THE NEO ROMANTIC PHENOMENON
It’s no exaggeration to say that Polo Piatti has broken boundaries with his unique approach to classical music. Whether you’ve been to one of his many live concerts or you’ve heard some of his fabulous recordings, you’ll see why they’re renowned for their contagious melodies and highly emotional and soulful content, Music that possesses a very strong emotional resonance with audiences, especially when performed live. Piatti's music is really different: much too melodic to be catalogued as "contemporary" and at the same time much too complicated to be considered "crossover". Piatti is not apologetic to resist trends in contemporary classical music by creating earworms, composing music that is lyrical, universally appealing or being called sentimental. On the contrary, he is proud to write music that is widely popular instead of being elitist. For him, this is what his neo-romantic music is all about. Explore the site to learn more about this unique composer. British-Argentine composer Polo Piatti grew up in Buenos Aires. He was a child prodigy starting piano lessons at the age of 4 and becoming a successful concert pianist in his youth. He was admitted at the exceptionally young age of 12 to one of South-America's most prestigious music academies, the Conservatorio Nacional Superior de Música in Argentina, graduating later with distinction as Profesor Nacional de Música. Leaving Argentina to pursue an international career from an early age, he continued his studies in Paris and Berlin, moving later to London to work as a composer, concert pianist and conductor. Now a celebrated neo-romantic composer, Piatti's compositions are performed all over the world and loved for being highly emotional, evocative and passionate. He has written, produced, orchestrated and arranged music for the concert hall, theatre plays, art films, dance productions and art installations. In 2012 he founded and directed the first ever International Composers Festival in Hastings, Great Britain, with the aim to bring together composers and musicians from all over the world to showcase new classical music that is tuneful, harmonious and universally appealing. In the same year he also founded Hastings' longest established orchestra, the Hastings Sinfonia remaining its Artistic Director until today. Polo Piatti completed two of his largest works to-date, the first ever commissioned Multi-Faith Oratorio 'Libera Nos', to be premiered at the Opus Theatre in Hastings as well as his 'Bohemian Concerto for Piano & Orchestra’ recently world-premiered in Virginia Beach in the United States by virtuoso American pianist Thomas Pandolfi with the Symphonicity Orchestra under the baton of renowned maestro Daniel W. Boothe. Polo Piatti premiered his most successful orchestral suite Sentimental Journey in Osaka, Japan and then recorded it in the Czech Republic with the world-renowned City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, conducting the orchestra himself from the piano. The result of that very special recording was released by Seafront Records and has become one of Piatti's most successful CD releases to-date. In 2016 he was specially commissioned to compose a piece for Her Majesty The Queen, Elizabeth II, for her Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The result was 'Duty Sublime', a composition for full orchestra that is currently performed by numerous orchestras in the United Kingdom and around the world. In 2017 Piatti founded the Opus Theatre, an iconic 700 seats concert hall in Hastings, with the intention to offer artistic events of the highest possible quality and at the same time, accessible to everyone. In early 2019 he completed his 'Christmas Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra'. The work was commissioned by virtuoso concert guitarist Sergio Puccini who recorded it with the Budapest Spring Symphony Orchestra in 2021. Very recently, the prestigious National Symphony Orchestra recorded Piatti’s ‘Bohemian Concerto for Piano & Orchestra’ with star American pianist Thomas Pandolfi and conducted by renowned British maestro John Andrews (to be released in October 2023) as well as his 'Old World Concerto for Violoncello & Orchestra’ with eminent British cellist Justin Pearson. Both recordings also conducted by maestro Andrews. Presently, he is working on a large scale opera, as well as on several other commissions by musicians, organisations and private individuals from around the world, including a 'Concerto for Violin and Orchestra' and ‘Ismanien’, his first ballet. Piatti performs regularly at his ClassicUs events and talks in Hastings, UK, where he is joined by special guests to discuss the current state of music and the arts in general as well as presenting new works in a very informal and relaxed atmosphere. Polo Piatti has happily resided in Hastings old town for over 16 years. He is a member of the Royal Society of Musicians, the Ivors Academy and an official Mentor of Help Musicians.
RECENTLY RECORDED BY THE NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
In June the prestigious National Symphony Orchestra recorded two of Piatti's major works, his Bohemian Concerto for Piano & Orchestra and his Old World Concerto for Violoncello & Orchestra. The soloists were star American pianist Thomas Pandolfi and eminent British cellist Justin Pearson. Both recordings were conducted by renowned British maestro John Andrews. The resulting CD will be released this coming October.
GUITAR CONCERTO PREMIERES IN THE UK
Giulio Tampalini - Hastings Sinfonia Orchestra - Derek Carden
Last December Italian virtuoso guitarrist Giulio Tampalini premiered Piatti's Christmas Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra together with the Hastings Sinfonia Orchestra expertly conducted by maestro John Derek Carden. The premiere took place at the De La Warr Pavilion, In Bexhill-on-Sea, in the UK. Watch the short video (below)