Composer born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye on the 22nd of august of 1862 and who died in Paris on the 25th of March of 1918, protagonist of the creative evolution that the 20th century needed to keep ties with history and to search for renewed dialectical reasons for an “organic and animated” speech (Jankelevitch). Debussy modified the inertias without altering the thread of history, he changed the courses without loosing north and avoided the ruptures that lead only to isolation and melancholy. All this is manifested in the works that Peruvian pianist Claudio Constantini reveals to us in this discographic document, second of a series that announces the recording of the complete piano output of the French composer, in which he performs the 24 Preludes, composed by Debussy in two volumes, the first from 1909 to 1910, while he was already ill with the cancer which would cause his death in 1918, and the second from 1911 to 1913. Together with the first book of Preludes, Claudio Constantini performs the Estampes from 1903 and the Ballade Slave from 1890; and next to the second book of Preludes, his Images oubliées from 1894.
“An artist of great artistic and creative perspectives…transforming notes into emotions” Diario Levante, Spain
Claudio Constantini holds an international and multifaceted career as a performer of two instruments – the piano and the bandoneón – as well as being a composer and arranger on worldwide demand.
Constantini has performed as soloist at top festivals and concert halls in over 20 countries worldwide, with many of his performances having been broadcast on television and radio. Together with the label IBS Classical, he will record the complete works for piano of Claude Debussy, becoming the first Latin American pianist in achieving this feat. Constantini has been invited to give masterclasses at several conservatories in Europe, and organizes two mastercourses for pianists in Paris and in Brussels. He has been top prize winner at many international competitions (New York, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands) and was a recipient of many awards including the HSP Huygens prize for excellence in artistic studies from the Dutch government. Constantini was born in Lima-Peru into a family of musicians, initiating his studies with his father, mtro. Gerardo Constantini, at the National Conservatory of Peru. He later continued his training at the Lahti Conservatory in Finland (professors Lauri Väinmaa and Raija Kerppo), the Rotterdam Conservatory in The Netherlands (mtro. Aquiles Delle Vigne) and the Schola Cantorum in Paris (A.Delle Vigne). He currently lives in Madrid, Spain.