Festival Orchestra

VIOLIN I

FEDERICA SEVERINI (Leader)

Federica Severini, born in 1996, graduated in violin at the Conservatory San Pietro a Majella in Naples with full marks, praise and mention. She attended Master Salvatore Accardo's specialization courses at the W. Stauffer Academy in Cremona and obtained a diploma in violin and chamber music at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. He obtained the MAS (Master of Advanced Studies) at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano with Maestro Klaidi Sahatci. She won the First Prize at the "American Protègè - International Concert Competition" in New York, performing in the Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall and the First Absolute Prize at the International Competition "Dinu Lipatti" in Rome. She also received a scholarship for the project "Il sogno di un violino" to perform as soloist with the Italian Chamber Orchestra conducted by Maestro Salvatore Accardo at the Teatro Eliseo in Rome. She is currently a violin in a row at the Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi in Milan and was eligible for the Violin Competition of the RAI National Symphony Orchestra. She has been a member of the staff of the Orchestra of the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala in Milan, performing also as a sidekick. She has collaborated with the Cameristi della Scala, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Teatro Verdi in Salerno, Orchestra da Camera Italiana, Solisti Aquilani, Tiroler Festspiele Orchesterakademie, Camerata Ducale and La Fil- Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano. She has performed with conductors such as R. Muti, D. Gatti, M. Mariotti, Z. Mehta, T. Gushlbauer, D. Coleman, J.Valçuha, P. Steinberg, I. Fisher, P. Rundel, P. Sorokin, W. Hermanto. He dedicates himself assiduously to contemporary music. He participated in the project Biennale College Music of the Venice Biennale in the years 2015-16 and in the exhibition "Assoli" of the Accademia Filarmonica Romana. She currently collaborates with Divertimento Ensemble in Milan with whom she performed at the Huddersfield International Contemporary Music Festival.

 

Da Won Ghang (Co Leader)

Da Won Ghang, born in South Korea, she graduated with honors from I.S.M. "L.Boccherini" of Lucca in the violin class of Maestro Alberto Bologni. He is currently attending the second year of the biennium. In the I.S.S.M "L.Boccherini" obtained the scholarships "AML", "FIDAPA", "PIERLUIGI GUIDI" and won the audition for the solo concert with the orchestra of the institute with which he performed Beethoven's concerto op.61 in 2018. He attended master classes with M° Alessandro Cappone, M° Pavel Vernikov, M° Uto Ughi, M° Chiara Morandi. He has obtained various awards at competitions including: first overall prize at the national competition "Jan Langosz", first overall prize at the regional music competition "Lions Club Grosseto Aldobrandeschi", first overall prize at the competition "Riviera della Versilia". He has had various experiences of chamber music with the piano obtaining first prize in the international competition Premio Crescendo and with the string quartet, with which in 2019 he took part in the masterclass of 'Music With Masters' in Pistoia where he taught with members of the Cremona Quartet, Eckart Runge and Alfred Brendel. In the same year was ideonea to the course of high specialization in String Quartet held by the Quartetto di Cremona at the Academy "W. Stauffer" as first violin. In 2020, he was selected to be part of the project "The Quartet Houses". In 2019 he took part in the "The New Generation Festival" in Florence as a sidekick collaborating with the orchestra Senzaspine. In the same year she was eligible to audition for the orchestra of the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala which she currently attends.

Katarzyna Piotrowska (Orchestra Manager)

Since 2015, Katarzyna Piotrowska has been studying with Magdalena Szczepanowska and Oriana Masternak at the Academy of Music in Krakow, Poland. She has received awards in Polish and international violin competitions. In 2012, she won 2nd prize in the International Violin Competition in Cieszyn, Poland, and placed third in 2013 at the National Violin Meeting in Zielona Góra, Poland. Katarzyna has collaborated with prominent conductors including Marek Moś, John Axelrod, Jose Maria Florencio, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Lawrence Foster. She was a member of Santander Orchestra (Poland), National Forum of Music Academy Orchestra (Wroclaw, Poland), The Young AUKSO Philharmonic (Sosnowiec, Poland), Summer Music Academy in Hundisburg Castle (Hundisburg, Germany). Playing chamber music is also an important part of Katarzyna’s activity. She has performed with the NFM Leopoldinum String Trio. She was a member of Ensemble Festival (Zamek Książ, Poland). Since 2019 Katarzyna Piotrowska has been working as an orchestra manager of the Lerici Music Festival (known before as Suoni dal Golfo Festival). Since the beginning of 2020 she has been working at the same position for Polish Art Philharmonic (Poland).

