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DIMITRI ASHKENAZY

Dimitri Ashkenazy
performs widely as both a soloist and chamber musician. He has appeared with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at London’s Royal Festival Hall; Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin at the Hollywood Bowl; SBS Youth Orchestra at Sydney Opera House; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico; and Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony and Mito Chamber orchestras in Japan.In September 2014, Ashkenazy made his BBC Proms debut, performing Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Strathclyde Concerto No.4 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as part of the composer’s 80th birthday celebrations. He has previously performed this Concerto under the baton of the composer in London, Santiago de Compostela, and at several other venues across Europe.An active chamber musician, he has performed with the Kodály and Faust Quartets and with partners such as Barbara Bonney, Antonio Meneses, Cristina Ortiz, Maria João Pires and of course his brother Vovka Ashkenazy and his father Vladimir Ashkenazy. Dimitri Ashkenazy has made numerous CD, radio and television recordings, and been invited to give master classes throughout Europe and in Japan, Australia and the USA.
 
     
     
     
 
ANDREA BACCHETTI

Born in 1977, Andrea Bacchetti has been advised and coached by musicians such as Karajan, Magaloff, Berio and Horszowsk since he was a child. At eleven years old he made his debut with I Solisti Veneti, conducted by Claudio Scimone. He graduated with a Masters at the International Piano Academy "Incontri con il Maestro" (Meetings with the Maestro) of Imola with Franco Scala.
Subsequently, he performed in international festivals all over the world in prestigious venues such as Lucerne, Salisbury, Belgrade, Santander, Toulouse (Piano aux Jacobins), Lugano, Camerino, Bologna, Brescia and Bergamo, Torino, Vicenza, Milano (MI.TO), Sorrento, Como, La Coruña, Pesaro, Palermo, Bellinzona, Sermoneta, Spoleto, Ravenna, Ravello, Cervo, Sagra Musicale Malatestiana (Rimini), Sagra Musicale Umbra (Perugia), Paris (La Serre d'Auteil), Bad Wörishofen and Husum. Of particular note is his participation at the prestigious Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan in the summer of 2012.
He has performed in prestigious halls such as Konzerthaus (Berlin); Salle Pleyel, Salle Gaveu e Piano 4★ ★★★ (Paris); Rudolfinum Dvorák Hall (Prague); Teatro Coliseo (Buenos Aires); Ateneo Romano (Bucharest); Rachmaninoff Saal, The Moscow State Philharmonic Society, Conservatory of Moscow; Auditorium Nacional de España (series "great interpreters"), Real Theatre e Monumental Theatre (Madrid); Centro Cultural Miguel Delibes (Valladolid); Casa de la Musica (Quito); Sociedad Filarmonica (Lima); Mozarteum Brasileiro e Cultura Artistica (San Paolo); Zentrum Paul Klee (Berna); Gewandhaus (Leipzig) and Teatro Sanchez Aguilar (Guayaquil). He has toured extensively in South America and Japan.
In Italy, he is regularly a guest of the most important theatres and concert series, including Teatro alla Scala, Sala Verdi, Serate Musicali, Auditorium Cariplo, (Milano); Associazione Scarlatti (Napoli); La Sapienza University, Accademia Filarmonica, Parco della Musica, Palazzo del Quirinale (Roma); Unione Musicale (Torino); G.O.G. and Teatro Carlo Felice, Genova and Teatro La Fenice (Venezia).
During his career, he has played with countless important conductors and several internationally renowned orchestras including Lucerne Festival Strings, Camerata Salzburg, RTVE Madrid, ONBA Bordeaux, MDR Sinfonieorchester Lipsia, Sinfónica de Tenerife, Sinfónica dell'Estado de Mexico, Philharmonique de Nice and Philharmonique de Cannes, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Cappella Istropolitana of Bratislava, Sinfónica de Castilla y León, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonie der Nationen, SWKO Pforzheim, Enesco Philharmonic of Bucarest, Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias (Oviedo) and Simfonicni Orkester RTV Slovenija. He collaborates with Rocco Filippini, Domenico Nordio and Uto Ughi. He has also often worked with the Prazak Quartet, the Ysaÿe Quartet, the Quartetto di Quartet and Quartetto d’Archi della Scala.
His international recording career features such memorable cds as the English Suites by Bach, the CD "Berio Piano Works" (DECCA); the DVD "Goldberg Variations" by Bach (Arthaus); the SACD with the "6 Sonatas" by Cherubini and those with the "Sonatas" by Galuppi and Marcello (Sony Music). With Dynamic he recorded the "Inventions and Symphonies" and the "Toccatas" and a new version of "Goldberg Variations" by Bach, that have gained several recognitions by the most important international specialized magazines. His CD "Andrea Bacchetti plays Bach" received the prestigious award BBC Music Magazine CHOICE as "Disc of the Month" in April 2011.
His new CD, published by Sony Music and dedicated to the "French Suites" by Bach, has already obtained the "Supersonic" of Pizzicato (Belgium), the "Disc of the Month" of Musica and has been included among best CDs of 2012 by the English authoritative monthly magazine Musical Opinion.

His concerts have been broadcasted by radio stations such as BBC Radio3 (UK), ORF (Austria), Radio France (at Roque d'Anthéron) RSI e DRS2 (Svizzera), RadioTre (Italy), New Zealand Radio, RNE (Spain) MDR Leipzig, CBC Radio3 (Canada) and Poiskm (Russia).
The most authoritative magazines in Europe, Japan and the USA have rewarded his talent in the last twenty years. By now, Andrea Bacchetti is included among the world’s best international piano interpreters.
His forthcoming engagements comprise a tour in Belgium with the Russian Chamber Philharmonic St. Petersburg, concerts in Madrid (at the Centro Nacional de Difusion Musical - Auditorium National D'España) and in Mexico, Argentina and Brazil, plus numerous engagements with important Italian festivals and concert seasons. Other important dates include a concert in his home city, Genova, with the Teatro Carlo Felice Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Fabio Luisi, his participation at the Bravissimo Festival in Guatemala City and his debut in New York at the Frick Museum.
 
     
     
     
 
AMANDINE BEYER

Amandine Beyer has been recognized for years as a point of reference in the interpretation of the Baroque repertoire. Her recording of the Sonatas & Partitas by J. S. Bach in 2012 received plaudits and consensus from the most prestigious international critics, including Diapason d’or de l’année, Choc de Classica de l’année, Editor’s choice de Gramophone, Prix Academie Charles Cros and Excepcional de Scherzo. Her rendition of Bach’s second Partita was choreographed and performed by Anne Theresa Keersmaeker and Boris Charmatz.
She performs regularly in the world’s most important concert halls and festivals (Théatre du Chatelet, Festival de Sablé, Innsbruck Festwochen, Konzerthaus of Vienna…). She divides her time between performing with various music ensembles : les Cornets Noirs, duos with Pierre Hantai, Kristian Bezuidenhout and Laurance Beyer as well as her own ensemble, “Gli Incogniti" (their CD's devoted to Vivaldi's Four Seasons and Corelli's Concerti Grossi have been lauded by international critics as new high points in the performance of this repertoire).
Her other great passion is pedagogy. She teaches at ESMAE of Porto (Portugal, and also holds masterclasses worldwide (France, Taiwan, Brazil, USA and Canada). Since 2010 she has taught baroque violin at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland.
ricevuto una Fellowship da parte del Borletti Buitoni Trust di Londra, prima pianista italiana ad aver ricevuto questo riconoscimento, dall’inizio dell’attività di questa prestigiosa istituzione.
 
