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Protagonists

Antonio Ballista

Antonio Ballista is a pianist, harpsichord player and conductor who has always given his curiosity free reign. He has studied the most diverse range of musical expressions, convinced that aesthetic value is independent from the practical finality, and that the distinctions between the genres are not binding and exclusive. He has embarked on highly personal excursions ranging from ragtime to Italian and American songs, to rock, often operating in a parallel dimension between so-called music for mass consumption and that of cultured extraction. He has played with the most important conductors and the most prestigious international orchestras and has been invited to festivals across Europe. Composers who have written for him include Berio, Boccadoro, Bussotti, Castaldi, Castiglioni, Clementi, Corghi, De Pablo, Donatoni, Lucchetti, Morricone, Mosca, Picco, Sciarrino, Sollima, Togni and Ugoletti. He has taught at the Conservatories in Parma and Milan, at the Imola Academy and the Accademia Internazionale Tema in Milan.
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