Samuele Telari (accordion)

Saturday 15 February 2025, 7pm

Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul, Tonbridge


Let’s hear it for the accordion! The instrument might not usually be associated with high musical art – if so, no one has told Samuele Telari! The young Italian maestro has won many awards for his mastery of this gorgeous instrument. His joyous programme will certainly bring the house down and cheer a dark February evening!

 Mozart: Andante in F major, K.616
Shostakovich: Prelude and Fugue in A major, Op.87, No.7
Schubert: Impromptu Op.90, No.2
Schubert: Impromptu Op.142, No.2 & No.4
Shostakovich: Prelude and Fugue in C sharp major, Op.87, No.15 
Tchaikovsky: Suite from ‘The Nutcracker’, arr. Allessandro Ruo Rui

“His musicianship is so big, so irrepressible, that he transcends the instrument that he’s playing” (BBC Record Review)

‘ …. the artistry was breathtaking and the sound-world full of ravishing textures and colours.’   (The Cambridge Critique)


Please note the 7pm start time for this concert. Doors will open at 6.30pm.

The concert will be approximately 1 hour in duration, without an interval.

There will be an opportunity to meet Samuele after the concert over drinks.


Standard ticket £20  |  Students & Under 18s £5
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult


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About Samuele Telari

Sought after as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher, Samuele’s recent solo engagements include recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Berlin Konzerthaus.

He has taken part in the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Verbier, Cheltenham and Schlern Music Festivals collaborating with Pablo Barragan, the Leonkoro, Esmé and Simply Quartets, and in 2022 made his debut with the Haydn Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano.

Highlights during 2023 included his debut at the Trasimeno Festival in Italy with Angela Hewitt and a ‘Story Teller’ event for the Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg) with mezzo-soprano Ema Nikolovska.

He returned to the MiTO Festival a newly commissioned arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and he was artist resident at the Machynlleth Festival in Wales.

A prize-winner at the 2019 Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) International Auditions, in 2021 Delphian released Samuele’s recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations at Queens Hall Edinburgh to critical acclaim. He regularly features on BBC Radio 3, Rai RadioTre, Radio Classica and Radio Popolare Milano.

During 2024 he will appear as a solosts and in chamber ensembles at Tauberphilarmonie, Lacmus festival, Cantiere Internazionale di Montepulciano, Festival Orizzonti, Portsmouth Guildhall among the others.

Passionate about contemporary music Samuele is a member of Opificio Sonoro in Italy, working with composers such as Sciarrino and Bedrossian, and has premiered solo works by Vittorio Montalti, Simone Cardini and Fabrizio de Rossi Re, among many others. In 2022, with Tabea Debus, he workshopped and premiered a new programme, Rotation, with choreographer and dancer for Music in the Round in Sheffield.

Samuele has performed widely across Europe appearing at Snape Maltings Concert Hall in Aldeburgh, the Societa dei Concerti (Milan), Amici della Musica di Firenze, Cité de la Danse et la Musique (Strasbourg), Festival Nuova Consonanza (Rome), Amici della Musica di Padova, among many others. As soloist he has appeared with the State Hermitage Orchestra in St. Petersburg, I Virtuosi Italiani, and the Quartetto Fonè. Further afield he undertook a tour of Colombia.

Awards include 1st Prizes at the 2018 Arassate-Hiria (Spain) and 2013 Castelfidardo (Italy) Competitions. In 2017 he released his first solo CD LIMES, and in 2020 a duo CD for accordion and clarinet, BROKEN SHAKE.

Born in Spoleto (Italy), Samuele is accordion professor at the Conservatoire ‘Luca Marenzio” in Brescia, Darfo Boario Terme.