Artists

SALVATORE ACCARDO AND FRIENDS

Salvatore Accardo made his debut in recital at the age of 13 playing Paganini’s Capricci.Two years later he won the Geneva Competition and in 1958 the Paganini Competition in Genoa.
His repertoire ranges from pre-Bach to post-Berg; composers like Sciarrino, Donatoni, Piston, Piazzolla, Colasanti and Xenakis wrote for him.
In addition to playing with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, Accardo performs in recital and particularly loves chamber music.
In 1992 he founded the Accardo Quartet and in 1986 the Walter Stauffer Academy together with Giuranna, Filippini and Petracchi in Cremona, where they regularly give master classes. In 1971 he founded the Settimane Musicali Internazionali in Naples, where rehearsals were open to the audience, and the Cremona String Festival.
Accardo has also dedicated part of his activities to conducting important European and American Orchestras. He recorded as conductor with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London. Since 1987 he conducts also opera (Rossini Festival with Ponnelle, Rome Opera House, Monte Carlo Opera, Lille and Naples Opera House).
In 1992 for the 200th anniversary of Rossini’s birth, he conducted in Pesaro Festival and in Rome the first modern edition of the Messa di Gloria (recorded live by Warner Fonit), that did again in 1995 in Vienna with the Wiener Symphoniker.
He recorded for DGG Paganini Capricci and Concertos for violin with Charles Dutoit , for Philips several recordings (Bach Sonatas and Partitas, Max Bruch works for violin and orchestra with Kurt Masur, Čajkovskij, Dvořák and Sibelius Concerts with Colin Davis, Mendelssohn Concert with Charles Dutoit, Brahms and Beethoven Concerts with Kurt Masur). He also recorded for ASV, Dynamic, EMI, Sony Classical, Collins Classic and Foné. Among these recordings are: Beethoven Concerto in D major and 2 Romances with Accademia della Scala Orchestra conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini for Sony Classical; Brahms Sonatas for violin and piano, Schubert Quartets, Paganini Capricci and Homage to Heifetz and Homage to Kreisler for FONÉ playing the legendary violins from the Cremona collection; for Dynamic Accardo played Paganini’s violin. Recently Foné re-masterised the Mozart Complete works for violin in 13 CDs in high quality technology.
Accardo has been awarded in Italy with Abbiati Prize by the Italian Musical Critics in recognition of the exceptional standard of his playing and interpretation and with the Italian highest honour “Cavaliere di Gran Croce”. In 1996 the Beijing Conservatoire named him “most honourable Professor”, in 1999 he was named”Commandeur dans l’ordre du mérit culturel” in Monaco and in 2002 he received “A Life for the Music” Award, and this year he was awarded by the Kennedy Center of New York with the Gold Medal in the Arts.
In 1996 Accardo recreated the Orchestra da Camera Italiana (OCI), whose members are the best pupils of Cremona “Walter Stauffer Academy” and recorded two CDs with them: The virtuoso violin in Italy and Masterpieces for violin and strings for Warner Fonit Cetra. In 1999 Accardo and OCI recorded the complete Paganini Concerti for violin and orchestra for EMI Classics, the “Concerto per la Costituzione” and in 2003 the complete Astor Piazzolla works for violin in 3 SACDs for Foné.
Accardo and OCI do every year many concerts together especially in Italy, where they play every season for the most important concert Societies and Theaters
Starting in 2007 he realized until now for Foné the second recording of J. S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, the third recording of Paganini’s 24 Capricci (Urtext) and the third recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with OCI (Urtext).
Salvatore Accardo plays a violin Guarneri del Gesù “Reade”- 1734

Laura Gorna
graduated from the “G. Verdi” Conservatory in Milan under the guidance of Gigino Maestri, further refining her skills with Salvatore Accardo at the “W. Stauffer” Academy in Cremona. She performs concerts in major Italian and international concert halls and is a guest soloist with numerous orchestras conducted by leading directors. In the field of chamber music, she has collaborated with Bruno Giuranna, Toby Hoffmann, Rocco Filippini, Bruno Canino, Michele Campanella, and Franco Petracchi. She has been a member of the Accardo Quartet since 1992 and of “EsTrio” since 2005, founded with cellist Cecilia Radic and pianist Laura Manzini. She has performed the complete chamber works of J. Brahms, F. Mendelssohn, R. Schumann, and P. I. Tchaikovsky for the most important concert institutions in Italy, a project that she began in 2002. Composers such as Silvia Colasanti, Fabio Vacchi, and Adriano Guarnieri have dedicated their works to her. As a soloist, she has recorded monographic albums of music by Piazzolla and Vivaldi with the Italian Chamber Orchestra, a recital with pianist Filippo Faes, and two CDs with EsTrio for the record labels Fonè and Decca. Laura Gorna has been dedicated to teaching for many years, holding advanced courses at the Pescara Music Academy and curricular courses at the “C. Monteverdi” Higher Institute of Musical Studies in Cremona.

Francesco Fiore
was born in Rome and completed his studies at the “Santa Cecilia” Conservatory in Rome under the guidance of Lina Lama and Massimo Paris, further refining his skills with Bruno Giuranna at the “W. Stauffer” Academy in Cremona. Winner of numerous awards and competitions, he has had an intense concert activity, performing in prestigious concert series in Italy and around the world, including the Chigiana International Festival & Summer Academy and the “Micat in Vertice” concert series at the Chigiana Academy, collaborating with S. Accardo, B. Canino, R. Filippini, A. Meneses, B. Belkin, R. Scotto, A. Pappano, B. Giuranna, A. Kontarsky, A. Mazdar, P. Amoyal, R. Küssmaul, and many others. For over twenty years, he has collaborated with Salvatore Accardo in chamber music projects and has been a member of the Accardo Quartet. He has been the Principal Viola of the Orchestra of the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma for twenty-five years, a role he also held with the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala in Milan and the Orchestra Nazionale RAI in Turin. He has been the principal viola of the Italian Chamber Orchestra since its foundation. He is a Viola professor at the “C. Monteverdi” Conservatory in Cremona. His discography includes numerous CDs for DECCA, RCA, ASV, AMADEUS, FONÉ, and FONIT CETRA. , He produced a television program for NHK Tokyo playing the famous and unique Stradivarius viola from the Royal Palace of Madrid.

Cecilia Radic
, an Italian cellist of Croatian origin, trained with David Geringas, Rocco Filippini, and William Pleeth. After winning numerous international awards, she debuted as a soloist in 1992 with the RAI Orchestra of Milan, performing Dvořák’s cello concerto. Following her first prize in the international competition “Premio Stradivari-Roberto Caruana” in 1996, she held concerts worldwide as a soloist, with orchestras, and in chamber formations at venues such as La Scala in Milan, the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Chigiana Academy, the Cartagena Festival, the Avery Fisher Hall in New York, the Teatro Coliseo in Buenos Aires, and numerous others. She is a member of the Accardo Quartet and the co-founder of the all female trio Estrio. Additionally, she has performed with musicians such as Isabelle Faust, Antonio Meneses, David Finckel, Rainer Kussmaul, Bruno Giuranna, Wu Han, and Bruno Canino. She has recorded for the record labels Decca, Chandos, and Foné. She is a cello professor at the “F. Vittadini” Conservatory in Pavia and serves as Cello Tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Francesca Senatore
, born in 1998, lives and pursues her studies in Cava dei Tirreni, in the province of Salerno. She began studying music at the age of 11 and after attending the Marco Galdi Classical Lyceum, she enrolled at the “G. Martucci” Conservatory in Salerno, where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Viola in 2019. She continued her studies at the “C. Monteverdi” Conservatory in Cremona under the guidance of Francesco Fiore. After completing her Master’s degree in 2021, she began following the courses taught by Bruno Giuranna at the “W. Stauffer” Academy in Cremona. Since 2020, she has been attending the three-year Chamber Music course at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome. She has integrated her viola study path both in solo and chamber music contexts, attending master classes held by renowned national and international masters such as Simonide Braconi, Patrick Judt, and Alexander Zemtsov. In 2022, she was admitted to the advanced Viola and Chamber Music course held by Bruno Giuranna at the Chigiana Academy in Siena.

