Accademia Ottoboni is an ensemble specialized in baroque and classical repertoire, playing on historical instruments. Founded in Rome in 2004, it gathers the soloist and orchestral experiences of some among the most active musicians on the international scene.
From 2005 to 2009 it has been Ensemble in Residence for the early music season of the IPSAR (Portuguese Cultural Institute in Rome).
The three CDs released until now – Concerts and Cantatas by Vivaldi (Stradivarius); Cello Sonatas by Vivaldi (Outhere – Music); Chamber Music by Boccherini (Outhere – Music) – have been much appreciated both by audience and critic, receiving many prizes such as two “Diapason d’Or”, “Gramophone Editor’s Choice”, “CD of the month – Toccata Magazine”.
Our latest CD dedicated to the music of L. Boccherini and published by Outhere-Music was awarded the Diapason d’Or as the best recording of the year 2015 in the category “Baroque Instrumental”.
Accademia Ottoboni has performed in many Festivals and early music seasons all over France, Italy and Spain.
Marco Beasley was born in Portici, near Naples, in 1957. During his musical studies at the University of Bologna, he deepened his knowledge of the two stylistic pivots of the late Renaissance – recitar cantando and sacred and well as secular polyphony. He thus began an active concert career which quickly took him to some of the world’s most prestigious venues, from the Mozarteum in Salzburg to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, from the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome to Lincoln Center in New York.
As a singer, actor and writer, Marco Beasley embraces the carefree soul of Naples, the joie de vivre of making music, and the desire to confront the world of poetry and literature. His personal research into vocal production and the intelligibility of sung texts have earned him the praise of an ever-increasing public. In 2009 the Dutch VSCD (Association of Theater and Concert Halls) nominated him for Best Performer of the Year.
He has an ample and wide-ranging discography. Most recordings are with the ensemble Accordone, which he founded together with Guido Morini and Stefano Rocco in 1984. In 2014, he chose to leave the group in order to venture down an even more personal and independent path unconnected with the name of the ensemble. The year 2013 marked the release of the cd Il Racconto di Mezzanotte, in which the singing is more than ever the sound of a narration, an intimate and contemplative tale recounted entirely by a single voice.
Amandine Beyer has been recognized for years as a point of reference in the interpretation of the Baroque repertoire. Her recording of the Sonatas & Partitas by J. S. Bach in 2012 received plaudits and consensus from the most prestigious international critics, including Diapason d’or de l’année, Choc de Classica de l’année, Editor’s choice de Gramophone, Prix Academie Charles Cros and Excepcional de Scherzo. Her rendition of Bach’s second Partita was choreographed and performed by Anne Theresa Keersmaeker and Boris Charmatz. She performs regularly in the world’s most important concert halls and festivals (Théatre du Chatelet, Festival de Sablé, Innsbruck Festwochen, Konzerthaus of Vienna…). She divides her time between performing with various music ensembles : les Cornets Noirs, duos with Pierre Hantai, Kristian Bezuidenhout and Laurance Beyer as well as her own ensemble, “Gli Incogniti" (their CD's devoted to Vivaldi's Four Seasons and Corelli's Concerti Grossi have been lauded by international critics as new high points in the performance of this repertoire). Her other great passion is pedagogy. She teaches at ESMAE of Porto (Portugal, and also holds masterclasses worldwide (France, Taiwan, Brazil, USA and Canada). Since 2010 she has taught baroque violin at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland.
The word “kaleidoscope” is derived from the Ancient Greek καλ(ός) (beauty, beautiful), είδος(ς) (form, shape) and σκόπιο (tool for examination)-hence “observer of beautiful forms.” Italy’s newest baroque ensemble, Il Caleidoscopio, is this tool allowing audiences to experience music in new and unimaginable ways.
The three founding musicians of Il Caleidoscopio met each other in Milan. Coming from Australia, Spain and Greece, Lathika Vithanage, Noelia Reverte Reche and Flora Papadopoulos founded their own ensemble in 2011, after years of collaborating together in musical projects in and around Milan.
Il Caleidoscopio strives to explore the sonic possibilities of their combination of instruments: baroque violin, viola da gamba and baroque triple harp, whilst still continuing to research and respect original practices.
They have performed at festivals including: Rome Barocco Festival, Milano Arte Musica Festival, the Festival internazionale di concerti per organo (Valle d’Aosta, Italy), I Concerti dell’Accademia (Ravenna, Italy), Anima Mea Festival (Puglia, Italy), Gaudete! festival internazionale di musica antica – (Varallo, Italy).
LE CAMERISTE AMBROSIANE
Le Cameriste Ambrosiane is a string group of various formations which can range from a trio to an ensemble of up to fifteen musicians which performs the chamber repertoire without a conductor. Le Cameriste have chosen to specialize in octets (Mendelssohn, Bruch, Gade, Raff) , double quartets (Spohr, Respighi…) and original arrangements written especially for the ensemble (Gershwin, Bernstein, Piazzolla) as well as chamber works by female composers that have been forgotten despite their high artistic value. The ensemble has, in conjunction with the project “L’altra metà della musica” of the association Mont Rose de la Vallée d’Aoste, dedicated itself to the discovery and performance of music by women composers that span from the eighteenth century until the present day through concerts, lectures and recordings.
Le Cameriste Ambrosiane have performed at the Teatro Dal Verme, the Auditorium San Fedele di Milano, at the Palazzo Marino a Milano, at Teatro “Giacosa” in Aosta and the Sala dei Giganti of Padova and is currently ensemble in residence at the Spazio Teatro 89.
Always attentive to increasing the involvement of their audience, the Cameriste Ambrosiane has chosen a series of lecture concerts for their collaboration with the city of Milan and the Orchestra da Camera Milano Classica, in the beautiful setting of the Palazzina Liberty in Milan. In 2013, the Cameriste Ambrosiane recorded a cd called “Ritratti di Signora/Nobildonne e popolane, sante e malafemmine” which consists of compositions and arrangements written especially for them and which led to over thirty live performances.
Born in Naples, Bruno Canino studied piano and composition at the Conservatorio Verdi in Milan, where he taught the piano for 24 years. For ten years he gave a course in piano and chamber music at the Berne Conservatoire. He has performed both as a soloist and a chamber musician in all the principal concert venues of Europe, the United States, Australia, Japan and China. For over forty years he has been regularly performing with Antonio Ballista, his piano duo partner. He has also collaborated with Salvatore Accardo, Uto Ughi, Pierre Amoyal, Itzhak Perlman, Cathy Berberian, Severino Gazzelloni and Viktoria Mullova (with whom he won the Edison Prize in 1980), among many others. From 1999 to 2002 Bruno Canino was director of the Music Section of the Venice Biennale. He is deeply involved in contemporary music and has collaborated with many composers including Pierre Boulez, Luciano Berio, Karlheinz Stockhausen, György Ligeti, Bruno Maderna, Luigi Nono, Sylvano Bussotti, Wolfgang Rihm and Mauricio Kagel, often giving world première performances of their works. He has played with leading orchestras including the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Milan, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, the Berlin Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Orchestre National de France, and with distinguished conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Pierre Boulez. He has given regular masterclasses in piano and chamber music in Italy, Germany, Japan and Spain, and performs at the Marlboro Festival in the USA. He is frequently invited to serve on the juries of important international piano competitions. Bruno Canino’s recordings include the complete piano works of Casella and Chabrier. In 1997 Passigli Editions published his book Vademecum for a Chamber Pianist.
"Enrico Casazza is among the elite of Italian violinists and I am very proud to have contributed, however briefly, to his artistic development." Giuliano Carmignola.
With the recent "Choc de Musique" award received for the recording of the fourth volume of the Boccherini Quintets, Enrico Casazza confirms his place as one of the most important performers of the early music movement. In addition to this important recognition from the world renowned magazine Le Monde de la Musique, he has received enthusiastic reviews and prizes from magazines and websites such as Diapason, Amadeus, Musica, Fanfare magazine and Musicweb.
