My film The Concerto follows one man's journey with
Rachmaninoff's famous Piano Concerto No.2.
Italian-born New Zealander Flavio Villani is preparing for a
performance that will vindicate his decision to walk away from a
promising career in IT to follow his passion for the piano.
This film tells the story of his struggle to be accepted both by
his family and as a musician - and the redemption that comes with
following your dream and being free to be yourself.
It follows Flavio's physical and mental preparation in Auckland
as he grapples daily with Rachmaninoff's difficult work.
It explores the single-minded commitment necessary to become a
concert pianist, the pressures on such performers and the place of
music in all our lives.
It reveals the emotional journey Flavio takes through
Rachmaninoff's work as he struggles with self-doubt and the doubts
With your help it will travel to Italy to meet the family who
once discouraged their son from a life in music and ask whether
they regret their earlier urging to follow a more conventional
Finally it will capture the big night itself - the spectacular
and moving moments of "the Rach 2" performed with the Orchestra
Filarmonica della Calabria.
Please help me tell a story that celebrates the beauty of music
and the bravery of those who choose to bring it to us.
How you can help
I am raising funds to meet the cost of taking a small crew
to Italy with Flavio to meet his family, document the final days of
his preparation and record the performance live in the historic
town of Lamezia Terme, Calabria.
All contributors will be acknowledged in the
film credits and in New Zealand are 33% tax deductible (and if
for any reason we don't reach our target all funds will be returned
And we'll keep you updated on our journey with
Flavio along the way.
Flavio Villani grew up near the town of Salerno in southern
Italy. The son of a general in the Italian army, he was encouraged
to learn skills that would enable him to lead a practical life
rather than a career in the arts.
Flavio learned to play piano on a keyboard, only getting a real
piano at home at the age of 16. When his family struggled to come
to terms with his sexuality he left home for Spain where he was
free to be himself but lived without music.
Flavio emigrated to New Zealand in 2008 where he later began
studying Piano Performance at the University of Auckland under
Stephen de Pledge. In 2011 he was selected by Creative New Zealand
to play Michael Parekowhai's magnificent carved Steinway piano at
the Venice Biennale.
Flavio graduated with an Honours Degree in Performance and
Pedagogy in 2011 and a Masters degree with First Class Honours in
2013. He established the St Heliers Music Centre where he still
teaches the piano and organises concerts for the community to
New fundraising campaign for The Concerto
35 MONTHS AGO
As our original project did not reach its target we have
launched a new, short term campaign which can be found at:
Auckland opportunity to hear Flavio play Rachmaninoff
35 MONTHS AGO
Exciting news! Flavio will perform the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2 with Stephen de Pledge on second piano in Auckland on Wednesday 10 December.
It's an ideal opportunity for you to hear this wonderful concerto shortly before Flavio leaves for Italy – and The Concerto crew will be there to film it too.
We'd like to use this opportunity to thank our 'Boosters' in person so please join us from 6pm for a pre-concert drink.
news from The Concerto
36 MONTHS AGO
Thanks to all those contributors who are already helping bring this project to life. First and foremost it's an arts project and the support people have given proves an ongoing passion for the arts and music in our lives.
Our project continues with tge latest shoot (Sat 15 November) that included some time lapse of Flavio teaching. Earlier in the week we also did a test recording using the famous Soundfield microphone (the same used in Abbey Road studios) courtesy of the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra.
We'll keep you updated as the project evolves but you can also keep up with the latest news in our production diary at http://theconcertofilm.com/