Diapason Musical Association is proud to present the 12th edition of the "Città di Massa" International Competition for young musicians. Our aim is to encourage young musicians to perform and grow professionally. Given the great success of the last two editions which, due to restrictions imposed internationally to contain covid 19 contagion, took place online with the participation of more than 1,200 competitors from four continents, the organisation has decided to maintain its worldwide presence in the future. Hope to confirm the success of the past editions and to create a unique cultural event where musicians from around the world share their talent and get recognized for their accomplishments.
Art. 1 - Diapason Musical Association presents the 12th "Città di Massa" International Competition for young musicians, ONLINE EDITION.
Art. 2 - The competition is designed for young musicians, solo or ensemble, both male and female, of any nationality.
Art. 3 - To take part to the contest, participants must submit a video recording (the total lenght of the recording should not exceed the time limit set for each cathegory). The video must be posted on YouTube following the instructions at art. 4 and the link should be attached to the application form.
Art. 4 - By submitting the video, the applicant declares its authenticity. Video files must be performed by the applicants and must not be edited in any way, nor should any effects be added, a fixed video angle is required. If the proposed repertoire includes more than one piece, it is possible to stop the recording between one and another, but no interruptions are allowed between the movements of the same piece and the link to the video must be unique. Can be recorded with any kind of recording device. The applicant's hands, and of the whole ensemble for the chamber music section, should be clearly visible. The title of each video has to report: "Città di Massa" International Music Competition - surname, name (of the performer); the description must include: author and title of the piece. Uploading to YouTube can be done with a "public" video privacy setting (open to anyone) or with an "unlisted" setting (visible to anyone with the link). NO RESPONSIBILITY CAN BE ATTRIBUTED TO DIAPASON MUSICAL ASSOCIATION IN CASE OF ILLEGITIMATE ATTRIBUTION OR CONTENTS THAT VIOLATE LAWS AND REGULATIONS IN FORCE.
Art. 5 - It is not required to perform by memory.
Art. 6 - The jury will be formed by conservatory or academy teachers and internationally renowned musicians.
Art. 7 - The jury will listen to the whole video submitted by each applicant as long as the recording does not exceed the time limit set for each category. If the length of the submitted video exceeds the time limits, the jury will interrupt the listening.
Art. 8 - All the jury's decisions are final and irrevocable.
Art. 9 - Results will be published on this website on Monday, April 3, 2023.
Art. 10 - Applicants can take part to more sections in this competition but not to more categories. They can also enrol in a higher category than the expected one for their age but not in a lower one.
Art. 11 - The average age of the group will be considered for the chamber music section.
Art. 12 - The deadline for uploading all videos is February 8, 2023 - 11:59 PM. Videos uploaded after that time will not be considered.
Art. 13 - Diapason Musical Association informs that personal data provided by each applicant will be processed solely to send information about the association, in accordance to the General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) n. 679/2016. Data subjects can exercise the right to rectification, to erasure and to withdraw his or her consent at any time.
Art. 14 - By applying, participants allow Diapason Musical Association to use their images and videos and upload them on its website or social media.
Art. 15 - By applying for the competition, participants automatically accept conditions from previous provisions of these rules and any amendment that may occur. The organizers reserve the right to cancel the contest by reason of unforeseeable circumstances, notifying the participants in advance. Only in that case the application fee will be refunded.
In case of contestations, the Italian text will be legally binding.
CATEGORIES AND SECTIONS:
Soloists section – Piano, Strings, Wind instruments, Guitar, Harp, Percussion
Free choice of repertoire, it must not exceed the time limit set for each category.
Cat. "Prime note" - born from 2016 onwards - up to 3 minutes
Cat. A - born from 2013 to 2015 - up to 5 minutes
Cat. B - born from 2011 to 2012 - up to 8 minutes
Cat. C - born from 2009 to 2010 - up to 10 minutes
Cat. D - born from 2006 to 2008 - up to 10 minutes
Cat. E - born from 2001 to 2005 - up to 10 minutes
Cat. F - no age limit - up to 15 minutes
Chamber music section (piano 4 hands - duets and small ensembles up to a 5 member group - vocal/instrumental ensambles). Videos must be recorded in accordance with the security measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Free choice of repertoire, it must not exceed the time limit set for each category.
