He was born in Mendrisio in 1962, he started his guitar studies with Dante Brenna in Lugano. He attended the classes of Alexandre Rodrigues in the Conservatoire Cantonal of Sion. In 1986 he passed the instrumental diploma and in 1991 the virtuosity instrumental diploma with a high grade. He studied several courses under Alberto Ponce in Switzerland and Portugal.
He plays both as a soloist and with a group (camera). He belongs to the “Torres Quartet” with whom he has performed TV and discography productions. With this well knowned “ensemble” he has performed in various European and Intercontinental countries. He has recently joined the new “Aries4” which favours South American musical compositions. He thaught the guitar at the Conservatoire of Sion from 1987 to 1998. At present he is teaching at “Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana” both in the professional division and in the school of music.
He teaches instrumental music at the “Liceo Cantonale Ticinese”. At this same school he is also taking care of the formation of the orchestra of the Liceo of Bellinzona and the Liceo of Locarno. Hi is a member of the “Amici della chitarra” (friends of the guitar), Association which is promoting the culture and the practice of the guitar in the Canton Ticino.
Andreas Cincera began studying the double bass while, at the same time, studying the violoncello. (His initial stimulus was the opportunity to be able to participate at a premiere of a composition by the Swiss composer, Frank Martin.) Shortly thereafter he began his musical formation in the bass, continuing to post graduate studies with Gary Karr, Francesco Petracchi and Duncan McTier.
Since then, he has completely dedicated his career as a musician and pedagogue to the development and promotion of a polyvalent double bass and to excellence in musical education: from the beginning through professional tuition.
After a long period in the orchestras of the “Orchester der Oper Zürich” and “Tonhalle Orchester” and for 12 years as member of the ensemble for contemporary music, the Collegium Novum Zurich, he now performs as soloist and chamber musician together with outstanding and international partners. Beside the modern double bass he enjoys playing the violone in baroque and classical tuning. His versatility is also evidenced in theatre productions, in which he combines classical, contemporary and improvised music with stage-art and literature.
Andreas Cincera has interests and enthusiasm in all significant aspects of teaching and learning music in its whole stylistic variety; he is involved in research inspired by these interests.
He is a professor at the Scuola Universitaria di Musica della Svizzera italiana in Lugano as well as at the Konservatorium Klassik & Jazz in Zurich and is head of the Institute for Music and Pedagogy IMP.
Andrea Conenna was born in Milano.
In 1989 he graduated in pianoforte with highest marks.
He then was guided by internationally recognized methodology teachers and concert performers such as Boris Petrushanski, Paul Badura Skoda and Bruno Canino. Under the guidance of Konstantin Bogino he studied three years at the Academy of Portogruaro and afterwards he received his Master of Arts in Music Performance with first class honours degree at the Scuola Universitaria della Svizzera Italiana under the guidance of Nora Doallo.
He was awarded prizes in several competitions, both as a soloist and a chamber music performer.
Since 1989 he has played with various chamber music groups, mainly as a soloist, both in Italy and abroad.
He received his Master of Arts in Music Pedagogy with honours at the Scuola Universitaria della Svizzera Italiana under the guidance of Roberto Braccini, and then he obtained a four-year Diploma in Teaching Methodology, with highest marks, at the Conservatorio di Musica di Como.
From 1991 to 2006 he tought "pianoforte principale" at the Scuola Comunale di Musica di Desio(Mi) where he also held the position of deputy Headmaster.
Since 2006 he has been teaching pianoforte at the School of Music of the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana. Since 2009 he has been teaching also in the Pre-College Department.
In May 2011 he became lecturer of piano didactics at the University of Music.
Sandro D’Onofrio is an Italian pianist among the most appreciated in the international music scene. Formed with Eke Mendez and Nora Doallo, students of the school of Vincenzo Scaramuzza in Buenos Aires. It is perfected later with Jakob Gimpel in Los Ángeles and Eduardo Vercelli in Geneva and again later with Aldo Ciccolini, Alexis Weissenberg and Maria Joao Pires. At the same time he became passionate about the chamber repertoire thanks to the meeting with Sándor Vegh and Alberto Lysy who invites him to collaborate with his comrade in the context of the foundation "Yehudi Menuhin" recognizing him great esteem artistic. He later studied with Bruno Giuranna and Riccardo Brengola attaining the chamber music diploma at the academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome.
