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Harpischord Virtuoso in 12@Hotchkiss
Raphael Fusco, a harpsichord virtuoso and composer whom El Mundo has called “one of the most outstanding of emerging composers,” brings his blend of new- and old-world sensibility and innovative interpretation to Washington College on Friday, March 4. The concert, at Hotchkiss Recital Hall in the Gibson Center for the Arts, is part of the 12@Hotchkiss Series and is free and open to the public.
Fusco, who will perform his original compositions as well as Baroque works, will be joined by violinist Danilo Bonina. They will play Bach, Scarlatti, and Corelli, among others.
Fusco began his piano studies at age eight and composed his first pieces by age ten. A specialist in early music and modern improvisation, his musical language combines jazz and pop sonorities with gestures and techniques of the Baroque and Classical eras. The versatility of his art is evident in his performances, which include the Corelli Collective and Uncommon Temperament—both of which he is a founding member—and tours with Branford Marsalis and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.
A professor of analysis, piano, music history, and composition at Seton Hall University and Mahanaim College, Fusco holds degrees in composition from Mannes College of Music and the G. Verdi Conservatorio of Turin.
Danilo Bonina received his Master of Music degree in violin performance from Mannes College of Music in New York. In the United States he collaborates with the “Bachanalia Ensemble” of which he is also director of personnel, the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, the Bach Society Orchestra, the Camerata Chamber Orchestra, the Garden State Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ensemble Du Monde, Orchestra of the Bronx, the Musica Bella Orchestra, and others. He is a member of the faculty and director of the String Department at the Bergen Academy of Music and Arts in New Jersey.