Eryka Piotrowska

Eryka was born in 1998 in Oława and started playing the violin at the age of 4 under the tutelage of Mrs. Maria Surówka. She is currently a 3rd year student of Prof. Magdalena Szczepanowska and Wojciech Koprowski at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Poland. She participated in a number of masterclasses under the supervision of Bartłomiej Nizioł, Xiaoming Wang, Prof. Szymon Krzeszowiec, Piotr Jasiurkowski, Prof. Marcin Baranowski, Prof. Danuta Głowacka-Pittet, Prof. Magdalena Szczepanowska and Janusz Wawrowski. She accomplished the ,Little Violinist” Competition – 1st place (2008, 2010), 3rd Place (2009); “Grażyna Bacewicz Competition, Wrocław -- Honorable Mention (2010), Violin Competition, Świdnica -- 2nd place, Violin Competition, Oława -- 1st place, “Modern Miniature after 1994”, Wrocław -- 3rd place (2015), Violin Competition, Zielona Góra -- Honorable Mention, IIIrd Chamber Music Competition With Piano”, Leszno -- 2nd place (2016), ,Karol Kurpiński Polonaise Competition”, Włoszakowice -- 3rd place (2016), Violin Competition, Zielona Góra -- 2nd place (2016), XI International Violin Competition Schloss Zell an der Pram -- finalist (2017), Scholar of the Mayor of the City of Wroclaw for the school year 2016/17.

Tommaso Bruno

Tommaso Bruno began his violin studies at the age of six under the guidance of E. Mazzacua. From the age of eleven he began his studies at the Conservatorio G. Puccini della Spezia, followed by Maestro F. Merlini and later by Maestro R. Marchesi. In 2016 he obtained his violin diploma with an A-plus rating of 10 cum laude. In 2018 he then undertook a two-year violin degree course at the L. Boccherini Institute of Music Studies under the guidance of Maestro A. Bologni, getting a rating of 110 cum laude. He won first prize in competitions held in Viareggio, Piombino ("Etruscan Riviera") and at the Conservatory of Genoa, together with some scholarships, in Chiavari ("Amici di Sara") and in La Spezia, within the Conservatory. In the summer of 2019 he started a master's degree in violin at Truman State University in the United States (MO).

Alice Palese

She was born in 2000 and graduated in violin in 2019 with full marks at the ISSM L. Boccherini of Lucca under the guidance of Maestro Alberto Bologni. She has been successful in several competitions including Riviera della Versilia (three editions), Premio Crescendo di Firenze, Città Piove di Sacco Competition, Lions Club Competition and many others, sometimes obtaining the first prize overall: Clara Wieck Schumann Association Competition, "Ugo Ferrario" Competition, City of Sarzana Competition. She has often taken part in masterclasses with important artists such as Alessandro Cappone, Mark Messenger, Ben Sayevich, Uto Ughi, Dimitri Berlinsky and, for two years in a row, she was welcomed to Rencontres Musicales Internationales at the Menuhin Academy where she had the opportunity to lecture with some of the greatest violinists such as Maxim Vengerov and Renaud Capuçon. At the age of eleven she performed for the first time as a soloist with orchestra performing J. S. Bach's Concerto for two violins in D minor; she also performed Dvořák's violin concerto with the orchestra. Many experiences in chamber ensembles for some important institutions (Amici della musica di Firenze). She has given concerts in Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Bulgaria. She is currently attending a postgraduate course with M° Mario Hossen at the New Bulgarian University of Sofia and, at the ISSM L. Boccherini of Lucca, the II level two-year course with M° Alberto Bologni.

 

