Friday, August 6, inside the evocative Rocca Sforzesca of Imola, the tribute to the Argentine musician and composer Astor Piazzolla on the occasion of the centenary of his birth. The Salzburg Chamber Soloists, the orchestra formed by the best students of the Salzburg Mozarteum, conducted by its founder Lavard Skou-Larsen, perform the pieces. His violin will be joined by the French musician Emeline Pierre.

The program includes five pieces of Piazzolla performed in dialogue with compositions of Bach, Mozart and Vittorio Giannini.

From the first steps of the Mozarteum’s talents to the success among the best chamber orchestras in the world, the Salzburg Chamber Soloists gather the best students of the Mozarteum in Salzburg with musicians already established in the international field. Hosted by the concert seasons and festivals of the most important musical institutions in the world such as the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Auditorium in San Francisco and the Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, the ensemble is considered, today, one of the most well-established formations on the international level and it is very popular with the public and critics. However, the name and fame of the Salzburg is particularly linked to the musical genius, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and his hometown, Salzburg, where the ensemble was chosen as a cultural representative with a cycle of 18 concerts on the occasion of the Mozart celebrations in 2006.

The Brazilian Lavard Skou-Larsen, conductor of the Salzburg Chamber Soloists, an enfant prodige of music, made his public debut at the age of nine, performing as a soloist with orchestras in both Austria and Brazil. He collaborates as a soloist and conductor with prestigious ensembles as well as participating as a chamber musician, also with the Salzburg Piano Trio, to important festivals, always applauded by the public and critics. He has made numerous recordings as a soloist and conductor under the labels Dino Classics, Denon, Stradivarius, Movieplay, Marco Polo, CPO and Coviello Classics.

Solo violin of the evening Emeline Pierre Larsen, French transplanted to Salzburg, who plays permanently with the String Quartet: Constanze Quartet, founded by herself in 2016. She has performed with numerous ensembles such as the symphony orchestras ONPL, ONL, Vorarlberger Sinfoniker, the Lyon Opera; the chamber orchestras Orchestra of the Savoy countries, the chamber soloists of Salzburg, Chamber Soloists, Camerata Salzburg and many others; and string orchestras and small chamber music ensembles.