PREVIEW: Italian Concert in Los Angeles, June 5

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Special Performance Features Classically Trained Maestro Celebrates New Album by Conducting Program of Meditative Pieces, Composed Arranged and Performed With CentOrchestra


18 piece Orchestra, 3 soloists from Rome from Santa Cecilia Academy of Music



Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Italian Cultural Institute, Los Angeles


Cello Sonata n.1 in C# Min (Livia De Romanis, Cello)

Piano Concerto in A Major (Stefania Argentieri, Piano)

Suite for Guitars and Orchestra

Sextet in Eb Minor for Piano and Winds

Romanza in eb (Valentina Cellitti, Violin)


rome 12-2013_6After moving performances of A Christmas Carol that culminated in standing ovations in Moscow with the Russian Ballet and Moscow Chamber Orchestra and in Rome at the prestigious auditorium Parco della Musica, Italian composer and conductor Gabriele Ciampi debuts his North American album, The Minimalist Evolution – An Ensemble Concert live on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at

7:30 pm at The Italian Institute of Culture in Los Angeles. This one-night only performance for special guests features the newest compositions using post-minimalism and classical training. Doors open at 7:00 pm, concert commences at 7:30 pm followed by a cocktail reception at 8:30 p.m.


Mr. Ciampi conducts his Rome-based CentOrchestra for the concert utilizing strings, woodwinds, classical instruments and acoustic guitar. Solo performances include Concertmaster Valentina Cellitti, cellist Livia de Romanis, and pianist Stefania Argentieri, Pianist.


Influenced by classical Russian origins and classical training, Mr. Ciampi writes and conducts his own music and remains true to the classical form while balancing modern influences for a fluid sound.


“I believe that simplicity overrides complexity with fewer notes that are emotionally more robust,” claims Gabriele Ciampi. “Music must be written with paper and pencil as opposed to using a computer, reverting to the past to discover new music styles for the future,” adds Ciampi. “Working with technology impedes my creative process in developing a new style of music, while the old-fashioned way inspires the creative process,” concludes Ciampi.


“The Minimalist Evolution” performance is by invitation guest list only and is reserved seating. Seating is limited and reservations are first come.  Email to RSVP for the guest list. For more information, please visit  or


The album titled The Minimalist Evolution will be released on June 5, 2014 on,,,, and select music stores, and is priced at $ 9.90 US.

Mr. Ciampi will perform The Minimalist Evolution and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in a tour throughout Europe in December 2014.

About Album

The Minimalist Evolution is an emotional music crescendo, starting with a piano solo Serenade ending with the Piano Concerto No.1 in A Major, which was performed by pianist David Osborne for President Obama’s 2012 Christmas Concert.

The new contemporary orchestration technique combines classical elements and modern instruments including acoustic and classic guitars, while taking inspiration from classicism.

About Gabriele Ciampi

Composer & conductor Gabriele Ciampi was born and raised in Rome, and is the grandson of Mario Ciampi, founder of renowned piano distributor and manufacturer Ciampi Piano, Mo. Gabriele Ciampi’s music combines elements of post-minimalism and classicism while taking inspiration from the Russian romantic period. His compositions are interwoven with rich narrative, emotion and simplicity. Mr. Ciampi writes his own music and conducts his own compositions.

Ciampi’s musical education combines the best of European and American styles. He studied composition in Rome at the prestigious St. Cecilia Conservatory of Music.


Ciampi’s range of work has been covered in various media, concerts, and plays. He was involved with the Budapest Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Chamber Ensemble. In 2012, Ciampi was honored with the Medal of Italian Excellence by the Senate of the Italian Republic for his compositions. In cooperation with the Russian Ballet and Moscow Chamber Orchestra, he wrote and conducted music for an adaptation of A Christmas Carol, which was performed in Moscow in December 2012. It was showcased again in December 2013 at the prestigious Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome.


Ciampi was selected by BMI as a BMI Classical Composer and has collaborated and performed alongside renowned artists such as White House pianist David Osborne, who later played two of Ciampi’s piano compositions—NEVE and Piano Concerto No.1—for President Obama’s 2012 Christmas Concert.


About The CentOrchestra


Celebrating its second anniversary, CentOrchestra, based in Rome, is one of the leading performing arts orchestras in Italy, fulfilling its mission of bringing live classical music to audiences in Italy. Led by composer and conductor, Gabriele Ciampi, the CentOrchestra has completed significant international tours including performances in Moscow. The orchestra also performs as a session orchestra for movies and recordings, and music performed by CentOrchestra has been featured in the film Spinning Dry starring James Duval and Elana Krauz. The CentOrchestra, comprised of a variety of string, woodwind, percussion and brass instruments, combines musicians from Rome with Los Angeles-based musicians.



About the Italian Cultural Institute Los Angeles (IIC)

The Italian Cultural Institute (IIC) was established in 1984 by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Its building, designed by Richard Neutra’s partner Robert Alexander, houses an art gallery, a theater for screenings, lectures, and concerts, as well as a library with over 6000 volumes open to the public. Events in collaboration with numerous local institutions are organized to give a lively image of contemporary Italy in visual arts, architecture and design, music, cinema and theater, literature, science, fashion, and gastronomy.


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