Lucas Garcia Muramoto
was born in 2000 in Brazil. He moved to Japan where he had his first contact with the cello at the age of eight, but only began lessons at fifteen in Tokyo. In 2017, he returned to his native country to discover his roots and learn about its rich musical and cultural diversity, studying at the Osesp Music Academy (São Paulo Symphony Orchestra). Since 2019, Lucas has been living in Austria and studying at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg under the guidance of Giovanni Gnocchi. Additionally, he participates in master classes with Antonio Meneses at the Chigiana Music Academy in Siena as a scholarship recipient. He has received inspiration and valuable advice from leading figures in the international cello scene such as Jakob Koranyi, Jérôme Pernoo, Julian Steckel, Marcio Carneiro, Matias de Oliveira Pinto, Miloš Mlejnik, Pieter Wispelwey, Tamás Varga, Valentin Radutiu, and many others.
Lucas has an extraordinary passion for chamber music and has collaborated with renowned artists such as Alexandra Soumm, Alexi Kenney, Bartholomew Lafollette, Cristian Budu, Jeniffer Stumm, Matthew Rose, Roman Simović, Tai Murray, Yura Lee, and many more. In 2020, at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, he founded the Liron String Quartet with which he has studied with members of the Hagen, Kuss, and Minetti Quartets, and with which he has performed at chamber music festivals throughout Europe. As a soloist, Lucas made his debut in 2018 and has since had the opportunity to perform with various orchestras in Brazil. He made his European solo debut in 2019 with the Junior Orchestra of Japan. In the same year, Lucas was one of the winners of the prestigious Eleazar de Carvalho Prize at the Campos do Jordão Festival. He has been a member of the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now scholarship program since 2021.

ARIEL STRING QUARTET

“…a blazing, larger-than-life performance…” – The Washington Post
Distinguished by its virtuosic playing and impassioned interpretations, the Ariel Quartet has
earned its glowing international reputation. Formed in Israel nearly twenty years ago when its
members were middle-school students, the Quartet was recently awarded the prestigious
Cleveland Quartet Award. The Ariel serves as the Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University
of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where they direct the rigorous chamber music
program and perform their own annual series of concerts in addition to their busy touring
schedule.
The group’s 2017-18 season features performances for Shriver Hall Concert Series, the Lunenburg
Academy of Music Performance, and the New England Conservatory; on major series around the
United States; and on tour in Israel and Europe. In the 2016-17 season, the Ariel Quartet
performed the complete Beethoven cycle in Berlin, following a performance of the cycle for Napa’s
Music in the Vineyards, and toured with Alon Goldstein, while 2015-16 season featured their
debut at Carnegie Hall. Recent seasons included a groundbreaking Beethoven cycle performed at
New York’s SubCulture that featured a midnight performance of the Grosse Fuge, and a
performance featuring music by three generations of Israeli composers at the Kennedy Center in
Washington, D.C.
The Ariel Quartet has collaborated with the pianist Orion Weiss; violist Roger Tapping; cellist Paul
Katz; and the American, Pacifica, and Jerusalem String Quartets. The Quartet has toured with the
cellist Alisa Weilerstein and has performed frequently with the legendary pianist Menahem
Pressler. Additionally, the Ariel was quartet-in-residence for the Steans Music Institute at the
Ravinia Festival, the Yellow Barn Music Festival, and for the Perlman Music Program, and was the
Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-In-Residence at the Caramoor Festival.
Formerly the resident ensemble in the New England Conservatory’s Professional String Quartet
Training Program, the Ariel has won a number of prestigious international prizes including the
Cleveland Quartet Award, the Competition “Franz Schubert and Modern Music” in Graz, the Grand
Prize at the 2006 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and the overall Third Prize at the
Banff International String Quartet Competition as well as the Székely Prize for their performance
of Bartók. After that performance, the American Record Guide described the Ariel Quartet as “a
consummate ensemble gifted with utter musicality and remarkable interpretive power.”
The Ariel Quartet has been mentored extensively by Itzhak Perlman, Paul Katz, Donald Weilerstein,
Miriam Fried, Kim Kashkashian, and Martha Strongin Katz, among others, and spent
a formative year in Switzerland for in-depth studies with Walter Levin, the founding first violinist
of the LaSalle Quartet. The Quartet has received significant scholarship support for the members’
studies in the United States from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Dov and Rachel
Gottesman, and the Legacy Heritage Fund. Most recently, they were awarded a substantial grant
from The A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Family Foundation.

LEONORA ARMELLINI

Leonora Armellini was born in Padua (Italy) in 1992, and graduated summa cum laude from the Padua Conservatory at the age of 12 under the guidance of Laura Palmieri. She subsequently won first prizes at the “Premio Venezia” (2005) and at the “C. Togni” International Piano Competition in Brescia (2009). As a finalist at the XVI Busoni International Piano Competition, she earned numerous awards for her artistic qualities and artistic accomplishments such as the “Galileo 2000” (for her “great courage and talent”), which was given to her personally by Maestro Zubin Mehta. 
 She graduated summa cum laude at the age of 17 from the National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome, under the guidance of Sergio Perticaroli. Her artistic development has also been influenced by Lilya Zilberstein (Musikhochschule Hamburg) and Boris Petrushansky (Accademia Pianistica “Incontri col Maestro”, Imola). 
She has made more than 500 public appearances in important concert halls and festivals worldwide (Carnegie Hall – New York, Mariinsky Theater – Saint Petersburg, Salle Cortot – Paris, National Philharmonic – Warsaw, Teatro La Fenice – Venice, Steinway Hall – London, Tongyeong Concert Hall – South Korea, Musashino Concert Hall – Tokyo, Millennium Monument Theater – Beijing, Martha Argerich Project – Lugano), to name a few. Leonora has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras, (Orchestra Teatro “La Fenice” di Venezia, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Orchestra dell’Arena di Verona, Orchestra da Camera del Teatro “Alla Scala” di Milano, Warsaw Philharmonic, “Sinfonia Varsovia”, Cracow Philharmonic, Ukraine National Orchestra, Belarus Symphonic Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra of Lodz Philarmonic), and has performed under the batons of Alexander Rabinovich-Barakowsky, Jacek Kaspszyk, Ola Rudner, Andrea Battistoni, Claudio Scimone, Zoltan Pesko, Anton Nanut, Massimiliano Caldi, Christian Benda, and Bassem Hakiki, among others. 
Leonora is very passionate about chamber music. She plays regularly in the FortePiano Trio and the Duo Pianistico di Padova. As a member of the AMAR Trio, she won the prestigious “Abbiati Prize” for chamber music assigned by the Italian Association of Music Journalists. 
She has recorded many CDs, including the two Chopin Piano Concertos, the complete “Album for the Young” by Schumann, and the complete music for two pianos by Brahms and Poulenc’s Concerto for two pianos and orchestra (Duo Pianistico di Padova, with Mattia Ometto). Many of her concerts and interviews were broadcast by Italian and international TV and radio. Worthy of mention are her appearances as a special guest at the “Sanremo Festival” 2013, broadcast worldwide by RAI TV; recitals for “I Concerti del Quirinale” in Rome for RAI Radio 3; and a piano recital and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto conducted by Marco Angius for RAI 5. 
She has written a book in collaboration with Matteo Rampin entitled “Mozart era un figo, Bach ancora di più”, reprinted eight times and translated into Spanish. 
She is currently a member of the piano faculty at the Buzzolla Conservatory of Music in Adria (Italy). 

