA, New Zealand and Singapore.