Piano City Milano 2022

The city-wide festival that brings music to the streets

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Piano City Milano 2022 returns to Milano on May 20th, 21st and 22nd! This piano festival has been the city’s summer soundtrack and has grown in harmony with all the changes in Milano, since 2011. 
Over 216 unmissable concerts will be held in 100 splendid Milanese locations throughout the entire city, more than 300 talented artists will entertain and connect with the public through the enticing notes of the piano. 
The concerts, ranging from classical to pop, jazz and electronics, will resonate throughout entire neighbourhoods, both old and new, in cultural landmarks, in areas undergoing regeneration and in spaces that will open their doors to the public just for this occasion. 

 

As per tradition, the scenic GAM - Gallery of Modern Art gardens in the city centre will become the beating heart of the festival, and will stage back-to-back music performances for the three-day event on the central podium and in the secluded park. 

 

See below for all the not-to-be-missed highlights, and choose your favourite concerts. 

 

All events are open to the public with free admission, subject to availability unless otherwise indicated for individual concerts. For any reservations, please go to the official website www.pianocitymilano.it.

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HIGHLIGHTS

PREVIEW WITH FRANCESCA MICHIELIN AND FREE SOUNDSCAPE INSTALLATION

On Thursday May 19th, at the Apple Store in Milano, a special preview from singer-songwriter Francesca Michielin who will perform with the songs that have made her famous, rearranged in an intimate and original version for the piano. Limited places, reservation only.

 

From Thursday May 19th to Sunday May 22nd (from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm), the Apple outdoor amphitheatre in Piazza Liberty will also host the evocative Sonic Apothecary Soundscape installation by multimedia artist, pianist and composer Rosey Chan. Access to the installation is free, spectators can immerse themselves in the soundscape’s auditory experience.

PIANO CITY AT GAM - INAUGURAL CONCERT

On Friday, May 20th, at 9:00 pm, Abdullah Ibrahim, the living legend of South African jazz, will inaugurate Piano City Milano 2022 from the GAM - Galleria d'Arte Moderna gardens with a unique musical programme for the festival public.

The inspiriting joy emanating from his music once prompted Nelson Mandela to refer to him as "our Mozart". He has perfected his sound in over 50 years of stellar accomplishments by intertwining it with the struggle for freedom, in search of a fundamentally human universal communion. 

 

Gates open at 7:00 pm.

THE HEART OF THE FESTIVAL: CONCERTS AT GAM

The GAM gardens are the central stage of the festival: concerts will be held throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday on the main stage, which will then feature the top-tier acts in the evening.

 

On Saturday, May 21st at 8:00 pm the Dutch pianist Iris Hond will inaugurate the evening with “Close to you”, followed at 9:00 pm by Ennio Morricone’s long-time collaborator Gilda Buttà with the most-loved soundtracks by the great composer. At 10:00 pm, the celebrated jazz keyboard player John Medeski will take to the stage with his blues and electronic magic followed, at 11:00 pm, by Francesco Tristano and Rami Khalife, the powerful pianist duo who combine talents to wrap up the evening in style. 

 

Rosey Chan, star of the London creative scene, will perform on Sunday, May 22nd at 8:00 pm followed, at 9:00 pm, by the acclaimed jazz duo Ray Lema and Laurent De Wilde. For the festival’s closing act: an unreleased duo from the virtuoso pianist Frida Bollani who will perform with special guest Oren Lavie

 

The GAM gardens will also host concerts on two outdoor stages from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm.

CONCERTS AT DAWN AND DUSK

Unmissable sunrise concerts that offer unique musical awakenings to the public. This year, these wonderful events will be held in two locations: on Saturday, May 21st at the Monte Stella Amphitheatre with the music of jazz player Francesco Grillo and, on Sunday, May 22nd, at Bicocca’s Collina dei Ciliegi, featuring young pianist Alessandro Martire.

 

Two spectacular concerts will also be held at sunset, the first with Francesco Taskayali will be held on Saturday, May 21st at 8:15 pm, in the Vaiano Valle fields, Milano’s first urban agroforestry, and the second on Sunday, May 22nd at 8:00 pm with Davide Santacolomba at Palazzo Lombardia 39th floor Belvedere, a unique moment to admire the city of Milano from a height of 160 metres. Also, at the Belvedere, at 6:00 pm, a performance by the Duo Palmas (admission by reservation only). 

CONCERTS IN THE CITY DISTRICTS

  • Four courtyard concerts: on Saturday, at 11:00 am, in via Galvano Fiamma 5, Giampaolo Adami and Giuseppe Chiarella will perform a classical repertoire and, at 6:00 pm, in via Saint Bon 6, Luis Di Gennaro will present his Coldplay tribute. On Sunday at 11:00 am, in via Adolfo Consolini 6, Luigi Ranghino will perform a tribute act to Lucio Dalla and, at the same time, in viale Lombardia 65, Elpidia Giardina will present a special Earth, Wind and Fire tribute
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  • Amongst the new locations for this year’s festival is the Passeggiata Boris Pasternak, the green boulevard bordering the Feltrinelli Foundation, which will welcome a special performance of "The People United Will Never Be Defeated!" by Frederic Rzweski, with Daniele Fasani on the piano. At Feltrinelli Red in Piazza Gae Aulenti, on Sunday at 7:30 pm, a much-anticipated concert by famous French classical pianist Vanessa Wagner, who will present her "Study of the Invisible".
     
  • Another important new venue this year is the Bocconi Campus park, an innovative 65,000 sq mt space with impressive environmental sustainability credentials which, for the occasion, opens its doors from 3:30 pm on Saturday for a music workshop dedicated to children and, at 6:00 pm, for an evocative concert by classical and jazz artist Yaniv Taubenhouse. On Sunday at 7:00 pm, a spectacular six-piano concert by the Chigiana Keyboard Ensemble is also scheduled.
     
  • On Saturday, piano music will also arrive at Cascina Merlata where, at 5:30 pm, Carlo Morena will play a tribute to Lucio Battisti with “Umanamente uomo: il sogno” and, the Ex Macello urban regeneration project opens its doors specially for the Piano City Milano public with the Berlin-based Moroccan pianist Amine Mesnaoui who will perform the Mediterranean sounds of “Moroccan Songs” at 7:30 pm.
     
  • On Sunday, don't miss thirty-six pianists at Rotonda della Besana performing Beethoven's nine symphonies for two pianos and eight hands, with a symphony every hour.
     
  • On Sunday, at 6:30 pm, in Piazza Olivetti in the Symbiosis district, the acclaimed Dutch pianist Pieter de Graaf will perform music from his latest album "Equinox".
     
  • Also not to be missed are the Piano Risciò that will be pedalling around Parco delle Cave on Saturday, from 2:30 pm, with "Concerto to Verdi" by Paolo Garilli and Marianna Ferlenghi and, at 5:00 pm, with Alice Albicini with Count Basie and Duke Ellington, then, at 9:00 pm, an enchanted concert surrounded by the magic of fire beetles with Alessandro Sgobbio’s "Fireflies" (admission by reservation only).

MUSIC AND SOLIDARITY

Together with WeWorld, an organisation that has been working to guarantee the rights of women and children in Italy and around the world for over 50 years, Piano City Milano will install 3 totems in 3 city venues - at GAM, at Rotonda della Besana and at BASE Milano - where, by scanning a QR Code, donations can be made to support of the war-affected Ukrainian and Moldovan populations.

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