Fabio Accurso studied the lute at the Conservatory of Verona where he obtained his degree. He has subsequently performed with numerous Early Music ensembles, amongst them: Accordone, Janas, Al Qantarah, Sarband and Dramsam. His concert activities have led him throughout Europe, the USA, Japan and Australia. He has performed in numerous international festivals such as the Accademia Chigiana (Siena), Istanbul Festival, Tokyo Summer Festival, Flanders Festival, Utrecht Early Music Festival, Resonanzen (Vienna), Tage Alter Musik Regensburg and Festival de Sablé.
He has taken part in many recordings with groups of international renown. As a soloist, he has recorded the complete works of the Italian Renaissance lutenist Hyerolamo Ferrutio and the entire oeuvre of Domenico Bianchini.
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.
ricevuto una Fellowship da parte del Borletti Buitoni Trust di Londra, prima pianista italiana ad aver ricevuto questo riconoscimento, dall’inizio dell’attività di questa prestigiosa istituzione.
Born in Parma in 1973, Enrico Bronzi is the cellist of the Trio di Parma, with which he has carried out intense concert activity since 1990, appearing in the most important concert halls of Europe, the United States, South America and Australia (Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Filarmonica in Berlin, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Filarmonica in Colonia, Herkulessaal in Munich, Filarmonica in St. Peterburg, Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires). The group has also successfully competed in a number of international competitions in Florence, Melbourne and Munich, and has received the “Premio Abbiati” from Italian musical critics. Since 2001, Bronzi has coupled his chamber group activity with an active career as a soloist. After having won a prize in the Rostropovich Competition in Paris, Enrico Bronzi won first prize in the Paulo Cello Competition of Helsinki, in 2002, one of the highest awards given in the cellist world. On that occasion, he also received the Special Prize dedicated to R. Sommer for the best performance of Dvorak’s Concerto with the Helsinki Philharmonic. Since then he has also been invited to perform as a soloist in the most important festivals and with orchestras throughout Europe. In April 2004, together with the Trio di Parma, he won first prize in the International Competition of Chamber Music in Lyon. He participates regularly in a number of festivals, including those held in Lucerne, Melbourne, Turku, Naantali, Stresa, Ravenna, and Lockenhaus. He has performed as soloist under the direction of C. Abbado, V. Delman, C. Eschenbach, P. Berglund, F. Bruggen and K. Penderecki. He was taught Orchestral Direction by Jorma Panula and has appeared as guest director with several Italian groups. For the Brilliant Classics label, together with the Accademia I Filarmonici of Verona, he supervised a the vast recording project Boccheriniano. For three years he was the first cellist at Teatro alla Scala and he regularly takes his place on the juries of major international competitions (Premio ‘Trio di Trieste’, Concorso ‘V. Gui’ of Florence, Turku Cello Competition…). He, also in collaboration with the Trio di Trieste and Maureen Jones, carries out an intense activity teaching in various schools, taking on dozens of musicians who often receive international awards and recognition. He has been a professor at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg since 2007. Enrico Bronzi plays on a Vincenzo Panormo cello from 1780.
"Enrico Casazza is among the elite of Italian violinists and I am very proud to have contributed, however briefly, to his artistic development."
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.
"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.
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.
Born in Verona in 1968, Filippo Gamba pursued his musical education with Renzo Bonizzato, Maria Tipo and with Homero Francesch.
He won the First Prize at the Concours Géza Anda in Zurich in 2000. The Jury also awarded him the Mozart Prize for the best performance of a Mozart piano concerto. He has been invited to play in several of the most prestigious European concert halls including the Théâtre des Champs Élysées, Théâtre du Châtelet, Berlin and Vienna Konzerthaus, Concertgebouw and Herkulessaal.
He has performed with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Camerata Academica Salzburg and the City of Birmingham Symphony. Among the conductors he has worked with are Simon Rattle, James Conlon and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
He has recorded all of the Beethoven Bagatelles for DECCA
He is Professor at the Musikhoschule in Basel.
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.
|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.
Born in Milan, Roberta Invernizzi was first a pianist and double bass player before studying singing under the tutelage of Margaret Heyward. She is one of the most sought-after soloists in the field of Baroque and Classical repertoire.