     
     
     
  FEDERICA BIANCHI

Federica Bianchi began her piano studies with Gea D’Atri, with whom she graduated brilliantly at the Conservatory of Music in Florence. From an early age, Federica was fascinated by history and period instruments, and this early interest became her chosen career after she met Annaberta Conti (Conservatory of Florence), who introduced her to the riches of the world of harpsichord and baroque music. Her subsequent instructors were Gordon Murray (Universitaet fur Musik Vienna), Bob Van Asperen (Conservatorium van Amsterdam) and Richard Egarr (Conservatorium van Amsterdam) with whom she studied harpsichord and fortepiano, obtaining her Masters in harpsichord Cum Laude. Federica also has a Masters degree in Philosophy with full marks and honours.
She has won awards in many of the most prestigious international competitions, among others, “International Harpsichord Competition G. Gambi Pesaro” (Italy), “Bologna European Harpsichord Competition”, “Handel Early Music International Competition Goettingen” (Germany), and “Biber International Competition” (Austria). She has been chosen to perform in the most important baroque orchestras for young people in Europe. Federica, as first italian keyboardist, worked both as harpsichordist for the Ambronay European Baroque Academy under the direction of Jean Tubery and as harpischordist and organist of EUBO (European Baroque Orchestra) 2009 with Lars Ulrik Mortensen.
Since than she has had the privilege of collaborating with world renowned ensembles such as Il Giardino Armonico (G.Antonini), Il Pomo d’Oro (R.Minasi, M.Emelyanichev), Les Musiciens du Louvre (M.Minkowski), Imaginarium ensemble (E.Onofri), Teatro del Maggio Fiorentino (Z.Metha), La Fonte Musica (M. Pasotti), L’Arte dell’Arco (F.Guglielmo), La Venexiana (C.Cavina) and with great soloists and directors as J.DiDonato, P. Jaroussky, F. Fagioli, S. Montanari, A. Hallenberg, A. L. King, Vivica Genaux, M. Cencic, M. Steger, A. Hallenberg, K. Gauvin, D. Sinkowsky etc. She has performed regularly as soloist and continuo player in concert venues such as Musikverein e Konzerthaus di Vienna, Konzerthaus Berlin, Melk Barocktage, Haydn Festival Eisenstadt, MAFestival Bruge, Utrecht Festival, Kanazawa Japan Concert Hall, Alte Oper Frankfurt, National Opera Beijing, Teatro Champs Elysèes and Salle Gaveaux Paris, Opera Royale Versailles, Wigmore Hall and Barbican Theater London, Teatro Real and Auditorium National Madrid, ecc.
Since 2012 she has dedicated herself as well to medieval music, exploring the technique and aesthetics of medieval keyboards such as clavicymbalum, gothic organ, renaissance organs (Diapason D’Or 2017 with La Fonte Musica ensemble).
She has recorded for Deutsche Gramophon, Decca, Glossa, Sony DHM, Warner, Erato, Alpha, Arcana, Passacaille and Brilliant Classic (many of the recordings are awarded with Diapason D’Or, Grammy Awards and Echo Prizes).
Since 2016 she has been the Artistic Director of Mesotonica, a musical association devoted to early music and she is the Artistic Director of PratoAntiqua, International Early Music Festival.
Currently, she is cembalo and continuo teacher at the Venice Conservatory.
 
     
     
     
  COSIMO CAROVANI

Cosimo Carovani renews the ancient and recently dormant custom of the instrumentalist-composer in a way that constitutes a fertile example for today's musicians: starting from a great knowledge of the repertoire, from ancient to contemporary, he does not allow himself to be inhibited by the past , but converses with it to express our present. Authenticity and personality, in balance between formal research and improvisational spirit in direct recording.
Luca Ciammarughi pianist, musicologist

As a classical musician I think that a composer like Cosimo Carovani offers a great service to the world of cultured music. In fact, being able to attract and fascinate a heterogeneous audience without losing quality or refinement ...
Simone Gramaglia Quartet of Cremona

Florentine by birth, Cosimo Carovani is a soloist, chamber musician and composer.
He has collaborated with great musical personalities, including Andrea Lucchesini, Antonello Farulli, the Quartet of Cremona, G. Turconi, Johannes Meissln, Oliver Wille, Ulf Schneider, Ebahard Feltz, Reiner Schmidt, Volker Jakobson, Luc-Marie Aguera, H. Müller, and the legendary first violin of the Alban Berg quartet, G. Pichler.
He participated in the summer meetings of the European Quartet Academy (ECMA), followed the master classes for string quartet at the Fiesole Music School and at the Musikhochschule in Hanover.
He graduated with honors from the “Luigi Cherubini” Conservatory in Florence under the guidance of Andrea Nannoni, while following the courses of the Fiesole School of Music with Filippo Burchietti. He later perfected himself with the masters Giovanni Gnocchi and Stefano Cerrato at the "Incontri col Maestro" Academy in Imola and in 2018 with Enrico Dindo at the Pavia Cello Academy. He obtained the Bachelor's degree K.A. at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Media in Hanover, under the guidance of Tilmann Wick. He is the winner of scholarships, including the prestigious DAAD Preis or Live Music Now Stipendium, the Börsen Club Hannover, the Giuseppe Scotese Award, the Jeunesse Musical, the Morosini Fund Culture Award.
Chamber player by vocation, he is the cellist of the Quartetto Indaco (quartet in residence at “Milano Classica” and the “highScore” Festival of Pavia), with whom he has an international career (finalist at the 2017 “Paolo Borciani” International Competition). He has played for broadcasters such as Radio Tre piazza Verdi, Rai 5, or the NDR of Hannover and has participated in various festivals as a chamber musician and soloist, such as Heidelberger Frühlings (2014-2016-2017), Festival del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, NDR Musikwochen, International MusikFest Goslar, Grunelius Concert in Frankfurt, the Milan Quartet Society, "Paesaggi Toscani" Festival, Anima Mundi Festival, Palazzo Marino in Musica, Milan Concert Society Music Festival in the Cloisters, Quator in Bordeaux, Trame Sonore Festival, Stradivari Festival of Cremona and many others.
He is first cello at the “Milano Classica” Chamber Orchestra and has collaborated with orchestras such as O.G.I, Orchestra “Leonore” (first cello) of Pistoia, Orchestra Uni.Mi. (first cello), “Vincenzo Galilei” Orchestra, OFT of Turin, Murcia Youth Orchestra, “La Follia Barocca”, Neue Musik Ensemble of Hanover.
He also studied contemporary orchestration, composition and word processing with Andrea Portera. Winner of several public competitions with the "Sconfinarte" house in Milan: his compositions were performed at the Teatro alla Pergola, at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino at the Paesaggi Musicali Toscani festival, Agimus in Florence, the Strade del Suono Festival in Genoa and in 2018 he received a commission for a concert for mandolin and orchestra for Avi Avital, in 2019 for a cello concert for Enrico Bronzi and in 2020 a piece for solo viola “In Freiheit” and a concert for Simone Gramaglia.
He actively collaborates with internationally renowned soloists such as, Avi Avital, Enrico Bronzi, Uri Caine, Jorge Bosso, Derek Bermel, Steven Swedish, Claudia Barainsky, Julian Bliss, Christian Löffler, Giovanni Bietti, Franziska Pietsch and many others.
He also records with the “da Vinci Publishing” and Ema Vinci of Giuseppe Scali with which he won the Siae “Per chi Crea” 2019 call.
He is the dedicatee of many pieces written for both cello and quartet by composers such as Giovanni Sollima, Alessandro Solbiati, Federico Maria Sardelli, Nicola Sani, Michele Sarti, including the two pieces by Giovanni Albini and Davide Tammaro featured in his debut album " ad Antiqua "which also sees him as a composer, but also the" Songs after the Apocalypse "for quartet and" Via Lucis delle Ombre "for concertante quartet and string orchestra by Andrea Portera, who recently dedicated a piece to them for solo cello.
He plays a Charles Claudot cello from 1840 that he owns.
     
