Bio

Enrico Bertelli, MA – Performer, Percussionist, Enthusiastic Teacher.

Born in Italy, Enrico soon moves to the UK to pursue his interest in Contemporary-Classical Music, with a special emphasis on the Percussion music repertory. His rich background includes a theoretical preparation achieved through university, with the instrumental skills gained through intense studies at the Conservatoire and at various master classes. Firmly convinced of the importance of an informed performance, constantly approaches every piece both as a performer and as a musicologist, collaborating closely with composers for the creation of a meticulously percussive repertory. This duality helps achieve a better understanding of the music and enables communicating with the audience through sounds and words. The current PhD in Contemporary Performance - Percussion and electronics at the University of York, follows an MA in Performance Studies at Cardiff University (Distinction), BA in TARS - Tecniche Artistiche e dello Spettacolo - at Ca'Foscari University in Venice, and a Diploma in Strumenti a Percussione at the Conservatorio di Verona, both achieved with top marks.

The Research Topic Make it happen rises from every percussionist’s need to solve logistic, spatial, instrumental and noise-related issues, surveying the solutions generated by the conjugation of the acoustic with the electronic sound worlds. The output repertory can be made unique if, together with the different worlds, one brings together people with very different expertise. Such a non negotiable collaboration represents a belated step towards the long awaited gesamtkunstwerk; a composed open canvas, creatively re-painted every time by the performers, who create an unreproducible portrait. The use of space, theatrical gestures and controlled improvisation helps blurring the borders between the triadic and hierarchic subdivision of the music profession; composer, performer and passive listener. The collaborators aim for a ’sustainable performance’, which can be transported (concert in a suitcase), adapted (concert lesson, music in odd places, theatre) or tailor-made around the audience or a specific feature (e.g. erratic acoustic situation), for an innovative music genre.

The Teachers: Constant trips to master classes in different countries allowed him to study with: Rainer Roemer (Ensemble Moderne), Ruud Wiener (vibraphone), Igor Lesnik (multi-percussion), Jasmin Kolberg (marimba), Matteo di Francesco (marching band) at the Giornate della Percussione at the Conservatorio `G.B. Pergolesi` in Fermo (ITALY). Michael Burritt (marimba) (Evanston – IL). Current Teachers: Chris Brannick (multi-percussion and Ghanaian music), Michael Skinner (Basle drumming and orchestral techniques) at GSMD (London).

The Performances: The performances, at a European level, include: The American College in Athens – DEREE, St Catherine's School (Athens), X-Music and Biennale Musica (Venice), Sensorium Festival (Dublin and York), Darmstadt Ferienkurse fur neue musik, Universities of York, Huddersfield, Leeds, Hertfordshire, RHUL, Padova, Libera Universidad de Madrid, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Luigi Nono Festival (Trieste), Late Music Festival (York), Computer Art (Padova), Omaggio A (Alessandria), Transart (Bozen), Klangspuren (Schwaz, Austria), International Ensemble Modern Akademie (Innsbruck), Asolo International Art-film festival (Treviso), Sonic Fusion Festival (Edinburgh). Second Prize Concorso del Teatro Filarmonico di Verona; together with the interesting residencies at the Contemporary Composition and Performance and New Music New Media (Aldeburgh and Kings Place) and Arsenale Atelier (Treviso, Italy).

The Conferences: Only recently, Enrico has discovered his interest in conferences and started presenting papers and publishing at: Second Composer/Performer Athens Conference, Centre for Creative Practices (London), Royal Holloway (RHUL - London), Orpheus Instituut (Ghent, Belgium), publishing for Finnegans (Quarterly of Contemporary Art - Venice) and Cultural Association L'Impero Bizantino (Milan). The Teaching Experience: Freelance teacher since 2005, Enrico teaches drum kit, percussion and Italian, in very different contexts, including the Istituto Musicale Tomaso Albinoni (Spresiano, Italy), the University of York, Languages for All. He also runs workshops at various UK Universities, for composers and PG students, including the preparation of MA students at the Royal Holloway (RHUL - London).

Concert Management: Concert organization, public presentation, press releases and stage management have played an important role since the early steps of Enrico's career. He worked for Teatro in Villa (Istrana), Concerti di Primavera (Paese), Contemporaneita' Sonore (Roncade), Filo'Fest (Castagnole) and Finestre sul '900 in Italy, Hesse Student (Aldeburgh) and JJ's (Halifax College, York), founder of Cocktail Concerts Series (The University of York) and, since 2010, he has been project manager for Sensorium Festival. Additional Skills: Enrico speaks fluent Italian and English (academic level), good French and Basic Spanish. As an IT enthusiast, he can work on all major platforms (OSX, Windows, Linux) and masters the Office Package. His preferred pieces of music software are Live8, major DAWs, NI, VSTIs, Max/MSP. Familiar with the CS5 Masters Suite and Final Cut Pro X. Enrico drives (both on the right and the left) cars and vans, for the constant performance tours.