A great Handel performer, Roberta appeared as Mary Magdalene in La Resurrezione at the Vienna Musikverein; Medea in Teseo in Karlsruhe; Oriana in Amadigi at the Handel Festival in Halle and at the Opéra Royal de Versailles; Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Silla in Vienna; Adriano in Siria in Madrid and Valencia under F. Biondi; Nerone in Agrippina at the Teatro Real in Madrid; Armida in Rinaldo conducted by O. Dantone and staged by P. Pizzi at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. She sang the principal roles in Dido and Enea at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona and at the Teatro Regio in Turin; La Santissima Trinità by Scarlatti; Ercole sul Termodonte by Vivaldi at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris; Statira by Cavalli at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples; Olimpiade by Galuppi at La Fenice; L’Orfeo by Monteverdi at La Scala with Alessandrini in a production by R. Wilson.
Roberta sings regularly at the Salzburg Festival: the title role in Hasse’s Sant’Elena al Calvario with Biondi, Handel’s Aci, Galatea and Polifemo with Antonini, Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno with Haselböck, Jommelli’s Isacco, Mozart’s C Minor Mass with Dudamel and the Waisenhausmesse with C. Abbado. In addition, she has given Baroque recitals with Il Giardino Armonico at the Mozarteum, the C Minor Mass and Davide Penitente at the Vienna Musikverein and at the Styriarte Festival in Graz with Harnoncourt.
Most recently she returned twice to the Teatro alla Scala to perform Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Filarmonica under the baton of Dantone and the prestigious Christmas concert conducted by Antonini.
Roberta Invernizzi is highly regarded in Vienna. Hence, Nikolaus Harnoncourt engaged her for a performance of Mozart’s arrangement of Alexander’s Feast by Handel, given at the Musikverein as part of the hall’s 200th anniversary celebrations. She also gave a recital entitled “Roberta Invernizzi and friends” as part of the 20-year anniversary of the Resonanzen Festival at the Konzerthaus in Vienna.
She has worked with conductors such as Ivor Bolton, Giovanni Antonini, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Claudio Abbado, Ton Koopman, Gustav Leonhardt, Frans Brüggen, Jordi Savall, Alan Curtis, Fabio Biondi, Antonio Florio, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Ottavio Dantone… and performed with orchestras including Concentus Musicus Wien, Orchestra Mozart, Accademia Bizantina, Il Giardino Armonico, Cappella della Pietà de’ Turchini, Concerto Italiano, Europa Galante, Ensemble Matheus, the Venice Baroque Orchestra and I Barocchisti. Roberta has made more than 100 recordings – Sony, Deutsche Gramophone, EMI/Virgin, Naïve, Glossa, Opus 111 –, many of them world premieres, that have been awarded the Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, Gramophone Award, Goldberg’s Five Stars and Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik.
She has also won the MIDEM Classical Award and the prestigious Stanley Sadie Handel Recording Prize for her solo CD of Handel works. Her solo album “Dolcissimo sospiro” won a MIDEM Classical Award and the Stanley Sadie Handel Recording Prize in 2007; her album of Handel’s Italian cantatas received the Stanley Sadie Handel Recording Prize in 2010. Her most recent CDs dedicated to Vivaldi and Handel have been equally acclaimed in the international press.
Noted by The New York Times for giving "the proceedings an invaluable central thread of integrity and stylishness" and having "played with soulful flair," violinist Ariana Kim made her New York recital debut at Carnegie's Weill Hall in 2008 and is now in her fourth year as a professor at Cornell University. At 16, Ariana made her debut with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and at 24 was appointed acting concertmaster of the Louisiana Philharmonic in New Orleans and has since become one of the most respected artists of her generation. An avid chamber musician of both the contemporary and traditional literature, Ariana served 10 seasons as a member of the New Yorker-acclaimed New York new music ensemble, Ne(x)tworks, which made their international debut at the John Cage Festival in Berlin performing Cage’s “Song Books” to a packed house alongside the Maulwerker Company in March 2013. In February of 2016, Ariana was honored to join the Aizuri Quartet, a new string quartet currently in residence at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia.
She now marks her 10th season with The Knights, a New York-based imaginative and diverse musical collective that performs programs ranging from string quartets to bluegrass tunes and Mid-East folk music, to the great chamber orchestra masterpieces of the 20th century. In January of 2015, the group released its seventh album, …the ground beneath our feet – a collection of live performances from a recent U.S. tour – for Warner Classics, on which Ariana is a featured soloist in Steve Reich’s Duo for two violins and strings, alongside Guillaume Pirard; that track has since received much acclaim and was chosen as one of NPR's "Songs We Love” for 2015.
Raised in Minnesota by parents Ellen and Young-Nam who were her teachers from age 3-17, Ariana finds another musical home in her native Twin Cities as she is now in her 11th season with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota. Recent collaborations have included performances with violinist Robert Mann, cellists Fred Sherry and Peter Wiley, violist Samuel Rhodes, and clarinetist Charles Neidich. The CMSM is preparing for their 25th anniversary season which will include the release of a new live compilation album, the premiere of two new commissions, and a roster of renowned guest artists including pianist Leon Fleisher and violist Nobuko Imai.