JULIEN BROCAL

Named BBC Music Magazine’s 2018 Revelation of the Year, Julien began learning the piano at the age of 5 and performed for the first time at the Salle Cortot (Paris) at the age of 7. He was trained by Erik Berchot at the Conservatoire National de Région de Marseille and Rena Shereshevskaya at the École Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot. He was supported by the Zaleski Foundation, the Assophie Association and the Fondation Safran during his training.
 He was spotted in January 2013 by Maria João Pires during an advanced course at the Cité de la Musique (Paris). She then invited him for an artistic residency at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Belgium.
She will present him in numerous concerts throughout the world, including the Warsaw Philharmonic for the prestigious Chopin Festival, the Florence Opera in the Great Artists series, the Sheldonian Theatre (Oxford), the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium (Las Palmas) and the Philharmonie de Paris.
He has also given numerous recitals around the world, including Wigmore Hall (London), New York Town Hall, The Flagey Piano Days, the Festival Classique au Vert, Piano aux Jacobins, the Chopin Festival in Nohant and the Tippet Rise Art Center in the USA (Montana), the Cambridge Music Festival, the Chopin Society (London) and the NCPA (Beijing), replacing at short notice the famous pianists Fazil Say and Nelson Goerner.
Highlights of the 2022-2023 season include the release in the fall 2023 of his third solo album “Here” dedicated to his compositions recorded at the Tippet Rise Art Center prior to the pandemic, a tour of the United States, and the release of a triple album by Deutsche Grammophon dedicated to Chopin with cellist Camille Thomas.
Julien is also a regular chamber music partner of cellists Lidy Blijdorp, Camille Thomas and violinist Rosanne Philippens, co-organizing with pianist Julien Libeer the chamber music festival “Pause Festival” in La Donaira, Andalusia.
Julien also works to bring music and the arts to unusual places, to organize workshops to introduce classical music, and educational projects for children in difficulty. He has contributed to the development of the children’s choir Equinoxe created by Maria João Pires and is involved as a conductor in the children’s choir Singing Molenbeek which works in the schools of Molenbeek in Brussels.
Music is often identified as entertainment, but it is also a tool that Julien proposes as a vector of care and therapy. He initiates with the Doctor in psychology of emotions Ilios Kotsou regular sessions of Musical Breathing, which will soon be broadcasted via an open source mobile application.
His first album published in 2017 is dedicated to the repertoire of Frederic Chopin with the 24 Preludes Op. 28 and the Sonata No. 2 Op.35. The recording was unanimously praised by the international press, the BBC Music Magazine said that it is a “Chopin bewitching”, giving it 5 stars and presenting it as its best instrumental album of the month.
His second album, consisting of works by Ravel and Mompou, was released in 2018 and was received with equal enthusiasm by the international press: Gramophone magazine editor Patrick Rucker wrote “I implore you not to miss the opportunity to hear this singular talent.”
In addition to traditional concert halls, Julien has created in his studio the “Jardin Musical,” a creative ecosystem reflecting the principles of permaculture by providing a space to produce live performances, recordings and residencies.

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 early music 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.
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, Günter Pichler. He has participated in the summer meetings of the European Quartet Academy (ECMA), as well as attending master classes for string quartet at the Fiesole Music School and at the Musikhochschule in Hannover.
He graduated with honors from the “Luigi Cherubini” Conservatory in Florence under the guidance of Andrea Nannoni, while also taking courses of the Fiesole School of Music with Filippo Burchietti. He then continued his studies with 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 his 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, and the Jeunesses Musicales and the Morosini Fund Culture Award.
A chamber player by vocation, he is the cellist of the Quartetto Indaco (quartet-in-residence at “Milano Classica”, Paesaggi Musicali Toscani and the “highScore” Festival of Pavia), with which he has an international career (finalist at the 2017 “Paolo Borciani” International Competition, and first prize winners at the 2023 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition). He has played for broadcasters such as RAI Radio 3 Piazza Verdi, RAI 5, and NDR of Hannover, and has participated in various festivals as a chamber musician and soloist such as at the Heidelberger Frühlings (2014-2016-2017), Festival del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, NDR Musikwochen, International MusikFest Goslar, Grunelius Concert in Frankfurt, the Milan Quartet Society, Paesaggi Musicali Toscani Festival, Anima Mundi Festival, Palazzo Marino in Musica, Milan Concert Society Music Festival in the Cloisters, Quatuor in Bordeaux, Trame Sonore Festival, Stradivari Festival of Cremona. and many others.
He is first cello of 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” and Neue Musik Ensemble of Hannover.
He has also studied contemporary orchestration, composition and word processing with Andrea Portera. As winner of several public competitions with the “Sconfinarte” house in Milan, his compositions were performed at the Teatro alla Pergola,Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Paesaggi Musicali Toscani Festival, Agimus in Florence, and the Strade del Suono Festival in Genoa. In 2018 he received a commission for a concerto for mandolin and orchestra for Avi Avital, in 2019 for a cello concerto for Enrico Bronzi, and in 2020 a piece for solo viola “In Freiheit” and a concerto for Simone Gramaglia.
He actively collaborates with internationally renowned soloists such as, Avi Avital, Enrico Bronzi, Uri Caine, Jorge Bosso, Derek Bermel, Claudia Barainsky, Julian Bliss, Christian Löffler, Giovanni Bietti, Franziska Pietsch and many others. He also records with “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 string quartet by composers such as Giovanni Sollima, Alessandro Solbiati, Federico Maria Sardelli, Nicola Sani and Michele Sarti. His debut album “ad Antiqua” (which also features him as composer) includes two pieces by Giovanni Albini and Davide Tammaro, and also “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 him for solo cello.
He plays a Charles Claudot cello from 1840 that he owns.

CONCERTO SCIROCCO

The ensemble Concerto Scirocco, founded in 2009, is dedicated to historically informed performance practice. This eclectic ensemble of early instruments is united by a common enthusiasm for the music of the renaissance, of the early baroque and of the baroque Era, and seeks to combine personal creativity with an awareness of historical performance practices garnered through experience of the world of early music.
Concerto Scirocco performs regularly in international Festivals such as: Midi Musique  Basel, Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik, Festival Internacional de Musica de Gaia, Brunnenthaler Konzertsommer, LAC Lugano Arte Cultura Concert Hall, Les Concerts de l’ADMA in Fribourg, Festival di Musica Antica in Magnano, Italy, Fabulous Fringe Festival in Utrecht, Holland, Festival Alte Musik Live in Berlin, Festival Freunde Alter Musik Basel, La Tribune des Jeunes Musiciens Genève, Les Concerts de Romainmôtier, Festival AMIA Alsace, Festival La Folia Rougemont, Label Suisse Festival Lausanne, Les Concerts au Château de l’Hermitage Condé-sur-l’Éscaut, Ceresio Estate Festival in Lugano, Festival Les Riches Heures de Valère Sion, Festtage Alte Musik Basel, CaronAntica Festival, Festival I Concerti delle Camelie Locarno, Altstadt Serenaden Basel, Festival Misteria Paschalia Krakow, Kammermusik Konzerte Theater Bern, Concerti d’Organo Venezia, Museo San Colombano Bologna Collezione Tagliavini, Festival Murten Classics, Domkonzerte Arlesheim, Festival d’Art Sacrée Sion, Les Concerts Bach de Lutry, Festival Cantar di Pietre Ticino, Davos Festival Young Artists in Concert,  Musiksommer am Zürichsee. Concerto Scirocco was broadcasted live for RSR Espace 2, Radio Svizzera Italiana Rete 2 and Concertzender.nl.
Concerto Scirocco’s recordings, in collaboration with Voces Suaves vocal ensemble and released by ARCANA / Outhere Music, were rated 5 Diapasons and the Diapason Découverte by Diapason Magazine, 5 stars from MUSICA Magazine, the “CHOC du mois” by CLASSICA Magazine and were nominated for the “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik”. 
Concerto Scirocco’s third recording, dedicated to the rediscovery of the venetian composer Giovanni Picchi and his “Canzoni da Sonar per ogni sorte d’Istromenti”, was also nominated for the “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2020” in the category “early music”, reviewed by BBC, France Musique, BR Klassik, SRF, nominated “disc of the months” in december 2020 by Rete Due, editor’s Choice in September 2020 by “The Classic Review” and and awarded 5 Stars from MUSICA Magazine. 
In 2021, Concerto Scirocco was one of the 4 winners of the “Kulturplatz” competition by SRF Schweizer Radio Fernsehen, selected among more than 60 cultural projects from Switzerland. A detailed reportage about the ensemble was filmed at the prestigious StadtCasino Basel. 

