For pianist Paolo Gualdi, variety is an important part of being a well-rounded musician.
According to the Francis Marion University professor, “It’s a great advantage to be open to many, many different kinds of music. It doesn’t matter what you’re listening to, as long as it’s high-quality, as long as there’s something interesting about it.”
Paolo’s open-minded approach to music carries over into his role as artistic director of the South Carolina Chamber Music Festival. In its sixth season, the 2018 festival includes programs with titles such as “From Bartók to Beatles” and “Where Europe meets South America.” A newly-composed work for solo drum set and an emphasis on duos are also part of this year’s festival, which runs from February 19th-23rd in Florence.
In this interview that aired Monday, February 12th, SCPR’s Bradley Fuller spoke with Paolo about the festival’s origins, mission, and musical offerings.
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