Enrico Casazza completed his studies at the Academy of Music "A.Buzzola" in his native Adria, obtaining a violin diploma with highest honors. He continued his studies with Carlo Chiarappa, Pavel Vernikof, Dino Asciolla, Franco Gulli and Giuliano Carmignola. Subsequently he embarked on an outstanding career as a concert artist that led him to perform with many famous musicians and in many of the world's most important concert halls as well as at numerous international festivals. He has appeared at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, Teatro Carignano in Turin, Teatro de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Teatro della Pergola in Florence, Théâtre de Toulouse, Noga Theater in Tel Aviv, Henry Crown Hall in Jerusalem, Chapelle Royale in Versailles, Academia de Bellas Artes in Madrid, Salle Paderewski in Lausanne, Brahms Festival Philipszaal in The Hague, Grote Zaal in Utrecht and the Hoji Hall in Tokyo.
He has played duo concerts with the world famous violist Dino Asciolla, who expressed his admiration for Mr. Casazza's playing in the important Italian magazine Piano Time. As first violinist and director of the ensemble "La Magnifica Communità," he is in the process of recording the complete Boccherini Quintets for the BRILLIANT label. He has performed as soloist and director with numerous chamber orchestras and early music ensembles such as the "Accademia Bizantina" (with whom he recorded for Italian radio and television), l'Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Modo Antiquo directed Federico Maria Sardelli, I Virtuosi Italiani, Orchestra da Camera Milano Classica and Europa Galante directed by Fabio Biondi (with whom he recorded numerous CDs for the labels OPUS 111 and EMI Virgin.) He has been concertmaster of the Orchestra da Camera Milano Classica since 2003 and is professor of chamber music and baroque violin at the Conservatorio "Frescobaldi" in Ferrara.Mr. Casazza is violin soloist and co-founder of La Follia Barocca.
Marco Ceccato studied at the 'Scuola di Musica di Fiesole', with David Geringas and baroque cello at the Scuola Civica di Milano with G. Nasillo.
He performs regularly with Le concert des Nations, Academia Montis Regalis, Il Giardino Armonico, Al Aire Español, Ensemble Zefiro, Gli Incogniti and has been directed by B. Kujken, J. Savall, E. Lopez Banzo, A. De Marchi and A. Bernardini. He has appeared at the Berlin Konzert Haus, Théatre des Champs Elisée in Paris, Festival d'Ambronay, Festival de Sablé, Festival of Vancouver and Auditorium del Parco della Musica in Rome. He has recorded for Harmonia Mundi, Naive, Opus 111, Berlin Classics, Radio Rai Tre, Radio France, Discoteca di Stato, Terzo Millennio, Equipe and Zig-Zag-Territoires. For the latter, he recorded the Vivaldi Cello Sonatas in 2014, which was awarded various prestigious prizes such as the Diapason d’Or and Editor's Choice.
He has taught baroque cello at the ESMAE of Porto (Portugal) since 1997.
Teresa Ceccato obtained her diploma in violin under the guidance of Shalom Budeer at the Conservatorio dell’Aquila, and in viola with the highest marks at the Conservatorio di Frosinone. Subsequently, she continued her studies in violin, viola and chamber music with Konstantin Bogino, Nina Beilina and Anita Mitterer.
In the formation of a flute, violin and cello trio she won numerous competitions and appeared in concerts both in Italy and abroad. She specializes in early music performance practices and for many years has played with important ensembles such as “ Concerto Italiano”, “ Ensemble Zefiro”, “ Concerto des Nations”, “ Insieme Strumentale di Roma”, “ Accademia Ottoboni”, “ Musica Antiqua Roma “ collaborating with important international artists including Jordi Savall, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Alfredo Bernardini and others. She has performed in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Festival of Ambronay, il Parco della Musica in Rome and the festival Gibboonchy of Burkina Faso to name a few. Teresa Ceccato has recorded for “Naive Opus 111”, “Hyperion”, “Outhere” and “Stradivarius” as well as for the RAI Radio 3 and as a soloist, for movie soundtracks.
BRIAN KWAN YEUNG CHOI
Violinist Brian Kwan Yeung Choi is a student of Paul Biss at the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he will graduate with his Bachelors in 2017. Brian has won numerous prizes, including the Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition First Prize in 2017, the Bales Violin Competition Third Prize in 2015, and the Hong Kong Young Musician of the Year First Prize in 2006. He has participated in international competitions, including as a semi-finalist in the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition in 2017, 11th Wieniawski International Violin Competition for Young Violinists, as well as the 6th Tchaikovsky International Youth Violin Competition.
Born in Hong Kong, Brian started learning the violin at the age of six. He entered the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) at the age of eight as a preparatory student studying with Kin Fung Leung, and completed the Certificate of Music at HKAPA at the age seventeen. Brian has extensive chamber music experience, studying with renowned artists including Joel Krosnick, Laurie Smukler, Katherine Murdock, Mai Motobuchi, Yeesun Kim, Natasha Brofsky, Vivian Weilerstein. He has also performed in masterclasses including for members of the Parker String Quartet, the Emerson String Quartet, and the Szymanowski String Quartet. He attended the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival 2016 and will return for the summer of 2017.
Brian is currently the concertmaster of the Gustav Mahler Orchestra (Hong Kong) and substitute violinist with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He also served as the concertmaster of the New England Conservatory Symphony, the Tuesday Night New Music Orchestra, and the Music Lab Orchestra (Hong Kong).
"A thoughtful, lyrical, and accomplished artist...The hallmarks of Ms. Chen’s performance were the singing quality of her sound and her attentiveness to inner voices and harmonic shadings…" - Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times
In a time of promising young virtuosos from all over the world the Taiwanese-American pianist Weiyin Chen stands out not just for her dazzling technique, but above all for the sheer musicality and maturity of her playing, qualities rare in an artist of her young years. Her gift for getting to the musical “heart” of the scores she plays has drawn the attention and praise of such master musicians as the renowned conductor-pianist Leon Fleisher and pianists Richard Goode and Claude Frank, all of whom she studied with extensively, among a legion of other notable figures. Ms. Chen is a “thinking pianist” who has a rare ability to look beyond the notes on the page to divine a score’s musical essence. This June, Ms. Chen concludes a three-part series of concerts at New York’s standout downtown venue SubCulture. In January she collaborated with the exceptional Miró Quartet to perform the Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 60 and the Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34 of Brahms. The series will close with a solo piano recital on June 13, featuring the world premiere of American composer Marc Neikrug’s work Sun Moon Lake, bookended by the Bartók Sonata and Schubert’s Piano Sonata in G Major, Op. 78, D. 894. In the first concert of the SubCulture series, she was favorably reviewed by The New York Times senior music critic Anthony Tommasini: The featured artist was the appealing young Taiwanese-American pianist Weiyin Chen, a thoughtful, lyrical and accomplished artist, who performed works by Mozart and Mendelssohn with Camerata RCO, an ensemble whose members are players in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. (This is the first in a series of three programs Ms. Chen will present at SubCulture this season.) Then Ms. Chen, joined by a quartet of strings and double bass, played Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 in A (K. 414) as a chamber work. The original orchestral version is already intimate, scored for just two oboes, two horns and strings, and it works beautifully as a chamber piece. The hallmarks of Ms. Chen’s performance were the singing quality of her sound and her attentiveness to inner voices and harmonic shadings… I was captivated by the breadth and warmth of the Mozart playing, and the easy interplay between Ms. Chen and the ensemble.-- Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, September 15, 2014 Ms. Chen’s upcoming recording with the Camerata RCO features concerti by Mozart and Mendelssohn and will be released on Gutman Records in June 2015.
Further highlights of Ms. Chen’s 2014/15 season include a Dutch tour with the Camerata RCO (featuring a concert and live radio broadcast at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw’s Spiegelzaal); a recital at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series in Chicago; and appearances in New York City and Taiwan with the Chelsea Music Festival. In March, Ms. Chen traveled to India, where she gave a masterclass and recital under the auspices of the Mehli Mehta foundation. The ticket sale of the concert was donated to the charity medical works in Aurangabad, conducted by Dr. Hung-Chi Chen, Weiyin's father.
