Transit combines material from the piano piece Just Before and Van der Aa’s short film Passage.

In Transit the movements of the pianist interact theatrically with the video projection, the focus shifting between the video projections and the virtuosic playing of the pianist. The film footage shows us an old man trapped in his own house, he is fighting against a loneliness verging on insanity.

Transit is performed with DVD. The electronic soundtrack on the DVD combines actual sound from the film-set with prerecorded and edited piano sounds, resulting in close intermingling of live piano and pre-recorded electronic sound.

Transit stillJoe Bendavid. Still from video projection.

Emanuele Torquati  - Transit - KievEmanuele Torquati – Kiev

press quotes

A poignant meditation on the loneliness of old age

— The Guardian


for piano and video


video (from DVD)


Duration 12'
First performance 21 November 2009, Sarah Nicolls, piano
Commissioned by -
Published by Boosey & Hawkes


Transit - teaser

DQM06 TNPiano and black & white film
Benjamin Kobler – piano
1:57 min. teaser


Sarah Niccols-piano
13:25 min. Live at Huddersfield festival 2010


Last performance:

  • 08 July 2016
    Zubin Kanga, piano
    Cheltenham Music Festival
    9:30pm, Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham, United Kingdom

Upcoming performances:

  • 05 September 2016
    Haesug Yun, piano
    7.30 pm, Il-Shin Hall, Seoul, South Korea
  • 11 October 2016
    Zubin Kanga, piano
    Melbourne Festival
    Recital Centre, Melbourne, Australia