Dear friends of music and art,

pianist Ida Pelliccioli already thrilled Bonn audiences in 2021 with her virtuosic and deeply emotional performance. Now she is back with an exciting program, which she titles “Introspections” and which features compositions by J. Sibelius, J. Brahms, F. Busoni, L. Janáček and S. Rachmaninov. The pianist’s resume can be found below.

This concert is also the musical prelude to her father Giovanni Pelliccioli’s exhibition entitled “Beyond the realms of thought“. Find out more about the exhibition here.

Ida Pelliccioli writes the following about the program:

In the Six Impromptus (1890-93) we find reminiscences of Sibelius’s journey to collect traditional runes in Karelia. Kantele (traditional Finnish and Karelian plucked string instrument) influences and dance tunes from eastern Finland and Karelia can be observed in the pieces. In this connection it is well to remember that Sibelius could play the kantele and that his performances have actually been documented. The opening, Impromptu no. 1 in G minor (Moderato). is an unaffected and melodious opening piece. Its theme has been regarded as “the musical symbol of Finland, Sibelius’s native country”.

With Brahms’ Chorale Prelude we have an example of late compositional work. Written for organ in 1896, the 11 Chorale Preludes Op. 122 were published posthumously. They are based on verses of Lutheran chorales. Number 10, based on the “passion” chorale, expresses the depths of the emotions implied by the text: “My heart is ever yearning for blessed death’s release”. The Preludes are a revealing document of Brahms’ thoughts on his own life. One biographer, Niemann, points out that most of the Preludes are: “A retrospect and an epilogue, a salutation to youth and its ideals, and a farewell to this world which is, after all, so fair”. Somber as many of the Preludes are, they yet have a warm, autumnal quality that is all Brahms’ own.

In May 1909, a few months before the death of his mother, Busoni had lost his father. In his memory the son created an original work, poised and noble in tone, out of three organ pieces by Bach: Busoni’s way of thanking his father for an early introduction to the music of a composer he had been championing for years. The Fantasia after J S Bach (by ‘Bach- Busoni’, as the composer is identified on the cover page) is the first of his works that can be called a Nachdichtung—a work resulting from such a free transcription or adaptation of a model that it becomes original and independent in its own right.

Janácek revealed a very private and sensitive side of his musical personality when he composed In the Mists, a collection of four pieces for solo piano. Written in the winter of 1912-1913, the work came four years after the composer’s much longer collection, On an Overgrown Path. In the Mists has a feeling of introspection about it, as it were an entry in the composer’s musical “journal”; it lives up to its name by maintaining an air of distance, as if the piano were at times lost in a bank of clouds. The five pieces that constitute Rachmaninov’s Morceaux de fantaisie, are not intended to be played as a group, and they represent a step forward toward Rachmaninov’s mature style. The Elégie in E flat minor is an epic and tragic work, with sweeping melodies, an imposing climax, and a fine melancholic atmosphere.

Saturday, 22 April 2023

15:30 h

Musikstudio & Galerie: Gabriele Paqué
Blücherstraße 14
53115 Bonn


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Jean Sibelius (1865 – 1957)
Six impromptus, Op. 5

Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897) / Ferruccio Busoni (1866 – 1924)
“Herzlich tut mich verlangen”
from 11 Choral Preludes, No. 10, Op. 122

Ferruccio Busoni
Fantasia after J.S. Bach, BV 253

Leoš Janáček (1854 – 1928)
In the mists

Sergei Rachmaninov (1873 – 1943)
Elegie, Op.3 Nr.1
from “Morceaux de fantaisie”

Ida Pelliccioli

Ida Pelliccioli was born in Bergamo, Italy. She studied at the Nice Conservatoire de Région and at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris – Alfred Cortot in the class of  Serguei Markarov, Unesco Artist for Peace. During her studies, Ida Pelliccioli was awarded several scholarships, amongst them, one from the Zygmunt Zaleski Foundation and one from Fondation Albert Roussel.

Ida Pelliccioli participated in number of master-classes, among others with Jean-Claude Pennetier, Gerard Wyss and received a double diploma in interpretation and pedagogy, at the École Normale in Paris. She received artistic guidance from Norma Fisher who teaches at the Royal College of Music in London, Stephen Gutman, and she is one of  the rare pianists to have received guidance from  the cuban concert pianist Jorge Luis Prats.