Cat. G - born from 2009 onwards - up to 8 minutes
Cat. H - born from 2003 to 2008 - up to 10 minutes
Cat. I - no age limit - up to 15 minutes
Each participant will have to sing two opera arias from 1700 onwards.
Cat. L - no age limit - up to 15 minutes
- Competitors who will score 100/100 points will be awarded a 1st prize absolute winner diploma, a cash prize in the amount of €200.
- Competitors who will score at least 95/100 points will be awarded a 1st prize diploma.
- Competitors who will score at least 90/100 points will be awarded a 2nd prize diploma.
- Competitors who will score at least 85/100 points will be awarded a 3rd prize diploma.
- All other competitors will be awarded a participation diploma.
- The jury can assign High Distincions to musicians who possess outstanding talent.
- The jury can decide to award concerts offered by private and public institutions or associations to particulary talented musicians (only a reimbursement of costs incurred will be provided).
- Teachers of awarded competitors will receive a certificate, if requested.
- The teacher with the highest number of awarded students will receive a diploma.
HOW TO APPLY
Candidates will have to fill the application form before the deadline set for February 8, 2023 - 11:59 PM following the link available at the "Application" section.
The following documents must be attached to the application form:
1) Copy of an identity document or birth certificate;
2) Copy of the payment (bank receipt) which can be done through bank transfer to Diapason Musical Association,
IBAN IT24K0503413643000000007257 CODICE SWIFT - BAPPIT21S39 with the following description:
“Diapason 2023 membership fee and “Città di Massa ONLINE EDITION” Competition fee,
or via PayPal.Me:
http//paypal.me/massacompetition with the same description.
Please specify the competitor's name.
PLEASE NOTE: IF THERE ARE ANY PROBLEMS ATTACHING THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS YOU CAN SEND THEM BY EMAIL AT: [email protected]
Cat. "Prime note" and A - € 40,00
Cat. B, C, D, E - € 45,00
Cat. F - € 50,00
Chamber music section
Cat. G, H, I - € 30,00 for each member of the group (ensembles over 10 members flat fee of €300,00)
Cat. L - € 50,00
BORIS BENČIČ - CONDUCTOR AND TRUMPETER
Born in 1974 in Koper - Slovenia, he began playing the trumpet at a very young age at the Koper Music School. His talent is confirmed when he wins a first prize in the Slovenian National Competition and a second prize in the Federal Competition of the former Yugoslavia. He soon joined the Capodistria Wind Orchestra which greatly influenced his musical career. He thus collaborates with a large group of ensembles ranging from the symphonic orchestra to the blues band between Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. He also records several CDs with famous people from the Slovenian music scene.
Having graduated in trumpet at the Giuseppe Tartini Conservatory of Music in Trieste (class of Massimiliano Morosini), he continues to study conducting with Jan Cober (NL) and Miro Saje (SLO).
He remains linked to Capodistria where he teaches trumpet at the Music School and at the Art High School, and also conducts the Capodistria Wind Orchestra. He regularly participates in national and international competitions with his students or as a jury member.
ORIANO BIMBI - CLARINETIST
Born in Sarzana in 1970, he began studying the clarinet at a very young age attending municipal courses in Massa. He continued his studies at the Conservatory "N. Paganini" (now G. Puccini) in La Spezia where he graduated in 1994.
He attended masterclasses by well-known musicians as Daniel Pacitti, Alessandro Carbonare and Fabrizio Meloni.
He achieved a Master of Music degree with honors at the "L. Boccherini" Conservatory in Lucca.
During his career he has performed in hundreds of concerts as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles, he performed in all the most important italian cities as well as in France, Spain, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovenia, Bahrain and Republic of China.
