The Embassy of Italy and the Italian Institute of Culture are organising a performance by pianist and composer Giovanni Allevi at the Pusat Perfilman Haji Umar Ismail Hall on April 8 as part of his Southeast Asia 2016 tour, which will also take in Singapore, Bangkok and Tokyo. The United Nations, the World Health Organization and the United Nations Information Centre in Jakarta are also supporting the performance in conjunction with World Health Day on April 7.

Allevi is involved in many humanitarian activities such as Save the Children, for which he became an ambassador in 2013. During his time in Indonesia, his love for children also saw him find a kindred spirit in Ananda Sukarlan, a co-founder of Yayasan Musik Sastra Indonesia, which channels classical music and its education to youngsters from low-earning families. A number of Sukarlan's students are playing Allevi's pieces in a separate session.

Philosophy and physics are two other major interests for Allevi, and he earned a Summa Cum Laude degree in philosophy with his thesis entitled The Void in Contemporary Physics. With this in mind, plus his contributions to the music world, in 2002 NASA named asteroid 111561 "Giovanniallevi".

Allevi is also known as an enfant terrible for his straight, intimate and appealing works as opposed to the complex dissonance often heard in avant-garde composers. Though traditional Western methods and melodies still echo throughout his works, Allevi expertly and effortlessly weaves the present into them, earning him the name "classical rebel".

Allevi's evocative and contemporary classical music has also earned him appreciation from Giorgio Napolitano, the former president of Italy, as well as Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis and Mikhail Gorbachev, the former president of the Soviet Union. Aside from eight albums, Allevi has also composed the theme song "O Generosa!" for Italy's football teams to be played before all Italian Serie A matches; he is also a multiple Sony Gold and Platinum Award winner.

The upcoming concert starts at 7:30pm and is free of charge due to generous sponsorship. It is also expected to be a sell-out just as Allevi's past concerts have been. RSVPs are open until April 1 by email to or by telephone on (+62) 21 392 7531/2. Alternatively, visit the website for more information.

Photo Courtesy of The Embassy of Italy

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