Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi
Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi was born in Atessa. He began studying the accordion at the age of nine and, later on, he took on the bandoneon. From 1993 to 2001 he studied at the “F. Fenaroli” Civic Music school in Lanciano (CH, Italy) with M° Calista and with M° Chiacchiaretta. In 2007 he graduated with a first-class degree at the “S.Cecilia” Academy of Music in Rome, Italy. He has attended courses in Italy and abroad with J. Mornet, W. Zubitsky, A. L. Castaño, C. Rossi, Y. Shishkin. Brilliant performer with refined musicality, he has won many national and international competitions. In July 1998 he was selected to represent Italy at the World Trophy C.M.A. (Junior) in Recoaro Terme, Italy. In 2001 he won the World Trophy C.M.A. (Senior) in Lorient, France. In June 2002 he was a guest at the "Premio Barocco" - broadcast live from Gallipoli on Rai1 – and performed with the famous singer Antonella Ruggiero. In October 2003-2004-2005 he took concerts as a soloist with the International Orchestra of Italy in China and Korea. In 2005 he collaborated with the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome and the Foundation "Petruzzelli" of Bari to produce the Opera "Ascesa e Caduta della Città di Mahagonny" by Kurt Weill directed by M° J. Webb. In 2006, with Gabriele Mirabassi and Pietro Tonolo, he performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival - “I colori del mare” - thanks to a project of the EGEA record company. He was guest several times at the programme Domenica In (RAI 1) and played with the RAI Orchestra conducted by Pippo Caruso. In 2008 he performed with his bandoneon at the 58th edition of the Festival di San Remo, Italy. In 2008 he recorded the soundtrack for the film “Caos Calmo” by Nanni Moretti and in 2009 the soundtrack for the film “Italians” by Giovanni Veronesi. He played at the Colosseo (Rome) with M° Andrea Bocelli, Angela Gheorghiu and Andrea Griminelli together with the Abruzzo Symphony Orchestra, concert worldwide broadcasted by RAI 1 and RAI SAT. On December 25th 2010 he performed with the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana in Concerto per la Vita e per la Pace worldwide broadcasted by RAI in Bethlehem. In 2011 he performes at the Arena of Verona together with Erwin Schrott during the festivities for the 150th anniversary of rhe Italian unification. The show was broadcasted live by Rai 1. Together with Erwin Schrott and Anna Netrebko, he performed in the most important cities in Germany, England and Denmark in 2012. In the same year he recorded the DVD "Live in Portofino" with Andrea Bocelli. In 2013 he performed with Andrea Bocelli, Riccardo Cocciante, Pino Daniele and Simona Molinari at the "Teatro del Silenzio". On February 22 2014 he performed as soloist at the Ulker Sports Arena in Istanbul together with Andrea Bocelli. Besides performing in Italy, he has been taking concerts in England, France, Belgium, Croatia, Serbia, Germany, the U.S.A., Poland, Portugal, Finland, Switzerland, Hungary, Canada, Armenia, Russia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Turkey, Lebanon, Belarus and China.