He has collaborated with pianists Umberto Zanarelli and Marco Podestà, the Trento string quartet, the Genoese wind ensemble, the woodwinds of the "Orchestra Regionale Toscana (ORT)" and the famous composer Azio Corghi with whom he has recently completed a short tour. This featured the music of the composer himself, in venues such as the Regio Theater in Turin, Paganini' s House in Genoa and the Contemporary Art Museum in Ovada (this one broadcasted live on the italian radio channel RAI Radio 3)
Currently he is Principal Clarinet of the Liryc Symphonic Orchestra of the Giglio Theater in Lucca
Teaching plays an important role in Oriano Bimbi’s musical activity, from 1997 to 2019 he has been teaching clarinet at the Carrara Music Institute, now he is Clarinet Professor at "F. Palma" Musical High School of Massa.
DUCCIO CECCANTI - VIOLINIST
Duccio Ceccanti graduated with honors from the Florence Conservatoire when he was very young and then continued his studies with Salvatore Accardo, Felix Andriewski, Ştefan Gheorghiu and Boris Belkin. As a soloist and chamber musician he has performed in festivals and theatres including the Venice Biennale, the Ravello Festival, San Carlo Theater, Roman Philharmonic Academy, Ravello Festival, GOG of Genova, Prague International Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Carnegie Hall and Columbia University in New York, Swiss Radio Auditorium in Lugano, Cairo Opera House, Flaneries Musicales in Reims. With the Artes Trio he was chosen by CIDIM (Italian national music committee) to go on numerous tours in South America and Europe. He is the violinist of the Klimt Quartet with whom he embarked on a brilliant concert and recording career. In 1992 he founded, with his father Mauro Ceccanti, the Contempoartensemble of which he is artistic director and which soon became one of the most important and appreciated contemporary music ensembles. He recorded Fabio Vacchi's music for the soundtrack of Ermanno Olmi's film “Il mestiere delle armi”, which won the David di Donatello Award in 2002.
He performed as a soloist with several orchestras and in chamber music groups with Boris Belkin, Alain Meunier, Bruno Canino, Moni Ovadia, Domenico Nordio, Pietro De Maria, Boris Petrushansky, Roberto Prosseda, and Emanuele Arciuli. He has given first performances of many works by composers such as Sylvano Bussotti, Mauricio Sotelo, Peter Maxwell Davies, Henri Pousseur, Luca Mosca, Azio Corghi, Goffredo Petrassi, Adriano Guarnieri, Luciano Berio and Fabio Vacchi. His recordings for Amadeus, Arts, Brilliant Classics and Naxos have been acclaimed internationally.
He has held masterclasses in Italy and U.S.A. at the Cincinnati University, and from 2000 to 2014 he was Assistant Teacher at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena.
He was awarded with the Medaglia Laurenziana for artistic merit from the Accademia Internazionale Medicea in Florence during the XXXX ^ edition of the 2017 Lorenzo Il Magnifico Award. He teaches violin at the Fiesole Music School and the La Spezia Conservatoire.
MIRELLA DI VITA - SOPRANO
She graduated with Honors in Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Pisa, after which she graduated in Opera Singing and Musical Didactics.
She has sung the leading roles in the following operas: L'Elisir d'Amore, The Barber of Sevilla, I Quattro Rusteghi, Dido and Aeneas, La finta semplice, Rigoletto, The Merry Widow, Die Zauberflöte, Don Pasquale, Il Campanello, Pagliacci, La Boheme, Don Giovanni, La Traviata, performing in Italian and foreign theatres and Festivals (Puccini Opera Festival,, Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, Teatro Comunale Pavarotti di Modena, La Biennale di Venezia, Opera de Chambre de Geneve, Theatre National de Rabat in Marocco, Saaremaa Opera Festival in Estonia, Locarno Opera Festiva, Dai-Ichi Hall di Tokyo).