He has played as a soloist in various chamber formations in all of Europe, the United States, The Far East and Latin America by making numerous recordings on disks.
He has been living for years in Lugano where he teaches at the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana. He has an intense concert activity and holds several piano Master Classes.
Since the spring of 2016 he performs in the theater with the Italian actor Giuseppe Cederna in the play "Mozart. Ritratto di un genio", inspired by the biography of Wolfgang Hildesheimer "Mozart".
Sandro D’Onofrio has indeed dedicated a passionate and in depth study of the composer from Salzburg.
His interpretation is constantly a great success with the public and critics.
Enrico Fagone is the Principal Double-bass soloist of the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana. He graduated cum laude at the conservatory ‘Giuseppe Nicolini’ of Piacenza (Italy) with Mº Leonardo Colonna and completed his studies with internationally renowned masters including among others Mark Dorin, Franco Petracchi and Klaus Stoll (former Double-bass soloist of the Berliner Philharmoniker). Since his childhood, he won important national and international double-bass competitions: Competiton for string instruments «Inner Wheel» ,Competiton for string instruments «Rotary Club» , Competiton for string instruments «Francesco Dal Pozzo», Double bass Competition «Werther Benzi», and 2°price at International Competition for string instruments TIM (Torneo Internazionale Musicale).
He also won the double-bass open competition organized by the theatre Teatro Regio di Torino and open competition for the first double bass soloist of the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana.
He worked with prestigious chamber groups and orchestras like: Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala di Milano, Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Accademia Nazionale di S. Cecilia, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, I Solisti Veneti, ecc.
He was featured as a soloist with piano, chamber ensemble and orchestra in the main concert seasons in Italy and abroad (e.g. the Martha Argerich Festival), where he works with artists such as Martha Argerich, Heinze Holliger, Mischa Maisky, Boris Belkin, Dora Schwarzberg, Sergey Krilov, Alexander Lonquich, Trio di Parma, Fernando Suarez-Paz (violinista di Astor Piazzolla) and others.
Furthermore, he is the double bass player of the "Quintetto Bislacco" and the "Filarmonici di Busseto".
He did radio and TV recordings for broadcasts RAI(I), RADIO 3, RSI (CH) and recorded as soloist for NBB Records and the prestigious record label London EMI.
His most recent discography as a soloist is a recording of the music of Giovanni Bottesini accompanied by the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana for Stradivarius Label. During the summer of 2007 he was the award-winning of the Carlo Capriata price for young talented double-bassists.
He regularly holds courses and master classes in many countries.
His passion for the instrument and the pedagogy lead hit to focus on the practice and the professional implementing of the two main bow techniques for the double bass, so called ‘french bow’ and ‘german bow’.
Enrico Fagone plays a ‘pear shape’ double bass of the Italian luthier Pietro Pallotta (1743-1817).
Rino Ghiretti, born in 1965 at Pieve di Cadore (Belluno) began his musical studies at nine years of age in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, continuing at the “G. Verdi” Conservatory of Music in Milan, Italy from 1979 to 1984 with M° Bruno Ferrari. He has played in many important orchestras such as the Berliner Philarmoniker, Teatro la Fenice di Venezia, Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala di Milano, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI di Torino, Teatro Regio di Torino, Orchestra A. Toscanini di Parma, Orchestra Filarmonica Toscanini di Parma, Orchestra Sinfonica Italiana, Orchestra Symphonica Toscanini, Orchestra de „I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano“, Orchestra di Stato Cluj Romania, Orchestra della Suisse Romande di Ginevra, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana di Lugano, Orchestra G. Cantelli di Milano ed Orchestra G. Verdi Milano, Orchestra Sinfonica di San Remo. He ha salso played with many well known conductors, such as R. Muti, C. Abbado, L. Maazel, D. Ziman, S. Rattle, G. Pretre, Z. Mehta, R. G. De Burgos, W. Sawallisch, Ghierghiev, G. Patanè, G. Bertini, A. Lombard, S. Baudo, R. Chailly, C. Kleiber, M. Rostropovic, and many others.