Violin II

Caterina Coco

Caterina Coco was born in Catania in 1991, after starting her studies with Maestro Gemma Romeo, she attended the "V. Bellini" Music Institute in Catania, and graduated with honors, under the guidance of Prof. Carla Marotta. He continued his studies with the masters S. Girshenko, A. Kandinskaja, M. Kopelman, S. Pagliani, F. Manara, L. Marzadori, F. De Angelis. She has performed solo concerts and as first violin with the orchestra of the Istituto Musicale "V. Bellini" of Catania. After his studies, she collaborated as a soloist and as a first part also with the Aetna String Ensemble, a Sicilian string group that in recent years has gained acclaim from the public and critics. It was admitted as effective for the two-year period 2014/2015 and 2016/2017 of the Orchestra dell'Accademia del Teatro alla Scala di Milano. She collaborated with various orchestras including: Taormina Arte, Orchestra of Teatro Massimo "Vincenzo Bellini di Catania" and Luglio Musicale Trapanese (also as first part). She continues a chamber music activity that has seen her involved in projects with the musicians of the Teatro Massimo "V. Bellini" in Catania, and in other chamber music ensembles performed, as well as in national festivals (in quartet at the Festival Pontino in Musica 2016), and abroad (again in 2016 at the Pavillon Henri II in Paris with the Chagall quartet). In 2016 she also obtained the qualification to teach the violin in the secondary school of I and II grade at the "V. Bellini" Institute of Catania. She has recently collaborated with the Ensemble of contemporary music "G.Bernasconi" of the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala, under the direction of M° M. Chung in concerts of real parts with music by Bach-Vuataz, Ligeti, Stravinskij. She currently collaborates with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Mannheim, with the Orchestra of the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala, (under the direction of masters such as Cristoph Eschenbach, Manfred Honeck, Zubin Mehta, David Coleman, Adam Fischer, Fabio Luisi), she also collaborates with the Ernst&Young Orchestra of Rome (under the direction of M° Carlo Rizzari), OAV, Chamber Orchestra "Canova" also as first part, Orchestra del Teatro Sociale di Como, Orchestra Giovanile "L. Cherubini" and other chamber ensembles with whom he performs in Italy and abroad. She also took part as a member of the band on the 2019 tour of Laura Pausini and Biagio Antonacci. Since childhood she has cultivated a strong passion for jazz and improvisation, ranging from various genres and influences.

Valentina Palazzari

She began studying the violin when he was only three years old with the Suzuki method under the guidance of Prof. Heloise Hellier. She graduated with honors from the F. Morlacchi Conservatory of Perugia under the guidance of Maestro Paolo Franceschini. She was part of the chamber music class at the same Conservatory under the guidance of Maestro Francesco Pepicelli. He studied with M° Cristiano Rossi and Vadim Brodski and participated in various masterclasses with M° Sonig Tchackerian, G. Pierannunzi, Sergej Krylov. He is currently perfecting with Maestro Stefano Pagliani. She was the winner at the age of 14 of the absolute first prize at the Zangarelli Competition and at the F. Polverini National Competition. She collaborates permanently with the Orchestra Filarmonica Campana, the Symphony Orchestra of Sanremo, the Chamber Orchestra of Perugia, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Benevento, Umbria Ensemble. She participates annually in the Umbria Jazz event collaborating with artists such as Paolo Fresu and Quincy Jones. As first violin of the Quartet "Imago Sonora" she performed at the Institute of Italian Culture in Vienna. With the Quartetto Umbria Ensemble has collaborated in many concerts and in May 2017 on a tour in China performing in some of the most prestigious concert halls such as Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Chongqing Grand Theatre and Beijing Tsinghua University. In duo with piano, she has given several concerts also participating in the International Festival "Giovani Concertisti" of Castel Rigone. In 2017 she took part in a tour in China with the New Scarlatti Orchestra for the production of more than 30 performances including operas and symphonic concerts held in the most prestigious halls such as Tianjin Grand' Theatre, Harbin Grand' Theatre, Hainan Center for the Performing Arts and Xiamen Banlam Grand Theatre. She performed under the guidance of M° Lanzillotta, M° Sir Antonio Pappano, M° Carlo Palleschi, M° Giulio Marazia, M° Gianluca Martinenghi. In 2019 she made a tour in China called by the Orchestra Filarmonica Campana as First Violin in a row. In 2018 she was eligible for the 'Hearing of 150rchestra Orchestra Sinfonica di Piacenza and the 'Orchestra Europa in Canto. In March 2019 she was eligible, as violin in a row, to 'Extraordinary Audition of' Orchestra Giovanile Italiana. As a teacher she teaches Violin in the Secondary School of First Grade.