In 2011 she recorded a CD “Shakesperae and Conflict” dedicated to the lyrics of E. Korngold and M. Castelnuovo-Tedesco based on Shakespearian texts. She is also dedicated to researching music history, holding conferences on Russian opera and chamber repertoires in Lucca, Macerata, Genoa, and Hämeenlinna (Finland). In 2021 her paper about Russian Art Song has been included in the book “Popular Song in the 19th Century”, edited by Brepols. Currently she is professor of the English Language at the Conservatory Santa Cecilia in Rome.
MARCO FALASCHI - SAXOPHONIST
Marco Falaschi graduated in clarinet in 1985 at the Conservatory "L.Cherubini" in Florence and in saxophone in 1987 at the Conservatory "F. Morlacchi" in Perugia with full marks, studying with Italo Marconi, Federico Mondelci and Mario Marzi. He also studied flute under the guidance of Maestro Antonio Mancini. He collaborated in 1984 with the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, after winning an audition. Later he also collaborated with the "A. Scarlatti" Orchestra of the RAI (italian national radio) of Naples, for the Chigiana Academy of Siena, with the Sofia Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Temirkanov, Ahronovic, Krieger and many others. He has performed as a soloist with orchestra, performing numerous times the Concerto in Eb major by A. Glazunov, the Fantasia by H. Villa-Lobos, as well as premiered compositions dedicated to him. For more than ten years he has been a member of the Italian Clarinet Quartet “J.X. Lefévre, of the Saxophone Quartet "The Saexophones", of the Accademia Amiata Trio and Accademia Amiata Ensemble, dealing for many years with improvisation in duo with the pianist Ettore Candela. Currently he carries out intense activity with the "Sax Beat Quartet" and the pianist Marco Podestà with whom he has played in numerous tours in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Malta, Spain and more. He is also the founder of the Sax Off limits Ensemble, directed by Maestro Alessio Bacci with whom he carries out an intense concert and educational activity. With these ensembles he has performed for important musical associations, festivals and theaters in Italy and abroad. In 1987 he performed in the Sala Nervi in the Vatican, in the presence of S.S. John Paul II. He has recorded numerous Compact Discs for important Italian and foreign labels such as Antes, Phoenix, Pentaphon, Amiata Records, Patos, Forrest Hill, all with international distribution. He teaches Saxophone at the State Conservatory of Music "G. Puccini ” of La Spezia.
GIUSEPPE FRICELLI - PIANIST
Giuseppe Fricelli studied at the Cherubini Conservatory of music in Florence, graduating in piano with full marks under the guidance of Rio Nardi. He studied chamber music with Franco Rossi and composition with Vito Frazzi. Winner of many scholarships, he has distinguished himself in various piano and chamber competitions. Fricelli has held two thousand concerts as a soloist and chamber musician in Italy, Europe, Japan, Australia, Africa, the Middle East. Numerous of his concerts in duo with artists such as Mario Ancillotti, Roberto Fabbriciani, Severino Gazzelloni, Gabriel Tacchinò and many others. For many years he has been performing concerts in a piano duo with Giovanni Carmassi. He has been invited to give concerts in various festivals and seasons such as the Festival dei due Mondi in Spoleto, Avignon, Teatro Valle and Eliseo in Rome, Teatro della Pergola in Florence, Kammeroper in Vienna, National Gallery in Dublin, Academy in Jerusalem, Philharmonic in Tel Aviv, Arena di Verona, Chigiana Academy of Siena, Musikhalle of Hamburg, Prado Museum and Royal Academy of Madrid. He has held concerts in the Conservatory of Music Halls of Malaga, Tokyo, Damascus, Toulon, Seville, Oslo, Bologna, Florence, Lübeck, Kiel, Verona, Bolzano, Milan, Innsbruck, the Municipality of Brussels, RAI Auditorium in Turin, Palazzo Barberini Rome as well as in prestigious seasons in London, Bristol, Cambridge, Oxford. He has recorded numerous discs, CDs and DVDs. Many of his compositions published and edited by him for the editions Carisch, Berben, Pizzicato, Eridania etc. He has composed incidental music for various plays and prose recitals. Several times he has been a member of commissions in national and international piano and chamber competitions. Many famous composers dedicated their works to him (Margola, Abbado, Rigacci, Chailly, Zangelmi, etc.). Piano professor for forty-four years at various Italian conservatories, he also holds master classes at the Academy of Music in Florence. He has held masterclasses at The School of Music of Victorian college of the Arts of the University of Melbourne and postgraduate courses in Norcia. Various pianists who have been trained at his school have today important careers as artists or teachers.
