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Olivier Cave presents recital at Bass Hall

Swiss-Italian Pianist Olivier Cave has a strong reputation in Europe but is only now making his name known in the US. His upcoming New York debut at the Frick Collection is part of the tour that brings him to the Electric Earth Concerts 2014 series for his only New England appearance. His concert on March 8, in Peterborough’s Bass Hall, highlights Italian keyboard writing from Scarlatti to our own age, with a detour to include works of J.S. Bach written in the style of Vivaldi and Marcello.

Cave’s reputation is as a refined yet highly imaginative interpreter whose superb facility and intellect, combined with some unusual repertoire interests, make him a refreshing presence at the keyboard. Mastery is undeniable: with most of Scarlatti’s dozens of sonatas committed to memory, he often chooses on the spur of the moment which he will perform. His style has a wonderful combination of high technical polish and accuracy, and improvisatory feeling, and is reminiscent of great virtuosi from prior generations.

Having studied under Nelson Goerner, Maria Tipo and Aldo Ciccolini, Olivier Cavé gave a notable debut with the Camerata Lysy under the direction of Yehudi Menuhin in September of 1991. He has performed regularly since that time as a soloist in recitals and with orchestra throughout Europe. Cave’s career took a turn in September 2008 upon the release of a first recording for Aeon, which features sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti. Critics across Europe praised the Swiss pianist with Neapolitan roots for having returned to the source. Dedicated to Muzio Clementi, Cavé’s second recording is even more striking than his first. Released in the autumn of 2010, the CD was given a 5 Diapason rating, 4 Stars from Classica and the highest award from the Japanese magazine Geijutsu Records. This success also led to invitations to perform at prestigious locations throughout the world, such as the Teatro Olimpico in Rome, the Tonhalle in Zurich, and the Phillips Collection in Washington.

The concert is in Bass Hall at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture in Peteborough, NH, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets and more information are available through the Electric Earth web site:: Electricearthconcerts.org. or by calling 646-522-3352.

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