     
     
 
ENRICO CASAZZA

"Enrico Casazza is among the elite of Italian violinists and I am very proud to have contributed, however briefly, to his artistic development."
Giuliano Carmignola

With the recent "Choc de Musique" award received for the recording of the fourth volume of the Boccherini Quintets, Enrico Casazza confirms his place as one of the most important performers of the early music movement. In addition to this important recognition from the world renowned magazine Le Monde de la Musique, he has received enthusiastic reviews and prizes from magazines and websites such as Diapason, Amadeus, Musica, Fanfare magazine and Musicweb.
Enrico Casazza completed his studies at the Academy of Music " A.Buzzola " in his native Adria, obtaining a violin diploma with highest honors. He continued his studies with Carlo Chiarappa, Pavel Vernikof, Dino Asciolla, Franco Gulli and Giuliano Carmignola. Subsequently he embarked on an outstanding career as a concert artist that led him to perform with many famous musicians and in many of the world's most important concert halls as well as at numerous international festivals. He has appeared at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, Teatro Carignano in Turin, Teatro de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Teatro della Pergola in Florence, Théâtre de Toulouse, Noga Theater in Tel Aviv, Henry Crown Hall in Jerusalem, Chapelle Royale in Versailles, Academia de Bellas Artes in Madrid, Salle Paderewski in Lausanne, Brahms Festival Philipszaal in The Hague, Grote Zaal in Utrecht and the Hoji Hall in Tokyo.
He has played duo concerts with the world famous violist Dino Asciolla, who expressed his admiration for Mr. Casazza's playing in the important Italian magazine Piano Time. As first violinist and director of the ensemble "La Magnifica Communità," he is in the process of recording the complete Boccherini Quintets for the BRILLIANT label. He has performed as soloist and director with numerous chamber orchestras and early music ensembles such as the "Accademia Bizantina" (with whom he recorded for Italian radio and television), l'Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Modo Antiquo directed Federico Maria Sardelli, I Virtuosi Italiani, Orchestra da Camera Milano Classica and Europa Galante directed by Fabio Biondi (with whom he recorded numerous CDs for the labels OPUS 111 and EMI Virgin.) He has been concertmaster of the Orchestra da Camera Milano Classica since 2003 and is professor of chamber music and baroque violin at the Conservatorio "Frescobaldi" in Ferrara.Mr. Casazza is violin soloist and co-founder of La Follia Barocca.
 
     
     
     
  KIRSTEN CHOI

Mezzo-soprano Kristen Choi has been hailed by Opera News as a “powerhouse in the making” for her portrayal of Suzuki in Madama Butterfly. Her 2019-2020 bookings include two house debuts in this signature role, with performances at Opera Omaha and Opera Philadelphia (COVID19) in their upcoming productions of Puccini’s masterpiece. Recent engagements also included a role and house debut with Opera Maine as the Third Lady in Mozart's The Magic Flute, as well as creating the title role in a brand new production of Murasaki's Moon, a completely new work in partnership with Onsite Opera and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the spring of 2020, Ms. Choi will reprise the role of Lady Thiang in The King and I for her company debut at Piedmont Opera and in the fall of 2020, Ms. Choi was slated to make her Michigan Opera Theater debut reprising Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, makes her Opera Omaha debut as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, and in a future season, Ms. Choi will make her Dallas Opera debut.
Miss Choi began her 2018-2019 season on tour with the Lincoln Center Broadway Production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I as an ensemble member and Lady Thiang understudy. After six months with Lincoln Center she performed consecutive Suzukis, first with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and then with Virginia Opera. Her time in Virginia also included a role debut as Hiroko Kobayashi in Jack Perla's An American Dream.
The 2017-2018 season was a banner year for Miss Choi. Highlights included her Kennedy Center debut where she made a lauded reprisal of her signature role in Jun Kaneko's production of Madame Butterfly at Washington National Opera. It also featured her first foray into the European market, where she performed Paquette in Bernstein's Candide with the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse and the Opéra National de Bordeaux. New roles entered into her repitoire included Hermia in Virginia Opera's A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Ruth Sherwood in Bernstein's Wonderful Town with the Seattle Symphony. She also made a return to Santa Fe Opera as an apprentice, where she performed in the ensemble of the world premiere of Mason Bates's Opera, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs.
Engagements in the 2015-2016 season included Cherubino in Sarasota Opera's Le nozze di Figaro and Paquette in Glimmerglass Opera's stunning production of Bernstein's Candide, directed by Francesca Zambello. The summer marked her first stint with Santa Fe Opera, where she made her house debut singing the role of Wowkle in Puccini's La fanciulla del West. In the 2013-2014 season Ms. Choi was an emerging artist with Virginia Opera where she sang the role of the Third Spirit in The Magic Flute, and covered the roles of Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd and Meg Page in Falstaff. That summer she portrayed the independent heroine, Jo, from one of the most beloved stories in American literature, Little Women at Opera North. She also grew her pedigree in the realm of musical theatre with a staggering eighty-five performances of Lady Thiang in Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I.
     
     
     
 
CORO DELLA CATTEDRALE “GUIDO SARACINI”

As one of the most significant musical institutions in Siena in recent times, the Siena Cathedral Choir “Guido Chigi Saracini” contributes to the diffusion of choral repertoire on an international scale. It was founded in 2016 thanks to the collaboration between the Accademia Musicale Chigiana and the Opera della Metropolitana di Siena.
The permanent ensemble is formed by a flexible number of singers from all over Italy. The Choir shares a commitment to the liturgical celebrations that it combines with high-level artistic performances placing itself atop a vast executive and interpretative practice, embracing the sacred liturgical repertoire, as well as, a that of a more widely shared cultural and concert tradition with the aim of enriching the artistic patrimony of the community.
The Choir has been the protagonist of countless performances, both within the chapel and on stage with an orchestra, performing works that span from the sacred polyphonic repertoire to the great a cappella and symphonic repertoire throughout history; such works include: Palestrina’s Missa Brevis, Berliner Messe by Pärt, Lux aeterna by Ligeti, Spem in alium by Tallis, Bach’s Singet dem Herrn and Jesu, meine Freude, Motets composed by Bianciardi and Gabrieli, Requiem by Pizzetti, Messa for double choir by Martin and Banchieri, choral Lieder and Schicksalslied by Brahms, Stimmung by Stockhausen, Nuits by Xenakis, just to name a few. Since its founding, the Choir has been committed to the principal celebrations of the religious calendar in the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta (Siena) giving life to the most beautiful and heartfelt pages of the sacred choral tradition.
 
     
     
