By Sarah Waller
Photo courtesy of Carlotta Forasassi

 

The keys danced frantically as the music bounced back and forth playfully.  Two pairs of hands worked effortlessly to motivate each key to jump. The music fleeted forward, invoking smiles and foot tapping. The pace quickened. The emotion of the four hands rose -- before the camera fell. The Mademoiselles laughed. Once more, they became too excited about the music.

 

This feeling of complete passion and excitement is contagious when talking with FUA piano professor and duet member of Mad Emoiselle Sarabande, Carlotta Forasassi.


Living in Florence her entire life, Forasassi is 100 percent Florentine. She began studying piano and classical music in Florence at the age of 5. Since then, Forasassi has become a lifelong student of music. Studying is a daily task for a dedicated musician like Forasassi. To master a piece, she practices 3 to 4 hours per day. Luckily, this pianist adores every minute of it.

 

“It’s nice because you love what you do so much that when you go to the piano you say,” Forasassi smiled, “oh beautiful life, I have to stay here 3 or 4 hours.”


Her passion drives her favorite life project: Mad Emoiselle Sarabande. This marvelous quattro mani piano duet is composed of Forasassi and Elettra Capecchi. The two pianists are like sisters who have accompanied each other down the path to Mad Emoiselle Sarabande together. The two pianists began studying with the same teacher, attended school and graduated together. After a period of soloist careers, Forasassi and Capecchi found enjoyment in bearing the burden of classical pieces together.

 

By sharing the stress of perfection, Mad Emoiselle Sarabande playfully shares both original and classical pieces with joy and a sense of fantastical wonder. “For us, to play together is the most beautiful thing you can do with music,” Forasassi explained.

 

When Forasassi is not practicing with Capecchi, she studies by teaching at Florence University of the Arts. Teaching beginner, intermediate and advanced piano, Forasassi imparts her passion for piano to students of all skill sets. Teaching for Forasassi is also a means of studying piano. Even when working with a beginner, “you can learn something from the students every time,” Forasassi claimed.

 

Her lifework is influenced by the pianists of the 20th century, such as Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and Arthur Rubinstien, interpretations by conductors, and even Instagram. Although mainly moved by the classic pianists, Forasassi incorporates anything inspiring into her art.

 

Mad Emoiselle Sarabande encompasses her love for music, which is entrenched into each aspect of her life. Her fervor for the piano is contagious and spread to the students of FUA each semester. Rarely does one meet someone with such passion that’s communicated so perfectly through music.

 

“Piano is part of my life. I cannot stop playing,” Forasassi beamed. “I hope to play until I am 90 years old”

 

If you cannot wait for the CD Caramelmou to be released next year, attend the Mad Emoiselle Sarabande concert at L’appartento (Via de Giraldi, 11) on October 17 or experience the music online.

 

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