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From classic to Paganini to Piazzolla. Interview with Gianluca Campi

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Gianluca CampiGianluca Campi began very young to play the accordion under the direction of Paolo Conti.

In 2000, he won the “trophy Alcobaça world” as the best accordionist in the “Variety”. Category. His repertoire ranges from Bach to Albeniz, Adam, Volpi, Rossini, Kaciaturiam, Schubert, to the reinterpretation of original and unpublished Paganini.

In his concerts he loves to insert, in addition to classical music, the tangos of Astor Piazzolla and Hungarian dances, as well as some of his “collage” of composition, always managing to merge the technique and a natural interpretive sensibility.

Campi has followed courses at Anagni (FR) with Jacques Mornet and Gianluca Pica and at the APM Music Center.

He collaborates with the chamber ensemble of the Conservatory “Paganini” and, as a teacher, he works in educational activities both in Alessandria and at the Liceo Musicale “F. Cilea” of Savona.

When did you start playing accordion and why?

I started playing accordion at the age of eleven, thanks to my cousin who wanted to teach me. It was an instrument that fascinated me for the grandeur and the sounds that emanated.

Your training is primarily classical. There are other musical genres which you prefer, both as a performer and as a musician?

Taking into account that my education is strictly classical, I participated in various contests playing varieté music. Also currently I also integrated my repertoire with ethnic music, as well as Argentine tango, Hungarian dances, as well as film music and jazz tunes. As a musician I have a passion for listening good music in general.

Your passion and your interpretations of music by Paganini brought to distinguish you on the international scene. What is this fascination with the great violinist?

I’ve always been attracted to the “character” of Paganini: weird, wacky and, of course, virtuosic. Deepening his studies I could understand that he was a reference to many composers, including Schumann, Liszt, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Brahms and many others, and still is for the instrumentalists. I wanted to devote myself to his music taking into account that it is a very suitable repertoire for accordion.

Your repertoire ranges from classical to Spanish, to ethnic music. There are affinities between these genres? With what kind of attitude you faces a broad and differentiated repertoire?

In my opinion there is affinity, because even the great composers of the past revisited ethnic music touching various rhythms. To address various kinds need to be versatile and listen to music from several countries.

You won the world trophy Alcobaça in 2000. How this experience has affected your career?

The World Cup was just a starting point that gave me knowledge of my ability and desire to continue studies, but always with humility and knowing that it is a field in which there is more to learn. As regards the business sector gave me more opportunities and satisfactions.

Can you tell us something about your experience in teaching accordion? How it integrates with the concert activity?

Currently in addition to the concerts I am teaching various music genres. This activity lets me to meet special situations, such as an autistic child who has enriched me much on the human side. I believe that a performer can also be a teacher in such a way as to influence himself.

What are the projects that are working in this period?

I’m engaged in a constant concert activities, both as a soloist and in collaboration with other musicians. As I told you I’m also involved in teaching activities. I am also working with the Cooperfisa. In the future I have planned a new CD. I am also working with the Cooperfisa.

We often met you in exhibition contexts, such as for example the Frankfurt Musikmesse, with Cooperfisa. What is the bond that unites you to this company? Why did you choose this accordion and what are the added values and characteristics of the instrument that attract you?

With Cooperfisa there is not only a working relationship, but also human. They gave me the opportunity to try various instruments with different timbres, among which I could choose the one that is closer to my needs. My accordion is an “Elite” model with warm and aggressive tone at the same time.

Autore: Daniele Cestellini

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