     
  MARINA DE LISO

Marina de Liso studied singing at the Conservatory of Rovigo where she obtained her diploma with the highest honors. She continued her studies at the la Scuola Musicale of Milan, where she specialized in Renaissance and Baroque singing under Claudine Ansermet.
In 2001 she won the Toti Dal Monte Competition in Treviso and in 2002 the As.Li.Co.Competition in Milan.
In 2001 she made her debut in Falstaff as Ms Quickly in Italy. Afterwards she sang Alcina in Vivaldi’s Orlando Furioso; Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri in Teatro alla Scala in Milan; Ragonde in Le Comte Ory at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro and Flaminia in L’innocenza Giustificata by Gluck in Cologne, recorded by Harmonia Mundi.
Besides the classical repertoire, she is also very interested in baroque music, the operas of Handel in particular. In the last two years she has performed Arsace in Partenope in Ferrara and Modena under the baton of Ottavio Dantone and the Accademia Bizantina in January 2009; Rosimonda in Faramondo with Diego Fasolis on European tour and recorded for EMI 2008-2009; Cornelia in Giulio Cesare in Genova in 2007; Andronico in Tamerlano with Emmanuelle Haim in Paris Théâter des Champs Elysées and Claudio in Silla with Fabio Biondi in Santa Cecilia in Rome.
Other roles in the classical repertoire include Marchesa Melibea in Il Viaggio a Reims under the baton of Alberto Zedda, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro in Genoa and Annio in Mozart’s Clemenza di Tito.
Recently, she had great success singing Cavalli’s La Didone in Teatro La Scala in Milan.
She also sang Asteria in Vivaldi’s Bajazet with Fabio Biondi in an important tour of numerous major European venues as well as Japan, Speranza in L’Orfeo at Theatre du Châtelet in Paris, Mozart’s La Betulia Liberata in Beaune with Antonio Florio, Ecuba in Cavalli’s La Didone at La Fenice in Venice and in Turin, Medoro in Handel’s Orlando in France, Narcissus by Scarlatti in Luzern, London and Bucarest, Tamiri in Vivaldi’s Farnace with Jordi Savall in Paris, Vitellia in Vivaldi’s Tito Manlio at the Barbican in London with Ottavio Dantone and Oloferne in Juditha Triumphans in Spain.
She has performed concerts with Accademia Montis Regalis, La Venexiana, Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Europa Galante, Le Concert des Nations and Le Concert d’Astrée.
Recent and future engagements include Medoro in Handel’s Orlando with Al Ayre Espanol; Rosimonda on European tour and EMI-Virgin classics recording of Handel’s Faramondo, Il Pianto di Maria di Ferrandini with Ottavio Dantone in Venice La Fenice, Vinci’s Partenope (title-role) in La Coruna with Antonio Florio, Pergolesi’s Il Prigionier Superbo with Andrea Marcon and Adriano in Siria (title-role) at the Pergolesi Festival in Jesi.
 
     
     
     
  LORENZO DONATI

The Siena Cathedral Choir “Guido Chigi Saracini” is led by conductor Lorenzo Donati. Donati is already recognized as a name of excellence on the international scene, and has been teaching choral conducting at the Accademia Chigiana Summer Academy since 2017. He studied violin, composition and conducting in Arezzo and in Florence, while simultaneously frequenting the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, the Music School in Fiesole and the French Academy. After graduating in choral conducting from the three year programme at the Fondazione “Guido d’Arezzo” he continued taking masterclasses to further his studies. In 2007, he won the top awards for both categories at the “Mariele Ventre” International competition for choir conducting in Bologna. Soon after, from 2010 to 2014, he served as conductor of the CGI Coro Giovanile Italiano (Italian National Youth Choir).
In addition to the Siena Cathedral Choir, Lorenzo Donati conducts Insieme Vocale Vox Cordis. The ensemble won both first and special prizes in important competitions in Arezzo, Cantonigròs, Gorizia, Montreux, Senlis, Tours, Varna, Vittorio Veneto. He also leads UT Insieme vocale-consonante, the awardee of the European Gran Prix for Choral Singing in 2016. Donati also conducts the F. A. Bonporti Chamber Choir at the Conservatory of Music in Trento, where he has been teaching composition and choral conducting since 2007.
A notable composer in addition to his choir conducting, Donati collaborates with various cultural Institutions in roles such as artistic advisor at the Fondazione “Guido d’Arezzo” leading didactic training for its three-year programs and its advanced specialization for choir conductors; and artistic director and teacher at the Festival di Primavera and Festival Incontro polifonico Città di Fano.
 
     
     
     
  VICTOR GARCIA

Víctor García García was born in Seville in 1994. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s in Soloist Performance at the University of Arts in Berlin in the class of Prof. Jens Peter Maintz. His interest in historical performance led him to continue his education with D. Watkin and J. Butt at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has obtained a Master’s degree in Historically Informed Performance Practice and is now doing a Doctorate focused on the Historical Performance Practice of the beginning of the 19th century.
Victor is part of the Monteverdi Apprentices Programme at the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, under the baton of Sir John Eliot Gardiner. He has participated as well in the Collegium Vocale Academy 2020.
He won the Second Prize in 2013 at the Witold Lutoslawski Cello Competition in Warsaw and has received the Prize “Andalusian of the Future” in the cultural category in 2020.
As a soloist, he has performed with orchestras such as the Ensemble Esperanza, the Orchester am Treppenhaus Hannover, the Malaga Philharmonie and the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla. He is a founding member of the IMPULSIA Ensemble and artistic director of the Festival Impulso in La Palma (Spain).
In the field of chamber music, he has taken part in festivals like the Yellow Barn Festival in the USA, the Musethica festivals in Spain, Sweden, France, Israel and Germany, the Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminar and the East Neuk Retreat.
 
     
     
     
  MANUEL GRANATIERO

Manuel Granatiero was born in Naples in 1976. In 1991, he was awarded the third prize at the international prize “MittelEuropa”. He earned his diploma in 1994, subsequently earning the "Premier Prix " with the unanimity of the jury at the “Accademia Italiana del Flauto” with R. Guiot . He continued his studies in modern flute with Alain Marion (Académie de Perfectionnement d'été, Nice), Irena Grafenauer (Mozarteum, Salzburg) and Angelo Persichilli (Accademia di S. Cecilia, Rome). In 1998 he began studying baroque flute with Laura Pontecorvo. In 1999 he was admitted to the "Koninklijk Conservatorium " in Brussels , where he studied baroque and classical flute with Barthold Kuijken, Marc Hantai and Frank Theuns and where he graduated "with distinction" in 2004.
He performs with some of the most important early music ensembles as a soloist and as a principal player including Gli Incogniti ( A.Beyer), Academia Montis Regalis (A.De Marchi) , Il Complesso Barocco (A. Curtis) , Australian Chamber Orchestra (R. Tognetti ), Les Ambassadeurs (A. Kossenko ), Le Cercle de l' Harmonie (J. Roher ), La Chambre Philharmonique (E.Krivin), Les Talens Lyriques (C. Rousset), Holland Baroque Society, Ensemble Philidor (Mira Glodeanu), Ensemble Cordia (S. Veggetti), Ricercar Consort (P. Pierlot) and Ausonia Ensemble (F.Haas), to name a few. Thanks to these experiences, he has performed throughout the world with the most prestigious specialists in early music. He has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Naive, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Zig Zag Territories, Dinamic, Virgin Classique Atma Classique, Radio 3 and Stradivarius. In 2005 he founded the ensemble "Accademia Ottoboni". He currently teaches baroque flute at the Conservatory of Perugia.
 
     
     
     
  MATTEO GUASCONI

Matteo Guasconi, born in Siena in 1996, began studying the piano at the age of 8.
Between 2010 and 2015 he studied with Alessio Tiezzi at the Music Institute “H. W. Henze” in Montepulciano (SI), where he won two scholarships as Best Student (2011 and 2015) and an extraordinary scholarship (2013).
In 2015 he enrolled in “Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini” where, with Cecilia Giuntoli as his teacher, he obtained the Bachelor’s degree with full marks and honors in 2019.
He took part in various piano competitions achieving excellent results. In 2018 he participated in the “17th Concorso Calcit” in Arezzo, winning the 1st prize in the category and the 1st absolute prize in ex-aequo in all categories.
In recent years he has held concerts as a soloist, in chamber ensembles and with orchestra in different musical events.
He has performed with various orchestras including the “Zurich Youth Symphony Orchestra” directed by M ° Massimiliano Matesic, the "Arezzo Open Orchestra" and in Switzerland with the "Binningen Orchester".
He has held chamber music concerts for the concert series "Momenti Musicali" and "Sorsi di Musica" (2016) and "Il Cherubini all’ Istituto Francese" (2019) and as a soloist for "Note tra i Libri" (2018).
He has performed in several editions of the "CANTIERE INTERNAZIONALE D’ARTE DI MONTEPULCIANO" music festival.
In October 2020 he played as a soloist for the "Universo Bach" festival together with the “Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina".
He attended piano masterclasses held by illustrious teachers such as Markus Bellheim, Pier Narciso Masi, Massimiliano Damerini and Gustavo Romero.
Currently, he is studying for his Master’s degree with Cecilia Giuntoli.
 