EUGENIO GROSSETTO - GUITARIST
Eugenio Grossetto undertakes his musical studies with important guitarists of the Segovian school, at first with F. Biraghi, Professor at the “G. Verdi ” Conservatory in Milan, and later with C. R. Conti, professor at the Musikschule in Kornwestheim (Germany), under whose guidance he graduated brilliantly.
With the same teacher he was the first to obtain a Master Class diploma at the European Academy of Music in Erba.
His musical style is the result of the influences due to his world renown professors, didactics and concertists Oscar Ghiglia, Claudio Riccardo Conti, Ruggero Chiesa, Stefano Grondona, Francesco Biraghi with whom he has developed an intense musical activity that leads him to obtain victories and awards at the Milan International Competitions and Musical Interpretation of Geneva.
He has been performing for many years in concerts, holding recitals and playing in various chamber ensembles in Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany and Serbia.
He has performed as a soloist with major international orchestras (including the Bucharest Symphony Orchestra) and is regularly invited as a jury member to important national and international music competitions both in Italy and abroad.
He is the author of various essays, articles, instrumental methods, transcriptions and recordings, released by major Italian publishing companies such as Rizzoli-Larousse, Ghisetti e Corvi and Tecniche Nuove.
TATJANA JERCOG - PIANIST
Tatjana Jercog began studying piano at the Slovene Music Center Glasbena matica “M. Kogoj ”in Trieste, in the class of Prof. Xenja Brass with whom she subsequently graduated from the“ G. Tartini ”of Trieste. He attended courses in musical interpretation with prof. Laura Palmieri and was later admitted to the class of Maestro Igor Lazko, at the European Conservatory in Paris, where she obtained the Diplôme du maitrice. He also attended several courses in both solo and chamber piano interpretation in Italy, France, Slovenia, Switzerland and Germany. In 2003 she graduated with full marks in Music Didactics and in 2009 she obtained the Composition diploma under the guidance of M ° Fabio Nieder at the “G. Tartini ”of Trieste. He has participated, obtaining brilliant results in various competitions in Slovenia, Spain, Italy and France. She performed as a soloist, in chamber groups and as a soloist with the orchestra in Slovenia, Italy, France, Switzerland. Tatjana has often recorded for RAI Radio Trst A, Radio Koper-Capodistria and, in 2002, she recorded, for Realsound, a CD with music by Nieder, Schönberg, Berg, Busoni and Brahms. The CD was awarded top marks for sound and interpretation in Piano News magazine. Since 2001 he has been teaching piano at the Music School of Koper (Slovenia). Since 2008 she has been the artistic director of the Koper Biennial of Contemporary Music. Since 2017 he has been president of the Koper Association of Friends of Music, through which he organizes various events in the Slovenian Littoral. The most notable was certainly the concert of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, located in the Port of Koper.
ELŐD KOSTYÁK - CELLIST
Előd Kostyák was born in Cluj-Napoca, began his musical studies in his hometown, then moved to Bucharest and graduated at the Music Academy of Cluj-Napoca. In 1990 he attended the master classes of Miklós Perényi and Csaba Onczay in Keszthely. As a member of the Bartha Quartet he won the “Wilhelm Georg Berger Quartet Competition” held in Brașov in 1994 and the “Gheorghe Dima International Chamber Music Competition”. Between 1994-1995 he spent 6 months in the master class of Sándor Devich at the Music Academy of Budapest. From 1994 until the summer of 2008 he was the leading cellist in the following Orchestras: Honvéd Orchestra, Philharmonic of Győr, National Theatre of Miskolc. Since 2008 he is solo cellist at the Hungarian Opera of Cluj-Napoca and between 2009-2015 he was also solo cellist at the National Oper.
