Italian Pianist and Composer
Matteo Ramon Arevalos
Thursday 30 January 19:00

Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Pretoria
In collaboration with
the Brooklyn Theatre and the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival


La Folia, 12 variazioni sul tema de “La Folia di Spagna” (2014)
Sparks (1993)
6 variazioni su tema “Nel con più non mi sento” di Giovanni Paisiello WoO 70 (1795)
FRYDERYK CHOPIN (1810 - 1849)
Étude Op. 25 n. 1 in A b major
Scherzo Op. 20 n. 1 in B minor
Polacca Op. 53 in A b major (1842)
Leonardo (2018), works for piano dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci
SERGIO ORTEGA (1938 - 2003)
El pueblo unido jamas serà vencido,
trascrizione per pianoforte di M. R. Arevalos (2019)

Ticket sales:

Thursday, 30 January 19:00

Block A (Adult) - R230   Block B (Adult) - R180
Block A Senior(60+) / Student(21-) - R180   Block B Senior(60+) / Student(21-) - R130


Brooklyn Theatre (012 460 6033)
Greenlyn Village Centre
C/o Thomas Edison and 13th Streets
Menlo Park

Matteo Ramon Arevalos began playing drums at the age of six, but soon switched to piano, then took up composition. During his studies it was fundamental the opportunity to learn with the pianist Fiorenza Ferroni. In 1993 he took part in the composition of the musical fairy tale Notte by the brother Jean-Michel Arevalos.

In 1996 he won first prize at the National Piano Competition Agorà in Rome, obtaining his diploma in piano at the Conservatory Bruno Maderna in Cesena, with Flavio Meniconi, with full marks and honours the following year. After which he took instruction from Rudolf Kehrer in Vienna and Oxana Yablonskaya in New York.

Between 2000 and 2006 he studied composition - in Rome with Francesco Telli, in Lugano with Paul Glass and in Paris with Narcis Bonet. He published two compositions for piano of his own for the music publishing house College Music: Vivo Marcia Fantasia (2002) and Nocturne 1996 (2006). From 2003 to 2006 he was the pianist for the show Ada, a family chronicle by the theatre company Fanny & Alexander, performing music by O. Messiaen, G. Ligeti and M. Feldman, and recording the DVD Rebus per Ada (Luca Sossella Editore, 2006). Since 2003 he has worked in a duo with ondist Bruno Perrault, specializing in contemporary classical music.

In 2008 he performed Feldman’s Rothko Chapel with the Ensemble Giacinto Scelsi, directed by Roberto Gabbiani and, with ondist Nadia Ratsimandresy produced Messiaen et autour de Messiaen for the centenary of Messiaen's birth, released a concert tournée and on a CD by ReR Megacorp UK. In 2009, with the group I. Feraud he composed music for the performance Variazioni sull'Angolo Diedro. From 2009 to 2011 he collaborated with the electronic composer Paolo F. Bragaglia in the group Synusonde, publishing a CD Yug for Minus Habens Records (2011). He worked with film director Elisabetta Sgarbi composing and performing original soundtracks for Raffaello - La Stanza della Segnatura (2009) and Sono rimasto senza parole (2011).

In 2011 he participated in the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale with the artist Vanni Cuoghi and in the 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, with the mosaic exhibition Reliquary, playing his composition Mantra Gita for soprano, prepared piano with mosaic tiles and percussionists of mosaic cutters. In 2013 released on CD by ReR Megacorp his second project for ondes martenot and piano entitled Sérimpie with the ondist Bruno Perrault and a subsequent concert tour with stage-designed by the artist Roberto Pagnani.

He collaborated with prestigious theatre company: Masque Teatro in the shows The Decision (2016) and Marmo (2017); Nerval Teatro in the show Sinfonia Beckettiana (2018); for Drammatico Vegetale he recently composed the music for the show LEO - uno sguardo bambino sul mondo (2018). In 2017 he composed also the soundtrack for the movie Late Penang Afternoon by film director Hanspeter Ammann. In 2017 he was commissioned by the Centro Dantesco of Ravenna and by the Ensemble Mosaici Sonori a Oratorio, Dante: un viaggio nella Comedia, for choir, orchestra and two narrators, on the occasion of Dante's celebrations.

He is currently engaged in a series of concerts entitled Tribute to Violeta Parra with music by the Chilean singer-songwriter Violeta Parra in duo with singer-actress Camilla Lopez and in the new pro-ject entitled Teleion - fragments of ancient Greek music that debuted in 2019 at the Ravenna Festival. He is mainly active in a contemporary music project for piano solo entitled PER PIANO with works by Fausto Razzi (July 2017 was published the CD for ReR Megacorp of his concert made at Area Sismica) and in some projects with his compositions for piano solo and for video prepared piano entitled LA FOLIA and METAMORPHOSIS.

He has participated in several Festival, including: Acusmatiq (Ancona); Angelica (Bologna); Usina del Arte and Ciclo de Música Contemporánea Teatro Nacional Cervantes (Buenos Aires); Area Sismica (Ravaldino in Monte); Arts Academy and House of Composer (St. Petersburg); Ares Le Site and Temple Neuf (Strasbourg); Festival di Bellagio (Bellagio); Crisalide Festival (Forlì); KunstenFestivalDesArt (Bruxelles); Ionian Lapsus Festival (Kefalonia); Il Suono dei Soli (Palermo); Irno Festival (Salerno); La Milanesiana (Milano); A.N. Skjabin House Museum and Musivum Gallery (Moscow); Podewil (Berlin); Ravenna Festival (Ravenna); Rencontres Martenot (Paris); The Firehouse Space, Spectrum NYC, Italian Institute of Culture, Microscope Gallery (New York).