He also has extensive experience in the fields of pop and jazz music, playing with well known singers such as Mina, Ray Charles, Max Roach, Dave Brubeck, Dianne Reeves, Maynard Ferguson. Furthermore he belongs to the Gruppo di Ottoni of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, to the Italian Quintetto di Ottoni and to the Italian Ensemble di Ottoni.
He teaches in master classes such as the Big Brass Festival in Torino with famous teachers such as J. Gourly, A. Icov, F. Meels and M. Becquet.
He presently teaches at the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana in Lugano, Switzerland and the “Giuseppe Verdi” Conservatory of Music in Torino, Italy. He performs regularly with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and the Symphonic Orchestra Toscanini.
Expert critics describe Hana Kotkovà as an excellent proponent of the famous Czech violin tradition. Her ﬁrst featured appearance on the Czech musical scene was in 1997 when she won the Prague Spring International Violin Competition. She has graduated at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts and continued her music education with renewed teachers Josef Gingold in Greensboro, U.S. and Alberto Lysy at the Yehudi Menuhin International Academy in Gstaad, Switzerland. Hana Kotkova lives permanently in Switzerland, where most of her musical activity now takes place. She has recorded the complete Eugène Ysaÿe violin sonatas for the Swiss television, gave master classes at Rencontres musicales in Blonay and took part in the Martha Argerich Project in Lugano. She has toured in Europe as well as in the United States with Yehudi Menuhin and Alberto Lysy and she gives recitals, often with the British pianist Simon Mulligan. In her native country, she has performed in prominent festivals. Since 2003 she has regulary performed at the Ostrava Days Festival, performing violin concertos by many contemporary composers (Feldman, Ligeti, Rihm, Francesconi and others). She performed Ligeti`s Violin Concerto at the Lincoln Center, New York and made her debut at Carnegie Hall with Francesconi`s Violin Concerto. In November 2012, Hana Kotkovà performed the US premiere of Morton Feldman`s Violin and Orchestra as part of Byond Cage Festival at Lincoln Centre. She is leading her Kotkova Ensemble, with which she performed in Milano and Torino at the MITO Settembre musica festival and with which she is working on multimedia projects. With Iva Bittova she appeared this year at Sydney Festival. Hana Kotkovà plays a precious Italian Ferdinando Gagliano violin from 1775 and a modern instrument made for her in 1996 by the renewed Prague luthier Jan B. Spidlen.
In 1992,Anna Kravtchenko was awarded first prize and prize of the public at the International “ Feruccio Busoni”piano competition (the first prize hadn’t been awarded in the five previous years).Harold C.Schonberg,who was a member of a jury writes in “The New York Times Magazine”:”Her radiant sound and poetical interpretations could sometimes reduce the audience to tears”.
Anna has performed at some of Europe’s most important halls and events: Berlin Philarmonic Hall, Musikverein Big Hall in Vienna, Amsterdam Concertgebouw’s “Meesterpianisten serie” , Brescia e Bergamo Festival, Herkulessaal in Munich , Ruhr Klavier-Festival, la Salle Gaveau di Parigi, Tonhalle di Zurich, La Roque D'Antheron Festival , Wigmore Hall in London, Victoria Hall in Geneve, Festival “Piano Aux Jacobins” in Toulouse, Bergen Festival etc.She also toured Japan ,USA,Canada and South Africa.
Anna has appeared as soloist with the Berlin Rias Symphony Orchestra,the RAI Symphony Orchestra and London Philharmonic,the Israel Chamber Orchestra,the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra,Die Deutsche Kammerphiharmonie Bremen,the Bavarian Radio Chamber Orchestra,the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,the English Chamber Orchestra,the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra,the Noord Nederland Orchestra,the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra etc.
Since 2006 she has released two CDs on the DECCA label with music of Chopin and Liszt.
Her last DECCA CD of all-Liszt recital received highest raitings in all main Italian music magazines including Amadeus(5/5),Classic Voice (5/5 and CD of the month),Musica (5/5), Classic Voice (5/5 and best CD of the month).
In 2010, Deutsche Grammophon has selected four incisions to insert them in the casket of Anna "Big Classic" and "Classic Gold" published in May 2010.
Born in 1976,Anna began to study the piano at the age of five.She studied with Maestro Leonid Margarius at the Accademia Pianistica Internazionale of Imola,Italy,where she was admitted “Ad Honorem”.
