Edoardo Bellotti and William Porter, keyboards

Faculty Artist Series

March 3, 2016 | 8:00 PM Hatch Recital Hall
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Edoardo Bellotti has extensive teaching experience, having been Professor of Organ, Harpsichord and Improvisation in several musical institutions and universities including the Conservatory of  Trossingen and the University of Bremen in Germany, the University of Udine and the Conservatory of Trento in Italy.

A virtuoso organist and renowned improviser, Bellotti performs at leading festivals and concert venues throughout the world. He is currently collaborating in a project of new organ music and visual art in Milan, in conjunction with the art installation of the American minimalist Dan Flavin. He has performed the complete works of Cesar Franck, and has worked with orchestras in Italy and abroad, performing a wide spectrum of repertoire, including the Italian premiere of Satyagraha by Philip Glass. He is also considered a leading expert in the performance of renaissance and baroque keyboard music.

He combines his international performing career with musicological research and teaching, publishing articles as well as new critical editions of music of the 17th and 18th centuries. He is a frequent guest lecturer at international conferences. He has made several critically acclaimed recordings on historical instruments, including Promenade (Loft Recordings), a recording of organ repertoire and original improvisations on the Eastman School of Music’s Italian baroque organ at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester.

William Porter

Widely known as a performer in the United States and in Europe, William Porter has also achieved international recognition for his skill in improvisation in a wide variety of styles, ancient and modern. He has performed at major international festivals and academies, including the North German Organ Academy, the Italian Academy of Music for the Organ, the Smarano Organ and Clavichord Academy, Organfestival Holland, the Göteborg International Organ Academy, the Dollart Festival, the Lausanne Improvisation Festival, the Festival Toulouse les Orgues, the Boston Early Music Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, the McGill International Organ Academy, Eastman’s Improvfest, and the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists.

Recently retired as Professor of Organ, Harpsichord, and Improvisation (2002-2013) at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, Porter has also been a member of the music faculty at McGill University in Montreal, where he lived from 2004 until fall 2015. From 1985 to 2002 he taught organ, music history, and music theory at the New England Conservatory in Boston, and from 2001 until 2005 he taught improvisation at Yale University. Porter holds degrees from Oberlin College, where he also taught organ and harpsichord from 1974 to 1986, and from Yale University, where he was director of music at Yale Divinity School from 1971 to 1973.

Porter has recorded on historic instruments, old and new, for the Gasparo, Proprius, BMG, and Loft labels. He currently serves as organ consultant for the ConstellationCenter, a new performing arts center to be built in the Boston area, which will house several organs in different styles. Now residing in Rochester, New York, Porter returns to the Eastman School of Music as part-time Professor of Organ and Coordinator of Sacred Music Diploma Internships.

Program:

Domenico Zipoli Selections from “Sonate d’Intavolatura per Organo e Cimbalo”, Rome 1716
Follia Improvisation
J.S. Bach Concerto in C Major for Two Harpsichords, BWV 1061
Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in E-flat Major, BWV 998
Ciacona in G Improvisation
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