Ms. Chen’s recent CD, Diary in G, which includes Schubert’s Sonata No. 18 in G major and the Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor by Robert Schumann on the Azica label, is a testament to her superb talents as an interpreter. In his glowing review of the recording in Fanfare, longtime critic Jerry Dubins wrote: Weiyin Chen is up against some very formidable competitors in the Schubert Sonata, not the least among which are Alfred Brendel, Wilhelm Kempff, Radu Lupu, András Schiff, and Schubert specialist Anthony Goldstone… Nonetheless, against this line-up of great keyboard artists and acknowledged Schubert interpreters, Chen emerges as a deeply probing player who finds the core of this music from the very first bar and never, for even a moment, loses concentration. Hers is a performance drenched in inexpressible sadness, a reverie in frozen tears…this is one of the most breathtaking performances of this Sonata I’ve ever heard. The pianist makes every single note speak and count, with the result that time is stilled from beginning to end… I can honestly say that no other performance and recording of this Sonata I’ve heard has won me over as this one has. Chen not only has to call upon her technical resources—which are abundant—for Schumann’s Sonata, but she must also shift gears stylistically and attitudinally from her approach in the Schubert; in essence, she must assume a different pianistic personality, and she does that amazingly well. This is a dashing and dazzling performance. This CD is unreservedly recommended for pianophiles and general listeners alike, a proud achievement for Weiyin Chen’s debut album.-- Fanfare, January, 2014
Highlights of Ms. Chen’s engagements for 2012-2013 included performances of the Brahms First Piano Concerto with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leon Fleisher, who traveled to Asia expressly for these concerts, as well as a gala concert with the Taiwan Philharmonic NSO and a North American recital tour. Ms. Chen’s 2013-14 season first took her to Taipei, Taiwan to perform with the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra at the National Concert Hall. In December 2013 Ms. Chen debuted with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra in a Royal Celebration Concert celebrating the 86th Birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand, where she performed Grieg’s Piano Concerto. Ms. Chen was also heard as soloist with the Kalamazoo Philharmonia in March 2014.
Ms. Chen has performed as soloist with most of the major orchestras in Asia, including the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra—with whom she made her debut under Maestro Edo de Waart—and the China National Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared at the Shanghai International Music Festival and many others. Recital engagements have taken her to France, the Netherlands, Panama, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Utah.
An accomplished chamber musician, Ms. Chen has participated in such festivals as La Jolla Summerfest, Verbier Festival & Academy, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Sarasota Music Festival, and the Banff Center, collaborating with such instrumentalists as violinists Cho-Liang Lin, Ilya Gringolts, Chee-Yun Kim, David Chan, Alina Pogostkina, violists Paul Neubauer and Cynthia Phelps, and cellist Gary Hoffman.
Ms. Chen’s musical education has included studies with Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, and private study with Richard Goode and Claude Frank. She has also worked with Oxana Yablonskaya, Joseph Kalichstein and Herbert Stessin at the Juilliard School.
Francesco Corti was born in 1984 into a musical family in Arezzo, Italy. He studied organ in Perugia, and harpsichord in Geneva as well as in Amsterdam.He was awarded at the International "Johann Sebastian Bach" Competition in Leipzig (2006) and at the Bruges Harpsichord Competition (2007).As a soloist, he has appeared in recitals and concerts throughout Europe, the USA, Latin America and in New Zealand. He has been invited to perform in festivals such as Mozart Woche and the Salzburger Festpiele, BachFest Leipzig, MusikFest Bremen, Utrecht Early Music Festival, Festival Radio France Montpellier and Milanesiana. He has performed in halls such as Salle Pleyel (Paris), Bozar (Bruxelles), Konzerthaus (Vienna), Tonhalle (Zürich), Mozarteum and Haus für Mozart (Salzburg) as well as the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam). Since 2007 he has been a member of Les Musiciens du Louvre (M. Minkowski) with which he has taken part to countless tours and played solo concertos by Bach, Händel, Haydn and Mozart.
He also performs with other famous early music groups such as Zefiro (A. Bernardini), the Bach Collegium Japan (M. Suzuki), Les Talens Lyriques (C. Rousset), Harmonie Universelle (F. Deuter), Pulcinella (O. Gaillard), Música Temprana (A. van der Spoel) and Le Concert des Nations (J. Savall).As a soloist, he has been accompanied in concertos by the Mozarteum Orchestra, the Combattimento Consort, the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra and the Orchestra da Camera di Mantova.
Since 2015 he has regularly conducted Les Musiciens du Louvre in repertoire that spans from A. Scarlatti and Händel to Galuppi and Mozart. He was invited as soloist and conductor by the Holland Baroque Society for two European tours of concerts (Brandenburg concertos), and by the Nederlandse Bachvereniging.His solo recordings include a CD of Louis Couperin Suites, the Partitas by J. S. Bach and the two piano quartets by Mozart recorded on the original instrument owned by the composer himself.In 2017 the French label Evidence will publish his new recording of Haydn sonatas.He has taught in masterclasses all over Europe, in Latin America and in Asia.Since September 2016, he has been professor of harpsichord and thorough bass at the Schola Cantorum Basilensis.
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.
MARINA DE LISO
Marina de Liso studied singing at the Conservatory of Rovigo where she obtained her diploma with the highest marks and continued her studies at the Music School of Milan, where she specialized in Renaissance and Baroque singing under Claudine Ansermet.
In 2001 she won the Toti Dal Monte competition in Treviso and in 2002 the As.Li.Co.competition in Milan.
In 2001 she made her debut in Falstaff as Mrs.Quickly, in the theaters of Trento, Rovigo and Bolzano. Subsequently she sang Alcina in Vivaldi’s Orlando Furioso; Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri at Teatro alla Scala in Milan; Ragonde in Le Comte Ory at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro and Flaminia in L’innocenza Giustificata by Gluck in Cologne, recorded by Harmonia Mundi.
Besides the classical repertoire she is also particularly interested in baroque music, the operas of Handel in particular. In the last two years she has performed Arsace in Partenope in Ferrara and Modena under the baton of Ottavio Dantone with the Accademia Bizantina in January 2009; Rosimonda in Faramondo with Diego Fasolis on European tour and recorded for EMI in 2008-2009; Cornelia in Giulio Cesare in Genova in 2007; Andronico in Tamerlano with Emmanuelle Haim in the Paris Théâter des Champs Elysées and Claudio in Silla with Fabio Biondi at the Santa Cecilia in Rome.
Other roles in classical repertoire include Marchesa Melibea in Il Viaggio a Reims under the baton of Alberto Zedda, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro in Genoa and Annio in Mozart’s Clemenza di Tito. Recently she had great success singing Cavalli’s La Didone at Teatro della La Scala in Milan. She also sang Asteria in Vivaldi’s Bajazet with Fabio Biondi in an important tour of numerous major European venues as well as in Japan, Speranza in L’Orfeo at Theatre du Châtelet in Paris, Mozart’s La Betulia Liberata in Beaune with Antonio Florio, Ecuba in Cavalli’s La Didone at La Fenice in Venice and in Turin, Medoro in Handel’s Orlando in France, Narcissus by Scarlatti in Luzern, London and Bucarest, Tamiri in Vivaldi’s Farnace with Jordi Savall in Paris, Vitellia in Vivaldi’s Tito Manlio at the Barbican in London with Ottavio Dantone and Oloferne in Juditha Triumphans in Spain.