Előd Kostyák is playing on a cello made by Christian Neubauer in 1835 in Buda, formerly owned by Brassai Sámuel, which was restaurated by János Márkus Barbarossa at the initiative of the Amaryllis Society of Cluj-Napoca. The cello is currently the property of the Unitarian Bishop’s office.
EMANUELA NICOLI - HARPIST
Born in Florence, she studied at the "L.Cherubini" Conservatory of Florence graduating in harp in July 1996 with full marks. She has attended numerous harp specialization courses with S.Mildonian, F.Pierre, I.Perrin, S.Bertuccioli, P.Pinto and chamber music courses with P.N.Masi, M.Ancillotti, M.Lorenzini etc.. In 1997 she won the National Competition "Riviera della Versilia" and in 1999 she won the International Competition "Associazione Rovere d'Oro". She taught harp from 1999 to 2009 at the Music School of Greve (Florence) and took part in music projects in the elementary school of Greve and Sesto Fiorentino (Florence). In 2006 she won the audition for the annual Professional Qualification Course for Orchestra Professors ("Progetto Palcoscenico") at the Teatro Comunale del Maggio Fiorentino, under the artistic direction of Mº Zubin Meta. In 2007 she obtained a Master of Music in Musical Disciplines, graduating with full marks and honors at the "L. Cherubini" Conservatory. She has played as a soloist in France, Italy and Portugal. She has collaborated with various orchestras including the "Ensemble Orchestral de Dijon" (Dijon), “Puccini Festival” orchestra (Torre del Lago, Italy), Porto Symphony Orchestra (Portugal), "Florence Symphonyetta" (Florence), Orchestra Vigo430 (Vigo-Galicia) Orchestra "Cantieri D'Arte" (Reggio Emilia, Italy) "Syrian National Symphony Orchestra" (Damascus), Orchestra "Massimo De Bernard" (Livorno, Italy), "Fundaçao Orquestra Estúdio" (Guimaraes-Portugal), "Orquestra Clássica do Centro" (Coimbra-Portugal), "Orquestra Sinfónica da Esmae" (Porto), "Orquestra de Cascais e Oeiras" (Cascais-Portugal), etc..
She recorded with the tenor Carlos Guilherme and the Orquestra Do Norte the CD "InOpera" and with the Gulbenkian Orchestra of Lisbon the CD of the Opera "Usher House" by Gordon Getty.
She has performed in chamber music ensembles in Italy, Portugal, Switzerland and the United States; with Duo "Iris" (flute and harp), Trio "Iris" (flute, viola and harp), Duo "Arial" (sax and harp), Duo "Nuance" (violin and harp), Duo "Angélicus" (soprano and harp) and Trio "Contrasts" (violin, double bass and harp). From 2009 to 2015 she is harpist of the "Orquestra Do Norte (Portugal). She currently lives and works in Lisbon as a freelance harpist, collaborating mainly with the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra and the Gulbenkian Orchestra.
CLAUDIO OTTINO - BASS BARITONE
Born in Turin, he completed his musical studies at the Genoa Conservatory, graduating with top marks under the guidance of soprano Gabriella Ravazzi. Later on he followed master classes with Paolo Montarsolo, Claudio Desderi and Enzo Dara, specializing in the comic repertoire. In his 30-year career he played all the most important character roles of the Italian opera repertoire. Lately he played Don Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Don Pasquale for the Carlo Felice Theater in Genoa, and the Sacristan in the staging of Tosca at the 64th Puccini Festival of Torre del Lago under the direction of Giancarlo Del Monaco. He sang in the most important Italian theaters including Teatro alla Scala, Teatro Regio di Torino, San Carlo di Napoli, Massimo di Palermo, Opera di Roma, collaborating with world-famous artists including Luciano Pavarotti, Josè Carreras, Mirella Freni, Raina Kabaivanska, Nicolaj Ghiaurov, Katia Ricciarelli. Since 1996 he has been a singing teacher at various Italian conservatories, currently active at the Paganini Conservatory of Genoa, and has also taught for four years at the Academy of High Specialization of the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago. He has been collaborating for four years in the training of young opera singers, embracing the project of the Incanto Foundation of Managua for the development of Italian opera in Nicaragua.
