Internationally known pianist Olivier Cav� will present a guest artist recital and master class at the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center, Nov. 1-2.

Cav�’s visit is co-sponsored by the WVU College of Creative Arts and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C. Both events are free and open to the public.

The master class will be held Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A).

The recital will begin at 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, also in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A).

Dedicated solely to Italian piano music, this recital is a voyage thorugh the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and showcases pieces by Italian composers whose influence has been vital to the development of a most extraordinary instrument.

The program will include works by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741); Lodovico Giustini da Pistoia (1685-1743), Domenica Scarlatti (1685-1757), Ferruccio Bosoni (1866-1924), Luigi Dallapiccola (1904-1975), Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725), and Muzio Clementi (1752-1832).

Cav� was born in Switzerland in 1977 and studied piano at the conservatory in Sion and then at the Lausanne Conservatory, where he earned a diploma with a special prize and honors. In 1997 he met Maria Tipo and entered her class at the Fiesole School of Music.

He was a finalist at the Clara Schumann Competition in D�sseldorf in 2000 and has performed as a soloist with the D�sseldorf Symphony Orchestra, the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, the Galileo Galilei Orchestra of Fiesole, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra.

His first recording “Reflexions,” was released by Deutsche Grammaphon in May 2004, featuring works by Beethoven, Schubert, Scarlatti and Schumann, but his career took a new turn upon the second recording, released in 2010 by the aeon label, which featured sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti. The second recording has been decorated with a “5 Diapason,” a “4 Etoiles Classica” and the highest award from the Japanese magazine Geijutsu Records. This success has led to invitations to perform at prestigious venues throughout the world, including Rome, Zurich, and Washington, as well as an extended concert tour.

For more information, contact the WVU College of Creative Arts at 304-293-4359.


CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts

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