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A musical universe

The 2022 International Festival “Bartolomeo Cristofori”, entitled Universi Musicali – 800 anni di Storia, 800 di Università, 800 di Musica held from September 8 to 20, 2022, is also part of the University of Padua’s schedule of events celebrating its 800th anniversary.

The Festival offers a program dedicated to the schools of Medicine, Literature, Philosophy, and Mathematics. Each concert explores the history of Padua from the foundation of its university to Giotto’s frescoes through the music of Tartini and Cristofori composed in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

The first concert in the series features the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto and the Russian pianist Georgy Tchaidze playing some of Beethoven and Shostakovich’s greatest pieces. The Festival continues with some of the most important national and international names on the piano including Lucas Debargue, Vincenzo Maltempo, Anna Fusek, Filippo Gorini and others including Leonora Armellini, from Padua, who was awarded at the XVIII International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw.

In addition to concerts, the Festival offers its “Cristofori Talks” with round tables, conferences and study days dedicated to the theme of the Festival.

The Festival collaborates with numerous local institutions including Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, I Solisti Veneti, Amici della Musica, Castello Festival, Barco Teatro, Tartini Association, Rovigo Cello Week, and the Concentus Musicus Patavinus of the University of Padua, as well as the European Commission.

Special reduced rates are available for University of Padua students (€ 1.00 plus an additional € 0.50 box office commission).

Inauguration: Thursday, September 8, 2022, at 8:45 pm, Palazzo della Ragione
Music and history: from Beethoven to Shostakovich
Georgy Tchaidze, piano
Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto
Wolfram Christ, Director
Dedicated to all victims of armed conflicts.
Introductions by Alessandro Tommasi, Artistic Director of the Festival

Full programme


Preview: September 4, h 8 pm, Sala dei Giganti, Padova
Festival Homenaje

September 11, h  11 am, Sala dei Giganti, Padova
Matinée Concert

September 11, h 9 pm, Sala dei Giganti, Padova
Music and poetry: Mozart, Chopin, Ravel, Liszt

September 14, h 3 pm, Aula sartori, Palazzo Liviano, Padova
Music in Italian Universities: stories, perspectives and initiatives

September 16, h 9 pm, Atrio del Beato Pellegrino, Padova
Music, Bioethics and Medicine

September 20, h 9 pm, Sala dei Giganti, Padova
Chopin Integrale Piano Works  – 1st concert