TODD CROW

Pianist Todd Crow has been widely acclaimed for performances in North and South America and Europe. He made his Carnegie Hall debut as soloist with the American Symphony in 1992 and his London orchestral debut at the Barbican Centre with the London Philharmonic in 1986. He has performed recently with the Jerusalem Symphony in Israel, and with Milano Classica and I Solisti Aquilani in Italy. He has also been heard in recital or in chamber music at Washington’s National Gallery of Art, London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. He is heard on BBC Radio in both live and recorded performances and on many American radio stations.
Since 1996, he has been music director and pianist of the Mount Desert Festival of Chamber Music in Northeast Harbor, Maine. His CDs include sonatas of Haydn and Schubert, works by Taneyev and Dohnányi, Liszt’s piano solo transcription of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, Ernst Toch’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the NDR-Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, and most recently, Schubert’s unfinished Sonata in C major in a new completion by Brian Newbould.
Born in Santa Barbara, California, he is an honors graduate of the University of California and the Juilliard School. In 1986 he received the University of California’s Distinguished Alumni Award. A member of the Vassar faculty since 1969, he is the George Sherman Dickinson Professor of Music.

RICHARD HAGLUND

Known for his expressive interpretations and meticulous attention to detail, Richard Haglund has earned acclaim for breathing new life into both traditional and contemporary repertoire. His ability to connect with musicians and audiences alike has made him a sought-after conductor for orchestras around the world and is often in demand as a guest conductor, performer and clinician.
As a guest conductor, Maestro Haglund has led professional ensembles in America and around the globe. These include the Camerata Chamber Orchestra (Cluj, Romania), the St. Petersburg Hermitage Orchestra (Russia), the Varna Philharmonic and Gabrovo Chamber Orchestra (Bulgaria), Capella Orchestra (St. Petersburg, Russia), National Chamber Orchestra of Moldova (Chişinău), The Milano Classico (Milan, Italy) and the Bantul Philharmonic Orchestra (Romania). Recently, he led the Vidin Bulgaria Philharmonic in a three-city performance of an all-Beethoven Program.
Haglund’s diverse experience includes Pops Conductor for the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra’s summer season, Assistant Conductor of the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra and the Bard Community Chorus. On Broadway he led a reading preview of “Song of Solomon” in New York City.
A native of Minnesota, Maestro Haglund received his musical training on Percussion and Piano. Haglund holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting from Bard College Conservatory of Music where he studied with Harold Farberman and Leon Botstein. In addition to his conducting study, he has studied composition with world-renowned composer Joan Tower at Bard Conservatory.
Maestro Haglund’s pursuit of musical excellence led him to conducting studies throughout the world with numerous teachers, most notably Gustav Meier, Paul Vermel, Larry Rachleff, William Jones, Apo Hsu and Philip Greenberg. His previous appointments include Music Director and conductor of the Erato Chamber Orchestra (IL), Heartland Symphony (MN), Northeast Orchestra (MN), and Sangamon Valley Youth and Community Orchestra (IL). He served as assistant conductor of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra for several seasons and visited thousands of elementary students every year in his outreach activities. In 2022 he was selected a winner of the International Conductors Workshop and Competition held in Atlanta, Georgia. His legacy is one of artistic brilliance, dedication to education, and a profound love for the trans formative power of music.

GOMALAN BRASS

The GOMALAN BRASS Quintet is an eclectic and extremely dynamic brass group, made up of five refined musicians: Marco Pierobon (trumpet), Francesco Gibellini (trumpet), Nilo Caracristi (horn), Gianluca Scipioni (trombone) and Stefano Ammannati (tuba). Thanks to the compelling synergy between performance ability and theatrical involvement, a distinctive feature of the quintet, the Gomalan Brass navigates with ease within a huge repertoire, which ranges from the Renaissance to melodrama and contemporary music, without neglecting forays into the repertoire of music for films. The repertoire and the events that the ensemble proposes and constantly renews together with the musicians’ renowned musical quality and their unique histrionic verve has been inspiring audiences and critics all over the world for more than twenty years. 
 Just two years after its founding, in November 2001, the group won first prize at the “City of Passau” International Competition, one of the most prestigious awards worldwide in the field of brass music, earning the respect of illustrious orchestra conductors (Mehta, Muti, Maazel, Pretre, Sinopoli, Giulini and Barenboim) and internationally renowned brass players, such as Roger Bobo, David Ohanian, Steven Mead, Dale Clevenger and Froydis Ree Wekre, all of whom agree in including the Gomalan Brass Quintet among the most interesting groups on the international brass scene. 
 The concerts of the Gomalan Brass Quintet have been broadcast by various radio stations including Bayerisches Rundfunk, Vatican Radio, Radio Canada, Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Radio Classica, Radio Tre (for which the group has performed several world premieres). 
They have performed in Italy for major concert organizations and venues including the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Unione Musicale Torino, International Festival of Stresa, Teatro Lirico of Cagliari, Festival MiTo Settembre Musica, Teatro Comunale of Vicenza, Teatro Ristori of Verona, Institution Universitaria dei Concerts of Rome, Chamber Orchestra of Mantua Tempo d’Orchestra, Chateaux en Musique Val d’Aosta, Settimane Musicali di Grado, Etruria Festival, Philharmonic of Trento, Friends of Music of Perugia, Meranese Musical Association, Galuppi Festival of Venice, Foundation Carispezia, Friends of Music of Novara, Friends of Music of Verona, Messina Philharmonic Academy, Asolo Musica Treviso, Friends of Music of Foggia, Etnea Music Association, Friends of Trapani Music, Musicariva Festival, Rovereto Philharmonic, Brass Festival Merano, Festival I Sounds of the Dolomites, just to name a few. 
 Their activity abroad is also intense, where they have performed numerous tours in the main cities of Japan (including Tokyo City Hall) and Taiwan, as well as in various chamber and brass festivals such as the Cartagena International Festival in Colombia, Harrogate International Festival and Oundle International Festival in England, the Limooux Brass Festival in France, Sion Festival in Switzerland, Haut Jura Festival, Krakow Festival, Torrent Festival and Salceda de Caselas International Brass Festival in Spain, Split Festival and Zagreb International Festival in Croatia, Lieska Brass Week in Finland, Kalavrita Brass Festival Greece, Uberlingen Festival Germany and in various chamber seasons in Austria, Poland, UK, Canada and Germany. 
 The quintet has numerous recordings, including the first two on the Summit Records label: Gomalan Brass Quintet and Swingin’ Pool. The third, for the Naxos label, Moviebrass, dedicated to film music, achieved enormous success and was among the most downloaded on the classicsonline.com website. The fourth CD was self-published to celebrate the first ten years of activity: 1999/2009 Ten Years Live. 
In 2010 a DVD was released which includes a complete live concert (Lodi, BNL Auditorium) and a documentary on the group. In 2012 another DVD release features the “AIDA” show, an arrangement and choreographic adaptation of Verdi’s opera for brass quintet, which for years the ensemble has been performing with great success all over the world. In 2016 the Gomalan Brass Quintet returns to recording producing “Back to Classics”, entirely dedicated to the classical repertoire. 
 The Gomalan Short CD was released in 2021, which establishes the long and fruitful collaboration with the American composer David Short: the recording includes the ingenious and irreverent transcriptions and original songs written by Short in a re-edition of the historic recordings of the ” David Short Brass Ensemble”, together with original pieces, never recorded, dedicated to the Gomalan Brass Quintet. 
 The 2022 CD “Tex in Brass” is a tribute to the great comic book hero, composed by an avid fan like Francesco Menini: a series of exciting musical paintings capable of transporting the listener to the “wild west” populated by Bonelli’s legendary characters. The CD was officially admitted into competition for the 65th Annual GRAMMY Awards by the Recording Academy. 

