Professor of organ at the Hochschule fur Kunste in Bremen (Germany), Edoardo Bellotti is in the U.S. this fall as a visiting professor at the Eastman School of Music. He will present a recital at Cornell on the new baroque organ in Anabel Taylor Chapel on Friday, November 16, at 8:00 PM. “Echoes of Italy” will feature works by superstars of the 17th and early 18th centuries–written both by Italian composers and Germans inspired by Italy–with fantasies, concertos, and toccatas, as well as improvisation by Bellotti, and closing with J. S. Bach’s Toccata, Adagio and Fugue, BWV 564
A virtuoso organist and renowned improviser, Bellotti performs at leading festivals and concert venues throughout the world. He is currently collaborating in a project of new organ music and visual art in Milan, in conjunction with the art installation of the American minimalist Dan Flavin. He has performed the complete works of Cesar Franck, and has worked with orchestras in Italy and abroad performing a wide spectrum of repertoire, including the Italian premiere of Satyagraha by Philip Glass. Bellotti combines his international performing career with musicological research and teaching, publishing articles as well as new critical editions of music of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Bellotti’s performance at Cornell is part of the project “Improvisation in Theory and Practice” sponsored by the Mellon Humanities Corridor. In addition to the recital, he will present a workshop for student keyboard players that will explore the pedagogy of improvisation, and will include a conversation with David Yearsley and Roger Moseley on the art of extempore performance. All events during Bellotti’s visit are free and open to the public.