Germano Scurti (Italy)

Germano Scurti, Accordion/Bayan

..his concerts are always like a magical rite that bewitches the audience

The Classic Voice

Appreciated for his versatility and the intensity of his performance, Germano Scurti is currently considered to be one of the best interpreters of the contemporary bayan repertoire. For years he has been attracting the attention of composers and critics with the his original repertoire and his predilection for innovative ways of performing. Acclaimed for his sound similar to the organ and electronic instruments, he uses his body whilst performing to transform the language of sounds into an all-encompassing physical gesture.
In the last few years he has devoted himself to interpreting new musical languages and promoting and developing the world of contemporary music for the Russian bayan through constant research and a lively interest in music written in direct collaboration with composers, premiering several works, most of which were composed especially for him.
He is in constant demand both as a soloist and in chamber ensembles. His recent appearances include: Festival ‘Printemps des Arts de Montecarlo’, Teatro la Fenice, ‘Duophonie’ Scène de musiques contemporaines – Paris, Festival di Nuova Consonanza, Neue Musik Konzerthaus – Klagenfurt, Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Stockholm New Music, Festival Scelsi, Théâtre National de Marseille, Novurgia – Milan, Concerten Zonder Subsidie – Antwerp, Nuovi Spazi Musicali, Festival de RodePomp – Gent, Roma Sinfonietta, Rai Nuova Musica, Orchestra Pomeriggi Musicali, Venice Biennale Music Festival, and the Festival Play It – Florence.
With the Rai National Symphony Orchestra, he has performed Sirius, a concerto for bayan and orchestra written for him by Alessandro Sbordoni and commissioned by the Orchestra itself. The same concerto was recorded with the Rai orchestra for Stradivarius. In 2012 at the Venice Biennale Music Festival he performed the Italian premiere of Fachwerk, a concerto for bayan and string orchestra by the Russian composer, Sofia Gubaidulina.
He graduated in Sociology and has a Ph.D in Communication Studies from the “Sapienza” University of Rome. Professor of Sociology at the Academy of Fine Arts in l’Aquila, in his versatile interests, he has written several books and articles on art.
He debuted as a filmmaker in 2014 making his first documentary titled „Elegy for Life“ on contemporary art in the seventies – taking part in festivals and international markets.
He is currently teaching at Lecce Conservatoire, and deals with electronic music composition and sound art.