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 during her graduate studies at Juilliard and is now a tenured professor at Cornell University.  Together with the Aizuri Quartet, she was awarded the Gold Medal at the 2017 Osaka International Competition, the 2018 M-Prize, and a 2019 GRAMMY® nomination for their debut album, Blueprinting.  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.
A recipient of a Cornell University Affinito-Stewart Faculty 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.  While on sabbatic leave from Cornell in 2016, Ariana lived and worked 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 Department, and a group of North African and Mid-East refugees.  She performed two solo recital tours in Northern and Central Italy featuring works from J.S. Bach to Elliott Carter to bluegrass fiddle tunes; she is set to return to her “home away from home” this coming summer for a solo appearance at the Paesaggi Musicali Toscani – a festival for which she became the newly appointed Co-Artistic Director in August 2019.
Ariana now marks her 17th season with The Knights, a New York-based imaginative and diverse musical collective that performs programs ranging from string quartets to bluegrass tunes and world 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.  The ensemble began a residency at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall in the fall of 2023.
Ariana also 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.  Their dedication to the interpretation of graphic scores, open notation and collective improvisation led to a rare recording of the chamber music of Earle Brown, available on MODE Records.
Raised in Minnesota by parents Ellen and Young-Nam whom were her teachers from age 3 to 17, Ariana finds another musical home in her native Twin Cities as she is now in her 18th season with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota.  Recent collaborations have included performances with Robert Mann, Fred Sherry, Peter Wiley, Samuel Rhodes, Nobuko Imai, Charles Neidich, and Leon Fleisher.  The proud educational wing of the Society, CMSMnext brings her to Twin Cities schools, conservatories, and community programs to offer presentations, outreach workshops and master classes.  She joined her father Young-Nam in a Co-Artistic Directorship of the CMSM in the 2019-2020 season.
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 20th consecutive year, the Northern Lights Chamber Music Institute for the 13th time, and the Crowden Music Center Chamber Music Institute for the sixth time.  She volunteers annually with the Title One school, Castillero Middle in San Jose, CA and has presented master classes throughout the U.S. and abroad at such institutions as Kent State University, The MacPhail Center, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ariana received her masters and doctorate from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of the late Robert Mann, her undergraduate degree from the San Francisco Conservatory with Ian Swensen and Camilla Wicks, and usually co-resides in Ithaca and New York City.  During the 2021 calendar year, she lived and worked in Seoul, South Korea studying ancient traditional Korean instruments and music, teaching as a visiting artist at Seoul National University, and rock-climbing many mountains.

DANNY KIM

Violist Danny Kim joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2016-2017 season and was appointed 3rd chair of the viola section during the 2017-18 season. A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, he earned his master of music degree in viola performance from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Samuel Rhodes. Having begun his musical studies at a young age on the violin with his mother, Ellen Kim, he transitioned to the viola in high school under Sabina Thatcher. Mr. Kim completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied with Sally Chisholm, receiving a BA in viola performance and a certificate in East Asian Studies. An alumnus of the Tanglewood Music Center, where he won the Maurice Schwartz Prize, he has participated in such festivals as the Pacific Music Festival, Lucerne, Aspen, and Marlboro and has toured with Musicians from Marlboro. As a teacher, he was in residence with El Sistema in Caracas and the Northern Lights Chamber Music Institute in Ely, Minnesota. Mr. Kim also appeared on Sesame Street with conductor Alan Gilbert and participates in the BSO’s Concerts for Very Young People at Boston Children’s Museum. As an avid chamber musician, he has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Concordia Chamber Players, and Pro Arte Quartet, and has collaborated with artists including Joseph Silverstein, Peter Wiley, Marcy Rosen, Richard O’Neill, Charles Neidich, Anthony McGill, among others. Mr. Kim toured South Korea in 2014 with his string quartet, Quartet Senza Misura, and violist Richard O’Neill, and was also a tenured member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra while earning his undergraduate degree. He was also one of the first musicians to participate in the Boston Symphony-Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra musician exchange, joining the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, Germany during the 2018-19 season. Recently Mr. Kim joined the Boston University College of Fine Arts faculty as a Lecturer in Music.

MIRKO LANDONI

Mirko Landoni has been second horn of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale della Santa Cecilia since 2018, a role he previously held with the Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento beginning in 2013. Born in Milan in 1988, he graduated in 2008 from the conservatory in his native city under the guidance of Maestro Brunello Gorla. In 2009, he participated in an advanced course with Maestro Guido Corti at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole and pursued a Master of Art in Music Performance at the Lugano Conservatory with Maestro David Johnson. 
He has participated in various master classes with internationally renowned musicians such as Radovan Vlatkovic, Radek Baborak, Dale Clevenger, Hermann Baumann, Markus Maskuniitty, Zora Slokar, Rex Martin, Sarah Willis, Will Sanders, and the American Horn Quartet. In 2010, he won the audition for the Teatro alla Scala di Milano, with which he collaborated continuously for the following three years. 
Mirko Landoni has collaborated in various roles with prestigious orchestras, including the “Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana,” “Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI,” “Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino,” “Orchestra dell’Arena di Verona,” “Orchestra La Verdi” in Milan, “Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano,” “Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini,” “Orchestra da camera di Mantova,” and others. He was invited as Substitute Principal Horn in the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in 2013 and 2015. 
 He has played under the direction of world-class conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Kirill Petrenko, Semyon Bychkov, Valery Gergiev, Paavo Järvi, John Eliot Gardiner, Gustavo Dudamel, Herbert Blomstedt, Antonio Pappano, Daniel Harding, Myung-Whun Chung, Daniele Gatti, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gianandrea Noseda, Jeffrey Tate, Juraj Valčuha, Fabio Luisi, Marc Albrecht, Claus Peter Flor and Robin Ticciati, among others. 
 Since 2020, Mirko Landoni has been creating content and giving lessons and courses on horn and the psychology of musical performance. He has taught at the “Santa Fiora in Musica” courses, the “Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali Rinaldo Franci” in Siena, and the Etna Horn Festival. Currently, he teaches horn and chamber music at the “Avos” music school in Rome. 