 

Carla Mordan

She completed her musical studies in Romania at the Liceo Musicale and the Academy of Music "G. Dima" in Cluj with honors, training under the guidance of authoritative masters including Stefan Ruha and Stefan Gheorghiu. She then attended a course held in Rome by the great violinist Ruggiero Ricci. Her solo activity, also with orchestra, began at the age of fourteen. Later she was the first violinist of the Romanian National Youth Orchestra. In her country she was the winner of several national competitions of instrumental performance. She then collaborated with some state philharmonic orchestras, making tours in Holland, Hungary, Germany and Italy, playing under the guidance of famous conductors. In Italy she then obtained diplomas in violin and music teaching and perfected her skills with the masters Alberto Bologni and Cristiano Rossi. Finally, she attended the 2nd level superior biennium at the Conservatory "G. Puccini" in La Spezia obtaining the diploma of soloist with full marks and praise. She collaborates permanently with various orchestras and chamber groups, especially in duo with piano. In South America she has given concerts as soloist accompanied by the Symphonic Orchestra of Los Llanos. In recent years she has recorded numerous CDs, some of them of contemporary music. She has also recorded some of Vivaldi's trios with guitarist Flavio Cucchi for the ARC record company in London. She is often invited as a jury member to various national and international competitions. Already first violinist of the orchestra "C. A. Mussinelli" of La Spezia, she has given many solo concerts accompanied by numerous chamber and symphonic orchestras, interpreting important works of baroque, romantic and contemporary violin literature. She currently teaches violin at the Liceo Musicale "F. Palma" in Massa.

Chiara Mura

Chiara Mura was born in Massa in 1999. She began studying the violin at the age of six at SCM in Massa with the masters Matteo Gargani and Pier Paolo Riccomini. During these years she attended Masterclasses with Chiara Morandi, Cristiano Rossi, Gabriele Bellu, Virginia Ceri and Andrea Tavani and won the Rotary competitions in 2015 and 2018, finishing first.
Since 2018 she is enrolled in the First Level Academic Diploma in violin at the ISSM "L. Boccherini" of Lucca under the guidance of Maestro Alberto Bologni. She attends Masterclass of violin with Mark Messenger and Masterclass of chamber music with the masters Omar Zoboli and Pietro Bosna. In 2019 she won the audition for the role of the orchestra of the Boccherini Conservatory and plays in various orchestras including the Orchestra Toscana dei Conservatori and the Orchestra Toscana Giovanni Bria.

Alessia Rancitelli

Alessia Rancitelli, Italian violinist, obtained her violin diploma at the age of nineteen at the Conservatorio L. d'Annunzio in Pescara under the guidance of Maestro Pierluigi Mencattini. She was followed at the same time by M°Francesco Manara, first violin of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, and she held various courses of high specialization among which the one held by M°Cecilia Laca, first violin of the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. Already within the conservatory she began to approach the orchestral environment working with conductors and artists of the classical and pop genre: M°Leonardo De amicis, Riccardo Cocciante, M°Roberto Molinelli, M°Gianna Fratta, M°Nicola Paszkoswki, M°Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi and M°Alexander Romanovsky. In 2018 she joined the Benevento Philharmonic Orchestra, collaborating with internationally renowned conductors such as M° Sir Antonio Pappano, M°Ezio Bosso, M°Giuseppe Vessicchio, M°Anna Tifù, M°Luigi Piovano, M° Beatrice Venezi, M°Alvise Casellati, M°Francesco Ivan Ciampa and M°Alessio Allegrini. She performed in various tours with the Europe Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by M° Ezio Bosso and with the Youth Orchestra of the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome. In 2019 she began to collaborate with the Vittorio Calmani Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by M° Hossein Pishkar and from 2020 with the Orchestra Notturna Clandestina conducted by M° Enrico Melozzi and with the Monferrato Classic Orchestra. She takes part in various international festivals such as Ravello Festival, the Al Bustan Festival in Beirut conducted by M° Gianluca Marcianò and the Festival "Suoni dal Golfo" in Lerici in 2019 under the guidance of M° Gianluca Marcianò himself.

 

Eleonora Podestà

Eleonora Podestà, born in 2004, began her musical studies at an early age under the guidance of Maestro Pierpaolo Riccomini, making her debut at the age of 9 as a soloist with orchestra Chiavari Classica. In duo with piano she performed in Italy, Romania and Denmark. She has participated in numerous national and international competitions always obtaining the first prize, or the absolute first prize. For several years she has been attending courses and master classes held by famous violinists such as Salvatore Quaranta, Ilija Marinkovic, Cristiano Rossi, Duccio Ceccanti, Gabriele Bellu, Igor Cantarelli, Maurizio Cadossi, Klaidi Sahatci and Ernst Kovacic. She took part in the orchestral workshop organized by ISSM "Boccherini" of Lucca collaborating with Bruno Canino on Piano and Andrea Nannoni on Cello. She participated in the IMOC Festival 2019 in Chianciano Terme and attended the Summer Academy at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. She is currently attending the second year of the three years of the first level at the Conservatory "G. Puccini" of La Spezia in the class of M° Duccio Ceccanti.

