Into the Night presented by pianist Franz Josef Mantini offers an acoustic exploration in contrast of serenity and musical fireworks. The keyboard offerings will take the listener on multiple journeys from peaceful melodies to virtuosic exploits centered on a nocturnal theme. Selections include the timeless Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven and Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque with its inimitable Clair de lune. Rounding out the program will be a selection of Nocturnes, Scherzos, and Etudes by Chopin and Scriabin.
Franz Josef Mantini, pianist and graduate of the University of South Florida, took an unusual route to the concert stage. Although he had piano lessons since his youth, it was not until he auditioned for then USF distinguished artist-in residence Jacques Abram that he became serious about the music. Inspired by the teaching of Abram and the beauty of the piano literature, Mantini renewed his studies with enthusiasm, performing frequently and winning the school’s Concerto Competition before graduating in 1987.
Mantini has since maintained an active schedule of both solo and chamber music. He has performed Concertos by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and MacDowell and chamber music with the Lafayette String Quartet and principal members of The Florida Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony, and the Houston Symphony. He was a prize winner in the 1990 Florida West Coast Chopin Competition and won a Jury Discretionary Prize and Best Performance of a Classical Era Work at the 4th and 5th International Piano Competitions for Outstanding Amateurs, respectively, presented by the Van Cliburn Foundation.
Mantini earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and master’s degree in engineering management and has applied his training working at a variety of electronics companies in the Tampa Bay area. Mr. Mantini resides in Tampa with his wife Julie, and sons Gabriel and Gianni.
ADVANCED TICKETS: $14 members / $18 non-members / $16 seniors (65+)
DAY-OF-SHOW: $16 members / $20 non-members / $16 seniors (65+)