ELEONORA MATSUNO

Born in 1984 in Milan, Eleonora graduated in 2003 with highest honors from the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan in the class of Maestro Umberto Oliveti. In 2007, she obtained, again with highest honors, her second level degree in violin under the guidance of Maestro Gabriele Baffero. She continued her training at the Scuola di Musica of Fiesole in the post graduate class of Maestro Felice Cusano.
She collaborates with several prestigious orchestras, nationally and internationally, including the International Mahler Orchestra (Germany), the Camerata Nordica (Sweden) and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. She has performed the role of concertmaster in orchestras such as the Orchestra Regionale Toscana, the Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana, the Orchestra del Teatro Coccia of Novara, the Orchestra of the “Marialisa de Carolis” of Sassari and the Camerata Nordica. She is the permanent concertmaster of the Orchestra da Camera Milano Classica.  
 Eleonora is the first violinist of the Quartetto Indaco, which she co-founded in 2007. The ensemble has won numerous prizes at some of the most important national and international chamber music competitions including first prize at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition 2023. Eleonora has also performed in chamber ensembles and as soloist in numerous venues in Italy and abroad, obtaining the enthusiastic approval of critics. She has also participated in various radio broadcasts including, in quartet formation, for RAI Radio 3 (Concerti del Quirinale and the “Piazza Verdi” program) and for BBC Radio Live in England.

ROGER MOSELEY

Roger Moseley is an associate professor of music at Cornell University. He holds a PhD in musicology from the University of California, Berkeley, and studied with Graham Johnson in the collaborative piano MMus program at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, which he completed with distinction. His book Keys to Play: Music as a Ludic Medium from Apollo to Nintendo features recordings of music by Mozart, Beethoven, Bizet, and C. P. E. Bach made alongside Cornell colleagues Ariana Kim and Malcolm Bilson. Next month, he will coach chamber music and teach historical improvisation at the Chamber Music Collective’s annual festival in Lewisburg, PA.  His historical and musicological knowledge and technical prowess on keyboards of the 17th, 18th, and 19th century have made him a unique talent among keyboard scholars of this generation.

HANA MUNDIYA

Praised for her “violin pyrotechnics” (BBC Music Magazine, 2023), Hana Miyamoto Mundiya is a sought-after performer on the world’s top stages. Having made her solo debut with the New York Philharmonic at age 13 in David Geen Hall at Lincoln Center, Hana is a versatile soloist and chamber musician, and has performed internationally in Italy, Sweden, Japan, Germany, France, Austria, Spain, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Switzerland.
A prizewinner of many international violin competitions, including the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria, the Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition in Germany, and the Kosciuszko Foundation Wieniawski Competition and the Hudson Valley Competition in New York, Hana has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, the United Nations Headquarters, the Kurhaus Wiesbaden, and Paesaggi Musicali Toscani, and chamber music at Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and Walt Disney Concert Hall. She regularly plays with renowned Swedish pianist Per Tengstrand, and was featured in his award-winning documentary lm, Beethoven – Freedom of the Will, about the timeless power of Beethoven’s music. As a baroque violinist, she has performed with The Academy of Ancient Music at Walt Disney Concert Hall, The English Concert, and Early Music Princeton.
Committed to engaging with her audiences outside the concert hall, Hana works with the agencies of the United Nations – including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), UNICEF, and UNESCO – as well as the Red Cross and RAINN to support survivors of gender-based violence. She has also collaborated with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in an educational partnership.
Born and raised in New York City, Hana holds a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School.

ORCHESTRA DA CAMERA MILANO CLASSICA

Founded in 1993, Orchestra da Camera Milano Classica has the unique distinction of being the only string chamber orchestra in Milan. Since the 2018-19 season, the ensemble has been under the artistic direction of Claudia Brancaccio. Led by the members of Quartetto Indaco, the nucleus of the orchestra is made up of highly experienced chamber musicians as well as members of top Italian and international ensembles. One of the orchestra’s objectives is to offer the concert-goers a unique experience, in which the orchestra performs in a manner similar to a string quartet. This philosophy results in the orchestra’s preference to perform mainly without a conductor and to make music with the approach typically reserved for chamber music. Milano Classica’s repertoire ranges from the Baroque-classical period to contemporary music. The ensemble has collaborated with internationally renowned soloists and conductors, and has performed as a guest orchestra on some of the most prestigious stages, proudly exporting the name of Milan throughout the world. Many composers have written specifically for the orchestra, and numerous recordings have received awards and recognition from specialized critics.

QUARTETTO DI CREMONA

Since its formation in 2000, the Quartetto di Cremona has established a reputation as one of the most exciting chamber ensembles on the international stage. Regularly invited to perform in major music festivals and halls in Europe, North and South America, and Far East, they garner universal acclaim for their high level of interpretive artistry.
Highlights of recent and upcoming seasons are the performances at the Wigmore Hall (London), at the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), at the Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg), at the Konzerthaus in Berlin, at the Brucknerhaus (Linz), in Geneve, Stockholm, Schwarzenberg, Kuhmo, Prague, Mumbai, Taipei, Beijing, and for the Fundación Juan March in Madrid and the Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center in New York. North American tours are regularly planned twice a year, with the Carnegie Hall debut scheduled for October 2023 as well as a re-invitation from the CMS in March 2024 at the Lincoln Center.
The Quartet is also collaborating with numerous artists such as Eckart Runge, Till Fellner, Pablo Barragan, Kit Armstrong, David Orlowsky, Miguel da Silva, the Emerson String Quartet and the Pavel Haas Quartet.
On the discographic side, a new CD will soon be released with the ensemble own version of The Art of Fugue, performed with seven instruments so as not to alter the original writing of Bach’s score.
Previous recordings include: “Italian Postcards” (2020, Avie Records); a double CD dedicated to Schubert (2019, Audite); the complete Beethoven String Quartets (20128, Audite). All of them were received with great interest by international critics, as well as winning discographic prizes.
Frequently invited to present masterclasses in Europe, Asia, North and South America, the members of the quartet have been Professors at the Walter Stauffer Academy in Cremona since 2011.<
Prized in 2019 with the “Franco Buitoni Award” by BBT for their constant contribution to the promotion of chamber music in Italy and around the world, they are ambassadors for the international project “Friends of Stradivari” and honorary citizen of Cremona. They also endorse “Le Dimore del Quartetto” and Thomastik Infield Strings.

