Critics and public alike have come to
Prosseda’s interpretations as communicating a deep emotion and
introspection, but in the same time an unequalled transparency and
clarity of play with great variety of timbres, particularly in
Prosseda’s use of pianissimo. In the same time, he's also known for his
strong interest in undiscovered or forgotten treasures and in new ways
of music sharing, why he's at times charcaterised as "Steve Jobs" of
His sensational discovery
of new Mendelssohn works made headlines in Europe and lead to a 10-year’s project
dedicated to record Mendelssohn’s
complete works for piano solo released by Decca on 9 albums and finished in 2014.
DECCA published the edition „Mendelssohn
Complete Piano Works“ including on a 10th album
also the works for 2 pianos and four hands. The
box contains more than 50 world premier recordings
and has been nominated for several awards.
In cooperation with the German Mendelssohn Stiftung Leipzig,
created in 2015 the probably first app upon a classical composer: "i-Mendelssohn"
wide ranged information upon Mendelssohn, including aside his
biography and compositions, his writings and paintings, numerous
autographs and recording samples.
Prosseda is also the founder and president of the Mendelssohn Society
Roberto Prosseda initiated the renaissance of the
Pedal Piano, a very popular instrument of the 19th
century. He rediscovered the once varied repertoire originally
written for pedal piano or pedal harpsichord by great composers as
Bach, Mozart, Schumann, Gounod and Alkan. Being probably the only
concert pianist playing the pedal piano at present time, he presented
premiers in Europe and abroad on his modern version of the
double piano, the
Pinchi Pedal Piano.
premier recording of Gounod’s complete
works for pedal piano and orchestra released in 2013 and his
pedal piano video
recital got excellent critics.
Meanwhile, even several contemporary composers
have written for him new pieces for pedal piano.
he started his project of a complete recording
of Mozart’s piano sonatas.
For his interpretation, Prosseda made a rare decision: After an intense
work upon the possibilities of common modern tuning in comparison with
historic tuning systems, he decided to tune a modern Fazioli piano to the unequal
(Vallotti) temperament, very common at the time of Mozart.
The 1st album presenting
the Sonatas 1-6 and released in April 2016
has received outstanding reviews and was nominated for several
classical music awards.
The 2nd album will be published in automn 2017.
Among his innovative
concert projects, Prosseda's concert-lectures
upon the difference upon 'reproduction' and 'interpretation', which
he's performing together with the speaking
robot-pianist Teo Tronico take a special place.
it's critical and pedagogical approach, the performance is also
targeting a broader audience, especially young people and kids, who
shall be introduced
to classical music in an entertaining way.
As interpreter and initiator, Prosseda also belongs to the protagonists
of 3 documentaries
(2010) and Liszt
(2011) presenting information upon the composer's life and work
including numerous concert recordings and
Prosseda's concern of sharing music under many different aspects also
lead him to initiate the foundation "Donatori
di Musica", a network of musicians and doctors, which has
perfomed more than 150 concerst in oncological departments of
Aside his intense
international concert calendar and his many recording activities
with meanwhile eighteen
CDs and several videos
presenting works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Chopin und
Liszt und Gounod, but also contemporary Italian composers, which
received numerous international prizes, Prosseda is also very active in
musical divulgation. His writings address in various essais and articles in
books and journals musicological items based on an intense research