In concert, she has performed with Accademia Montis Regalis, La Venexiana, Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Europa Galante, Le Concert des Nations and Le Concert d’Astrée. Recent and future engagements include Medoro in Handel’s Orlando with Al Ayre Espanol; Rosimonda on European tour and the EMI-Virgin classics recording of Handel’s Faramondo, Il Pianto di Maria di Ferrandini with Ottavio Dantone in Venice La Fenice, Vinci’s Partenope (title-role) in La Coruna with Antonio Florio, Pergolesi’s Il Prigionier Superbo with Andrea Marcon and Adriano in Siria (title-role) at the Pergolesi Festival in Jesi.
Manuel Granatiero was born in Naples in 1976. In 1991, he was awarded the third prize at the international prize “MittelEuropa”. He earned his diploma in 1994, subsequently earning the "Premier Prix " with the unanimity of the jury at the “Accademia Italiana del Flauto” with R. Guiot . He continued his studies in modern flute with Alain Marion (Académie de Perfectionnement d'été, Nice), Irena Grafenauer (Mozarteum, Salzburg) and Angelo Persichilli (Accademia di S. Cecilia, Rome). In 1998 he began studying baroque flute with Laura Pontecorvo. In 1999 he was admitted to the "Koninklijk Conservatorium " in Brussels , where he studied baroque and classical flute with Barthold Kuijken, Marc Hantai and Frank Theuns and where he graduated "with distinction" in 2004.
He performs with some of the most important early music ensembles as a soloist and as a principal player including Gli Incogniti ( A.Beyer), Academia Montis Regalis (A.De Marchi) , Il Complesso Barocco (A. Curtis) , Australian Chamber Orchestra (R. Tognetti ), Les Ambassadeurs (A. Kossenko ), Le Cercle de l' Harmonie (J. Roher ), La Chambre Philharmonique (E.Krivin), Les Talens Lyriques (C. Rousset), Holland Baroque Society, Ensemble Philidor (Mira Glodeanu), Ensemble Cordia (S. Veggetti), Ricercar Consort (P. Pierlot) and Ausonia Ensemble (F.Haas), to name a few. Thanks to these experiences, he has performed throughout the world with the most prestigious specialists in early music. He has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Naive, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Zig Zag Territories, Dinamic, Virgin Classique Atma Classique, Radio 3 and Stradivarius. In 2005 he founded the ensemble "Accademia Ottoboni". He currently teaches baroque flute at the Conservatory of Perugia.
Pierre Hantai was born into an extraordinarily artistic family. As a child, his parents instilled in him a love of painting, which he continues to pursue.
However it was his introduction to the music of Bach, and the recordings of Gustav Leonhart in particular, that guided him on his life’s path.
He had his first musical experiences playing chamber music with his brothers. He practiced the repertoire which he was most passionate about on a small keyboard, subsequently beginning his formal studies with the American harpsichordist, Arthur Haas.
Later he was invited for two years of study in Amsterdam with Gustav Leonhardt. Although very young at the time, he played with some of the most prestigious musicians from the world of early music, including the Kuijken brothers, Gustav Leonhardt, Philippe Herreweghe and Jordi Savall.
He became renowned among classical music lovers thanks to his recording of the Goldberg Variations which led to over one hundred performances throughout the world.
He has performed and recorded the Elizabethan repertoire ( Bull, Byrd, Farnaby…), Bach and Couperin, while continuing to specialize in the works of Domenico Scarlatti, a composer to whom he has dedicated numerous recordings and to whose music he has constantly championed. When he gets the opportunity, he loves to perform with his friends, including Jordi Savall, his brothers Marc and Jérôme Hantaï, flutist Hugo Reyne, violinist Amandine Beyer, and harpsichordists Skip Sempé, Olivier Fortin, Aapo Häkkinen and Maude Gratton.
His recordings have been realized by numerous labels (Adda, Astrée-Auvidis, Opus111, Virgin, Mirare) and have been recipients of many prizes and honors including the Gramophone Award, il Grand Prix du Disque, il Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros, and il Diapason d’or del l’année.
Pierre Hantai has taught at Barbaste and is regularly invited to hold master classes at Lisieux, Villa Bossi, Piccola Accademia di Montisi and the Accademia di Villecroze. He conducts numerous chamber orchestras, as well as his own ensemble, “Le Concert Français”.
'Her performance tugged at the audience's heart-strings´ Aurora Music Festival, Sweden 2012- 'Her musical fantasy never seems to end....she reminds me- and not only me- often of the late Jacqueline Du Pré' Hatto Beyerle 2015.
In May 2012, Vashti Hunter became the first British cellist ever to be awarded a prize at the International Cello Competition ‘Prague Spring’ in its 65 year history. She won her Laureate title playing the Dvorak cello concerto, conducted by Koji Kawamoto with the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra in Dvorak Hall, Rudolfnium, Prague. Vashti has performed in other prestigious halls throughout Europe, including the Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall and Royal Festival Hall, St.John’s Smith Square, London, Schoenbrunn Palace in Vienna, National House of Vinohrady in Prague and the Salle Moliere in Lyon. She has played concertos with, among others, the Pilsen Philharmonic in Czech Republic; Filharmonica Brasov, Bacau Philharmonic Orchestra, Dinu Lipatti Orchestra in Romania; the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra, the Braunschweig Dom Sinfonie Orchester, the Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim in Germany; the London Schools Symphony Orchestra and the Southbank Sinfonia in England.
Vashti's performances have been recorded for the BBC, SWR (German South West Radio) , NDR (North German Radio), RAI (Italian Radio), ORF (Austrian Radio) and on KBS ‘Classical Odyssey’ (Korean radio and television). Much in demand as both soloist and chamber musician, she has been invited as soloist to important festivals such as PODIUM festival Esslingen, Lockenhaus, Ernen, DAVOS Festival Switzerland, Heidelberger Frühling, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music UK, Serbia Cello Fest, Amsterdam Cello Bienaale, Encuentro de Musica y Academia Santander, Aurora Festival Sweden and Shanghai Chamber Music Festival.
An avid chamber music player, Vashti has collaborated with eminent artists such as the ‘Quartetto di Cremona’, Martha Argerich, Ivry Gitlis, Pekka Kuusisto, Susan Tomes, Erich Hörbarth, Antje Weithaas, Radovan Vladkovich and Bengt Forsberg. As a founding member of Trio Gaspard, she studies with the renowned professor and previous member of the Alban Berg Quartet, Hatto Beyerle, who has called them ‘The best Piano Trio I have ever had or heard’. The ensemble has numerous prizes in international competitions. They won 1st prize at the 5th International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition in Vienna in March 2012, 1st Prize and special prize at the 6th International ‘Joseph Joachim’ Chamber Music Competition in Weimar and 1st prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Ilzach France. Vashti has benefitted from solo masterclasses with Natalia Gutman, Steven Isserlis, Anner Bylsma, Bernard Greenhouse, Gary Hoffman, Alexander Rudin, Arto Noras and Torleif Thedeen. She has also had the fortune to learn from Ferenc Rados, Petr Nagy, Johannes Meissl(Artis Quartet), Gerrit Zitterbart(Trio Abegg), Avedis Kouyoumdjian and Peter Cropper(Lindsay Quartet).
An experienced and much sought-after orchestral player, she has been invited as guest principal cellist of the Olso Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in the UK. She is a member of Camerata Nordica in Sweden and Kammerakadamie Potsdam (ECHO prizewinner 2015). She will also be perfoming this year with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Vashti recently graduated with top marks on the prestigious ‘Konzertexamen’ solo course with Leonid Gorokhov at the Musikhochschule in Hannover Germany, where she was supported by generous awards from the Leverhulme Trust and Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben. She is currently based in Berlin, where she is mentored by Wolfgang Emmanuel Schmidt.
Founded and directed by Enrico Onofri, Imaginarium (Imaginarium: the place of images) brings together a group of musicians who all play with leading early music ensembles.
In 2006, imaginarium released with great success their CD La voce nel violino, dedicated to the Italian early baroque repertoire for violin and in 2010, a CD dedicated to Vivaldi’s violin solo sonatas, including the celebrated La Follia.