MARTTI ROUSI

Martti Rousi is one of the leading cellists of his generation. He has been equally succesful both as an international soloist and an dedicated educator. In 1986 Rousi won the silver medal at the VIII Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow.
Since that he has been performing with leading Scandinavian and European orchestras like Helsinki, Stockholm and Oslo Radio symphonies,Copenhagen philharmonic,CBSO in Birmingham, Mariinsky orchestra,Moscow symphony, Polish and Hungarian national orchetras, Statsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfaltz, Shanghai and Johannesburg philharmonic working with conductors like Esa-Pekka Salonen, Valeri Gergiev, Okko Kamu, Osmo Vänskä, Sakari Oramo, Olli Mustonen, Ari Rasilainen, Leif Segerstam, Emmanuel Krivine, Bernhart Klee, Joseph Swensen and Muhai Tang. Rousi has an extensive repertoire with smaller orchestras from baroque to modern appearing with Moscow, Munich, Ostrobotnia, Tallinn and Toulouse chamber orchestras.
During 1990s Rousi played in piano trio with violinist Leonidas Kavakos and pianist Peter Nagy, performing also Beethoven triple and Brahms double concertos. In recitals he appears with pianists like Olli Mustonen, Kathryn Stott, Henri Sigfridsson, Laura Mikkola, Massimo Somenzi and Juhani Lagerspetz. He is also invited to many leading chamber music festivals all over the world. Between 1993 and 2009 Rousi was the artistic director of Turku music festival, during his years many legendary artists like Svjatoslav Richter, Yehudi Menuhin, Vladimir Azkenazy, Valeri
Gergiev and Lang Lang appeared there.In 2010 he became the artistic director of SIBAFEST in Helsinki, 2010-2011 he was artistic director of Sibelius –series at Verkatehdas in Hämeenlinna. 2012 he was named artistic director of Suvisoitto in Sysmä. 2019 he became the director of a new Cellofest in Helsinki which gathers exiting young soloists to leading concert halls in Finland.He has been serving as a jury member for major international competitions like the XIV Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow 2011and 2015,Vittorio Gui in Florence, Lyon International duo competition, Eleanore Schoenfeld competition, Classic Strings in Vienna, Mravinsky competition, Solistpriset in Stockholm and Paulo cello competition in Helsinki.
His most important teachers have been Arto Noras, Janos Starker, Natalia Gutman, Valter Deshpalj and William Pleeth.
Since 1995 Rousi has been a professor of cello at the prestigious Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. His cello class there is attracting talents from all around the world. In 2016 he was invited to be a guest professor at the Shanghai conservatory of Music. Rousi is invited to give masterclasses in leading academies and festivals on all continents. His recordings include several solo and chamber recordings for ONDINE and FINLANDIA labels. He plays on cellos by Carlo
Giuseppe Testore from 1690 and J-B Lefevre from 1760 and Davide Cortesi cello made in Ravenna 2010. His favourite bow is a FX Tourte from 1810.

MARCELLO SCANDELLI

Marcello Scandelli was born into a family of musicians. He studied at the “Giuseppe Verdi” Conservatory in Milan with Giuseppe Lafranchini, the first cello of Teatro alla Scala. He continued his studies with Paul Tortelier, Gabor Eckhardt, Amedeo Baldovino, and the “Trio di Trieste,” with whom he earned a scholarship and Diploma of Merit at the Accademia Chigiana, as well as a scholarship at the Scuola di Fiesole as the top student in the chamber music class. He has performed numerous concerts in Europe, Russia, South America, and the United States, collaborating with artists such as Franco Gulli, Marco Fornaciari, Fabio Biondi, Stefano Montanari, Ezio Bosso, Ottavio Dantone, Sigisvald Kuijken, Monica Hugget, Enrico Gatti, Sergio Azzolini, Giuliano Carmignola, Mario Brunello, Massimo Mercelli, Isabelle Faust, and Patricia Kopatchinskaja.  He has collaborated as principal solo cellist with various early music ensembles.  He often appears  with “Accademia dell’Annunciata,” “I Virtuosi Italiani,” “Il Giardino Armonico,” and “Consort Gabetta.” He has performed with Milano Classica for over twenty years as cello soloist and director. In 1996, he founded the ensemble “Il Furibondo,” an instrumental group that allows him to tackle a wide range of repertoire from seventeenth-century canzona to concertos, from ricercares to liturgical and secular cantatas and from Renaissance dances to eighteenth-century sonatas. From the origins of this ensemble, together with Liana Mosca and Gianni de Rosa, he founded in 2011 the string trio on period instruments “Il Furibondo” String Trio. He has made many recordings, including “Viaggio a Napoli” for Stradivarius with music by Leo, Durante, and Fiorenza as a soloist and director with Milano Classica, and “Sacred Music in Lombardy” as director for the Pan Classics record label.

SHANE SHANAHAN

Grammy Award winning percussionist Shane Shanahan combines his studies of drumming traditions from around the world with his background in jazz, rock and Western art music to create his own unique, highly sought-after style.  He is a founding member of Yo-Yo Ma’s genre defying Silkroad Ensemble and has spent decades touring the globe.  Mr. Ma believes that, “Shane’s creativity comes from his ability to draw from the energy of the universe.” In 2017, Yo-Yo handed artistic leadership of Silkroad over to Shane and two of his colleagues, all three serving as Co-Artistic Directors for the following three years. His arrangements and compositions are featured on several of the group’s six recordings and he can be heard and seen on Mr. Ma’s Grammy Award Winning holiday CD/DVD release, “Songs of Joy And Peace.”  Shane has also performed and/or recorded with Bobby McFerrin, Aretha Franklin, James Taylor, Philip Glass, Alison Krauss, Deep Purple, Jordi Savall, Chaka Khan, Bill Frisell, Steve Gorn, Amjad Ali Khan, Jamey Haddad, Osvaldo Golijov, William Kentridge and Glen Velez, among others. Shane’s dynamic performances have brought people to their feet in the greatest concert halls of the world, including Carnegie Hall, after which the New York Times proclaimed, “By the time he finished in a virtuosic jester’s dance, limbs flying as he whirled back and forth between doumbek, cymbals and body parts, the audience roared with delight.”  He has also performed at the White House for President and First Lady Obama. 
 A strong believer in the transformative power of education, Shane frequently presents workshops and clinics at the world’s leading universities, including Princeton, Harvard, and Cornell. He is a Guest Teaching Artist at the Hartt School and the Eastman School of Music. From 2012-2016, Shane was the Lead Teaching Artist for the Silkroad’s arts-integrated education initiative, Silkroad Connect. In 2017 he was a Blodgett Distinguished Artist at Harvard University.  For several years Shane has also been doing intensive work with students of all ages at the Lame Deer School on an Indian American Reservation in Montana. He collaborates actively with the dance, theater and yoga communities in the New York area and while not on tour, he teaches drumming classes out of his studio Brooklyn. He has also played in the pit orchestras of several Broadway shows including Caroline, or Change, The Color Purple, Shrek, Spider-Man, Fun Home, Tuck Everlasting, Mean Girls, and Come From Away.

CAMILLE THOMAS

Optimism, vitality and joyful exuberance are elements of Camille Thomas’s rich and compelling personality. The young Franco-Belgian cellist, who signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon in April 2017, understands art’s power to bring people together, to unite individuals from diverse cultures, countries and backgrounds. Her charismatic artistry is driven by a passion for life and a desire to inspire others to open their hearts to the wonder and emotion of classical music. “I strongly believe that music has the power to enlarge the heart, to make you feel everything with more intensity,” she says. “Music gives hope for the beauty and greatness of the human soul.”
Voice of Hope, her second DG album, was set for international release on June 6, 2020. At its heart is the world premiere recording of Fazil Say’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra ‘Never Give Up’, the composer’s response to terrorist attacks on Paris and Istanbul, written expressly for Thomas, who gave his world premiere performance in Paris in April 2018. It is the first classical album recorded in partnership with UNICEF, reflecting the cellist’s desire to help others through her music.
Camille Thomas was born in 1988 in Paris. She began playing cello at the age of four and made such rapid progress that she was soon taking lessons with Marcel Bardon. She moved to Berlin in 2006 to study with Stephan Forck and Frans Helmerson at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik, and continued her training in the form of postgraduate lessons with Wolfgang-Emanuel Schmidt at the Franz Liszt Hochschule für Musik in Weimar.
Camille is conquering the world stage at a staggering pace. She has already worked with such conductors as Paavo Järvi, Mikko Franck, Marc Soustrot, Darrell Ang, Kent Nagano, Stéphane Denève and with orchestras such as the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Academia Santa Cecilia, the Sinfonia Varsovia, Staatsorchester Hamburg in the Elbphilharmonie, the Lucerne Festival Strings in the Herkulessaal in Munich, the Orchester National de Bordeaux, and Brussels Philharmonic.
Camille Thomas plays the famous ‘Feuermann’ Stradivarius 1730 as a loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.