Since 2013 she has been teaching at Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana.
Aldo Martinoni was born in Locarno in 1959. He started studying guitar with Dante Brenna. Martinoni received his diploma from the Sion Conservatory in 1984 and continued with Mo Alexandre Rodriguez, under whom he received his virtuoso diploma with the mention “very good”. He followed interpretation courses with Mo Alberto Ponce and Mo Abel Carlevaro. He was co-founder of the jazz-rock group Brainstorm, with whom he recorded “Firstlights” in 1982.
The same year he started cooperating with the flutist Peter Treichler, with whom he recorded an LP in 1986. In 1992 he cooperated with the mandolinist and violinist Duilio Galfetti. In 1998 he recorded a CD with the flutist Mario Carbotta and the male choir of the Italian language Swiss radio under Mo Diego Fasolis.
As from 1987 he has carried out a noteworthy concert activity with the “Torres Quartet” in and outside Europe (Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Greece, Slovenia, Cuba).
Radio and television recordings are numerous. Three CDs were brought out: “Quartetto Torres” (1991), “Guitars” (1999), “Epsilon Lirae” (2007).
Martinoni has been active as a teacher of the Pre-College and University of Music of the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana and at the Scuola Populare di Musica in Locarno as from 1978.
Martinoni is commission member of the Elisarion Cultural Centre and responsible for musical activities.
The bassoonist and conductor Gabor Meszaros is professor at the University of Music of the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana in Lugano (Switzerland) and solo bassoon of the Kammerphilharmonie Graubünden.
At 26 years of age, he won the position of principal bassoonist in the Balearic Symphonic Orchestra. He also performed in other symphony orchestras in Switzerland, Spain and Germany.
Different national and international music competitions regularly invite him to be a member of the jury. Besides his teaching activities at the University of Music, he has held masterclasses in Italy, Hungary, Portugal, Spain, China, Korea and Switzerland.
His students have won awards at national and international music competitions and are members of different orchestras.
An important part of his activity at the University of Music includes concerts of the wind ensemble that he conducts and in which he transmits to the new generations his wide experience in chamber music.
His CD Music for Bassoon and Piano – “France” was reviewed very positively by critics.
He is Artistic Director of the international music Festival TICINO MUSICA which gathers every year over 300 artists from all over the world.
Born in Cremona 1970 graduated in organ, organ and harpsichord. In addition he took a degree (with maximum marks) in musicology at Cremona University submitting a thesis on Olivier Messiaen's La Nativité du Seigneur.
He pursued his studies with Kooiman, Stembridge, Vogel and Tagliavini, supplementing this by taking master classes with M. Radulescu at the Hochschule für Musik of Vienna in Vienna between 1996 and 1999. He collaborated with Radulescu on the basso continuo) at the Acadèmie Bach in Porrentruy (Switzerland). He was awarded first prize at the International Organ Competition of Pasian di Prato (Udine), and at the Concorso Nazionale Città di Viterbo. He was also a prize-winner at several other national and international competitions, including Brugge (Belgium) and the prestigious Paul Hofhaimer of Innsbruck . He then completed his training in the field of ensemble music and conducting with Pierangelo Gelmini and Andrea Marcon.
Both as soloist and continuo player, Molardi is an active performer and has concretized at major music festivals in Italy (Musica e Poesia in S. Maurizio, Teatro La Fenice, Venice) and other European countries (Amsterdam, Conzertgebow, Utrecht, Rotterdam, London Barbican Centre), as well as in the U.S.A. (Los Angeles Walt Disney Concert Hall, Boston Jordan Hall, New York Carnagie Hall), Brasil (Sala Sao Paulo). Molardi teaches organ, harpsichord and chamber music at the University School of Music in Lugano (Schwitzerland). Masterclasses and conferences on Baroque Music in Schwitzerland, Hungary, Italy, Germany, Spain.
Stefano Molardi has a full concert schedule, appearing at numerous national and international festivals, both in Italy and in other European countries, International Festival of Payerne (Switzerland); Wiener Orgelkonzerte (Austria); Europäische Orgelmusik Nürnberg, "C. Monteverdi" Cremona Festival, Treviso Festival, "Musica e Poesia in S, Maurizio", Milan, International Festival of Maastricht , Arnstadt, Gräfenhain, Magadino and other.
