Lüdenscheid, October 2001
Trivella Twins-such gifted musicians
We could have listened to them for hours
Their piano playing is awesome and original. With every note you can
tell how much they loved to play. When Davide and Daniele Trivella play,
caress or strike their pianos, when they pamper them, push them, evoke
a lyricism or an explosion of primitive emotions—elegance combines
with an striking interpretation, poetic expressiveness to an amazing
With their program and their brilliant musical dialogue they have become
a success in Europe and in The United States.
The duo piano had a vast repetoire: Schubert, Schönberg, Martinu,
Zabel, Poulenc, Sollima.
( Westfälische Rundschau )
“Konzertfreunde” Reitstadel - Neumarkt,
Two awesome musicians
The twins were extraordinary
Whoever still believes that all a pianist has
to do is push the right keys at the right moment, would have to take
it all back Thursday night at the Reitstadel in Neumarkt. The concert
by the twins Davide and Daniele Trivella on two pianos and what they
did with the instruments was something not be missed. It is enough to
say that they were positioned at a 90 degree angle, with their backs
to each other and to the audience—a rather unusual position, which
made it hard to imagine they could synchronize, but they were incredibly
synchronized. This was a must, given the difficult works they chose
to play: works for two pianos by Gershwin, Poulenc, Piazzolla and Trovesi.
In the Tango suite by Astor Piazzolla ( transcribed
for the piano by the Trivella twins) the two pianos begin to emit sounds
as if they were musical bodies, they withstood rough treatment and plucking
the strings as if they were in an arpeggio –like style, they had
a refined play of the pedals and they suggest breaths and the music
expands, and they literally move from one piano to the other.
It is truly fascinating to note the ease, as
the music gets louder, the second pianist moves to the second piano.
Even the Cuban Overture by Gershwin ran right
through your blood with a resounding rumba rhythm which, strangely,
reached its feverish and captivating sound through the combination of
the pianos and maracas (played by one pianist!) “Hercab”
by Gianluigi Trovesi ( transcribed for the piano by the Trivella twins)
also dwells in the enchanting realm by the way the two pianos are played
as keyboard instruments, with the strings plucked and percussion-style.
The rigor of the constant swinging from one octave to another surrounded
by moments of improvisation of South American ballroom music, captivates
and then, in the final moments, leaves the audience in deep concentration.
( Mittelbayerische Zeitung )
“Meister von Morgen” Werner Richard Saal- Herdecke, January
Davide and Daniele Trivella bring down the house
In the “Divertissement à l’hongroise“
by Schubert the pianists melt into one single person. The “Fantasisie”
by Bohuslav Martinu was interpreted by the twins in full strength and
vitality. With their charm of two playful rascals, they played variations
that left the audience breathless, demonstrating a clear joy they felt
for the music. The highpoint was the “Subsongs” by Giovanni
Sollima, which the twins transcribed for the piano.
Here the twins were in their own element, they enchanted the audience
with humor and creativity. They passed swiftly from one piano to the
other, and the sound did not come just from the keys of their pianos--
they plucked the strings and turned their pianos into rhythmic instruments.
The twins reached inside their pianos, showing their extraordinary talent.
Only the title of the performance was off- target: the two are not “Tomorrow’s
geniuses” but already at their young age, “Today’s
( Rundschau fur Wetter und Herdecke )
Mozart gesellschaft - Dortmund, September 2004
The twins played the piano like two Don Giovannis
Davide and Daniele Trivella are not your everyday
They are twins who have already created a “scandal” by playing
with their backs turned toward each other.
These twins seem to be on the same wave-length, even with their eyes
Mozart’s sonata KV 488 for two pianos was, when played by these
musicians, impetuous and sparkling. The last part was played with lightning
speed and the effect was striking. They were completely synchronized,
both in the “fraseggio” and in the “articolazione.”
The strong emotions of the twins rendered Liszt’s Reminiscenze
on Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the high point of the evening. Sweetly,
even shyly, their Don Giovanni courts Zerlina and with effervescence
they invite us, with a sparkling like champagne, to Don Giovanni’s
party, transforming it into a festival with 176 keys. A piece that beautifully
illustrated the musicality of the two pianists is the “Varitions
and fuga on a theme by Mozart” op. 132 by Reger. Like two architects
they paid tribute to this monumental work.
( Ruhr Nachrichten )
Prinznregententheatre - Muenchen, March 2003
Sometimes two is the right number
Their tangos were striking with their intricate
inter-weaving of hands in the Piazzolla-like way and even “Subsongs”
by the Italian, Giovanni Sollima.
The humor, the sophistication and the nearly theatrical performance
of the duo piano, in all the situations of life, was striking. The twins
create, as if by magic, the sound of a guitar and of percussions. At
the end they reach into the piano and pluck the strings, with great
( Helmut Mauro - Suddeutsche Zeitung )
“Konzertfreunde” Reitstadel - Neumarkt, November 2003
Loneliness under cold stars
New transcriptions made by the twins for the piano
The brothers Davide and Daniele Trivella, two Italians, winners of endless
competitions, are creating a scene-- alongside Kontarsky, Làbeque
and Pekinel. Others began their careers with Czerny or Bernstein, the
Trivella twins do wonders with the tangos of Piazzolla now at the Reitstadel
They began their playing of the tango suite as if they were playing
Satie: worlds that are distance, remote, full of loneliness under cold
stars. But the Trivella twins, who play with the utmost classical precision,
prefer to combine the freedom to improvise, an experiment that is carried
out perfectly (even with the instrument), their intricate playing is
beautifully executed in such a way that in the end it explodes into
an intoxicating, grandiose circus game. They change pianos right in
the middle of the piece, they play selfishly for themselves and they
are, however, a miracle of duo precision in their rendering of the tangos—just
Furthermore, both are absolutely in their own world when they pluck
the notes by sliding above the strings and around the wings of the piano
and setting off a burst of extraordinary sounds.
Bellowing lightning rods of rhythm
With Schubert’s Fantasia D940, written the year of his death,
for two pianos on one of the two Steinway and Sons of the Reitstadel,
the two men, elegant in their long flowing frocks, search for and find
a great deal of romantic poetry, they touched off an explosion of sounds
and have a Chopin-like style without the least kitsch sentiment.
In the sonata by Poulenc, Davide and Daniele Trivella performed like
two mavericks in complete synchrony. The full force is not merely expressed
just by the crescendo with a flirting twinge, no the Trivella twins
are not two sentimental musicians, but two serious musicians who pride
themselves on their talent and on the piece they play.
They know how to make their audience really enjoy their playing as well.
An genuine ovation when they play Gershwin as if we were at Carnival
( Uwe Mitsching )