IRENE VENEZIANO

Irene Veneziano performs regularly all over the world. In Beijing, she was appointed an honorary member of Beijing Bravoce Music Club. In Peru, she received the honorific title “Visitante distinguida”. In 2017 she was awarded the National Prize for Culture “Toyp 2017” and was also chosen for the exhibition “Donne–Mujeres italianas que han cambiado la historia” in Logroño (Rioja, Spain). 
 She made her debut at Teatro della Scala in Milan in January 2011, enjoying great success from audience and critics. In 2010 she was semifinalist in the prestigious 16th “International Piano Competition F. Chopin” in Warsaw and finalist at the “International German Piano Award” in Frankfurt in 2015. She received awards in more than thirty national and international piano competitions, including Prix Jean Clostre in Genève, second prize in B&B in New York, Premio “Casella” in Premio Venezia competition, and first prize and grand prix at the Tim Competition in Paris 2012. 
 Irene Veneziano has been featured on “I concerti del Quirinale” broadcast on RAI Radio 3, on Radio Clásica – Radio Nacional de España, on “The Pianist” broadcast of Radio Classica in Milano, and on Radio Popolare. She has also performed live three times on Radio Suisse Romande in Geneva for the “Espace 2” station. Interviews with her have appeared on TV (RaiUno, TeleEtere, AzzurraTv, Antenna 5), radio (Radio3, RaiRadio1, PuntoRadio, MWRadio, Bluradio, RSI, Radio News 24, Radio Popolare, Radio Abracadabra, Venice Classic Radio, Radio Energy, CKWR) and in magazines (LombardiaOggi, Il Giornale della Musica, ViviLombardia, Duemila, Suonare News and Nuove Dissonanze). 
 She graduated from the Istituto Musicale Pareggiato G. Puccini in Gallarate in 2005 with top marks and special mention. In 2008, she passed the Level II Academic Diploma for piano at the G. Verdi Conservatory in Milan, also with top marks and special mention. In the same year, she obtained the specialist piano diploma from Maestro S. Perticaroli at the Santa Cecilia Academy in Rome with top marks; she was also awarded the “G. Sinopoli” Scholarship for the best degree student from the Academy, receiving the award from G. Napolitano, President of the Italian Republic. She obtained the Diploma of Chamber music with special mention at the International Piano Academy in Imola, and in 2009 she passed the diploma of “Didattica della musica” at the G. Verdi Conservatory in Milan. 
 She plays in duo with the renowned flautist Andrea Griminelli. She has also played with important musicians such as the flutists William Bennett, Davide Formisano, Andrea Oliva (first flute Orchestra Santa Cecilia in Roma), Michele Marasco (first flute ORT), Matteo Evangelisti (first flute Orchestra dell’Opera in Roma), Alice Morzenti (first flute Staatstheater in Nürburg), Marco Zoni (first flute Teatro Alla Scala in Milano), Andrea Manco (first flute Teatro alla Scala in Milano), Paolo Taballione (first flute Bayerische Staatsoper in München), Sebastian Jacot (first flute Gewandhausorchester in Leipzig), Mario Caroli (Professeur at the Académie Supérieure de musique in Strasbourg and at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg), Angela Citterio (first flute Orchestra Pomeriggi Musicali in Milano), and Silvia Careddu (first flute Wiener Symphoniker); with clarinet players Fabrizio Meloni (first clarinet Teatro Alla Scala in Milano) and Marco Giani (first clarinet Orchestra Pomeriggi Musicali in Milano); with the first bassoon in the Teatro Alla Scala in Milano Valentino Zucchiatti; with the first cello of the Teatro alla Scala in Milano Massimo Polidori; with the Terpsycordes Quartet; with the first trumpet of the London Symphony Orchestra Philip Cobb; with the violinists Davide Alogna, Francesca Dego, Alessio Bidoli, Daniele Pascoletti (Concertino in Teatro Alla Scala in Milano); with the singers Saimir Pirgu, Piero Mazzocchetti, Barbara Frittoli, and Amii Stewart; with the guitarist Emanuele Segre and with the pianist Bruno Canino. 
 She has worked with conductors such as Yuri Bashmet, Stanislaw Kochanovsky, Pier Carlo Orizio, Ovidiu Balan, Reinhard Seehafer, Emmanuel Lahoz, Sergio Vecerina, Massimiliano Caldi, Giancarlo De Lorenzo, Stephanie Pradoroux, Elena Casella, Franco Vigorito, Roberto Misto, Roberto Bacchini, Sandro Pignataro, Luigi Di Fronzo, Massimo Alessio Taddia, Michele Brescia, Jader Bignamini, Roberto Pasquini, Keith Goodman and Vladimir Elner. 
 In 2015, the musical magazine Amadeus published her solo piano CD “Irene Veneziano live in Torino” and a CD dedicated to the Italian composer Ottorino Respighi in duo with violin; in 2016 her solo piano CD “Jeux d’eau” was released. She produced two CDs and one vinyl recording. Edizioni Curci published the CD enclosed to the score “Notturni” by Remo Vinciguerra. She recorded a CD with music by the composer Franco Salaris and a CD with music by Alessandro Tetragoni. Edizioni Vigormusic published her composition for flute and piano titled “Rêve” and her composition for piano solo “Profumo”. The musical magazine Suonare News published her demo CD on Celviano Grand Hybrid by Casio in October 2016, and the Velut Luna label published the CD “Sortilèges” of four-hand music with the pianist Eliana Grasso in October 2016. 
 Irene is a piano teacher at the “G. Puccini” Conservatory in Gallarate and has also taught in the Conservatories of Ravenna and Trapani.
 Irene has given recommendation for the digital hybrid piano Celviano Grand Hybrid by Casio. 
She is artistic consultant of the music festival in the oncologies “Music Donors”, and was artistic director of the Festival “From the lesson to the concert hall” organized in collaboration with Fazioli Pianoforti in the Showroom Fazioli in Milano from November 2016 to June 2017. She is artistic director of the International Piano Competition “Città di Arona”. 

STEPHANIE ZYZAK

Praised for her sensitive musicianship and heartfelt playing, violinist Stephanie Zyzak is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the most soulful and profound musicians of her generation.
At the age of seven, Stephanie made her first solo appearance with the Starling Chamber Orchestra at the Aspen Music School and became the youngest recipient ever to be awarded the Aspen Music School New Horizon Fellowship. The following year, she performed in Germany as an invited guest of the Internationale Kunst – Akademie Liechtenstein (IKAL). Since making her debut in 2004 with the Louisville Orchestra, Stephanie has performed as soloist throughout Germany, Russia, Austria, Sweden, Spain, Italy, France, and with orchestras including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, Southeast Missouri Symphony, and the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra. Recent and upcoming season highlights include performances at Caramoor, Carnegie Hall, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert series, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and the Phillips Collection, among others.
A deeply passionate chamber musician, Stephanie has had the privilege of collaborating with renowned musicians including Jonathan Biss, Kim Kashkashian, Ida Kavafian, Alice Neary, Danny Phillips, Marcy Rosen, and Mitsuko Uchida. She has also performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, Caramoor, the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, as well as on tour with Musicians From Marlboro.
Born in South Carolina, Stephanie is a graduate of New England Conservatory where she studied with Miriam Fried. Currently, she is studying at CUNY The Graduate Center with Mark Steinberg. She is also a founding member of ensemble132, a roster-based chamber music collective and was a 2020-22 Ensemble Connect fellow at Carnegie Hall.
Stephanie performs on a 1778 Joseph and Antonio Gagliano violin, generously on loan from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, and a bow by François-Nicolas Voirin.


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