VIDEO Feature: Classical composer Polo Piatti gets his inspiration from Hastings old town

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Polo Piatti is an award-winning British-Argentine composer and concert pianist that lives in the heart of Hastings old town.

Originally from Buenos Aires he started piano lessons at the age of 3 and became a successful concert pianist and classical improviser in his youth.

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At the exceptionally young age of 12 he was accepted with honours at South-America’s prestigious conservatoire, the ‘National Conservatory in Buenos Aires’, Argentina, where he later graduated with a distinction.

Polo left Argentina at an early age to pursue an international career, continuing his studies in Paris and Berlin.

He has worked in the UK and abroad as composer, concert pianist, arranger, musical director, conductor and lecturer.

During his extensive touring as a concert pianist Polo Piatti became known for his ground breaking classical piano improvisations. Piatti also co-founded the pioneering drama school ‘Die Freie Kleintheaterschule’

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with the late Frieder Noegge in Stuttgart, Germany, with whom he wrote and performed a variety of extremelly successful plays.

After his move to the UK Piatti first worked as pianist and later as Head of Music at the Italia Conti Academy Of Theatre Arts in London.

He left to become Director of Music for the newly founded ‘World Centre of Performing Arts’.

As a composer Polo Piatti has written, produced and arranged music for numerous plays, films, dance productions and art installations. After spending several years in London developing artists and publishing his music, he returned to his roots of composing and performing his own music.

His compositions are widely considered as highly emotional, evocative and passionate.

Piatti’s latest CD ‘The Tides Of Time’ has been released worldwide to outstanding reviews. During 2011, Piatti was appointed Composer In Residence at St Mary In The Castle in Hastings, Sussex.

In November 2012 he toured Japan, premiering his latest orchestral suite Sentimental Journey with the Osaka Concert Orchestra and giving classical piano improvisations concerts in both Osaka and Tokyo.

In 2012 Piatti founded Europe’s first ever International Composers Festival in the UK with the aim of bringing together living composers and musicians from all over the world to

premiere and showcase classical music of today that is melodic and accessible. Piatti also founded the Hastings Sinfonia orchestra in the same year and is now its Artistic Director.

After finishing a commission from ‘Musica Sacra’, the first ever multi-faith Oratorio ‘Libera Nos’, he is now working on his first Piano Concerto.

Polo Piatti is a Professional Member of BASCA and PRS For Music.

For more information about Polo or the International Composers Festival, follow the links here: http://ppiatti.wix.com/polopiatti OR http://www.composersfestival.com/

Video by Justin Lycett