Viola

Lorenza Merlini

She began her studies at the Conservatory of Florence with Maestro A. Vismara, and then graduated in 2015 from the Conservatorio S. Cecilia in Rome in the class of M L. Sanzò. At the same time, she attended the advanced course with M D. Rossi in Castel San Giovanni (PC). She then enrolled in his class at the Master in Music Performance at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana (Lugano), where she graduated in 2019. She attended various chamber and orchestral solo and orchestral masterclasses with M D. Rossi. Rossi, L. Sanzo`, F. Merlini, A. Ghedin, B. Giuranna. She has collaborated with various orchestras including the ORT Orchestra Regionale Toscana conducted by M Rustioni and the OSI Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana conducted by M Poschner as part of collaboration projects with the Conservatories. She collaborated in 2016 with the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana with which she performed symphonic and operatic programs under the direction of M Pretto, Paszkowsky, Poga, Valchua and others. In 2017 she was eligible to audition for the Puccini Philharmonic Orchestra, with which she gained experience in the operatic field. Since 2017 she collaborates with the Young Talents Orchestra EY conducted by M Rizzari. In 2017 she was eligible to audition for the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala orchestra, which she currently attends as first viola player. She has performed opera, ballet and symphonic projects in the Teatro alla Scala and in various tours and festivals in Italy and abroad (Pavia, Martina Franca, USA, China, Switzerland, Algeria, Oman, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia...) with internationally renowned conductors and soloists. In 2018/19 she worked in the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala in various projects, conductors M Luisi, M Axelrod, M Viotti. Also in 2018 she collaborates with the Ensemble Colibrì of Pescara; in 2019 she played the first viola with the Orchestra Maderna in Forlì, conductor M Bonato. Also in 2019 she played in the first projects of the newborn Orchestra Vittorio Calamani, conductor M Hossein Pishkar. Her passion for chamber music has led her to perform in various ensembles over the years: numerous collaborations with colleagues in Italy and abroad (concerts in Tuscany, Abruzzo, Lazio, Marche, Lombardy, Slovenia, Switzerland). In Milan she gave life to the BASE chamber music collective project, an international group of musicians who share vast experience, love for music and all forms of art. 

Teresa Robledo

Born in Madrid (Spain), she began her musical studies at the age of 7 at the Conservatorio Profesional de Musica Victoria de los Ángeles, with teachers Rocío Gómez Plaza. She finished her studies with an honorary mention. She began playing with the Joven Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid at the age of 17, and later with the Joven Orquesta de Castilla y León and also with the Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid. In 2015 he finished his high school studies at the Conservatorio Superior de Castilla y León with the master Iván Martín Mateu. She completed her Master studies at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana with maestro Yuval Gotlibovich, and since 2018 she has been a member of the Accademia Teatro alla Scala. She also expanded her education by participating in masterclasses with internationally renowned masters such as Reimund Korupp, Igor Sulyga, Jaime Huertas, Thuan Do Minh Dao, Vlad Bogdanas and Tatiana Masurenko. She has played with conductors such as Miguel Roa, David Ethève, Pablo Mielgo, Jordi Francés Sanjuán, Manuel Coves, Jaime Martín, Jordi Bernace, Sergio Alapont, Lutz Köhler, Wolfgang Kurz, Rubén Jimeno, Diego Fasolis, David Coleman, Paul Murphy, Oliver Diaz, Michele Mariotti, Zubin Mehta and Ivàn Fischer.

Marina Molaro

After accomplishing her classical studies, she graduated in violin and viola under the guidance of Renato Zanettovic. She also attended Piero Farulli’s string quartet courses at Scuola di Musica di Fiesole and Accademia Chigiana di Siena. Since then, she has worked with some of the most important Italian orchestras (RAI Turin, Chamber Orchestra of Padua and Veneto, La Fenice in Venice, Orchestra della Toscana etc.) and plays regularly in chamber ensembles. In the field of pop music and crossover, she has taken part to the productions and tours of such artists as Sting, Allevi, Bocelli, Renato Zero, Baglioni, Antonacci etc.

