Pianist modernises classical pieces for Thai audience

Francesco Tristano. (Photo courtesy of francescotristano.com)

Luxembourg pianist and composer Francesco Tristano will be back in town to please fans with three breathtaking shows of classical and electronic music from today to June 13.

On his third visit to Bangkok, he will present a set of genre-defying performances, starting with "Piano 2.0" where he will be adding layers of magical minimalism to Renaissance and Baroque pieces, using the latest production tools, sequencers and synthesisers.

The concert will take place at AUA Language Center on Ratchadamri Road this evening at 8pm. Tickets cost 600 baht (half prices for students and seniors aged 60 and above) and can be purchased by calling 02-255-6617/8 and 02-255-9191/2.

He will then render a live keyboards electronic set at Bangkok Island, Charoen Krung 57, on Sunday 12 at 8pm. There is no admission fee. Visit bangkokisland.com.

"On Early Music" will be his main classical concert on this Bangkok tour which will be held in collaboration with the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra in the Main Hall of Thailand Cultural Centre, Ratchadaphisek Road, on June 13 at 8pm.

The programme will feature keyboard music from Girolamo Frescobaldi's Toccatas, Book II (1627); Johann Sebastian Bach's English Suite No.2 In A Minor, BWV 806; musical pieces by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Orlando Gibbons and Girolamo Frescobaldi; as well as his own compositions.

Tristano was trained as a classical pianist at the esteemed Juilliard School in the late 1990s where his simultaneous fascination for Bach's clean tones and the rhythmic pulse of electronica began.

He has become a key reference in a new movement that explores the creative yet organic intersection between electronic ambient and baroque, jazz and impressionism, without any visible seams of time and style. His commitment to innovation makes him one of the most exciting pianists on stage today.

His career took off when he first played in Bangkok in 2012. He has recorded two more albums with Deutsche Grammophon including one with German classical pianist Alice Sara Ott. That has propelled his ascent as a concert pianist of international acclaim.

Tickets for "On Early Music" cost 600, 800 and 1,000 baht from Thai Ticket Major outlets (visit thaiticketmajor.com).

Email rbso@bangkoksymphony.org.

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