In 2013 Imaginarium launched its international release Devil’s Trill (Tartini, Veracini, Mossi and Bonporti), and in 2014 the complete recording of Corelli’s Op.V violin sonatas, by the Passacaille label.
Imaginarium is a variable geometry ensemble, which can perform from trio to a small orchestra. Among its principal members for this event: Alessandro Palmeri grew up playing the cello in his native Palermo at the renowned cello school of the city. After years of specializing in contemporary music, he began studying the baroque repertoire at the Fondazione Cini in Venice. His career as a baroque cellist began with collaborations with conductors and Early Music ensembles such as Jordi Savall, Barthold Kuijken, Christoph Coin, Enrico Onofri, Alessandro De Marchi, Il Ruggiero, Auser Musici, Studio di musica antica Antonio Il Verso, La Venexiana, Cantica Simphonia, Les Elementes, Cosarara, Bozen Baroque Orchestra, L’Astrée and Academia Montis Regalis. Alessandro Palmeri has performed in the most important festivals in Europe, Russia, Canada, USA, Latin America, Israel and Japan and has recorded for the most important international CD labels. He has been invited to give baroque cello masterclasses all over Europe. He is the principal cello of I Barocchisti, conducted by Diego Fasolis and principal member of the Imaginarium Ensemble. In 2009 he was invited as principal cello by the Orchestra Mozart conducted by Claudio Abbado. He founded the chamber group Il Ricercar Continuo, devoted to the baroque repertoire for bass instruments. Alessandro plays a unique 1685 Roman violone which was played on in Corelli's orchestra. SIMONE VALLEROTONDA was born in Rome in 1983. He began his musical studies concentrating on the modern guitar. Captivated by ancient music, he started his lute studies with Andrea Damiani at the Santa Cecilia Conservatorium in Rome, where he obtained his diploma with high distinction.
Subsequently he obtained a Master in Theorbo and Baroque Guitar with high distinction at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen, under the guidance of Rolf Lislevand. He obtained a Degree in Philosophy with high distinction at the “Tor Vergata” University in Rome, specializing in Aesthetics and concentrating on the relationship between the music of the 18th century and the Philosophies.
He has performed in the most prestigious festivals in Europe, the U.S. and Australia.
He has recorded for important radio and television stations such as: RAI, BBC, ABC, Mezzo, France Musique, Radio4, Arte, Polskie Radio, Kulturradio, RSI, Radio Classica, Radio Vaticana and for recording companies Naïve, Sony, Erato, EMI, Decca, Amadeus, Brilliant, Aparthé, E Lucevan Le Stelle Records and Arcana Outhere Music.
Besides his activity as a soloist, he collaborates as a continuo player with various ensembles such as: Modo Antiquo, Les Ambassadeurs, Imaginarium Ensemble, Il Pomo d’Oro and Mare Nostrum.
In 2014 he established the I Bassifondi ensemble, which specializes in the repertoire for Guitar, Theorbo and Lute from the 17th and the 18th centuries with basso continuo.
Luca Guglielmi is a harpsichordist, organist, composer and conductor. He studied with Ton Koopman and Patrizia Marisaldi for the harpsichord and organ with Vittorio Bonotto as well as renaissance counterpoint and historic composition with Sergio Pasteris. For nearly twenty years Luca has been the assistant and continuo player of Jordi Savall and his ensembles Hesperion XXI, Le Concert des Nations and La Capella Reial de Catalunya, giving concerts worldwide in formations spanning from the duo to the large ensemble. He has collaborated with artists such as Cecilia Bartoli, Sara Mingardo, Barbara Bonney, Philippe Jarrousky, Giuliano Carmignola, Paolo Pandolfo, Ottavio Dantone, Gabriele Cassone, Paul O'Dette, Katia and Marielle Labéque as well as ensembles like Il Giardino Armonico, Ensemble Zefiro, Ensemble La Fenice, The Rare Fruits Council, Freiburger Barockorchester and the RAI Turin Orchestra (under Jeffrey Tate, Roberto Abbado, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos).
Luca Guglielmi has a wide discography of more than 50 CDs, among them 18 solo titles devoted to a repertoire from Frescobaldi to Mozart, for such labels as: Accent, CPO, Vivat, Hänssler Classics, Stradivarius and Elegia. His recordings of Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Pasquini's Sonate da clavicembalo have been awarded with the "Diapason d'or"; his last organ recording Bach in Montecassino, for the English label Vivat, received an "Editor's Choice" from the Gramophone magazine. Since 2013 he has been professor of harpsichord, fortepiano and chamber music at the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya (ESMuC) Barcelona.
Noted by The New York Times for giving "the proceedings an invaluable central thread of integrity and stylishness" and having "played with soulful flair," violinist Ariana Kim made her New York recital debut at Carnegie's Weill Hall in 2008 and is now in her fourth year as a professor at Cornell University. At 16, Ariana made her debut with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and at 24 was appointed acting concertmaster of the Louisiana Philharmonic in New Orleans and has since become one of the most respected artists of her generation.
An avid chamber musician of both the contemporary and traditional literature, Ariana served 10 seasons as a member of the New Yorker-acclaimed New York new music ensemble, Ne(x)tworks, which made their international debut at the John Cage Festival in Berlin performing Cage’s “Song Books” to a packed house alongside the Maulwerker Company in March 2013. In February of 2016, Ariana was honored to join the Aizuri Quartet, a new string quartet currently in residence at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. In May 2017, the Aizuri Quartet won the gold medal at the prestigious Osaka Chamber Music Competition.
She now marks her 10th season with The Knights, a New York-based imaginative and diverse musical collective that performs programs ranging from string quartets to bluegrass tunes and Mid-East folk music, to the great chamber orchestra masterpieces of the 20th century. In January of 2015, the group released its seventh album, …the ground beneath our feet – a collection of live performances from a recent U.S. tour – for Warner Classics, on which Ariana is a featured soloist in Steve Reich’s Duo for two violins and strings, alongside Guillaume Pirard; that track has since received much acclaim and was chosen as one of NPR's "Songs We Love” for 2015.
Raised in Minnesota by parents Ellen and Young-Nam whom were her teachers from age 3-17, Ariana finds another musical home in her native Twin Cities as she is now in her 11th season with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota. Recent collaborations have included performances with violinist Robert Mann, cellists Fred Sherry and Peter Wiley, violist Samuel Rhodes, and clarinetist Charles Neidich. The CMSM is preparing for their 25th anniversary season which will include the release of a new live compilation album, the premiere of two new commissions, and a roster of renowned guest artists including pianist Leon Fleisher and violist Nobuko Imai.
Ariana has spent summers at Ravinia's Steans Institute, Yellow Barn, and Orford Centre d'Arts. A passionate pedagogue, Ariana spends much of the academic year teaching and mentoring a full studio of talented collegiate students at Cornell; this summer, she will join the faculty of the Palo Alto Chamber Music Workshop for the 15th consecutive year, the Northern Lights Chamber Music Institute for the ninth time, and the Crowden Music Center Chamber Music Institute for the second time. She volunteers annually with two Title One schools 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. Currently, Ariana co-resides in Ithaca and New York City where she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Juilliard under the tutelage of Robert Mann. Her most recent engagements have included the world premiere of Peter Child's "Afterglow" for string quartet and wind ensemble performed at MIT, a new chamber opera "Thomas Paine in Violence" written for Ne(x)tworks by Paul Pinto, a faculty recital at Cornell with fortepianist Roger Moseley and percussionist Shane Shanahan, a European tour with the Knights, and a guest appearance with Brooklyn Rider at the American Academy in Rome. Ariana performed her debut concert with the Aizuri Quartet in April of 2016 and a solo recital at Williams College. A recipient of an Affinito-Stewart Grant and a Society for the Humanities Grant, Ariana released her first solo album Routes of Evanescence in December of 2015 which features works for solo violin and violin + 1 written by American women composers including Ruth Crawford Seeger, Augusta Read Thomas, and Jennifer Curtis. From January through June of 2016, Ariana was on leave from Cornell living in Italy, teaching at l'Istituto Stradivari, performing with Milano Classica, and curating a cultural diplomacy public art project involving the Cornell Composition Department, the Cornell Architecture program in Rome, and a group of North African and Mid-East refugees.
