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An Italian star of instrumental music will perform in the Kazakh capital

NUR-SULTAN. KAZINFORM – World famous musician – bandoneonist Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi will present his art at the Astana Opera. During the La Nuova Dolce Vita concert on July 3, with the Italian virtuoso, the Astana Opera Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Honored Worker of Kazakhstan Abzal Mukhitdin will perform at the Marble Hall of the Opera, Kazinform quotes the press service of the Astana Opera.

Maestro Abzal Mukhitdin noted that this was not the first collaboration with the famous Italian bandoneon player for the Kazakh team. A joint concert with the guest soloist took place with great success with the public in October 2019.

“Nur-Sultan viewers love Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi very much, and we are also very happy to work with him, he is a wonderful musician, a world-class professional. He is a true artist with endless stage charisma and powerful energy, so not only the magic of the sound of the instruments awaits the audience, but also a brilliant and spectacular performance. Each of his stage appearances is a theatrical number in its own right that will not leave anyone indifferent. Certainly, we thank Mr. Pietrodarchi for willingly accepting the invitation to perform again at Nur-Sultan. It is a great joy for us that after a long break we are resuming contacts with our foreign colleagues and that the cultural sphere is coming back to life. I am convinced that this concert will give a lot of positive emotions to connoisseurs of great musical art. We have prepared an interesting program and look forward to seeing all the listeners on our evening,” said Abzal Mukhitdin.

“I am incredibly happy to return to Kazakhstan, a country that I love very much. We gave two concerts here before the pandemic with Maestro Abzal Mukhitdin. He is an excellent professional and a wonderful musician, and it is a great honor for me to perform again under his direction. Also, I would like to offer my congratulations to the magnificent Astana Opera House for a truly wonderful orchestra with incredible sound. I remember that during my first visit, they were able to give a concert after only one rehearsal. An incredible level! I would like to note that at that time I saw a lot of young people performing among the audience. This factor is of great importance, as young people want to learn new things about art and get positive emotions from it. This time, the concert will be even more brilliant, because the program mixes two worlds so loved by the public: cinema and tango. I urge everyone not to miss the event, which will be an opportunity to both show off and enjoy wonderful music,” shared Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi.

The guest soloist said the program La Nuova Dolce Vita was named after the famous film by Federico Fellini, whose music was written by composer Nino Rota.

“The name of the concert emphasizes the desire for rebirth, the desire to return as main characters and resume our work, play, dream, enjoy beauty, and plan for a better future. Certainly, we had to pay tribute to Federico Fellini, so we are going to perform a medley, which contains all the masterpieces written by Nino Rota. Another medley will be dedicated to another Italian genius, Ennio Morricone, and consists of three soundtracks masterfully arranged by Fabio Conocchiella for bandoneon and orchestra. In the second part of the concert, the focus is on the works of Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla,” added the artist.

Kazakh instrumentalist, first concertmaster of the Astana Opera Orchestra, honored worker of Kazakhstan, Bagdat Abilkhanov, will also play the solo part of the concert. He will play Astor Piazzolla History of Tango.

As a reminder, Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi is the winner of numerous national and international competitions. He began studying the accordion at the age of nine before switching to bandoneon later. He performs regularly in many leading international halls, as a soloist and with many stars of the vocal and instrumental genres: Angela Gheorghiu, Anna Netrebko, Antonella Ruggiero, Andrea Bocelli, Erwin Schrott, Andrea Griminelli, Riccardo Cocciante, Pino Daniele, Simona Molinari, as well as with famous orchestras. Today, many composers create their works especially for Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi. As well as performing in his home country of Italy, he has toured the UK, France, Belgium, Denmark, Croatia, Serbia, Germany, USA, Poland, Portugal, Finland, Switzerland, Hungary, Canada, Armenia, Russia, Israel, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Turkey, Lebanon, Belarus, China and Kazakhstan.