Giovanni Allevi is not new to London. This time he’s brought back to the UK by TIJ Events to performs at Cadogan Hall on 10 March. The reason is to celebrate a very special achievement: 25 years of a career in music.
Twenty-five years is quite a milestone.
I do not like the word ‘career’. I’d rather say I want to celebrate with my audience 25 years of concerts. Those 25 years have had their ups and their downs, but they have been very intense and the affection of my public has never changed. That’s why I want to celebrate this extraordinary adventure with them.
You are young and you are already celebrating 25 years of performing. How do you feel about it?
I try to live the present moment as intensely as I can and I try not to look back. Twenty-five years it’s a lot of time, but every time I sit at my piano it’s like the first time to me.
Has your music changed in 25 years?
I crazier than I was when I was younger. Less wise, more daring. In particular, I tackle bravely the composition of classical forms of music. And I don’t give a damn about what radios and TVs want, like short pieces of music for example.
Generally, people become wiser with age. You are a contrary man.
Correct. I proudly consider myself immature. But to be like that I need the affection of my public. I could not have reached my goals. My fans – even though I do not like to call them fans – keep pushing me to write the music I like, without bothering about anything else.
Is your public made by women more than men?
My fans are unappreciated because they appreciate my way of going ‘delicately’ upstream. Generally, women are more unappreciated than men, because they are damaged by prejudice, are torn between family and work. And I feel like I’m tied to women by a fil rouge. I’m also convinced that the women’s way of thinking represents the future and will have a fundamental importance soon.
You participated at the Theatre of Silence with Andrea Bocelli. How was it?
I felt humbled and honoured to be invited by maestro Bocelli to perform with him. We played a music by Gioacchino Rossini known as Tarantella Napoletana, whose main characteristic is that convey an overwhelming joy. It has been a double honour for me, because I performed with Bocelli on the music of a composer from my region, Marche.
Why there are not many women composers?
I really like Ada Gentile, whom I personally met. But it’s true, the music world is still a little chauvinist, and that’s a shame. I think we should embrace a female point of view, in any art. Female music player and composers should be strongly encouraged because they struggle in a world that tries to obstruct them.
Giovanni Allevi performs at Cadogan Hall on 10 March. Click here to buy tickets.