Ida chose to avoid the international competition circuit and, before becoming a full-time pianist, received a double master diploma at the Sorbonne University – in Italian Literature and in Ancient Greek History, specializing for the latter in the practice of music during the Hellenistic period. Ida has been performing throughout Europe and Canada.  During the 2021/22 Season, she made her debut in Serbia, Luxembourg, Ireland and Romania. In 2023, she has debuted in Switzerland and will perform for the first time also in South Africa. In 2024 she will debut in Lithuania.

In February 2018, she gave a solo recital in Milan under the patronage of Yamaha Italy. Ida shows a great interest in contemporary music and she will premiere works from the following composers in 2023 – Raffaele Bellafronte and Jean-Luc Gillet. Ida has always been opened to other forms of art and collaborations. She appeared on screen, playing the role of a pianist, for the american TV Series “Find me in Paris” – Season 1 and 2 (2017/2018) and the french one “Munch” (2018). In 2019, she has been casted to double the role of the pianist in the short movie „Quand on ne sait pas voler” directed by Thomas Keumurian and produced by FILMO.

In September 2022, she started performing chamber music with a quintet programme. In 2021 Ida also took up a teaching position at Paris Conservatoire du 8ème arrondissement. In 2022/2023 her class has 36 students.


«Although the concert was ostensibly themed around introspection, there was a second theme of late and early works from the featured composers – a fascinating dive into some of the less know pieces from very well-known composers.(…) Pelliccioli introduced each item with thought-provoking comments and was at ease with the audience and the venue on her first performance in Scotland.(…) Pelliccioli handled the intricate counterpoint with great skill, funnelling Busoni, Brahms and Lutheran church music through her fingers and the warm acoustic of the Acorn Centre.(…) the Fantasia after Johann Sebastian Bach from 1909. This deceptively difficult piece is hard to pin down, especially to uncover where Bach ends and Busoni begins, but Pelliccioli brought out all the sinuous lines and powerful climaxes with great aplomb. »

(October 2022 – Inverurie, Scotland)

Phillip Cooke

«The construction of her programmes has a deeply musical justification (…) a musical harmony and consistency through diversity that arouses the curiosity of the listener. (…) Albeniz’piece “La Vega” presents already great pianistic challenges that Ida Pelliccioli brilliantly displays with great musicality.»

(September 2020 – Eijsden, NL)

Jean-Marc Warszawski – for the online review

«A beautiful concert, excellent interpretations, very neat interpretation of Rameau’s baroque masterpiece. An intelligent programme, a suitable choice of pieces for an effective sound path amongst coherent composers. A force of nature, Ida Pelliccioli has her own style. Study, balance and passion are conveyed by this young pianist who performs with fieriness and effectiveness. A full house for a morning of excellent music. A lot of applause, very much deserved for Ida Pelliccioli. A wonderful encore by Domenico Scarlatti that has enchanted us all. An unforgettable concert. »

(Recital in Villa Pignatelli, Naples on 27th October 2019)

Massimiliano Cerrito – Founder/President of the Festival Barocco Napoletano


«Iron hands, but with velvet elegance: Ida Pelliccioli’s technical abilities make us forget about the pieces complexity, for the greatest delight of the audience. »

Fabrice Fenoy – Artistic Director of the festival “Un piano sous les arbres”


«It would be too limited to speak about her playing in terms of virtuosity: obviously, her powerful playing, her fast tempi, her energy, her implication, her determination can impress, but beyond a keyboard feel where precision and regularity don’t prevent her touch from delicacy, I would like to stress the intelligence with which the pieces are played, which is translated during a concert in a spectacular concentration. Ida Pelliccioli is a true musician. She certainly has a promising talent that we can watch blossom with confidence and delight. »

Patrice Martinet – Director of Athénée Theater in Paris


«I am expecting very good things from Ida’s talent and sensibility»

Jorge Luis Prats – Cuban concert pianist

I’m looking forward to your visit!

Gabriele Paqué


06.05.2023 – CONCERT: Georg Brinkmann (clarinet) and Marc Jaquet piano) with works by G. Gershwin, L. Bernstein, A. Kopland, I. Stravinsky, J. Horovitz and a Klezmer Suite

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Current exhibition: Giovanni Pelliccioli – Beyond the realms of thought
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