Francesca Senatore

She graduated from the classical high school in 2016 and in 2018 she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Viola with honors at the Conservatory of Music "G.Martucci" in Salerno.
She studied Viola with masters such as Simonide Braconi, Giuseppe Mari and Francesco Fiore. In 2018 she was admitted to the audition for the "Orchestra Giovanile Italiana" and was invited by Maestro D. Rossi at the Italian Swiss Conservatory. She is currently completing her second level degree in Viola under the guidance of Maestro Francesco Fiore.

Cello

Giulia Libertini

Giulia Libertini began studying the cello at the age of five with M. Aldo D'Amico. In 2001 she won her first national competition, obtaining the first prize as soloist and the first prize in the chamber music category. Subsequently she was the winner, in chamber music formation and as soloist, of numerous national and international competitions: In 2004 and 2007 she won the 1st prize in the "Anemos" competition as soloist and in chamber music formation and from 2003 to 2010 she participated in the international competition "Jugend Musiziert" always qualifying as a finalist and winning the third prize in the chamber music category with her trio. In 2012 she graduated from the Conservatory "Luca Marenzio" in Brescia with M. Claudio Marini. In 2013 she played as soloist at the Triennale di Milano on the occasion of the Cathay Pacific awards ceremony and in 2014 she played as soloist and in chamber music formation at the Ridotto of the Teatro Grande in Brescia and at the Auditorium San Barnaba in Brescia. In 2014 she won the first prize in the soloist competition "Luca Marenzio" in Brescia and then she is awarded a scholarship for merit by the Conservatory. In 2015 she made her debut as a soloist accompanied by the orchestra "Maggio" and the "Ensemble Luca Marenzio" with Haydn's concerto n.2 in D major for cello and orchestra. In 2016 she concluded the two-year cello course at the "Luca Marenzio" Conservatory in Brescia, obtaining the highest marks and praise and then deepens the study of ancient music with a Master in cello under the guidance of M. Scandelli. Since November 2015 she has been an effective pupil of the Accademia per professori d'orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, playing the role of first cello, thanks to which she had the opportunity to perform with M. Zubin Mehta on the occasion of the reopening concert of the Colosseum, performing the famous solo of Rossini's Guillaume Tell. In August 2017 she also collaborated with the chamber orchestra I Cameristi della Scala and in October 2017 with the Filarmonica del Teatro la Fenice in Venice. In October 2017 she had been the opportunity to perform L.v.Beethoven's "Triplo Concerto". In 2018 she was suitable for the auditions for cello in a row called by the Haydn Foundation of Bolzano and the Teatro alla Scala of Milan. In 2019 she was eligible as a cello in a row with the Youth Orchestra "L.Cherubini" and the Orchestra "Toscanini" of Parma. Since 2019 she collaborates as cello in a row with the Teatro "La Fenice" in Venice.

Francesca Giglio

She graduated in cello at the age of nineteen with full marks and praise at the Conservatory of Music "Martucci" of Salerno. In 2016 she obtained her classical high school diploma. She attended Master Classes with Gianluca Giganti, Ilie Ionescu, Gabriele Geminiani, Vito Paternoster, Denis Shapovalov, Ulrike Hofmann, Massimo Polidori, Giovanni Gnocchi and Asier Polo. She performed concerts as a soloist in chamber ensembles and in orchestra, also participating in numerous events including Linea D'Ombra, Festival Culture Giovani- Salerno, Ravello Festival etc..For two years she was part of the Youth Orchestra of the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome, also playing the role of first cello. She attended the two years of training at the Orchestra of the Accademia della Scala in Milan, where she was conducted by Zubin Mehta, Ivan Fischer, David Coleman, Manfred Honeck and Vladimir Fedoseev for concerts abroad (Geneva, New York, Muscat, Algiers, Riyadh, Beirut, Wolfegg), with famous soloists: Pollini, Manara, Braconi. He attends the Masterclass with Bruno Delepelaire, first cello of the Berliner, at the Music School of Fiesole.

Elettra Mealli

Elettra Mealli was born in Florence in 1997. She began studying the cello at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. Afterwards she attended the Conservatory "Luigi Cherubini" in Florence in the class of M° Andrea Nannoni, graduating with full marks and honors. Winner of competitions and various scholarships, she continued her studies at the Conservatory "Francesco Venezze" in Rovigo attending the two-year specialization under the guidance of Maestro Luca Simoncini, graduating with honors. She participated in various masterclasses of cello and chamber music held by Maestro Patrizio Serino, Andrea Nannoni, Giovanni Gnocchi, Bruno Canino, Alfonso Ghedin, Andrea Repetto, Christophe Giovaninetti, Antonello Farulli. In a Duo with the Piano she has performed various chamber music formations, giving concerts all over Italy. In 2018 she won the audition for the YoYo advanced training course organized by the Orchestra Regionale Toscana, participating in numerous concerts and performing in prestigious halls such as the Gasteig in Munich or the Brucknerhaus in Linz. She currently collaborates with the Orchestra Regionale Toscana as cello in a row.


