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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Marcello Panni, Alessandro Solbiati, Gabrio Taglietti, and Roberta Vacca, to write new piano compositions based on unpublished fragments by Mendelssohn.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 BakrnĨev, 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the Berlin Philharmonie, Leipzig Gewandhaus and London Wigmore Hall), presenting more than 20 World Premieres of unpublished works by Felix Mendelssohn.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.

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Video Productions

Mendelssohn Unknown - A film by Angelo Bozzolini

This up-to-date documentary about Felix Mendelssohn is based on the original letters of the composer and his sister Fanny, combined with numerous evocative period images. Through a blend of music and words, the most distinguished Mendelssohn specialists of today guide viewers through the composer’s fascinating life and career. The various themes covered include his training, his religious and cultural identity, his journey to Italy, his rediscovery of Bach, his years in Leipzig, the relative neglect of his music following his death, his readmission to the canon of Germany’s greatest Romantic composers, and the recent unearthing of many unpublished works. Produced by Angelo Bozzolini, Luigi Melecchi and Roberto Prosseda, Directed by Angelo Bozzolini.

"Mendelssohn at Teatro Olimpico"

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy:
Venetian Boat Song op. 19 n. 6 and op. 30 n. 6
Sonata for violin and piano in D minor MWV Q 18 (reconstructed by Alessandro Solbiati)
Variations brillantes for cello and piano MWV Q 21 (reconstructed by Gabrio Taglietti)
Sonig Tchakerian, violin
Steven Isserlis, cello
Roberto Prosseda, piano

Recorded live at Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza, Italy, 11 June 2009, for Settimane Musicali al Teatro Olimpico. Directed by Pietro Tagliaferri 

"Prosseda plays Mendelssohn"

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy:
6 Lieder ohne Worte
Variations Sérieuses op. 54
Fantasia op. 28
Roberto Prosseda, piano
Recorded live in Lodi, Teatro alla Vigne, May 29, 2015. Directed by Pietro Tagliaferri 

"Pedal Piano recital"
DVD Continuo CR 108

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
6 Etuden für den Pedalflügel op. 56

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
4 Skizzen für den Pedalflügel op. 58

Alexandre-Pierre-François Boëly (1785-1858)
Fantaisie et Fugue op. 18 n. 6

Gounod (1785-1858)
Marche Funèbre pour une marionnette (pedal piano version by Giuseppe Lupis)

Charles Valentin Alkan (1813-1894)
Benedictus op. 54
Etudes pour les pieds seulement n. 1, 4, 5
Grands Preludes op. 64 n. 3, 4

Roberto Prosseda, pedal piano
For the first time on DVD, a recital entirely devoted to the pedal piano, the special instrument for which several important composers of the nineteenth century, including Robert Schumann, Charles Gounod and Charles-Valentin Alkan, wrote pages of great value.

Recorded live at Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza, Italy, 4 June 2012, for Settimane Musicali al Teatro Olimpico. Directed by Pietro Tagliaferri 

The Chigi Recital
DVD Continuo CR 106

Fryderyk Chopin (1810–1849)
24 Preludi, op. 28

Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
Clair de lune (dalla “Suite bergamasque”)

Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
Gaspard de la nuit

Alessandra Ammara, piano
Recorded at Palazzo Chigi, Ariccia (Rome), Sala da pranzo d'estate.
Directed by Pietro Tagliaferri.