Original interpreter and versatile artist, Roberto Fabbriciani has innovated flute technique, multiplying through personal research the instrument's sonorous possibilities.
He has collaborated with some of the major composers of our time: Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Sylvano Bussotti, John Cage, Elliot Carter, Niccolò Castiglioni, Aldo Clementi, Luigi Dallapiccola, Luis De Pablo, Franco Donatoni, Jindřich Feld, Brian Ferneyhough, Jean Françaix, Giorgio Gaslini, Harald Genzmer, Adriano Guarnieri, Toshio Hosokawa, Klaus Huber, Ernest Krenek, György Kurtág, György Ligeti, Luca Lombardi, Giacomo Manzoni, Bruno Maderna, Olivier Messiaen, Ennio Morricone, Luigi Nono, Goffredo Petrassi, Henri Pousseur, Wolfgang Rihm, Jean-Claude Risset, Nino Rota, Nicola Sani, Giacinto Scelsi, Dieter Schnebel, Salvatore Sciarrino, Mauricio Sotelo, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Toru Takemitsu, Isang Yun, many of whom have dedicated numerous and important works that he performed at their premiers.
He worked for many years with Luigi Nono, in the experimental studio of the SWF in Freiburg, blazing new and unusual trails in music. Fabbriciani has played as soloist with the conductors Claudio Abbado, Roberto Abbado, Bruno Bartoletti, Luciano Berio, Ernest Bour, Bruno Campanella, Aldo Ceccato, Riccardo Chailly, Sergiu Comissiona, José Ramón Encinar, Peter Eötvös, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Gabriele Ferro, Daniele Gatti, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Michael Gielen, Cristóbal Halffter, Djansug Kachidse, Bernhard Klee, Vladimir Jurowsky, Peter Maag, Bruno Maderna, Diego Masson, Ingo Metzmacher, Riccardo Muti, Marcello Panni, Zoltán Peskó, Josep Pons, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Arturo Tamayo, Lothar Zagrosek, and with orchestras including Orchestra della Scala di Milano, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestre della Rai, London Sinfonietta, LSO, RTL Luxembourg, BRTN Brussel, Orchestre Symphonique de la Monnaie, WDR of Colonia, SWF Baden-Baden, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Bayerischer Rundfunks, Münchener Philharmoniker.
He performed concerts at prestigious theaters and musical institutions: Scala in Milan, Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Festival Hall in London, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Carnegie Hall in New York and Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and has frequently participated in festivals like the Venice Biennale, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Ravenna, London, Edinburgh, Paris, Brussels, Granada, Luzern, Warsaw, Salzburg, Wien, Lockenhaus, Donaueschingen, Cologne, Munich, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Tokyo, Cervantino. Has recorded several albums and has been professor of master classes at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg.
The hyperbass flute is the largest and lowest pitched instrument in the flute family, with tubing reaching over 15 metres in length. It is pitched in C, four octaves below the concert flute (three octaves below the bass flute, two octaves below the contrabass flute, and one octave below the double contrabass flute), with its lowest note being C0, one octave below the lowest C on a standard piano. At 16 Hz, this is below what is generally considered the range of human hearing (20 to 20,000 Hz). The hyperbass flute is made of PVC and wood. There appear to be wide tone holes, made from standard tee fittings, but without keys; these are covered with the palms of the hands. The first known example of the instrument was built by Francesco Romei, a Florentine craftsman, for Italian flautist Roberto Fabbriciani. Roberto Fabbriciani is the inventor and primary performer of this instrument.
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