Ariana has spent summers at Ravinia's Steans Institute, Yellow Barn, and Orford Centre d'Arts. A passionate pedagogue, Ariana spends much of the academic year teaching and mentoring a full studio of talented collegiate students at Cornell; this summer, she will join the faculty of the Palo Alto Chamber Music Workshop for the 15th consecutive year, the Northern Lights Chamber Music Institute for the ninth time, and the Crowden Music Center Chamber Music Institute for the second time.
Currently, Ariana co-resides in Ithaca and New York City where she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Juilliard under the tutelage of Robert Mann. Her most recent engagements have included the world premiere of Peter Child's "Afterglow" for string quartet and wind ensemble performed at MIT, a new chamber opera "Thomas Paine in Violence" written for Ne(x)tworks by Paul Pinto, a faculty recital at Cornell with fortepianist Roger Moseley and percussionist Shane Shanahan, a European tour with the Knights, and a guest appearance with Brooklyn Rider at the American Academy in Rome. Ariana performed her debut concert with the Aizuri Quartet in April of 2016 and a solo recital at Williams College. A recipient of an Affinito-Stewart Grant and a Society for the Humanities Grant, Ariana released her first solo album Routes of Evanescence in December of 2015 which features works for solo violin and violin + 1 written by American women composers including Ruth Crawford Seeger, Augusta Read Thomas, and Jennifer Curtis. From January through June of 2016, Ariana was on leave from Cornell living in Italy, teaching at l'Istituto Stradivari, performing with Milano Classica, and curating a cultural diplomacy public art project involving the Cornell Composition Department, the Cornell Architecture program in Rome, and a group of North African and Mid-East refugees.
From the beginning of his first years of violin studies, Vadym showed a strong aptitude and interest for music. Parallel to his musical studies in Kiev, he traveled to numerous international festivals. He has a similar passion for art as well as cinema and spends a considerable amount of time painting. His interest in early music brought him to Western Europe. During his studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, he deepened his knowledge of historical performance practice, performing concerts in many different parts of the world. Vadym has recently created the “L'Ospedale degli Infermi d’Amore" together with a group of friends and musicians whom he met during his musical voyage.
|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.
Franco Pavan is an Italian lute and theorbo player. He graduated cum laude both in lute and in musicology in Milan and has been working as a professional performer with the most important Italian early music ensembles such as: Concerto Italiano, Accordone, La Cappella della Pietà dei Turchini, La Risonanza, and La Venexiana as well as with the London based Trinity Baroque. He has worked with conductors such as Rinaldo Alessandrini, Fabio Bonizzoni, Antonio Florio, Enrico Gatti, Alessandro Ciccolini and Claudio Cavina.
He has appeared in the most important concert halls of Europe (e.g.: Konzerthaus, Berlin; Konzerthaus, Wien; Musikverein, Wien; Cité de la Musique, Paris; Auditorio Nacional, Madrid) and in the world (Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires; Toppan Hall, Tokyo) as well as in Uruguay, Chile, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, China, Egypt, and Morocco.
He has recorded over 50 CDs (with the labels Glossa, Opus 111, Emi, Virgin, , Cyprès, Alpha, Arcana, Naïve) and he won prizes like Gramophon Award, Diapason d’Or and the Premio Vivaldi della Fondazione Cini, Venezia.
He recorded for all of the European Radio broadcasts, and for the French, Italian, German, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese TV. His solo recording “Le Mouton Fabuleux” is the winner of the “Premio del Disco Amadeus 2009”.
In 2012 he began a new duo collaboration with the recorder player Dorothee Oberlinger and has recently founded the Ensemble Laboratorio’600, which in 2013 released its first CD , Siciliane – The Songs of an Island, for the label Glossa was released in 2013.
He teaches Lute at the Conservatorio “E. F. Dall’Abaco” in Verona, Italy. In April, 2014 he was granted with the title of Cultore della Materia of History of Music at the University of Padua. As a musicologist, he has written articles about the lute history and early Seventeenth-Century music, with an important paper on new documents about Claudio Monteverdi and Carlo Gesualdo. He worked for the new edition of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and for Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart. He’s part of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Lute Society of America.
