Artistic and cultural projects
Besides his concert activity, Roberto Prosseda frequently serves as artistic advisor, creating innovative cultural projects. He is one of the most active musicians in the promotion of new music. In 2006 he commissioned several composers, including Carlo Boccadoro, Nicola Campogrande, Paolo Castaldi, Aldo Clementi, Luca Lombardi, Marcello Panni, Alessandro Solbiati, Gabrio Taglietti, and Roberta Vacca, to write new piano compositions based on unpublished fragments by Mendelssohn. He also commissioned the reconstructions of some of Mendelssohn's unfinished works, like the Piano Concerto No. 3, completed in 2006 by Marcello Bufalini and performed more than 50 times with several top orchestras (London Philharmonic, Gewandhaus, Residentie Orkest, Santa Cecilia). In 2012, after his debut at the pedal piano, Prosseda commissioned and performed many new compositions for pedal piano, written for him by Michael Bakrnčev, Nimrod Borenstein, Nicola Campogrande, Cristian Carrara, Giuseppe Lupis, Ennio Morricone, and Michael Glenn Williams. Since 1997, Roberto Prosseda has collaborated with the Festival Pontino in Sermoneta as artistic advisor, also conceiving new formats, like the Concerti d'Inverno in 2006 and 2007, the Mendelssohniana project within the Festival Pontino 2009 and the round tables and concerts about "Musical Restoration" in 2010. In 2006 Prosseda planned and realized the "Mendelssohn Discovery Tour", a cycle of recitals in important European concert halls (including the Berlin Philharmonie, Leipzig Gewandhaus and London Wigmore Hall), presenting more than 20 World Premieres of unpublished works by Felix Mendelssohn. In 2008 he was the co-founder, with Maurizio Cantore, of "Donatori di Musica", a series of particular concert seasons in Italian hospitals, based on an idea by Gian Andrea Lodovici. Donatori di Musica is currently active in many Italian hospitals. The history of this project is narrated in the book "Donatori di Musica" (Curci editore, 2015). In 2009 Roberto Prosseda founded the Associazione Mendelssohn (www.associazionemendelssohn.it), of which he is currently president and artistic director. Associazione Mendelssohn realized seven CD productions for Decca dedicated to Mendelssohn's music and co-produced the documentary "Mendelssohn Unknown", in collaboration with Rai Educational, now released on DVD by Euroarts. In 2012 he conceived the innovative format "Robot Pianist Vs. Human Pianist", with the robot pianist TeoTronico, to help the audience to acquire a more conscious and perceptive listening. More than 20 shows have been staged, also at the Berlin Philharmonie, the Ankara Festival and in two sold-out concerts at the Beijing Concert Hall and at the Kinghai Symphony Hall in Guangzhou. In 2014 Prosseda conceived the "Ghost Concert", presented as the opening event of the Pianocity Festival in Naples. In this multimedia show, Sergej Rachmaninoff appears on stage as a ghost, giving a piano recital, based on his own piano rolls, played "live" on a Yamaha Disklavier piano, synchronized with Rachmaninoff's moving image. Prosseda also conceived and produced "iMendelssohn", realized by Ubyweb&Multimedia. It is the first app for iPhone and Android dedicated to Felix Mendelssohn, providing a full list of his works, a wide bigliography and discography, several letters and original manuscripts and a comprehensive media section. Since 2014 Roberto Prosseda is artistic advisor at Cremona Mondomusica and Cremona Pianoforte International Exhibitions and since 2018 he has been appointed artistic coordinator.
The Associazione Mendelssohn was founded in April 2009 by the pianist and Mendelssohn scholar Roberto Prosseda, in collaboration with Alessandra Ammara, Aldo Bernardini, Ingrid Sattel, Tina Messineo and Giovanni Scoz.
The Associazione Mendelssohn aims to develop the research projects focussed on Felix Mendelssohn already undertaken by Roberto Prosseda and, at the same time, to produce new initiatives, also accepting proposals from members and from people and external institutions. For this purpose, the Associazione Mendelssohn appointed a scientific committee, composed of Bruno Cagli, Hans Fazzari, Raoul Meloncelli, Peter Ward Jones and Peter Zappalà.
The research work of the Associazione Mendelssohn will take place in the light of the constant exchange of experiences with the most authoritative Mendelssohn scholars and interprets. The honorary presidency of Riccardo Chailly is a further sign of the esteem and confidence that the Associazione Mendelssohn has already earned in the international music scene. The Associazione Mendelssohn collaborates with the Mendelssohn-Stiftung in Leipzig for several discographical and editorial projects.
In its first six years of activity, the Associazione Mendelssohn produced 6 CDs, 4 video documentaries and 3 score publications dedicated to Mendelssohn's music. It also co-produced and supported several live events and special projects, including the iMendelssohn app.
President and Artistic Director:
Bruno Cagli, Hans Fazzari, Raoul Meloncelli, Peter Ward-Jones, Pietro Zappalà.
Ing. Luigi Lacchini, Hanni and Peter Neubeck
Dott. Giovanni Scoz
c/o Studio Scoz, via Abamonti 1 - 20129 Milano, Italia
tel +39 02 29534091
fax + 39 02 0289605954
European VAT number: IT06585780965
Bank account: “Associazione Mendelssohn”, n. 1000/00000316.
Banca Intesa San Paolo, filiale 4232 (Piazza Duca d'Aosta, Milano).
Iban: IT47M 03069 09473 100000000316