     
     
     
  VASHTI HUNTER

'Her performance tugged at the audience's heart-strings´ Aurora Music Festival, Sweden 2012

'Her musical fantasy never seems to end....she reminds me- and not only me- often of the late Jacqueline
Du Pré' Hatto Beyerle 2015

In May 2012, Vashti Hunter became the first British cellist ever to be awarded a prize at the International Cello Competition ‘Prague Spring’ in its 65 year history. She won her Laureate title playing the Dvorak cello concerto, conducted by Koji Kawamoto with the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra in Dvorak Hall, Rudolfnium, Prague. Vashti has performed in other prestigious halls throughout Europe, including the Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall and Royal Festival Hall, St.John’s Smith Square, London, Schoenbrunn Palace in Vienna, National House of Vinohrady in Prague and the Salle Moliere in Lyon. She has played concertos with, among others, the Pilsen Philharmonic in Czech Republic; Filharmonica Brasov, Bacau Philharmonic Orchestra, Dinu Lipatti Orchestra in Romania; the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra, the Braunschweig Dom Sinfonie Orchester, the Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim in Germany; the London Schools Symphony Orchestra and the Southbank Sinfonia in England.
Vashti's performances have been recorded for the BBC, SWR (German South West Radio) , NDR (North German Radio), RAI (Italian Radio), ORF (Austrian Radio) and on KBS ‘Classical Odyssey’ (Korean radio and television). Much in demand as both soloist and chamber musician, she has been invited as soloist to important festivals such as PODIUM festival Esslingen, Lockenhaus, Ernen, DAVOS Festival Switzerland, Heidelberger Frühling, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music UK, Serbia Cello Fest, Amsterdam Cello Bienaale, Encuentro de Musica y Academia Santander, Aurora Festival Sweden and Shanghai Chamber Music Festival.
An avid chamber music player, Vashti has collaborated with eminent artists such as the ‘Quartetto di Cremona’, Martha Argerich, Ivry Gitlis, Pekka Kuusisto, Susan Tomes, Erich Hörbarth, Antje Weithaas, Radovan Vladkovich and Bengt Forsberg. As a founding member of Trio Gaspard, she studies with the renowned professor and previous member of the Alban Berg Quartet, Hatto Beyerle, who has called them ‘The best Piano Trio I have ever had or heard’. The ensemble has numerous prizes in international competitions. They won 1st prize at the 5th International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition in Vienna in March 2012, 1st Prize and special prize at the 6th International ‘Joseph Joachim’ Chamber Music Competition in Weimar and 1st prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Ilzach France. Vashti has benefitted from solo masterclasses with Natalia Gutman, Steven Isserlis, Anner Bylsma, Bernard Greenhouse, Gary Hoffman, Alexander Rudin, Arto Noras and Torleif Thedeen. She has also had the fortune to learn from Ferenc Rados, Petr Nagy, Johannes Meissl(Artis Quartet), Gerrit Zitterbart(Trio Abegg), Avedis Kouyoumdjian and Peter Cropper(Lindsay Quartet).
An experienced and much sought-after orchestral player, she has been invited as guest principal cellist of the Olso Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in the UK. She is a member of Camerata Nordica in Sweden and Kammerakadamie Potsdam (ECHO prizewinner 2015). She will also be perfoming this year with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
Vashti recently graduated with top marks on the prestigious ‘Konzertexamen’ solo course with Leonid Gorokhov at the Musikhochschule in Hannover Germany, where she was supported by generous awards from the Leverhulme Trust and Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben. She is currently based in Berlin, where she is mentored by Wolfgang Emmanuel Schmidt.
 
     
     
     
  JONIAN ILIAS KADESHA

Jonian Ilias Kadesha already appears in the most important concert halls and at well-known festivals across Europe. In early August, he opened the Young Euro Classic Festival in Berlin after months of Covid-19-related concert silence in the German capital. Other significant appearances have led him to the Wigmore Hall London, Handelsbeurs Concertzaal Gent, Louvre Paris, Philharmonie Berlin, Salle Molière Lyon, Salle Garnier Montecarlo, and the Golden Hall Augsburg as well as the Schubertiade, the Heidelberger Frühling, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Boswiler Sommer, Mantua Chamber Music Festival or the Resonances Festival in Belgium, among others. Kadesha has performed with orchestras such as the Münchner Rundfunkorchester, the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra and the Albanian and Greek radio orchestras. In the 2020/21 season, he will perform Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto no. 2 with the Athens State Symphony Orchestra, will appear with the London Mozart Players and can be heard with the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Erfurt Philharmonic Orchestra and the Meiningen Staatskapelle. Chamber music connects him with renowned musicians such as Martha Argerich, Steven Isserlis, Nicolas Altstaedt, Thomas Demenga, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Ilya Gringolts and Pekka Kuusisto. He was also heard at the Kronberg Chamber Music Connects the World and the Verbier Academy Festival. He is co-founder of the award-winning Trio Gaspard, which regularly appears at festivals and in the music centers of Europe and the USA. The joint recording Trio Gaspard – Live in Berlin, with works by Haydn, Zimmermann and Schubert, was recently released on CAvi-music. Together with cellist Florian Schmidt-Bartha, Kadesha founded the Caerus Chamber Ensemble in 2017, a flexible chamber ensemble made up of outstanding instrumentalists from the young generation of European musicians. Kadesha studies with Antje Weithaas at the Kronberg Academy. His previous teachers included Salvatore Accardo, Grigori Zhislin and Ulf Wallin. He studied chamber music with Hatto Beyerle in Hannover and at the European Chamber Music Academy. Masterclasses with Ferenc Rados, Steven Isserlis, Ivry Gitlis, Leonidas Kavakos and Eberhard Feltz complete his studies. Since 2018, Kadesha has been supported by the Young Classical Artists Trust in the United Kingdom. Jonian Ilias Kadesha plays a violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini (1749), on private loan.
 
     
     
     
  LELAND KO

Leland Philip Ko is a cellist of Chinese-Canadian descent from the Boston area. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in venues across America’s east coast, such as Merkin Concert Hall and Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in New York, and Jordan Hall and Sanders Theatre in Boston, as well as internationally in Sweden, Israel, and Spain, including Auditorio Manuel de Falla in Granada. Violinist Itzhak Perlman has said of Leland that he “plays with the beauty of sound and subtlety that we don’t often encounter in a cellist of his age,” and that he is “a musician who willingly considers all aspects of music.” Leland’s most recent accolades include second prize at the inaugural Bader and Overton Canadian Cello Competition in 2020, and appearing as a finalist in the 2020 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.
Past engagements over the last decade include concerto appearances with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Arlington Philharmonic, the Brockton Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Pro Musica, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Princeton University Orchestra, and multiple appearances with the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and the Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra.
Despite growing up a part of Boston’s strong youth orchestra culture, Leland has often sought out chamber music at various summer festivals over the years, having attended the Perlman Music Program’s Summer Music School and its Chamber Music Workshop, and Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute. Through these festivals, Leland has had the chance to study with and occasionally perform alongside artists such as Ronald Leonard, Merry Peckham, Laurence Lesser, Joel Krosnick, Donald Weilerstein, Vivian Weilerstein, Miriam Fried, Paul Biss, Marcy Rosen, Ralph Kirshbaum, Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman, and Itzhak Perlman.
Leland’s love for chamber music has also led him to be an Artist in Residence of New York Piano Society (NYPS), as well as a frequent performer on Swedish pianist Per Tengstrand’s concert series “Music on Park Ave” at Scandinavia House in NYC, and former Music Director of Opus 21, a student-run chamber music collective at Princeton.
Leland was a long-time student of Ronald Lowry and Paul Katz before attending Princeton University, where he graduated with a B.A. degree in German Literature. Currently, he is pursuing a Master’s degree at The Juilliard School under the teaching of Minhye Clara Kim and Timothy Eddy. Since the end of 2020, Leland plays on the ex-Peled, ex-Greenhouse Thomas Dodd from 1790.
Leland was also a competitive long-distance runner for several years, but remains loyal to his original passion of tennis, both as a player and even more so as a fan.
 
