Known for his unique combination of emotion and intelligence, Marino Formenti is one of the most interesting musicians of our times, constantly seeking to redefine the experience of music. Called “The Glenn Gould of the 21st Century” by the Los Angeles Times, Formenti’s pleasure in experimenting with new and unexpected combinations has led to the development of unique projects and concerts in alternative formats. In his recitals Kurtag’s Ghosts and Liszt Inspections, there is a continuous flow of dialogue between the compositions, going far beyond the conventional limitations of piano recitals. In Nowhere, Mariano Formenti plays, sleeps, and eats in a temporary house open to the public, seeking to “disappear” through the music. One to one is a project that was originally produced by Art Basel and also presented at Berlin Art Week, offering a musical encounter of two to 10 hours for one spectator at a time. In his most recent projects, the film Schubert und Ich, Formenti rehearses Franz Scubert music with non-musicians, guiding and inspiring them through his own interpretations.
Formenti has participated in several international festivals in Salzburg, Lucerne, Edinburgh, Schleswig-Holstein, Ravinia, and Aspen. He has performed at concert halls in Berlin, Vienna, Paris, London, Zurich, Moscow, Tokyo, and Los Angeles. He has collaborated with the New York and Munich Philharmonics and the Gustav Mahler Chamber Orchestra under the direction of maestros Franz Welser-Möst, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Gustavo Dudamel. He has directed concerts at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Vienna’s Musikverein, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, and Salle Pleyel in Paris, as well as in Rome, Los Angeles, Johannesburg, and Tokyo. He directed the Austrian première of Kurt Weill’s opera Der Protagonist and in 2010 directed a chamber version of Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel. Formenti has worked with some of the greatest living composers, including Helmut Lachenmann, Gyorgy Kutag, and Salvatore Sciarrino.
In 2009, he received the Belmont Prize for Contemporary Music from the Forberg-Schneider Foundation in Munich.
Ricardo Jacinto is a visual artist and architect focussing on the relationship between sound and space. He is currently a researcher at the Sonic Arts Research Centre (Belfast). He is active in the field of experimental and improvised music. He has presented his work in solo and group exhibitions at Project Room CCB, CAM, Círculo de Belas Artes (Spain), MUDAM (Luxemburg), Gulbenkian Cultural Centre (Paris), Manifesta 08 European Contemporary Art Biennial in Italy, Frac (France), Museu de Serralves, OK CENTRE (Austria), Culturgest, Casa da Música, and CIAJG. In 2006, he represented Portugal at the Venice Architecture Biennial in collaboration with architect Pancho Guedes. He has developed projects in collaboration with musicians, performers, artists, and architects. He work has included in various contemporary art collections (Serralves, Culturgest, Fundação Miguel Rios), and his music is published by Clean Feed, SHHPUMA, and Creative Sources.