Music and poetry, with Maria Martinova and Pietro Pizzuti

February 5, 2022 at 10 p.m.

Are you from heaven or hell, it doesn’t matter,

Oh Beauty! big, scary, cunning monsters!

If your eyes, your smile, your feet, open the door for me

From the Infinite I loved and never knew? (Charles Baudelaire, excerpt from “Ode to Beauty”)

Pianist Maria Martinova and actor Pietro Pizzuti offer a journey into the depths of the human soul. The dialogue between music and poetry is intertwined in the worlds of Debussy, Ravel, Zanon, Baudelaire, Verlaine, Bertrand.

With a poetry reading by Pietro Pizzuti and excerpts from the CD “Nuit et jour” by Maria Martinova.

Music programming:

Claude Debussy And the moon descended on that temple. Maria Martnova. RCD 1108 Classic Rubicon.

Gregorio ZANON Night (from Night and Day) . Maria Martnova. RCD 1108 Classic Rubicon.

Maurice RavelQuotes from Scarbo and Ondine (Gaspard de la nuit). Maria Martnova. RCD 1108 Classic Rubicon.

Claude Debussy Sunken Cathedral (from Preludes). Maria Martnova. RCD 1108 Classic Rubicon.

Maurice RavelWaltz. Maria Martnova. RCD 1108 Classic Rubicon.

Maria Martinova:

Born in Varna (Bulgaria) into a family of musicians, Maria began studying piano, continuing the musical legacy of a wealthy family. She attended the teachings of Maria Gineva at the National Music School in Varna where she achieved top honors, before being admitted to the Bulgarian National Academy of Music as a student of Stella Dimitrova. He received the Vladimir Horowitz scholarship from Juilliard School where he perfected his craft. Maria received lessons there from Yoheved Kaplinsky and Joseph Kalichstein for piano, and from Felix Galimir, Albert Fuller and Samuel Sanders for chamber music. There he obtained a “Bachelor’s Degree in Music” which he completed with a “Master’s Degree in Music” at the Royal Academy of Music in London where he studied with Hamish Milne. He received the Foundation and Leverhulme Prizes. He is also a lecturer in this place. He also obtained a Postgraduate Performance diploma with honors at the Rotterdam Conservatory, where he was later appointed assistant to Aquiles Delle Vigne.

Maria Martinova has been awarded many prizes including First Prize and Special Prize at the Svetoslav Obretenov International Competition, First Prize at the Marsala International Piano Competition, First Prize and Special Prize “Presto Music House” at the “Earth and People International” Competition for Instrumentalists,’ ‘Absolute Outstanding Prize’ and Special Dimitar Nenov Prize at the National Dimitar Nenov Prize, 1st Prize in the Competition for the best interpretation of a work composed by a Czech or Slovak composer, 1st Prize in the “Golden Diana National Competition for Chamber Music” and the Lilian Davies Prize for best performance of a Beethoven sonata at the Royal Academy of Music in London and 1st Prize at the Alexis Weissenberg Masterclass.

As a multifaceted performer – in recitals, as a soloist with an orchestra, or as a passionate chamber music partner – Maria has performed at prestigious venues such as Jahrhundert Halle, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, De Doelen, Flagey, Bozar, Barbican, Wigmore Hall,. .. He was a guest at many festivals. He is also fond of contemporary tango and he created the TANGUARDA ensemble. He collaborated with prestigious musicians such as Roby Lakatos, Marcelo Nisinman, Daniel Rowland. His passion for theater and dance led him to create several interdisciplinary projects, with renowned actor and filmmaker Jaime Levinas. Since 2013 he has collaborated with Bulgarian composer Lubomir Denev, who dedicated the Rhapsody for piano and orchestra “Sofia Nights” to him. A recording of his piano suite from the film soundtrack “Vipère au Poing” by French director Philippe de Broca has been released by EMI Records. The album “Solitudes: Baltic Reflections” which Maria recorded with Mr McFall’s Chamber ensemble released under Delphian Records, was recognized by the music press as an Editor’s Choice Record (5 stars) for Classical Music Magazine. The “Paris-Buenos Aires, a love story” he recorded with violinist Cyril Garac was released under the American label LP Classics. The latest album by the violin-piano duo “SLAVIA” will be released in 2021 (EnPhase). A soloist of the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, he was a guest artist on one of the Bulgarian National Radio’s latest releases – the recording “Sympho-Jazz” – celebrating the work of composer Lubomir Denev. His new solo album “Nuit et Jour” featuring works by Debussy, Ravel and contemporary composer Gregorio Zanon, released under the Rubicon Classics label, was praised by the international press.

