Marco Fusi: The Creative Performer and Giacinto Scelsi

Marco Fusi: The Creative Performer and Giacinto Scelsi

A presentation with guest Marco Fusi (Royal Conservatoire Antwerp) on approaches to Giacinto Scelsi's works for string instruments.


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The unique creative process of the Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1088) forces musician to rediscuss and redefine their agency and artistic engagement while performing his music. Moving away from traditional roles and systems of communication, his improvisatory approach to composition and his disregard for written music encourages performers to develop new strategies for interpretation. 

Today, In order to establish an informed performance practice of Scelsi’s music, it is essential to investigate his complex creative process, looking for interpretative suggestions residing within his musical artefacts. This presentation will introduce the materials of Scelsi's original improvisations (recorded tapes and specific musical instruments), the role and artistic liberties of the transcribers over the written score and the process of instrumental assignment of a keyboard generated performance.

Building my understanding of Scelsi's improvised musical language upon these elements, I will propose alternative approaches to his works for string instruments, conceived to grant performers a wider creative agency and allowing the development of individual performative approaches to his music.


Marco Fusi is a violinist/violist, and a passionate advocate for the music of our time.

Among many collaborations with emerging and established composers, he has premiered works by Billone, Sciarrino, Eötvös, Cendo and Ferneyhough. Marco has performed with Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel, Alan Gilbert, Beat Furrer, David Robertson, and frequently plays with leading contemporary ensembles including Klangforum Wien, MusikFabrik, Meitar Ensemble, Mivos Quartet, Ensemble Linea, Interface (Frankfurt), Phoenix (Basel) and Handwerk (Köln); Marco has recorded several solo albums, published by Kairos, Stradivarius, Col Legno, Da Vinci, Geiger Grammofon.

Marco also plays viola d’amore, commissioning new pieces and collaborating with composers to promote and expand existing repertoire for the instrument.

A strong advocate and educator of contemporary music, he lectures and workshops at Columbia University, University of California – Berkeley, Basel Musikhochschule, New York University, Boston University, Royal Danish Academy of Music – Copenhagen, Cité de la Musique et de la Danse – Strasbourg, University of Chicago.

Marco teaches Contemporary Chamber Music at the Milano conservatory “G. Verdi” and is Researcher in Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp.