Pianist Franz Mantini will perform a solo piano recital titled “Sonata, Songs & Dances” at the Carrollwood Cultural Center on Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m.
“Sonata, Songs & Dances” will feature a sonata by Beethoven and a variety of short pieces, including transcriptions of songs by Liszt and dances by Chopin. Admission is $16 for Carrollwood Cultural Center members and $21 for non-members. Patrons may also live stream the event for $12, courtesy of AARP.
Mantini has been active for 30 years, performing in solo and chamber music concerts in the Tampa Bay area. He studied with renowned artist Jacques Abram at the University of South Florida and appeared numerous times in solo recitals and as a soloist with the USF Symphony Orchestra as the winner of the annual Concerto Competition.
His local credits include a combined 30 solo and chamber performances at what is now the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, Mantini collaborated with principal members of the Florida Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, and Formosa String Quartet. He appeared in concerts with the Lafayette String Quartet and as a concerto soloist with various community orchestras.
Since its inception, Mantini has been a regular at the Carrollwood Cultural Center. He created the Strings in the Spring series, which has featured both local and international artists annually for over a decade. Guests have included former and current Florida Orchestra Concertmasters Amy Schwartz Moretti and Jeffrey Multer, TFO Principal Cellist James Connors, Internationally acclaimed violist Che Yen Chen and many more.
In addition to his musical endeavors, Mantini earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a master’s degree in Engineering Management from the University of South Florida. He resides in Tampa with his wife Julie and sons Gabriel and Gianni.