Brazilian pianist Marcelo Bratke is not only an award-winning soloist and cross-arts collaborator but the founder-director of pioneering projects that engage with the talent and potential of people in disadvantaged communities. His own visual impairment led him to develop a unique method of learning music. He discusses the social role of music in Brazil, and the value of crossing borders between genres and audiences, with Boyd Tonkin. The talk will be followed later the same evening by Marcelo Bratke’s performance in L'invitation au voyage, with music art and poetry.
MARCELO BRATKE: “Hints of wildness, yet with elegant construction, subtle rhythmic dislocations and shining piano colors,” wrote The New York Times about Marcelo Bratke’s most recent concert at Carnegie Hall. Recognised as one of Brazil’s finest pianists, Marcelo has performed in some of the world’s most renowned venues in North and South America, Europe and Japan. In 2017 he received Brazil’s highest cultural honour given by the Brazilian President, the Order of Cultural Merit, for music and for his work with disadvantaged young people. Among his many awards are First Prize at Tradate International Music Competition in Italy, Revelation Prize of the São Paulo Art Critics’ Association, Carlos Gomes Award in Brazil, Classical Discoveries Award in the UK, the 14th Brazilian International Press Award, Sarajevo Winter Festival Award and the São Paulo Citizen Award. His CD Le Groupe des Six was voted by Gramophone Magazine as one of the greatest classical recordings of all time.
BOYD TONKIN is co-presenter of Suoni dal Golfo’s Sea of Stories on the Gulf of Poets. An author, journalist and critic, he is special adviser to The International Booker Prize, the English-speaking world’s premier award for translated fiction (which he chaired in 2016). He writes on literature and arts for international media including The Economist, Financial Times, The Times, New Scientist and New York Review of Books Daily, and contributes to the BBC. His acclaimed reader’s guide to global fiction over 400 years, The Hundred Best Novels in Translation (2018) was published in paperback in June 2019. From 1996 to 2016, he was Literary Editor and then Senior Writer at The Independent newspaper in London, where he re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and co-judged it until its merger with the Man Booker International Prize. He has lectured, and spoken at festivals, around the world, and he curated the Italian Inspirations series at the Italian Cultural Institute in London in 2017. Educated at Cambridge University, he is a Trustee of the Orwell Foundation, associate editor of the journal Critical Muslim and reviews music and opera for theartsdesk.com.
This conversation is part of Sea of Stories on the Gulf of Poets. The talk will be in English with simultaneous translation into Italian.
This evening is free entry/entrata gratis