- Started in
- Musician type
- Host institution
- Antwerp University
Chiara Percivati, clarinetist and performer, is an interpreter dedicated to the music of our time.
She performs at international festivals and venues, such as Wiener Festwochen Festival, Holland Festival, Ruhrtriennale, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, Teatro alla Scala, Harvard University, University of Huddersfield and UCSD San Diego, working with conductors such as Peter Rundel, George Benjamin, Daniele Gatti, Brad Lubman, Pierre-André Valade and Susanna Mälkki. Among her main collaborations, the Ensemble Modern, the EMO (Ensemble Modern Orchestra), the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Schallfeld Ensemble, mdi ensemble, the Orchestra and Chamber Ensemble of the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala.
In her formative years, Chiara studied at the Milano Conservatory “G. Verdi” under the guidance of Sergio Delmastro (clarinet master degree) and Alessandro Carbonare (annual master for specialized performance). Deeply interested in new music, she was a member of the Chamber Ensemble “Giorgio Bernasconi” of the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala from 2009 to 2012, and of the IEMA master’s degree programme 2013/14, working in Frankfurt with the Ensemble Modern on specialized new music performance.
Chiara studied with Nina Janßen-Deinzer, Ernesto Molinari, Fabrizio Meloni and Stefano Cardo, and attended the chamber music courses given by the Altenberg Trio, the International Ensemble Modern Academy masterclass in Schwaz 2011, the Impuls Festival 2015 and 2017 and the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik of Darmstadt 2016. She studied composition at the Civica Scuola di Musica of Milano, and is active as a performer, teacher and musical researcher.
The research explores clarinet and bass clarinet preparation in a technologically up to date context and discusses the consequent transformation of the performer’s perceived and acknowledged identity. Despite the triggering role that preparation had in the development of other instruments’ repertoire and technique, its use on clarinet remains, to date, infrequent, with very few examples of works conceived for the prepared instrument. Besides, an accessible and systematic study method to approach this existing repertoire and the related unorthodox techniques is still missing. The goal of this work is then twofold: stimulating artistic creation in this field and sharing knowledge on these practices.
A distinctive characteristic of this work is the choice of a “contemporary” approach to preparation, making use of digital technologies to expand the instrument and the traditional creative process. For this reason, the collaboration with the Department of Product Development of the University of Antwerp, and with composers/experts in this field, will offer the possibility of developing new instrument prototypes with the support of 3D printing technology and of the Arduino electronic prototyping platform. Research in this field will be done through the analysis of case studies (solo works for prepared clarinet or bass clarinet, from the existing repertoire or fruit of new collaborations), through a reflective diary of my daily working practice and activity, and through the development and validation of a specific technical training.