Pietro Pizzuti:

Actor, director, writer, Pietro Pizzuti was born in Rome on July 11, 1958. After earning a sociology degree at the Catholic University of Louvain, he continued his studies at the Royal Conservatory of Dramatic Art in Brussels with Claude Etienne and by Pierre Laroche and supplemented them with internships at Luca Ronconi, Georges Lavaudant, and the Roy Hart Theatre. In theater he worked under Bernard De Coster, Jean-Louis Barrault, Maurice Béjart, Marcel Delval, Simone Benmussa, Philippe Sireuil, Jules-Henri Marchant, José Besprosvany, Christine Delmotte, Ingrid von Wantoch Rekowski,… in the service of writers such as René Kalisky, Valère Novarina, Jean-Marie Piemme, Paul Emond, Henry Bauchau, Philippe Minyana, Hubert Colas, Philippe Blasband, Serge Kribus, Michel-Marc Bouchard, Eugène Savitzkaya, Alessandro Baricco, Ascanio Celestini, Fausto Paravidino, … In the cinema he worked to Chantal Akerman, Marion Hänsel and the Dardenne brothers. He received the Eve du Théâtre in 1989, the Prix tenu de ville in 1997 and the Prix du Théâtre in 2001, in 2004 and in 2006 crowned best writer. After teaching at the Conservatories of Dramatic Art in Brussels and Mons, he taught at the Atelier de Graphisme de La Cambre. Visiting professor at the Catholic University of Louvain for the 2005-2006 academic year, he was artistic advisor to the Maison du Spectacle – la Bellone and a founding member of the Brigittines, Contemporary Center for Movement and Voice of the City of Brussels until 2010 and played a key role in promoting the author new Belgian plays and in translation and creations of Italian writers such as Ascanio Celestini, Fausto Paravidino, Giorgio Gaber, Stefano Massini, Antonio Tarantino… the wings of the night (Groupe Aven) into French, he wrote Leonardo or care for the mortal (Cahiers du Rideau ) awarded the André Praga prize, Alba Rosa awarded by SACD, N’être, Resistant Prize (Lansman) from the Union of Artists SACD-Lansman 2003 and Theater Prize 2006, The Winter of the Cicada, The Silence of Mothers (Lansman) Theater Prize 2006, The Sacrifice of the Kingfisher, The Water of the Wolf, Placebo, Kif -Kif, Initiator and Pop-Corn. He is also signed to BUITEN Airline

Last few dates:

  • Actors: 2017: Revival of “Rhinocéros” Atelier Théâtre Jean Vilar (Louvain-la-Neuve) and on tour (Ciney, Nivelles, Braine-le-Comte, etc.) “Viva!” by Vincent Engel, Music show after Antonio Vivaldi , directed by Gabriel Alloing with the Les Muffatti ensemble, 2018: “Clôture de l’amour” by Pascal Rambert, directed by Sandro Mabellini, new version under the supervision of Philippe Sireuil, at the Théâtre des Martyrs, 2018: Revival “In H moll” and “Raphael, sirens and chickens” directed by Ingrid von Wantoch Rekowski at the Martyrs Theatre, 2019: “I Guardiani del Tempo” 2nd edition of the project by TerramMare Company and Teatro Comunale of Nardò (Lecce – Italy ) “To life and death” by Bernard Cogniaux and Pierre-André Itin, directed by Michel Kacenelenbogen at the Théâtre Le Public (Brussels), “Fragile” by Tino Caspanello, directed by the author, at the Teatro Comunale in Nardò (Lecce- Italy) and a tour at Mola di Bari, Massafra,…”Novecento” by Alessandro Baricco, reading event Festival Bruxellons!, “Utopia” by Patrice Fincoeur, staged by author, stage one by Théâtre de Macouria (French Guiana)
  • Director: 2020: “Sottovoce” by Maria e Silvia Civilla at the Teatro Comunale in Nardò (Lecce-Italy) “I Guardiani del Tempo” 3rd edition of the project TerramMare Company and Teatro Comunale in Nardò (Lecce-Italy) 2021 : ” Undock !” by Marie-Paule Kumps at the Théâtre des Galeries (Brussels)
  • Playwright and translator: 2018: “Who killed Amy Winehouse” premiered at the Théâtre Jean Vilar and Théâtre des Martyrs, then on tour, directed by Christine Delmotte, Adaptations of “Etat contre Nolan”, “NExT”, “Une vie by Nino Rota”, “Freud’s Dreams”, “Ladies Football Club” etc. by Stefano Massini and by Emanuele Aldrovandi and Tino Caspanello

Production and presentation: Axelle THIRY


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