     
     
     
  LA FOLLIA BAROCCA

"La Follia Barocca" is an early music ensemble created by a group of talented musicians with extensive experience in the repertoire of the XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries. The ensemble boasts solo players from the most prestigious baroque instrumental groups to have emerged in recent years: Europa Galante, Accademia Bizantina, Il Giardino Armonico, Ensemble Matheus, Ensemble Baroque de Nice, Stradella Consort, The Hannover Band, Il Complesso Barocco, Modo Antiquo and Il Falcone, among others. The group first toured the USA in 2004. Their concert at the Schubert Club in St.Paul, Minnesota was broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio. The second US tour of "La Follia Barocca" featured the group's first performance in New York City. New York Concert Review wrote "Without a doubt La Follia Barocca is one of the best early music ensembles to have ever performed in New York". The ensemble's concert in Savannah, Georgia was broadcast on Performance Today on American Public Radio. The ensemble has performed at "Musica e Poesia a San Maurizio", Italy's most important early music series. "La Follia Barocca" has recorded the complete Concerti Grossi Opus 1 by Pietro Antonio Locatelli for Velut Luna Records to enthusiastic reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. Johan van Veen, the Dutch early music critic wrote "I have thoroughly enjoyed this disc, because of the quality and the sheer beauty of Locatelli's concertos, and also because of the outstanding performances of La Follia Barocca." Fanfare Magazine classified the recording as " strongly recommended". The authoritative Italian classical music magazine Classic Voice gave the recording the maximum five star rating in addition to naming it "cd of the month". Music Web International named it one of the cds of the year for 2009. The magazine "The Strad" wrote " the solo playing is outstanding throughout and the ripieno strings contribute much liveliness and expressive warmth." "La Follia Barocca" is an ensemble in residence at the festival "Musical Landscapes in Tuscany" in Val d'Orcia in Tuscany.
 
     
     
     
  ANDREA LUCCHESINI

Trained under the guidance of Maria Tipo, Andrea Lucchesini garnered international recognition at a very young age when he won the "Dino Ciani" International Competition at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Since then he has performed throughout the world with leading orchestras, working with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Semyon Bychkov, Roberto Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Dennis Russell Davies, Charles Dutoit, Daniele Gatti, Daniel Harding, Vladimir Jurowski, Gianandrea Noseda, Franz Welser Moest and Giuseppe Sinopoli. His wide-ranging activities, marked by a desire to explore music with no limitations, lead him to offer programs ranging from classical to current repertoire. In 1994 this earned him the recognition of European musicologists from which he received the Accademia Chigiana International Prize (the only Italian honoured so far). The following year he won the F. Abbiati Prize, which confirmed the appreciation of the Italian critics. Lucchesini has made several recordings, the first few of which date back to the 1980s for EMI International (Liszt's Sonata in B minor, Beethoven's Sonata op.106 Hammerklavier and Chopin’s Sonata op.58). He then recorded Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Berg's Chamber Concerto for Teldec with the Dresden Staatskapelle conducted by Giuseppe Sinopoli. For BMG the pianist recorded Luciano Berio’s Concerto Echoing Curves, conducted by the composer himself. This marked one of the milestones of a close collaboration with Berio, with whom Lucchesini witnessed the creation of the composer’s final and challenging work for solo piano, Sonata. Lucchesini performed the world premiere of this piece in 2001 which - together with all of Berio’s other piano works - became part of a CD for AVIE Records, which met with unanimous international critical acclaim. Equally appreciated is Lucchesini’s live recording of Beethoven’s complete cycle 32 sonatas for Stradivarius. The collective work obtained the recognition of the most prestigious musical magazines. In recent years Lucchesini has immersed himself with enthusiasm in Schubert's repertoire, starting with the recording of Impromptus op. 90 and op. 142, in a CD AVIE Records very well welcomed by the acclaim of international critics; in 2018 it began the collaboration with the German company AUDITE which published in 2018 the album "Dialogues" with music by Berio and Scarlatti, Schubert and Widmann, which was a great success by international critics who gave him many awards. In 2019 and in 2020 Audite released three records dedicated to the Late Piano Music of Schubert, which has already obtained 5 stars from major magazines in the sector, including BBC Music Magazine, Fonoforum, Pizzicato, Ars Musique etc.. Fonoforum, January 2021, by Matthias Kornemann:„Lucchesinis Schubert-Spiel ist von einer fast altmeisterlichen Gelassenheit und stehtmit seiner nobel untertreibenden Gestaltungskraft ziemlich einsam “Andrea Lucchesini signe ici un superbe CD ; il vient se placer parmi les plus éloquents témoignages schubertiens de notre temps. Le troisième volume est attendu avec une patiente impatience” Crescendo Magazine April 2020 “Sometimes a personal voice can be hard to describe. The music is very familiar, yet somehow this Italian pianist manages to make it all seem as thought “ BBC Music Magazine September 2019 Among his engagements in this season, we remind the Schumann concerto with the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale di Firenze, under the baton of Zubin Mehta and the return to La Scala in 2021 Convinced that imparting musical knowledge to the younger generations is a moral duty, Lucchesini is passionately dedicated to teaching. He currently teaches at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, where he has been artistic director from 2008 till 2016. He is frequently invited to hold masterclasses at major music institutions in Europe, such as the Musik Hochschule in Hannover and the Sommer Wasserbuger Festspiele and Musik Hochschule in Salzburg and in New York. He serves on juries at numerous piano competitions all over the world and was named Accademico of Santa Cecilia in 2008
 
     
     
     
  ARIANA KIM

Noted by The New York Times for giving "the proceedings an invaluable central thread of integrity and stylishness" and having "played with soulful flair," violinist Ariana Kim made her New York recital debut at Carnegie's Weill Hall in 2008 and is now in her fourth year as a professor at Cornell University. At 16, Ariana made her debut with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and at 24 was appointed acting concertmaster of the Louisiana Philharmonic in New Orleans and has since become one of the most respected artists of her generation.
An avid chamber musician of both the contemporary and traditional literature, Ariana served 10 seasons as a member of the New Yorker-acclaimed New York new music ensemble, Ne(x)tworks, which made their international debut at the John Cage Festival in Berlin performing Cage’s “Song Books” to a packed house alongside the Maulwerker Company in March 2013. In February of 2016, Ariana was honored to join the Aizuri Quartet, a new string quartet currently in residence at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. She now marks her 10th season with The Knights, a New York-based imaginative and diverse musical collective that performs programs ranging from string quartets to bluegrass tunes and Mid-East folk music, to the great chamber orchestra masterpieces of the 20th century. In January of 2015, the group released its seventh album, …the ground beneath our feet – a collection of live performances from a recent U.S. tour – for Warner Classics, on which Ariana is a featured soloist in Steve Reich’s Duo for two violins and strings, alongside Guillaume Pirard; that track has since received much acclaim and was chosen as one of NPR's "Songs We Love” for 2015.
Raised in Minnesota by parents Ellen and Young-Nam who were her teachers from age 3-17, Ariana finds another musical home in her native Twin Cities as she is now in her 11th season with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota. Recent collaborations have included performances with violinist Robert Mann, cellists Fred Sherry and Peter Wiley, violist Samuel Rhodes, and clarinetist Charles Neidich. The CMSM is preparing for their 25th anniversary season which will include the release of a new live compilation album, the premiere of two new commissions, and a roster of renowned guest artists including pianist Leon Fleisher and violist Nobuko Imai.
Ariana has spent summers at Ravinia's Steans Institute, Yellow Barn, and Orford Centre d'Arts. A passionate pedagogue, Ariana spends much of the academic year teaching and mentoring a full studio of talented collegiate students at Cornell; this summer, she will join the faculty of the Palo Alto Chamber Music Workshop for the 15th consecutive year, the Northern Lights Chamber Music Institute for the ninth time, and the Crowden Music Center Chamber Music Institute for the second time.
Currently, Ariana co-resides in Ithaca and New York City where she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Juilliard under the tutelage of Robert Mann. Her most recent engagements have included the world premiere of Peter Child's "Afterglow" for string quartet and wind ensemble performed at MIT, a new chamber opera "Thomas Paine in Violence" written for Ne(x)tworks by Paul Pinto, a faculty recital at Cornell with fortepianist Roger Moseley and percussionist Shane Shanahan, a European tour with the Knights, and a guest appearance with Brooklyn Rider at the American Academy in Rome. Ariana performed her debut concert with the Aizuri Quartet in April of 2016 and a solo recital at Williams College. A recipient of an Affinito-Stewart Grant and a Society for the Humanities Grant, Ariana released her first solo album Routes of Evanescence in December of 2015 which features works for solo violin and violin + 1 written by American women composers including Ruth Crawford Seeger, Augusta Read Thomas, and Jennifer Curtis. From January through June of 2016, Ariana was on leave from Cornell living in Italy, teaching at l'Istituto Stradivari, performing with Milano Classica, and curating a cultural diplomacy public art project involving the Cornell Composition Department, the Cornell Architecture program in Rome, and a group of North African and Mid-East refugees.
 