Italian native Roberto Plano performed all over the world appearing with prestigious orchestras (Kremerata Baltica, Houston Symphony, Berliner Philarmoniker Camerata, Festival Strings Luzern…) under the direction of renowned conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, James Conlon, Pinchas Zuckerman, Miguel Harth-Bedoya; as a recitalist he played at Lincoln Center, Sala Verdi, Salle Cortot, Wigmore Hall, Herculessaal and at the internationally acclaimed Newport Festival, Portland Piano Festival, Ravinia Festival, Gilmore International Keyboard Festival (USA), Chopin Festival (Poland), Gijon International Piano Festival (Spain), Bologna Festival (Italy)... An avid chamber musician as well, Mr. Plano played with some of the most prestigious string quartets in the world such as the Takacs, Cremona, St. Petersburg, Fine Arts, Jupiter, Muir. First Prize Winner at the 2001 Cleveland International Piano Competition, Prize Winner at the Honens, Dublin, Sendai, Geza Anda and Valencia competitions and Finalist at the 2005 Van Cliburn, Mr. Plano’s engaging personality has made him a favorite guest on radio programs such as NPR’s “Performance Today,” and on TV shows for PBS, France’s Mezzo and Japan’s NHK. Plano was also named the “Best Ensemble Performer” at the Honens Competition for his performances with cellist Shauna Rolston and soprano Ingrid Attrot and he was the winner of the "Best Recital" and "Best Performance of a Commissioned Work" prizes at the Dublin International Piano Competition. He has recorded for Decca, Brilliant, Azica, Arktos, Sipario, DaVinci, Concerto, being awarded the maximum 5-star rating by several music magazines. Amadeus, the most widely-read music magazine in Italy, featured twice Roberto’s photographon the magazine’s cover, with CDsof music by Alexander Scriabin and forgotten Italian composer Andrea Luchesi. In 2013 he performed the world premiere of Luchesi’s two piano concertos with the Busoni Chamber Orchestra in Trieste, Italy, Massimo Belli conducting: the performance included a never-before heard cadenza written for the concerto by Mozart. Mr. Plano’s debut award-winning recording for DECCA Classics was released in 2016, featuring the “Harmonies Poétiqueset Religieuses” by Liszt, which have not been recorded by Decca since the 60s. Mr. Plano studied at the Verdi Conservatory in Milan, the Ecole “Cortot” in Parisand the Lake Como Academy. During his career he has been awarded several prizes, including the Lumen Claro, previously assigned to influential Italian people like soprano Barbara Frittoli, stylist Ottavio Missoni and economist Mario Monti. In January 2018 he won the American Prize in the solo professional division. Mr. Plano has been described by The Chronicle in Glens Falls, NY, the “Pavarotti of the Piano” for his lyricism, and also defined by Chicago radio commentator Paul Harvey, Jr. as the heir to Rubinstein and Horowitz. NY Times music critic Anthony Tommasini has written: “This Italian pianist showed artistic maturity beyond his years… there was a wonderful clarity and control of inner voices in his performances…” A member of the faculty at Boston University since 2016, Mr. Plano joined Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music as Associate Professor of Piano in August 2018.
Quartetto Indaco has began its formation at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in 2007, thanks to the encouragement and help of Piero Farulli and Andrea Nannoni.
Subsequently, the ensemble participated in master classes with numerous internationally renowned quartets (Artemis, Brodsky, Prometeo, Cremona) as well as in specialized courses with members of great quartets such as Günter Pichler-Alban Berg Quartet, Milan Skampa-Smetana Quartet, Hatto Beyerle-Alban Berg Quartet, Rainer Schmidt-Hagen Quartet and Krzysztof Chorzelski-Belcea Quartet. Quartetto Indaco just graduated in Chamber Music at the Musikhochschule of Hannover under the guidance of Oliver Wille, member of the Kuss Quartet. The quartet has performed on concert series’ and festivals throughout Italy (Festival “Paesaggi Musicali Toscani”, "Festival dei due mondi" in Spoleto, Società del Quartetto, Nuova Consonanza in Roma) including a performance at the Palazzo del Quirinale in Rome (which was broadcast throughout Italy by Rai Radio 3). They have appeared in various European countries including strongSwitzerland, Germany (Heidelberger Frühling 2015-2017, Podium Festival-Esslingen, Goslar Musik Wochen), Ireland, Latvia, Sweden and Holland. Since 2017 the quartet is participating to the Project “Le Dimore del Quartetto” in collaboration with ADSI and Associazione Piero Farulli.
