Composer and performer
ARTICLE (Italian): making aBulescence (note in calce)
Published on La Nuova Ciminiera, March 2019
INTERVIEW (Italian): Tra Italia e US, nel nome della composizione
Published on Corriere dello Spettacolo, June 2018
Matteo Belli (Florence, b. 1987) delves into the music as a composer and performer.
Visual arts, literature, theatre and contemporary issues inflame and channel his creativity into several projects for orchestra, large/small ensemble, chorus, solo instruments and voice.
In September 2019 he has made his South American debut with Nudo di maschera, for string orchestra, played by Orquestra de Câmara do Amazonas under the baton of Dudamel-fellow Hilo Carriel at Teatro Amazonas (Brazil). In November this work has also received a US premiere at the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College, conducted by Filippo Ciabatti.
In a furious reaction to the Syrian crisis of the past few years, he composed his first work for large orchestra at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University (2018).
In 2016, he served the city of Florence with three important premieres. A long - run project dedicated to Shakespeare's Richard III kicked off with Nudo di Maschera, for string orchestra, commissioned and premiered by the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina. His trumpet concerto Movenza Estrema was premiered by EMC “L.Dallapiccola” and broadcast by Rete Toscana Classica as official commercial of the Conservatorio di Musica "L.Cherubini". Besides, he accepted the ambitious task of working in a team of composers to build up a contemporary version of Offenbach's Le Vent Du Soir, a staged opera performed by the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in November.
His collaborations include Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina, Orquestra de Câmara do Amazonas, Dartmouth College Ensemble, Ensemble degli Intrigati at Fondazione Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte, Altre Voci Ensemble, E.M.C. “L.Dallapiccola” at Conservatorio di Musica "L.Cherubini", D.M.C. Ensemble at Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, DUOroboros, in addition to solo performers across Italy and the United States.
CONDUCTING - COACHING - TEACHING
In June 2019 he has been co-music director for the Scuola Italia Opera Program in S.Angelo in Vado (Italy). Over the past few years he has worked as assistant orchestral conductor and principal coach with Aslico (Brescia) and Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte (Montepulciano), focusing on contemporary music. In the opera field he has also worked as accompanist for academic institutions such as Scuola di Musica di Fiesole (2015-17) and the Peabody Institute (2017-19). As choral conductor, he collaborated with Scuola di Musica di Fiesole (2013-17) and Associazione Musicale Fiorentina (2012-17), also organizing several concert series in collaboration with the local municipality and cultural institutions, choosing to perform both in traditional venues (like Teatro della Pergola, Villa Bardini) and others that are often inaccessible within the city of Florence. Additionally, he taught Piano and Music Theory at Istituto di Musica "San Giuseppe" in Florence for nine years (2008-17).
As a conductor, his repertoire spans centuries with works by Bach, Beethoven, Berio, Bernstein, Brahms, Fauré, Grossi, Haydn, Henze, Monteverdi, Mouret, Mozart, Pärt, Pezzati, Poulenc, Renosto, Rheinberger, Rossini, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Wolf-Ferrari.
He holds degrees in Piano Performance (Diploma - Italy, 2009), Choral Conducting (M.A. - Italy, 2011), Orchestral Conducting (M.M. - Italy, 2014) and Composition (M.M. - U.S.A., 2019). Currently, Mr. Belli is the Graduate Assistant of the Composition Department at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (U.S.A., 2019-21).
© 2018 Matteo Belli. All Rights Reserved.
Mr. Belli has explored a wide range of repertoire as a conductor, coach and accompanist. Check it out.
© 2015 Francesco Demichelis
© 2017 Irene Trancossi
In June 2018 his work Lei, piangente (On a Shore of Cries) was performed at the Florence New Opera House during the "LXXXI Festival del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino". Commissioned by the artistic residency Camere Contemporanee to compose this piece for the Ensemble degli Intrigati, Mr. Belli conducted the premiere at the "XLII Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte" in Montepulciano (Italy, July 2017), with a following concert tour of the ensemble from Tuscany to Bruxelles (Belgium, December 2018).
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