     
     
     
  MESTIZO SAXOPHONE QUARTET

Based in Italy, the Mestizo Saxophone Quartet was formed in 2017 while studying with renowned Italian saxophonist, Marco Albonetti and now holds an active and diverse performing schedule throughout Italy. Mestizo is originally a word from Spanish, which translates to a person of mixed cultural ancestry - perfectly describing this quartet’s global diversity from Israel, Costa Rica, and the United States.
Most recently, Mestizo took first prize in Italy’s prestigious competition, il Premio Nazionale delle Arti in Messina, Sicilia and will return to Sicily for a concert tour. Mestizo has performed concerts in the 62nd ed. of Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi, Spinacorona Festival in Napoli, LeAltreNote Valtellina Festival in Northern Italy, SetteNoveCento Festival in Rovereto, the International SaxArts Festival in Emilia-Romagna as well as the cities of Rome, Bologna, Cremona, San Marino, Florence, Messina, Trento, and Imola. They made their first international tour debut in Cyprus 2020 performing concerts as well as teaching several chamber music masterclasses including the European University of Cyprus. As soloists, Mestizo played the European premiere of David Maslanka's Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Wind Ensemble under the baton of Maestro Lorenzo Passerini. Mestizo also holds the special prize for best saxophone quartet and second prize in the chamber music division of the 43rd ed. Concorso di Esecuzione Musicale "Francesco Cilea", first prize in the 11th Concorso Nazionale di esecuzione musicale “Citta di Piove di Sacco”, and was a finalist in the 16th Concorso Internazionale “Luigi Zanuccoli”. As a chamber group, Mestizo has performed in masterclasses and projects with renowned saxophonists Marco Albonetti, Arno Bornkamp,Phillipe Geiss, Russell Peterson, Derek Brown, and pianist Alberto Miodini.
 
     
     
     
  ORCHESTRA DA CAMERA MILANO CLASSICA

Milano Classica "Orchestra da Camera"
was founded in 1993 by members of the former Orchestra dell'Angelicum. These experienced musicians have given enthusiastic audiences the opportunity to enjoy performances of the great masterpieces from the Baroque period and above all of the Classical era, working with conductors and soloists who specialize in early music performance practices. The orchestra also has played a great number of previously unknown compositions, often performing works for the first time in the modern era. The orchestra performs 19th century and contemporary works as well. Many premieres of works by prominent Italian composers have been written specifically for Milano Classica.
Since its formation, the orchestra has performed twice weekly during its regular concert season from November to June at the Palazzina Liberty in Milan. This building, a wonderful example of Italian art-nouveau, is situated in one of the city's most beautiful parks.
Many world famous artists have performed with or conducted the Milano Classica including Franco Gulli,Riccardo Muti, Jeffrey Swann, Mario Brunello,Giovanni Sollima, Andrea Marcon, Ottavio Dantone, Enrico Onofri, Stefano Montanari, Enrico Gatti, Giuliano Carmignola, Fabio Biondi, Enrica Cavallo,Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli Jr., Enrico Dindo, Paolo Fresu and Alexander Lonquich.
Milano Classica has appeared throughout Italy, as well as in Austria, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Slovenia, Turkey, Japan and the U.S.A. and has participated in important festivals such as those of Lubiana and Ankara, the Etè Mosan and Flanders Festival in Belgium as well as the Fanfare Festival in Louisiana. It has performed on important concert series including those of the Schubert Club in St.Paul, Minnesota, Vassar College in the state of New York and the Oratorio del Gonfalone in Rome. The orchestra's recordings –with the labels Bottega Discantica, Vermeer Classics, Tactus and Dynamic – have been favorably received by international critics and several have won special recognition.
 
     
     
     
  QUARTETTO DI VENEZIA

Analytical precision and passion are the distinctive characteristics of the Venetian ensemble, inherited quality of two basic schools of quartet interpretation: the "Quartetto Italiano" under the guidance of Maestro Piero Farulli and the Mid-European School of "Vegh Quartet", through several meetings with Sandor Vegh and Paul Szabo.

The Quartetto di Venezia has toured extensively in Italy and in the world: New York - United Nations Palace, Los Angeles UCLA & Getty Museum, Washington National Gallery, San Francisco, Seattle - Meany Hall, Philadelphia, Toronto, Vancouver; Paris - Unesco Palace, Konzerthaus Berlin, Gasteig änd Herkules Saal in Munich, Kamermuziek Souvenir Tilburg, Februari Festival The Hague, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Beethovenfest Bonn, Bad Kissingen - Kissinger Sommer, Würzburg Mozart Festival, St.Moritz - Engadina Festival, Bruxelles - Sociétè Philharmonique, Sofia - Sala Bulgaria, Bratislava Mozart Festival, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Helsinki - National Finnish Opera, Ossiach/Villach Festival, Vienna - Klangbogen, Barcelona & Valencia - Palau de la Musica, Madrid – Real Academia de Bellas Artes, Copenhagen - Tivoli Hall; Beirut - Al Bustan Festival, Tokyo - New Otani Hall, Taipei-National Concert Hall, Seoul Ho-Am Art Hall, Rio de Janeiro, San Paolo, Montevideo, Buenos Aires Coliseum Theater & Teatro Colón.They had the honour of playing for His Holiness Pope John Paul II and the President of Republic of Italy. The repertoire of the Quartet of Venice is extremely rich and includes, apart from the most well-known ones, works rarely performed works like the quartets of G.F. Malipiero ("Italian Critics Award" as the best chamber recording). The vast disc production includes 19 CDs for Decca, Naxos, Dynamic, Navona, Fonit Cetra, Unicef,Koch. The CD Ritornello, music of Curt Cacioppo, on Navona Records earned Grammy Award. Radio and television: RAI & RAI International, Bayerischer Rundfunk, New York Times (WQXR), ORF1, DRS2 Schweizer, Suisse Romande, Radio Clasica Espanola, South Korean MBC. The ensemble has collaborated with world artists and ensembles of worldwide fame such as Bruno Giuranna, Borodin Quartet, Prazak Quartet, Herbert Kefer, Piero Farulli, Paul Szabo, Oscar Ghiglia, Danilo Rossi, Dieter Flury, Pietro De Maria, Alessandro Carbonare, Andrea Lucchesini and Mario Brunello. From 2017 the Quartetto di Venezia has been “Quartet in Residence” at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice. Recently they entered into a new collaboration with the Benetton Foundation.
 