Martin Klett has made a name for himself as a solo pianist and chamber musician, with appearances at a number of important music venues. Ever since winning the International Johannes Brahms Competition as a soloist and the German National Music Competition as part of 'Duo Riul' with clarinetist Sebastian Manz, Klett has become a welcome guest at such prestigious music festivals as Lucerne, Schleswig-Holstein, Heidelberg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Further invitations have led to performances throughout Europe and North Africa. As a valued chamber musician, Klett regularly performs with ARD and ECHO prize winners, leaders from major orchestras and renowned professors. He has founded duos with Sebastian Manz, Daniela Koch, Jacques Ammon, and Charles-Antoine Duflot and was invited to perform with Sabine Meyer, Peter Buck (Melos Quartet), Amarcord and the Schumann Quartet. Klett's duo collaboration with clarinetist Sebastian Manz has resulted in a number of live and studio recordings, including their début CD released on the label Genuin. Their latest album In Rhythm, featuring works by American composers, has received critical acclaim by the press and numerous radio stations. Born in 1987, Martin Klett started taking piano lessons at the age of six and has been particularly influenced and inspired by Prof. Konrad Elser at the Conservatory of Lübeck. Further tutelage under Elisabeth Leonskaja, Leon Fleisher, Pascal Devoyon, Gerhard Schulz (Alban Berg Quartet) and Walter Levin (LaSalle Quartet) has rounded out his artistic development. Crowning an impressive array of prizes and distinctions, Klett has recently been awarded a fellowship from the German National Music Competition; promoting his recognition as a soloist. Apart from his activities as a classical performer, Klett is an avid arranger and is passionate about the Argentine tango. In 2008 he founded the Cuarteto Soltango, which has garnered acclaim from critics and audiences alike at international tango festivals. Their début CD, released in 2011, has been succeeded by their album Cristal, recorded by German public broadcasting in Cologne.
|LA FOLLIA BAROCCA
"La Follia Barocca" is an early music ensemble created by a group of talented musicians with extensive experience in the repertoire of the XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries. The ensemble boasts solo players from the most prestigious baroque instrumental groups to have emerged in recent years: Europa Galante, Accademia Bizantina, Il Giardino Armonico, Ensemble Matheus, Ensemble Baroque de Nice, Stradella Consort, The Hannover Band, Il Complesso Barocco, Modo Antiquo and Il Falcone, among others. The group first toured the USA in 2004. Their concert at the Schubert Club in St.Paul, Minnesota was broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio. The second US tour of "La Follia Barocca" featured the group's first performance in New York City. New York Concert Review wrote "Without a doubt La Follia Barocca is one of the best early music ensembles to have ever performed in New York". The ensemble's concert in Savannah, Georgia was broadcast on Performance Today on American Public Radio. The ensemble has performed at "Musica e Poesia a San Maurizio", Italy's most important early music series. "La Follia Barocca" has recorded the complete Concerti Grossi Opus 1 by Pietro Antonio Locatelli for Velut Luna Records to enthusiastic reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. Johan van Veen, the Dutch early music critic wrote "I have thoroughly enjoyed this disc, because of the quality and the sheer beauty of Locatelli's concertos, and also because of the outstanding performances of La Follia Barocca." Fanfare Magazine classified the recording as " strongly recommended". The authoritative Italian classical music magazine Classic Voice gave the recording the maximum five star rating in addition to naming it "cd of the month". Music Web International named it one of the cds of the year for 2009. The magazine "The Strad" wrote " the solo playing is outstanding throughout and the ripieno strings contribute much liveliness and expressive warmth."
"La Follia Barocca" is an ensemble in residence at the festival "Musical Landscapes in Tuscany" in Val d'Orcia in Tuscany.
|ORCHESTRA DA CAMERA MILANO CLASSICA
Milano Classica "Orchestra da Camera" was founded in 1993 by members of the former Orchestra dell'Angelicum. These experienced musicians have given enthusiastic audiences the opportunity to enjoy performances of the great masterpieces from the Baroque period and above all of the Classical era, working with conductors and soloists who specialize in early music performance practices. The orchestra also has played a great number of previously unknown compositions, often performing works for the first time in the modern era. The orchestra performs 19th century and contemporary works as well. Many premieres of works by prominent Italian composers have been written specifically for Milano Classica.
Since its formation, the orchestra has performed twice weekly during its regular concert season from November to June at the Palazzina Liberty in Milan. This building, a wonderful example of Italian art-nouveau, is situated in one of the city's most beautiful parks.
Many world famous artists have performed with or conducted the Milano Classica including Franco Gulli,Riccardo Muti, Jeffrey Swann, Mario Brunello,Giovanni Sollima, Andrea Marcon, Ottavio Dantone, Enrico Onofri, Stefano Montanari, Enrico Gatti, Giuliano Carmignola, Fabio Biondi, Enrica Cavallo,Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli Jr., Enrico Dindo, Paolo Fresu and Alexander Lonquich.
Milano Classica has appeared throughout Italy, as well as in Austria, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Slovenia, Turkey, Japan and the U.S.A. and has participated in important festivals such as those of Lubiana and Ankara, the Etè Mosan and Flanders Festival in Belgium as well as the Fanfare Festival in Louisiana. It has performed on important concert series including those of the Schubert Club in St.Paul, Minnesota, Vassar College in the state of New York and the Oratorio del Gonfalone in Rome. The orchestra's recordings –with the labels Bottega Discantica, Vermeer Classics, Tactus and Dynamic – have been favorably received by international critics and several have won special recognition. Michele Fedrigotti is the artistic director of the orchestra.
Enrico Onofri was born in Ravenna, Italy. His career began with an invitation from Jordi Savall to be the concertmaster of La Capella Real. Very soon he found himself working with groups such as Concentus Musicus Wien, Ensemble Mosaiques and Concerto Italiano. From 1987 to 2010 he was the concertmaster and soloist of Il Giardino Armonico. In 2002 he entered upon a conductor's career, which has brought him great critical acclaim and numerous invitations from orchestras and festivals in Europe, Japan and Canada. From 2004 to 2013 he was the principal conductor of Divino Sospiro and since 2006 he has been a principal guest conductor with Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla. He has conducted ensembles such as Camerata Bern, Festival Strings Lucerne, Kammerorchester Basel, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Cipango Consort Tokyo, Real Orquesta de Sevilla, Orchestre de Clermont Ferrand, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon, Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Orchestra da Camera Milano Classica and more.
He founded the chamber group Imaginarium Ensemble in order to perform the Italian baroque repertoire.
Enrico Onofri has performed in the world’s most famous concert halls, alongside artists such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Gustav Leonhardt, Christophe Coin, Cecilia Bartoli and Katia and Marielle Labèque.
Many of Enrico Onofri’s recordings with Teldec, Decca, Astrée, Naive, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi/Sony, Passacaille, Nichion, Winter&Winter, Opus111, Virgin, Zig Zag Territoires etc., have been awarded prestigious international prizes, and his concerts have been broadcast by European, American, Asian and Australian networks. Enrico Onofri has been the professor of baroque violin and interpretation of baroque music at the Conservatorio Bellini in Palermo since 2000. He has been invited to give master classes throughout Europe, Canada and Japan, has been tutor and invited conductor with the European Union Baroque Orchestra and has been invited in 2011 to give a master class at the Juilliard School in New York.
Antonello Paliotti is a guitarist and Italian composer. He was a student and then subsequently a collaborator of Roberto De Simone and has composed instrumental and vocal music for theatre and cinema.
Among his compositions are "Canto per la possibilità di sopravvivere" for the saxophonist Michael Brecker and orchestra, "Concert of spring" for Hamilton de Holanda and Mike Marshal (written for the Festival of Lunel), and"The forms of Dionisio" for the Quartetto Borciani. In 2013, for the Teatro Verdi of Pisa, he composed the ballet "La Leggenda di Colapesce".
