Posted 7. January 2021

The Opter Ensemble, whose founders and members are the hornist Guglielmo Pellarin, the violinist Francesco Lovato and the pianist Federico Lovato, is considered a reference point in the Italian music scene. The peculiarity and flexibility of the group are highlighted by their continuous work of research and discovery of repertoire, which is one of their distinctive traits.

The Oper Ensemble’s repertoire develops from the trios by Brahms and Ligeti – reference pieces for horn, violin and piano – matching these two masterpieces with other trios, including those by Berkeleyand by Koechlin, or dedicated works composed by Gianluca Cascioli, Francesco Schweizer and Mauro Pagotto, or even arrangements from the symphonic repertoire dedicated to the Opter Ensemble by Daniele Zanettovich (Serenade op. 11 by J. Brahms) and Francesca Francescato (“Till Eulenspiegels lustighe Streiche”op.28 by R. Strauss). The versatility of the ensemble also allows to expand the repertoire with pieces for horn and piano and for violin and piano, or to fit the trio into larger groups, as those required by Fibich’s and Vaughan-Williams’ quintets or by Dohnany’s sextet. Among the collaborations with musical institutions and participations in festivals and chamber seasons, there are “I concerti del Quirinale” of Radio3, Dilsberger Kammermusiktage, Ex Novo Musica, “Mezzano Romantica Festival”, Ascoli Piceno Festival, “Società del Teatro e della Musica” in Pescara, “Amici della Musica” in Campobasso, “Camerata Musicale Sulmonese” and AMA Calabria, as well as concerts in several Italian Cultural Institutes around the world.

In 2016 the Opter Ensemble was selected by CIDIM (Italian National Committee for Music) and CRUP (Fondazione Friuli) for the project “Friuli in Musica”, which supported the activity and the promotion of the ensemble with concerts in Italy, Turkey, Albania, Germany, Sweden and Japan. More recently the Opter Ensemble toured in Japan and Korea and performed at the festival “Estate Musicale a Portogruaro 2019”.