VANNI MONTANARI (flute) DONATO D’ANTONIO (guitar)
Vanni Montanari and Donato D’Antonio have been playing together as featured artists in music festivals in Europe, Japan and the USA since 1996.
They focus their work on a flute and guitar repertoire that combines the late eighteenth-century salon and opera (Rossini, Schubert, Carulli, Molino, Giuliani, Sarti), Latin American music of major artists (Villa-Lobos, Gnattali, Piazzolla, Assad, Domeniconi, Ginastera, Guastavino), as well as twentieth-century and contemporary music (Ravel, Rodrigo, De Falla, Badinks, Shankar, Bartok, Beaser, Corea, Riley, Raats, Mahoney).
The unique aspect of their repertoire encompasses the seldom-heard Japanese music for flute and guitar (Takemitsu, Bozza, Falcon, Ogawa, Aki, Miyagi). In 2007, when Japan paid a special tribute to the Italian sculptor Carlo Zauli, Montanari and D’Antonio also dedicated to Zauli their first duo recording. The performances of this duo have been broadcasted live by major European radio stations (RAI Radio Tre Suite, Radio Koper-Capodistria and Radio Slovenia Uno).
Montanari and D’Antonio are deeply interested in new music and new sounds; they are actively participating in projects linked to contemporary artistic languages, as proven by their collaboration with various Italian composers (Benati, Samorì, Cangini, Baldi, Biscarini, Telli, Furlati, Geminiani, Luppi, Cavallone, Spinosa, Vacchi, Sollima).