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Emanuele Esposito

This year he obtained his diploma in cello with full marks and praise at the Conservatory "G. Martucci" of Salerno.  He attended master classes with masters such as Ulrike Hoffman, Silvano Fusco, Massimo Polidori and Luigi Piovano.  He performs concerts in orchestral and chamber ensembles. In 2019 he was invited to audition for two years of study at the Accademia alla Scala in Milan.

Double Bass

Nino Gambino

He graduated in 2016 from the Boccherini institute of Lucca under the guidance of Gabriele Ragghianti, a member of Solisti Veneti as well as a teacher of the Royal College of Music.
He has attended master classes with outstanding soloists and principal bass players such as Thierry Barbé, Dan Styffe, Alberto Bocini, Diego Zecharies, Ubaldo Fioravanti, Antonio Sciancalepore, Simon Garcia and Renaud Garcia Fons. He has played in several orchestras from Tuscany and Liguria for symphonic concerts, operas and recordings, notably the Arché Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Puccini Festival. Furthermore, he has also played in the Orchestra Toscana dei Conservatori and Orchestra Nazionale dei Conservatori. He has been a double bass teacher at the liceo musicale “V. Cardarelli” since 2018. He plays a 2009 double bass made by C. Scipioni.

Sofia Bianchi

Sofia Bianchi started studying the double bass in 2010, at the "Puccini" Conservatory of La Spezia and graduated with honors from the "Boito" Conservatory of Parma under the guidance of Professor Riccardo Donati. She currently attends master classes at the "Rinaldo Franci" Higher Institute of Musical Studies in Siena. She attended master classes held by double bassists A. Bocini, T. Barbé, G. Ragghianti, U. Fioravanti, A. Mazzantini, D. Styffe. He collaborates with the “Arrigo Galassi” chamber orchestra in Switzerland, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino orchestra, the Cameristi del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Carlo Felice orchestra of Genoa, the Philharmonic orchestra of Calabria and the Festival Pucciniano orchestra based in Torre del Lago. She performed the first Italian performance of the opera "Sardanapalo" by F. Liszt and two compositions by T. Shakidi with the Orchestra Excellence on the occasion of the Suoni dal Golfo Festival. She has performed with important conductors and soloists such as Alpesh Chauhan, Daniele Gatti, Fabio Luisi, Juraj Valcuha, Lorenzo Viotti, Bruno Canino, Sergej Krylov, Danilo Rossi, Federico Maria Sardelli, Lilya Zylberstein, Lorenzo Viotti, Riccardo Muti, Danilo Rea, Ezio Boxwood, Roberto Cappello, Dennis Russel Davies, Anna Tifu. In 2016 she performed, as a soloist, at the Teatro Civico of La Spezia, the Concertino for Double Bass and Strings by L. E. Larsson. In 2019, in collaboration with the Musica Con Le Ali association, she played the Duet for Clarinet and Double Bass by G. Bottesini at the Naval School "Francesco Morosini" in Venice. In collaboration with the municipalities of La Spezia and Lerici, she regularly performs in the province, especially in a piano duo and in a double bass quartet, for which she writes the arrangements. Since 2007 she has also dedicated herself to the study of electric bass. She has played as a bass player in various rock, progressive, blues bands and has participated in the recording of local singer-songwriters records. In 2013 she performed at the International Poetry Festival in a concert in memory of Franco Fanigliulo, for the association "Goodbye Mai". She also dedicates herself to the study of modern singing, attending seminars and also performing as a singer. She currently sings in a rock group with which she has an album released in 2018, three singles and an EP.

Conductor

Gianluca Marcianò

An Italian conductor, Gianluca Marcianò, has been increasingly in demand since his opera debut with Croatian National Opera in 2007. Praised in The Sunday Times for his “unfailingly theatrical and idiomatic conducting”, Marcianò works with opera houses in Oviedo, Minsk, Ljubljana and Yerevan, as well as in the UK (English National Opera, Grange Park Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North and Longborough Opera Festival). He has conducted many operas all over the world, among others: La Traviata, Tosca, Un Ballo in Maschera, Rigoletto, Die Zauberflöte, La Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Cosi fan Tutte, Alzira, Nabucco, Don Carlo, Eugene Ogienin, Samson et Dalila and Madama Butterfly.