MARCO PODESTÀ - PIANIST
Marco Podestà has obtained Bachelors of Music degrees in piano, composition, choral music and choir conducting from Genoa and Parma Conservatories. He then obtained a Master of Music in Piano Performance (Solo Piano) with full marks, honors and special mention at the Florence Conservatory. He studied with pianists Giovanni Carmassi and Piero Luigi Zangelmi, and later with Maria Curcio, in London. He has won national and international piano competitions, and has been performing brilliantly for many years, guest of prestigious musical institutions. He has held hundreds of solo, chamber and orchestral concerts in Belgium, South Korea, Denmark, France, Germany, Malta, Czech Republic, China, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Ukraine, Hungary, Tunisia, Venezuela. He has recorded a vast repertoire, including contemporary music, on a dozen CDs, for important labels such as Divine Art and ANTES. His recordings have been broadcast by RAI (the Italian national public broadcastig company), Vatican Radio and numerous Italian radio stations, as well as Rai 1, Rai 2 and other state televisions. He performed over twenty concertos for piano and orchestra accompanied by prestigious ensembles including the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Kiev Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Minsk Philharmonic, collaborating with conductors such as Emil Simon, Victor Dubrovsky, Ladislau Rooth. He has held piano interpretation master classes in Italy and abroad. Winner of the national competition for exams and qualifications, he is Professor at the “G. Puccini ” Conservatory in La Spezia.
VERONICA PUCCI - HARPIST
Veronica Pucci began studying harp at a very young age, graduating brilliantly from the Luigi Boccherini Conservatory of music in Lucca in 1996. She has collaborated with various cultural associations and theaters, such as the Verdi Theater in Pisa, the Giglio Theater in Lucca and the Guglielmi Theater in Massa.
For several years, from 1992 to 1995, he participated, gaining lively acclaim, in the Young Future Concertists Review held in Livorno, at the Rodolfo Del Corona Music Institute.
She performed in a large number of concerts in various chamber ensembles: duo of harps, flute and harp, voice and harp, violin and harp. She has collaborated with well-known conductors and internationally renowned artists including soprano Katia Ricciarelli and Dimitra Theodossiou.
She attended the chamber music course held by M° Pietro Rigacci and collaborated with numerous orchestras often covering the role of Principal Harp, in particular with the Giglio Orchestra, the Youth Orchestra of Ohio (Cincinnati), the Amedeo Modigliani Orchestra, the Città Lirica Orchestra of Pisa, the Romanian State Orchestra "D. Lipatti", the City of Grosseto Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago. In 1995 in duo with the piano she obtained the 2nd prize at the F. Romani International Competition of Moneglia (Ge), and the 1st prize at the “Città di Pisa” Competition.
For several years she has been teaching harp at the Civic Music School in Carrara, the Sinfonia Music School in Lucca and the Pina Telara Concert Association in Massa.
Lately she has worked with renowned artists such as Giovanni Allevi and participated in the 2010 Tour with Francesco Renga in collaboration with the Ensemble Symphony Orchestra.
She teaches harp at the "Felice Palma" Music High School in Massa.
