Duo Granato

Duo Granato


The Duo Granato is an eclectic chamber music group consisting of Cristian Battaglioli (saxophone) and Marco Rinaudo (piano). Together the two artists have been able to approach the chamber music repertoire for saxophone and piano with an accurate research on timbre and sound quality, finding a new balance between the two instruments. The musicians have been focusing on the blending of sounds that is possible between the very special harmonic range of both instruments. The repertoire of the ensemble consists of music from all over the world from composers like Desenclos, Creston, Muczynski, Hindemith, Yoshimatsu, Maslanka, Albright and many more that have written original works for saxophone and piano. Also transcriptions are often played for a concert experience that convince any audience. In 2015 the Duo won the first prize at the International Music Competition Città di Padova. As part of the same competition, the Duo was awarded the Premio Città di Padova, being the first Italian ensemble to receive this recognition. In 2016 the group won the second prize at the Premio Internazionale Gaetano Zinetti (Sanguinetto – Verona, Italy) in the ensemble category. In 2016 the Duo is admitted to the semi-finals of Boulder Chamber Music Competition in Boulder (Colorado – USA). The duo participated in other national and international competitions. In particular, in 2015 the Duo won first prize at the National Competition G.Rospigliosi of Lamporecchio (Italy) and in 2016 the first prize at the National Competition Città di Piove di Sacco (Italy). The esemble has played for many festivals all over Italy, like Accademia Discanto, WAM Festival Mozart, Agimus Padova, Classic and More, SaxArts Festival, Museo di Palazzo Reale Genova, Alpen Classica Festival and many more. The Duo released its first CD Desert Sketches in 2015, recording music of Creston, Ibert, Van Klaveren, Muczynski and Rota-Ceschini, which was presented on the Radio channel RAI Radio 2 by Paolo Mazzuccato. At the moment they are working on a new record which will contain music by Sollima, Piazzolla, Rota and many more.