As a soloist he has collaborated with Daniel Oren, Carla Fracci, Nello Santi and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. He has participated in tours with the ensemble Media Aetas in Brazil, Argentina, Russia, Germany, the United States, France, Iraq and Pakistan, during which he performed several times in Mondovision with important artists such as Angelo Branduardi, Rudolf Nureyev and Lindsay Kemp.
Flora Papadopoulos is a Greek-born harpist based in Milan, Italy. After completing her modern harp studies at the Conservatory of Parma with Emanuela Degli Esposti, she has dedicated herself to mastering early harps. With the assistance of a Marco Fodella Foundation scholarship, Flora has pursued her baroque harp studies with Mara Galassi at Accademia Internazionale della Musica of Milan, obtaining her Masters degree with full marks. Her performing career includes both solistic and chamber music projects, as well as collaborations with several orchestras and ensembles all over Europe.
She has played under the guidance of directors such as Rinaldo Alessandrini, Federico Guglielmo, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, Alessandro De Marchi, Thomas Hengelbrock, Marco Mencoboni, among many others.
She has performed in prestigious concert halls including the Opéra Garnier of Paris, (Incoronazione di Poppea, with R. Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano and R.Wilson), the Cité dela Musique in Paris (with F. Lassere, Akademia and Neemrana Music Foundation, a French and Indian production with concerts in France and New Delhi), the Onassis Music hall of Athens, Black Diamond of Copenhagen and more.
She has taken part in recording projects for Harmonia Mundi, MDG and Brilliant Classics.
She is an active educator, with teaching posts at the Accademia Internazionale della Musica of Milan, and at the Associazione Chopin (Lugano), where she teaches modern harp. She has achieved a Bachelors degree with honours in Liberal Arts from the University of Parma, and a Masters degree in Musicology from the University La Sorbonne of Paris, again with full honours.
Michele Pasotti graduated in Lute with Massimo Lonardi and specialized in renaissance and baroque lute, attending masterclasses by Hopkinson Smith, Paul O'Dette and Tiziano Bagnati. He later specialized in “Italian Baroque Chamber Music” at the Accademia Internazionale della Musica in Milano with Laura Alvini, and in “Renaissance Theory of Music and Counterpoint” with Diego Fratelli. He particularly deepened his studies of late medieval theory and practice for four years under the guidance of Kees Boeke and subsequently for two more years with Pedro Memelsdorff at the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya in Barcellona. At Rome’s Università “Tor Vergata” he graduated with a first class degree in the specialization course “Ars Nova in Europa”. He also received a first class degree in Philosophy at the University of Pavia. As a teacher Michele Pasotti is regularly invited by the Conservatorio “L. Marenzio” di Brescia to give masterclasses. In 2011 he is gave a series of conferences for Ghislierimusica called "Le chiavi, incontri per entrare nella musica barocca". The musicological research on the Ars Nova music inspired him to partecipate to international meetings and to hold a seminar on italian Ars Nova called "TRECENTO!" (summer/autumn 2011) organized by the Gaudete! Festival. He has performed with ensembles and orchestras including Orchestra Mozart, I Solisti della Scala, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Orchestra del Teatro “Carlo Felice” di Genova, Orchestra del Teatro “La Fenice” di Venezia, Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali, Accademia del Ricercare, La Magnifica Comunità and Cantica Symphonia, as well as with the most illustrious singers and instrumentalists of the ancient music scene. Michele Pasotti was conducted by Claudio Abbado, Barthold Kujiken, Diego Fasolis, Andrea Marcon, Monica Huggett, Nathalie Stutzmann, Corrado Rovaris, Andrea Molino and Carlo Boccadoro in numerous concerts held throughout Europe. In the fall of 2008 he was invited by the renowned cellist Mario Brunello to play in the latter’s baroque project Brunello Baroque Experience. He is a permanent member of the ensembles: I Barocchisti, Orfeo 55, Il Canto di Orfeo, Ghislieri Consort, Accademia d’Arcadia, I Virtuosi delle Muse, Capella Cracoviensis, I Virtuosi Italiani and the ensemble il Rossignolo. With these prestigious groups he has received the most important prizes of international critics (Grand Prix du Disque de l’Académie Charles-Cros, 3 Diapasons d'or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, and Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice). Michele Pasotti has performed in the most important festivals and concert halls throughout Europe (Concertgebouw, Theatre des Champs-Élysées, Le Grands Concerts de Versailles, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Wiener Konzerthaus, Festspielhaus Baden Baden, Festival de Musique Baroque de Lyon, Handel Festival in London, Opera Avignon, Nancy, Vichy, Bordeaux, Madrid, Arsenal de Metz, Festival de Saint Riquier, Uzes, Beaune, Sablé-sur-Sarthe, Cuenca, Laus Polyphonie Antwerpen, Warsaw and Krakow Philharmonia, Sofia NDK, Munich Prinzregententheater, Schwetzingen SWR Festspiele, Accademia di Santa Cecilia and Parco della Musica in Roma, Teatro “Carlo Felice” di Genova, Orchestra Mozart, Radio Svizzera Italiana di Lugano, Mito-Settembre Musica, Musica e poesia a San Maurizio di Milano, Barockfestival St. Pölten, Festival Trigonale in Klagenfurt, Settimane Musicali di Stresa, Ente Filarmonico Italiano di Arezzo, Festival Monteverdi di Cremona, Unione Musicale di Torino and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. Among the many recordings (beyond those for Deutsche Grammophon, EMI/Virgin Classics, Naïve, Sony/Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, SWR, Chandos, Glossa, ORF, Avie, Rai Radio 3, Rete 2 of Rsi, France 2, Dynamic, Tactus and La Bottega Discantica) of note is a work dedicated to the guitarist Francesco Corbetta (Dynamic), in which he plays as a soloist as well as a cd entirely devoted to Pergolesi with Orchestra Mozart conducted by Claudio Abbado, recorded by Deutsche Grammophon.
QUARTETTO DI CREMONA
Internationally renowned for their "extremely mature and lyrical sound" (Strad), the Quartetto di Cremona now graces the stages of the most prestigious venues. Their focus and intensity brings life to music from the "tight blend and immaculate voicing" of their Brahms to the "sleek and elegant" dynamic contouring of their Mozart (Strad). The Quartetto di Cremona's dedication to their work as a string quartet shows through their music. The Quartetto di Cremona formed in 2000 at the Stauffer Academy in Cremona and continued their studies with Hatto Beyerle. In 2005 the Quartetto di Cremona received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship. Building on their early successes, the Quartetto di Cremona has played to critical acclaim at the most important venues and festivals in Europe including at the Beethoven Haus and BeethovenFest Bonn, Konzerthaus (Berlin), Klara Festival (Brussels), Mecklenberg Vorpommen Music Festival, Båstad Chamber Music Festival, Turku Music Festival, Handelsbeurs (Gent), Moving on Music Festival (Northern Ireland, recorded by BBC Radio 3), and numerous performances at the Wigmore Hall (London). The Quartetto di Cremona has toured extensively in Australia and performed at the renowned Perth International Art Festival Australia. In the USA, they recently won the eleventh Web Concert Hall Competition and they will perform at Metropolitan Museum March 2013. In their homeland of Italy they have made their name performing at the Accademia di S. Cecilia in Rome and at the most renowned Italian music societies. The Quartet was nominated "Artist in Residence" at the Societa' del Quartetto of Milan and will be involved in various projects culminating in 2014 for the 150th anniversary of the Societa' del Quartetto – when they will perform the complete cycle of Beethoven quartets.
Recent and forthcoming tours include engagements in the USA, Japan, Mexico and China and in Europe the Quartetto di Cremona will tour the UK, Italy, Scandinavia, Germany, and make a debut tour of Austria.
