Friday, July 9 (21.15) Emilia Romagna Festival arrives in the courtyard of Pomposa Abbey for a concert entirely dedicated to French music, with songs among the best known of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. The protagonist of the evening will be the great talent of Giovanni Umberto Battel, musician of rare concert maturity, with his piano.

Debussy and Ravel, a historical dialogue, two masters of the so-called musical impressionism, but above all two composers who strongly influenced the ideal of modern music. With Ravel the Venetian pianist will try his own personal transcription (and reinterpretation) of the funambolic La valse, immense work that will mark the unconscious of many authors who will interpret the music in the most disparate ways.

Born in Portogruaro to a family of musicians, Giovanni Umberto Battel graduated from the Conservatory of Trieste with the highest honors, then perfected at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia with Lya De Barberiis. He has won numerous prizes in international competitions. He also graduated in Music Disciplines in Bologna, and until 2009 he directed the Conservatory of Venice. He has recorded for the Italian radio and television (RAI).