CRISTIANO ROSSI - VIOLINIST
Cristiano Rossi began to study the violin before the age of five. He received his diploma at the age of only sixteen from the Conservatory of Bologna, under the guidance of Sandro Materassi. He immediately began giving concerts, and won important competitions both in Italy and abroad, such as those of Vittorio Veneto and Munich. In 1965 when he was eighteen years old, he recorded his first two records for Erato in Paris. He then continued this recording activity for Emi, Dynamic and Naxos, with numerous CDs dedicated to various historic periods: from Vivaldi to Busoni and from Campagnoli to Wolf-Ferrari. Cristiano Rossi has to his credit numerous recitals and important concerts in the most important Italian cities, as well as in Europe, South America, the United States and Japan, and for the most prestigious theatres such as the Barbican Centre in London, Bunka Kaykan in Tokyo, the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, the Philharmonica in St Petersburg, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, and the Tonhalle in Zurich. He has participated in the international festivals of Venice, Stresa, Spoleto, Varna, Istanbul, and Dubrovnik, and has played under famous orchestral conductors such as Ahronovitch, Chailly, Oren, Pesko, Renzetti, Soudant, and Delman. He has been invited to participate in numerous important manifestations: for Unicef, for the Bicentenary of the United States (in 1976) with a recital at the White House, for the Columbus Celebrations (1992) in Genoa, where he performed with Paganini’s famous “Canon”, at Castelgandolfo in the presence of Pope John Paul II, and in Piazza Maggiore in Bologna in both 1995 and 1997 for the memorial concerts of 2 August commemorating the tragic bombing of the Bologna railway station. He has received various prestigious awards, among which the “Diapason d’Oro [Golden Tuning Fork]” from the RAI [Italian National Radio]. He has made numerous recordings of public concerts that have been broadcast on radio and television for the RAI, BBC, RSI, DRF, etc.. He has been teaching at the “L. Cherubini” Conservatory in Florence for more than twenty years, and at present is devoting himself to postgraduate courses for young concert artists, who are invited from prestigious musical academies such as the Accademia Pianistica di Imola, the Tadini of Lovere, and the Accademia Musicale di Firenze.
SASKIA SCHNEIDER - FLUTIST
Saskia Schenider started playing piano and recorder at the age of five. When she was 12 years old she began studying the flute and won the first prize in the competition "Jugend musiziert" at the age of 17.
Her studies led her to the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe followed by the concert exam at the Conservatoire de musique in Genève, under Maxence Larrieu. A huge influence on her playing had the Irish flute player James Galway who mentored her for several years.
Saskia Schneider's international career began in 1986 when she was invited to Indonesia by the Goethe-Institut for playing concerts with the pianist Surjani Bahari.
For many years she performed with different orchestras and also the Phantasmagoria Jazz Quartet. Their CD „Crying with laughter“ was edited in Great Britain.
The extensive repertoire and her extraordinary charming art of performing took her to perform as a soloist all around Europe and the USA.
She performed on the radio for public-broadcasters like WDR, SWF, and SDR as well as for Polish radio in Warsaw and Opote.
Nowadays she is living in Frankfurt where in 2002 she founded the ensemble and the society „Die Blaue Blume“ with the support of the Frankfurt city council. Their cycle of
16 annual concerts in Frankfurt is - "inbetween arts" combining literature, chamber music as well as visual presentations and the ensemble became an important part of the cultural life, not only of Frankfurt.
Her musical partners are amongst others the Brazilian pianist Vania Pimentel and the Polish pianists Marek Mizera, Piotr Machnik and Milena Kędra. Together with the pianist
Wojtek Gogolewski and the harpist Anna Faber she published several CDs
MARTON STUMMER - GUITARIST AND COMPOSER
Márton Stummer was born in Győr, Hungary. He completed his musical studies at the “János Richter” Conservatory, then at the “Tibor Varga” Music Institute and finally at the “Ferenc Liszt” Music Academy. He studied with masters Ede Roth, Antal Pusztai, Attila Reményi and András Csáki. He has been awarded in the dual capacity of instrumentalist and composer in numerous national and international competitions, including: "Carpathian Region International Competition", "World Guitar Competition", "European Guitar Award Dresden", "Uppsala Guitar Festival". His professional activity (both as a composer and as a performer) is equally committed to genres such as contemporary music and jazz. Critics acclaimed him calling him one of the most active and eclectic guitarists and composers of the new generation. Márton Stummer is one of the most versatile protagonists of the Hungarian music scene, able to range with confidence and ease between the various musical genres. He often performs with an orchestra, even performing his own compositions.
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