Renowned Italian pianist Giovanni Battel in concert at WFU

Giovanni Umberto Battel, internationally renowned pianist and director of the Venice Conservatory of Music, will perform at Wake Forest University Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall at the Scales Fine Arts Center.

The concert will feature the piano version of Stravinsky’s “Pétrouchka” as well as works by early 20th century Italian composers, including Luigi Dallapiccola, Camillo Battel, Ferruccio Busoni and Claude Debussy.

Battel has performed concerts and recitals throughout the world, including London, Stockholm, Athens, Ankara, Tokyo and several cities in the United States.

He won first prize in the international competitions of Senigallia, Stresa, Bolzano and Barcelona and has recorded for Italian Radio (RAI) and the Bongiovanni record label. He recently recorded a two-CD set of the Busoni Piano Concerto.

Sponsored by the Wake Forest department of music, the concert is part of an exchange program between the Venice Conservatory of Music and Wake Forest.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 758-5364.

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