Finalist at the prestigious string quartet competition “Premio Paolo Borciani” XI edition, the quartet has won several prizes in international competitions including the "Premio Papini”, “Enrica Cremonesi” and got scholarships as “Hohenloher Kultursommer Hannover” and “Fondo Morosini per la Cultura” thanks to “Le Dimore del Quartetto”. In 2014, they were the recipients of the special prize “Jeunesses Musicales” at the X edition of “Premio Paolo Borciani”. The quartet has performed with many illustrious international artists, including Bruno Canino, Avi Avital, Claudia Bareinsky, Derek Bermel, Julian Bliss, Davide Formisano, Paolo Beltramini, Giovanni Scaglione, Yves Henry as well as Valentin Erben, the cellist of the Alban Berg Quartet with whom, in 2012, they performed the quintet for two cellos by Schubert. Quartetto Indaco is also dedicated to contemporary music with the goal of giving a voice to new musical language: In this regard they were awarded with “Premio Giuseppe Scotese” as best performer during the 53rd edition of ‘Festival Nuova Consonanza’ in Roma; as well Quartetto Indaco is ’ensemble in residence' at the ‘International HighScore Festival’ of Pavia since 2010. The quartet has received enthusiastic and glowing reviews from many music critics: the Ttela Newspaper of Sweden wrote “their performance is like a stupefying show of fireworks, so brilliant that the walls could hardly contain it”. Il Giornale di Vicenza describes the quartet as “compact, full of polish and exuberance, a real revelation. The Quartetto Indaco shows lucid precision, concentration and great ability”.
QUINTETTO A FIATI DI SANTA CECILIA E DEL CONCERTGEBOUW
Il Quintetto a fiati di Santa Cecilia e del Concertgebouw is composed of Italian musicians of international fame as well as principal players of the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia of Rome and the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam. The five musicians are collaborating or have collaborated with the Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the Bayerischer Staatsorchester, Orchestre National de France, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra appearing in the world’s most prestigious concert halls such as the Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Royal Albert Hall in London and Carnegie Hall in New York. The wind quintet, equivalent in musical importance to the string quartet, represents, for the instruments for which it is composed, the most complete formation from a sound perspective as well as a prolific repertoire. The intention of the Quintetto a fiati di Santa Cecilia e del Concertgebouw is to recreate with this small but heterogeneous formation, all of the richness of orchestral timbre, putting to use the experience acquired during concert tours in the world’s most prestigious concert halls, leaving room for the strong musical personalities of each individual member. Components of the ensemble have won important recognitions and prizes such as ARD, Kobe, Jugendmusik Wettbewerb of Zurich and Jeunesses Musicales of Bucharest. The musicians of the ensemble possess a special musical connection with each other which is the fruit of a daily commitment, a mutual appreciation for one another and an authentic friendship.
Stefano Rocco studied renaissance lute at the Conservatorio di Verona and obtained a degree in music at the University of Bologna. He has had a prolific concert activity for many years, participating in important international festivals. He has collaborated with Marco Beasley and Guido Morini in the Ensemble Accordone, with the Barocchisti di Lugano conducted by Diego Fasolis, l'Orchestra Barocca di Bologna, l’ensemble Oberon, l’Accademia degli Astrusi, Concertino Amarilli, Armonia delle Sfere and with Fabio Accurso for numerous programs in various chamber formations. He has recorded numerous cds as well as for television and radio with ARTE, BBC, Radio della Svizzera Italiana, ORF (Radio Österreich), Deutschlandfunk, Radio Belga, ESPACE 2 (Suisse Romande), RAI, Sky Classica.Ha inciso per: Alpha, Sony Classica, OPUS 111, ARCANA, EMI/Virgin, Cypres, Tactus and Bongiovanni.
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”.
TRIO IL FURIBONDO
The “Furibondo”, a string trio performing on original instruments was founded in 2011 by musicians with vast international experience who have been members of world famous ensembles such as Le Concert des Nations directed by Jordi Savall and Il Giardino Armonico directed by Giovanni Antonini.
Its repertoire spans from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries.
The ensemble made its debut at the festival "Nuove Settimane Barocche” in Brescia and have reformed previously at "Paesaggi Musicali Toscani”. They have appeared as a larger ensemble with the "Meraner Musikwochen” and with the play "Lascia pur che il mondo giri” with music by Azio Corghi at the Teatro "Dante Alighieri” in Ravenna.
Il Furibondo has appeared at the Gaudete Festival Internazionale di Musica Antica and in 2018 will perform for the chamber music season of Milano Classic as well as Ceresio Estate 2018. The group’s debut recording, Mozart/Bach "Preludi e Fughe K. 404a”, was given rave reviews by the publications "Musica", "Classic Voice", "Suonare News"and "Archi Magazine”. The aforementioned CD was introduced by the programs "La Recensione" and "Primo Movimento" on Swiss and Italian national radio stations. On March 4, 2017, the trio appeared on “Piazza Verdi“ on Italian radio for an interview and live performance.