Boundless Creativity

Monday, 5. September 2011
Concert No. 7, Union Hall at 19:30

Festival Maribor String Orchestra
Marko Letonja - conductor

Giovanni Sollima - violoncello
Monika Leskovar - violoncello
Igor Mitrovič - violoncello
Gregor Marinko - violoncello
Niko Sajko - violoncello
Gorazd Strlič - violoncello
Jernej Feguš - violoncello
Maruša Bogataj - violoncello

Cello Ensemble:
John Dowland: "Lachrimae Antiquae"
Domenico Gabrielli: "Canon"
Giovanni Sollima: "Flagellatione" (from "Caravaggio") (2003)
Nirvana (arr. G. Sollima): "Dumb", "Polly"

Cello and strings:
Giovanni Sollima: "L.B. Files" for cello and strings (2005)
Concerto, Igiul, Fandango del Signor Bouqueriny, Boccherinero

Cello and strings:
Giovanni Sollima: "Violoncelles, vibrez" for 2 celli and strings (1993)
Alfredo Piatti: "Serenata" for 2 celli and strings (1890)
Giovanni Sollima: "When We Were Trees" for 2 celli and strings (2007)
Resonance Wood, The Architect, Leaves postcards, The Dangerous Prevalence of Imagination, Nyagrodha, The Family Tree (Vivaldi)

Described by Justin Davidson of the New York’s Newsday as “The Jimi Hendrix of the Cello”, Giovanni Sollima is equally admired both as virtuoso cellist and composer. As soloist he performs all over the world and collaborates with distinguished musicians such as Claudio Abbado, Giuseppe Sinopoli, and Martha Argerich. His compositions, in which he combines elements of classical, rock and jazz music with ethnic flavours have been performed by musicians ranging from Yo-Yo Ma, Mischa Maisky, Viktoria Mullova, Bruno Canino, Ruggero Raimondi and Katia Labèque to American singer-songwriter Patti Smith. La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra under Riccardo Muti, Kremerata Baltica under Gidon Kremer and the Moscow Soloists under Yuri Bashmet have commissioned and performed his works. His creativity is boundless - not only does he compose for acoustic and electric instruments, but also for instruments he invents and creates himself.