Classical Music in the Post-Pandemic At Rome

Classical Music in the Post-Pandemic At Rome

Cellist Antonio Cortesi is telling about pandemic in his country.

05 Ağustos 2020 - 15:54 - Güncelleme: 05 Ağustos 2020 - 16:47

Born in Italy in 1990. Antonio Cortesi completed his cello and chamber music education in the conservatory in 2015. After graduation, the young artist continued to develop himself with master classes in various European countries. He, thanks to the scholarships he won with many competitions,  started to be accepted as a good performer. Cortesi took part as a cellist in large and small orchestras and chamber music ensembles such as the World Youth Orchestra, Young European Musician Orchestra with the auditions he won. The artist has started to focus on her soloist career in recent years. Cortesi is playing a cello made in 1920 by Custode Marcucci. This cello is dedicated for his use by "Fondazione Teatro Rossini". The successful Italian cellist Antonio Cortesi is attending chamber music concerts and festivals in many cities of Europe, especially in his own country continously. 

 He expressed the situation in his country for  Sanattan Yansımalar readers.


The successful cellist said the situation in Italy is getting better day by day and they can now travel between cities and, they have their freedom again. 

The artist said, “In the beginning, as in all areas, the world of classical music has been defeated by the virus. All concerts and festivals have been cancelled. But from the first week of June, everything started its normal routine. Although not all festivals, some festivals and organisations across the country started to take place with the support of the government.

It was the first “Ravenna Festival” announced in all Italian media. The opening of the festival was held on June 21 with a concert in the city's 15th century Rocca Brancaleone castle. The guest of the 60-member Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra led by the world-famous maestro Riccardo Muti was the soloist famous Italian soprano Rosa Feola. A limited number of spectators were hosted to the concert, which was broadcast live on the Internet, within the framework of all pandemic measures and physical distance rules. With the membership system opened by the “Italian Cultural Center”, art lovers who created records from all over the world had the opportunity to watch this festival live.

 Another festival will be held between 8-20 August: As planned in the “Rossini Opera Festival”, the pandemic will meet art lovers by considering the health, and safety precautions will be held on the stage to be established in the square.

The first measure Italy takes for the artists or the audience to participate in such events during the quarantine exit process is that everyone's fever is measured without exception. The Italian cellist stated that he expected a long process for the future of classical music concerts, believed that they would return to their normal lives in the near future and perform at concerts. 

The artist noted that the most important development in the pandemic process was “the understanding of the importance of the digital world of classical music” and said: “As we all know, in this quarantine period, many musicians shared their music with the world through social networks and many digital platforms. The operas and orchestras around the world have opened their archives for free access to art lovers. 

And it was a huge change for this system. ”He also stated that this was challenging period,  “a self-improvement opportunity” for musicians and believes that it offered brand-new opportunities. He stated that he expanded his personal horizons during the quarantine process. He said that he had chance to discover different activities that were not directly related to music.

By this ways  he was able to turn the negative situation into the positive.

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