Marcianò is the Artistic Director of the Al Bustan Festival in Beirut. He is also the founder and the Artistic Director of the Festival Suoni dal Golfo in Lerici and the Principal Guest Conductor of the National Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus. From 2011 to 2014 he held the position of Musical Director/Principal Conductor of the Tbilisi State Opera, where his opera performances included La Forza del Destino, Cavalleria Rusticana, Nabucco, Attila, Il Trovatore, Mitridate, Re di Ponto and Aida. During his time in Zagreb as the main conductor, he conducted Nabucco, La Traviata, Turandot, Carmen, La Cenerentola and Il Barbiere di Siviglia. In 2011 he conducted La Traviata at the Prague State Opera. From 2017 till 2019 Gianluca Marcianò was the Principal Conductor of Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad.

As an orchestral conductor, Marcianò has worked with many great singers and instrumentalists, such as: Elina Garanča, Sumi Jo, Simon Keenlyside, Sondra Radvanovsky, Olga Peretyatko, Danielle De Niese, Gautier Capuçon, Renaud Capuçon, Arabella Steinbacher, Anna Tifu, Francesca Dego, Alexandra Soumm, Steven Isserlis, Boris Andrianov, Maria João Pires, David Geringas, Khatia Buniatshvili, Sergei Krylov, Nina Kotova, Giovanni Sollima, Sergei Nakariakov, Denis Kozhukin and Alexander Buzlov. He has conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia, Polish Baltic Philharmonic, Wroclaw Philharmonic, the Georgian Philharmonic, the Tokyo New City Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, the Oviedo Filarmonia, the Moscow City Russian Philharmonic, the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra Classica de Madeira, the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, the BBC Concert Orchestra, The World Orchestra, the Voivodina Symphony Orchestra, the Macau Orchestra, the Beijing Symphony Orchestra and many others.

Giulio Arnofi, Assistant Conductor & Librarian

Among his recent engagements in 2019: Giuanin Pipeta, opera for kids with Orchestra Sinfonica La Verdi di Milano, Don Giovanni di W. A. Mozart at the Teatro del Carcano in Milan with the Orchestra Sinfonica del Conservatorio di Milano (OSCoM), Barbiere di Siviglia of G. Rossini at the State Opera House of Varna (Bulgaria). Graduated in orchestra conducting at the Conservatory of Bologna with M° Acocella, where he studied composition with the M° Cristina Landuzzi. He has also conducted the Stabat Mater of G. Rossini with Orchestra Senzaspine at the Teatro Comunale “C. Abbado” di Ferrara and La Traviata of G. Verdi at the Teatro Comunale “L. Mancinelli” of Orvieto. He was curator of mise en scene and conductor of Histoire du soldat of I. Stravinskij at the Teatro Comunale “C. Abbado” di Ferrara and at the Teatro della Fortuna di Fano. At the Teatro Comunale “C. Abbado” di Ferrara he conducted a reduction of Die Zauberflöte of W. A. Mozart in season 2016/17 and 2017/18 with the Orchestra Città di Ferrara. In Ferrara, his hometown, has worked with severals choir as Korrepetitor and Maestro. He was assistant of F. Chaslin and M. Barbacini. He has attened to Masterclasses with Maurizio Arena, Alberto Zedda, Daniele Agiman, Julius Kalmar, Dominique Rouits, Günter Neuhold and Matteo Beltrami. Now he’s concluding the Master in Conducting  with M° D. Agiman at the Conservatory G. Verdi of Milano. He conducted several orchestras, Orchestra Sinfonica La Verdi di Milano, Orchestra Città di Ferrara, I Musici di Parma, Orchestra Sinfonica “Duchi d'Acquaviva”, Orchestra Senzaspine, Orchestra del Teatro Mancinelli, Orchestra Antiqua Estensis, Freon Ensemble and Divertimento Ensemble, Contemporary Ensemble of the Conservatorio G. Frescobaldi and of the Conservatorio G.B. Martini, Orchestra Sinfonica del Conservatorio G.Verdi di Milano, Chamber Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Choir and Orchestra of the State Opera of Varna (Bulgaria).