Their extensive repertoire ranges from the early Haydn quartets to Wolfgang Rihm and Helmut Lachenmann, with particular interest in contemporary Italian music including the composers Fabio Vacchi, Luciano Berio and Luigi Nono.
Their debut recording for Decca encompassed the complete string quartets by Fabio Vacchi, released in April 2011. From July 2012 over the next two seasons the Quartetto di Cremona will record the complete Beethoven String Quartets for the German label Audite, which also issued Italian Journey, dedicated to Italian composers in November 2012.
An important part of the Quartetto di Cremona's activity is teaching master classes throughout Europe. Since Autumn 2011, the Quartet has taught at the Walter Stauffer Academy in Cremona.
The Quartetto di Cremona has been chosen as a testimonial of the International project "Friends of Stradivari" Instruments.
NOELIA REVERTE RECHE
Born in Almería, Spain, in 1981, Noelia Reverte Reche graduated with honors in classical guitar. In 2002 she received a scholarship from the Fondazione Antonio Gala for young artists (Cordoba, Spagna) giving her the opportunity to perform as soloist in major concerts including performances at the Teatro Liceu of Barcelona and Grand Theatre Cordoba.
In 2005, she began studying viola da gamba at the Conservatory of Madrid Arturo Soria, supplementing her education with classes with violist, Fahmi Alqhai. In 2008 she relocated to Milan to further her studies with the maestro Rodney Prada at the Accademia Internazionale della Musica, where she graduated in 2011. Following this she pursued a specialised course of study in viola da gamba with Maestro Vittorio Ghielmi at the Conservatorio Luca Marenzio of Brescia.
Since her arrival in Italy, she has consistently collaborated with some of the most important groups in this country, including Accademia Bizantina, Il Giardino Armonico, La Divina Armonia, Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo, among many others. Her activity abroad includes collaborations with ensembles such as Capella de Ministrers (Spain) and Cappella Mediterranea (France).
As well as pursuing an active concert career, Noelia is also a dedicated pedagogue of viola da gamba solo and consort repertoire. She has taught at the summer course organised by the Accademia del Ricercare at Romano Canavese, Turin Italy, and in the annual programs promoted by Triacamusicale for the Gaudete! International Festival of Ancient Music.
Noelia Reverte Reche teaches viola da gamba at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland.
She has made recordings with the group Accordone (Guido Morini and Marco Beasley) for Arcana, Rosso Porpora (Walter Testolin) for Stradivarius and The Rossignolo (Ottaviano Tenerai ) for Sony. .
Marcello Scandelli was born into a family of musicians. He studied at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi di Milano with Giuseppe Lafranchini, principal cellist of Teatro della Scala and later with Paul Tortelier and G.Eckard. He studied chamber music with the Trio di Trieste and won a scholarship and a Diploma of Merit at the Chigiana Academy of Siena. He also won a scholarship as Best Student of Chamber Music at the Scuola di Alto Perfezionamento di Fiesole. He has been a member of the Milano Classica for the past ten years in the role of principle cellist (as well as soloist and conductor)where he has collaborated with important artists such as Franco Gulli, Danilo Rossi, Anahi Carfi, Marco Fornaciari, Fabio Biondi, Stefano Montanari and Ottavio Dantone. Marcello Scandelli has concertised extensively in Italy, Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, England, Slovenia, Spain, U.S.A. and Finland. He was the principle cellist of the Piccola Sinfonica di Milano with which he appeared as soloist in important concert halls in Italy and abroad. In 1990 he began his career in ancient music which led him to perform with groups such as Giardino Armonico, Europa Galante, Archipelago, Accademia della Magnifica Comunità, Camerata Anxanum, Festa Rustica, Il Falcone, Accademia degli Invaghiti, Il Canto di Orfeo, Accademia i Filarmonici, Dolce e Tempesta, Musica Laudante ,L'Aura Soave, Ensemble MeranoBaroque, Il Complesso Barocco, Brixia Musicalis, Ensemble Granville and L'Ensemble Baroque de Nice. He has recorded for Fonè, Agorà, Nuova Era, Tactus, Bongiovanni , Dynamic ,Brilliant , Avie, Velut Luna e Fonit Cetrarecently , in the role of conductor and soloist of Orchestra da Camera Milano Classic. He was invited to hold classes in baroque cello at the Nervi Musei in Musica, an international festival which holds courses in ancient music, alongside Bob Van Asperen, Monica Huggett and Vittorio Ghielmi. In 1996 he founded l'Ensemble Il Furibondo, an instrumental group which specializes in music from the canzona of the 17th century to the cantatas, both secular and sacred, and Sonatas of the 18th century. He is the cello soloist and co-director of " La Follia Barocca”.
Stephen Swedish has built an international reputation as soloist, collaborator and one of the world's premier chamber music pianists. He has appeared in concert with some of the world's greatest artists including violinists Josef Gingold and Henryk Szeryng, violist William Primrose, cellists Janos Starker, Raphael Wallfisch, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Wolfgang Laufer and many others.
Stephen Swedish attended the renowned School of Music at Indiana University earning his Bachelor, Master, and Doctor of Music degrees. His principal teacher and mentor was Menahem Pressler, pianist of the legendary Beaux Arts Trio. He also studied piano with Abbey Simon, Gyorgy Sebok, and Sidney Foster and chamber music with Menahem Pressler, Janos Starker and William Primrose. While only in his second year at Indiana, he was invited by celebrated cellist Janos Starker to be his regular recital partner and together Messrs. Starker and Swedish toured throughout North America and recorded for the Mercury label.
In addition to his performances on five continents, Stephen Swedish has served on the artist-faculties of the Oberlin College-Conservatory of Music, the School of Music at the University of Maryland, and, at the personal invitation of renowned pianist Lili Kraus, at Texas Christian University where he served as Director of Chamber Music Studies. He has also taught in Europe at the International Music Academy in the Czech Republic, the Esterhazy Palace and Haydn Conservatory in Eisenstadt, Austria and the Conservatorio dall'Abaco in Verona, Italy.
Since 1996, Stephen Swedish has served as Artistic Ambassador for the U.S. State Department and in that capacity has performed and presented numerous master classes in such far-away places as Azerbaijan, Kyrgysztan, Kazahkstan, the Republic of Georgia, Sardinia, Cyprus, Malta and Chile.
Swedish has recorded on the RCA Red Seal, the Mercury, and the Gasparo record labels.
Over the last five years, Lathika Vithanage has established herself as one of Australia and Europe’s up and coming baroque violinists.
On arrival in Europe, with the assistance of Italian Government scholarships, Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grants and an Australia Council Skills and Development Grant, Lathika was able to profit from the musical and career guidance of baroque violin professors including: Stefano Montanari, Susanne Scholz, Judy Tarling, Richard Gwilt, Gottfried von der Goltz, Petra Mullejans, Olivia Centurioni, Elisa Citterio, Enrico Onofri, Manfredo Kraemer and Amandine Beyer. Following training projects with the Montis Regalis Orchestra (A De Marchi), Festival Aix en Provence opera orchestra (L G Alarcon) and the Ambronay European Baroque academy (S Kuijken), she was launched into the freelance baroque music scene in Europe. She is regularly called to perform and record with high profile European groups including: Accademia Bizantina (Italy), Freiburg Baroque Orchestra (Germany), Ensemble Clematis (Belgium), Concerto Italiano (Italy), La Cappella Mediterranea (France), Montis Regalis orchestra (Italy) and La Divina Armonia (Italy). Her passion lies in chamber music and single string work which she gets to explore not only with the two ensembles of which she is a founding member since 2011: Il Caleidoscopio and AbChordis Ensemble, but also with established European groups including; Concerto Italiano, Ensemble Clematis, Cappella Mediterranea, Montis Regalis orchestra, Les Cyclopes and Silete Venti. Lathika regularly returns to Australia to take part in the flourishing baroque music scene there, and is currently completing a specialized masters in baroque violin performance at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with Amandine Beyer.