   
     
     
  QUARTETTO INDACO

Quartetto Indaco has began its formation at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in 2007, thanks to the encouragement and help of Piero Farulli and Andrea Nannoni. Subsequently, the ensemble participated in master classes with numerous internationally renowned quartets (Artemis, Brodsky, Prometeo, Cremona) as well as in specialized courses with members of great quartets such as Günter Pichler-Alban Berg Quartet, Milan Skampa-Smetana Quartet, Hatto Beyerle-Alban Berg Quartet, Rainer Schmidt-Hagen Quartet and Krzysztof Chorzelski-Belcea Quartet. Quartetto Indaco just graduated in Chamber Music at the Musikhochschule of Hannover under the guidance of Oliver Wille, member of the Kuss Quartet. The quartet has performed on concert series’ and festivals throughout Italy (Festival “Paesaggi Musicali Toscani”, "Festival dei due mondi" in Spoleto, Società del Quartetto, Nuova Consonanza in Roma) including a performance at the Palazzo del Quirinale in Rome (which was broadcast throughout Italy by Rai Radio 3). They have appeared in various European countries including Switzerland, Germany(Heidelberger Frühling 2015-2017, Podium Festival-Esslingen, Goslar Musik Wochen), Ireland, Latvia, Sweden and Holland. Since 2017 the quartet is participating to the Project “Le Dimore del Quartetto” in collaboration with ADSI and Associazione Piero Farulli.
Finalist at the prestigious string quartet competition “Premio Paolo Borciani” XI edition, the quartet has won several prizes in international competitions including the "Premio Papini”, “Enrica Cremonesi” and got scholarships as “Hohenloher Kultursommer Hannover” and “Fondo Morosini per la Cultura” thanks to “Le Dimore del Quartetto”. In 2014, they were the recipients of the special prize “Jeunesses Musicales” at the X edition of “Premio Paolo Borciani”. The quartet has performed with many illustrious international artists, including Bruno Canino, Avi Avital, Claudia Bareinsky, Derek Bermel, Julian Bliss, Davide Formisano, Paolo Beltramini, Giovanni Scaglione, Yves Henry as well as Valentin Erben, the cellist of the Alban Berg Quartet with whom, in 2012, they performed the quintet for two cellos by Schubert. Quartetto Indaco is also dedicated to contemporary music with the goal of giving a voice to new musical language: In this regard they were awarded with “Premio Giuseppe Scotese” as best performer during the 53rd edition of ‘Festival Nuova Consonanza’ in Roma; as well Quartetto Indaco is ’ensemble in residence' at the ‘International HighScore Festival’ of Pavia since 2010. The quartet has received enthusiastic and glowing reviews from many music critics: the Ttela Newspaper of Sweden wrote “their performance is like a stupefying show of fireworks, so brilliant that the walls could hardly contain it”. Il Giornale di Vicenza describes the quartet as “compact, full of polish and exuberance, a real revelation. The Quartetto Indaco shows lucid precision, concentration and great ability”.
 
   
     
     
  CORRADO RUZZA

Corrado Ruzza studied at the Conservatory in Verona and later at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna under the guidance of Paul Badura-Skoda. He then completed his in-depth studies with Norbert Brainin, Jörg Demus, Michele Campanella, Dario De Rosa and Ferdinand Rauter, who was one of the inspirers and founders in London of the Amadeus Quartet.
He has given concerts in major halls in Europe, in the United States and in Russia, both in chamber music ensambles and as soloist in orchestral performances.
He is nowadays frequently seen to collaborate with various instrumentalists and singers in concerts, radio broadcasts and recordings. He is at present permanent pianist of the National Museum Giuseppe Verdi in Busseto and official pianist of the international competition AudiMozart! in Rovereto for wind instruments.
Since 1989 he is head of Chamber Music at the Conservatory "F. A. Bonporti" in Riva del Garda, where he also leads projects for research and enhancement of historical heritage. He has also held masterclasses and conferences for the Sacramento Youth Symphony in the US, for the Musical Academy in Finland and for the Magdeburg University in Germany and for the Summer Academy of Radovljica (Slovenia).
 
     
     
     
 
MARCELLO SCANDELLI

Marcello Scandelli was born into a family of musicians. He studied at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi di Milano with Giuseppe Lafranchini, principal cellist of Teatro della Scala and later with Paul Tortelier and G.Eckard. He studied chamber music with the Trio di Trieste and won a scholarship and a Diploma of Merit at the Chigiana Academy of Siena. He also won a scholarship as Best Student of Chamber Music at the Scuola di Alto Perfezionamento di Fiesole. He has been a member of the Milano Classica for the past ten years in the role of principle cellist (as well as soloist and conductor)where he has collaborated with important artists such as Franco Gulli, Danilo Rossi, Anahi Carfi, Marco Fornaciari, Fabio Biondi, Stefano Montanari and Ottavio Dantone. Marcello Scandelli has concertised extensively in Italy, Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, England, Slovenia, Spain, U.S.A. and Finland. He was the principle cellist of the Piccola Sinfonica di Milano with which he appeared as soloist in important concert halls in Italy and abroad. In 1990 he began his career in ancient music which led him to perform with groups such as Giardino Armonico, Europa Galante, Archipelago, Accademia della Magnifica Comunità, Camerata Anxanum, Festa Rustica, Il Falcone, Accademia degli Invaghiti, Il Canto di Orfeo, Accademia i Filarmonici, Dolce e Tempesta, Musica Laudante ,L'Aura Soave, Ensemble MeranoBaroque, Il Complesso Barocco, Brixia Musicalis, Ensemble Granville and L'Ensemble Baroque de Nice. He has recorded for Fonè, Agorà, Nuova Era, Tactus, Bongiovanni , Dynamic ,Brilliant , Avie, Velut Luna e Fonit Cetrarecently , in the role of conductor and soloist of Orchestra da Camera Milano Classic. He was invited to hold classes in baroque cello at the Nervi Musei in Musica, an international festival which holds courses in ancient music, alongside Bob Van Asperen, Monica Huggett and Vittorio Ghielmi. In 1996 he founded l'Ensemble Il Furibondo, an instrumental group which specializes in music from the canzona of the 17th century to the cantatas, both secular and sacred, and Sonatas of the 18th century. He is the cello soloist and co-director of " La Follia Barocca”.
 
     
     
     
 
ALICE VALENTE VISCO

Alice Valente Visco was born in Rome and has lived for long periods in India and Indonesia since the age of three. In Italy, she has studied with, among others, F. Iacozzilli, M. Monetta, V. Binasco, D. Fo, and F. Rame. She debuted in 2011 in the role of Medea (Medea, directed by G. Greco). She has appeared in: O cu nui o cu iddi (monologue, r. by L. Aprati and E. Fierro); Alcesti. La terra dei lombrichi and Gola. In tre movimenti (r. C. Guidi - Raffaello Sanzio Societas); Paesaggio (by H. Pinter, r. by F. Iozzi); Giovanni Falcone (r. by M. Di Bono); La poltrona and Le scarpe rotte (by N. Ginzburg, r. teatrofattoincasa); Amore ti odio and La guerra non è un gioco (forum theater, r. Teatro Invisibile); Come sta la luna? (in coll. with Accademia Ottoboni di Musica Antica, r. by D. Mastrangelo). Since 2017, she has been an actress and curator of several musical performances, including: Pace e Tempesta (in coll. with Ars Ludi Ensemble); Il mondo in giocattolo (dall’Antologia di Spoon River di E. Lee Masters, with G. Politi) and Il Mantello di G. Gogol (with C. Bono). She is also an author, interpreter and director of L'ultima rosa (a monologue on the life of Tina Modotti). She has realized three contemporary art performers within exhibitions of Roma Art Week: Canto d'amore, 2016, Attraverso, 2017, Crisalide, 2020.

 
     
     
     
     

 
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