From 2005 to 2013 Molardi, conducts the ensemble " I Virtuosi delle Muse”, devoted to the performance and the rediscovery of the vocal and the instrumental music, especially the Italian one of the 17th and 18th century, which he himself founded and with which he has toured important festivals of early music. As conductor he performed: the Opera Ademira of Lucchesi (Bibbiena, Italy December 2006), Mitridate of Porpora (Theatre of Valladolid, Spain, March 2007), Bach’s S. Matthew Passion and S. John’s Passion (S. Cristoforo’s church, Ferrara, April 2007), Magnificat (Ferrara, S. Giorgio church), Farnace and Giustino of Vivaldi (Vienna Theater an der Wien and Paris, Theatre Champs-Elysées) concerts in Bilbao, Vienna (Theater an der Wien), Oldenburg, Cremona (Festival Monteverdi), Rheingau, Nantes, Orléans, Munchen, Innsbruck, Paris, Schwetzingen, Montpellier, Venice, Miami, Istanbul and other.
He has recorded for Christophorus, Tactus, Divox, Deutsch Grammophon. For his latest recordings, Molardi has obtained many positive reactions from music critics (Amadeus, Early Music) and important international awards (5 “diapasons” from the French journal, 5 stars Goldberg).
He played in 2008 and 2009 in Lugano the complete organ works of C. Franck and F. Liszt. He recorded in 2013 the complete organ works of J. S. Bach, in 15 CDs for the label Brilliant-Classics, on historical organs in Germany
Lello Narcisi graduated in flute with full marks in Italy and Switzerland, studying with A. Ragno, M. Ancillotti and A. Oliva.
From a young age he began teaching flute and chamber music, as well as performing regularly in Italy and abroad as a soloist and above all as a keen chamber musician. In this context, he had the privilege of collaborating with internationally reknowned musicians and principal players of prestigious orchestras and chamber groups including: Berliner Philharmoniker, La Scala, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Royal Concertgebouw, Il Giardino Armonico etc.
In 2011 he has won the audition as flute teacher at the PreCollege of the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana and since 2015 he has been assistant professor of M° Andrea Oliva in the Bachelor and Master courses. Together with M° Vincenzo Scarafile he has created "Flute In Canto", a practical study method about all aspects of vocality in direct relation with the sound of the flute.
He regularly collaborates as principal flautist with Colibrì Ensemble, Pescara and cofounded the International Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of Switzerland with M° Fausto Corbo.
Lello currently plays an artisanal instrument unique in the world, a beautiful all14K gold SavoldiMateki flute.
Lorenza Pollini, born in Verona, Italy, graduated in 1983 from the Dall’Abaco Conservatory of Verona with a degree in Harp, having studied with Mirella Vita.
In 1983, ’84, ’85 she attended Master Classes in France with Pierre Jamet, in 1984 with Giovanna Verda and in 1987 with Silvie Beltrando.
In 1990 she received the Konzertreife Diplom from the Academy of Music of Basel, a student of Ursula Holliger.
After winning first prizes at the "Città di Stresa" and "Città di Porcia" International Contests, she began her career specializing in chamber music and solo concerts.
In 2001 Lorenza Pollini attended the Didactics of Harp Master Class with Gabriella Bosio. From 2001 to 2004 she attended the three-year experimental course of Baroque Harp at the Conservatory of Verona.
She is active in the Celtic harp universe too, attending traditional Breton, Scottish and Irish music Master Classes with D. Bouchaud, Enrico Euron, Grainne Hambly, Catriona MacKay, Catherine Rhatigan and Paul Dooley.
Lorenza has recorded many CDs as soloist and with different ensembles, often personally arranging the music.
In 2008 she received a Masters Academic degree of Music Therapy from the Dall’Abaco Conservatory of Verona.
As far as orchestral activity is concerned, she has been the first harpist with the Youth Orchestra of the European Countries, the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Michigan, the Orchestra Sinfonica of San Remo, the Angelicum of Milan, the Orchestra Filarmonica of Tirreno and the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana. She is currently harpist with the Arena of Verona Orchestra (from 1986).
After having taught at the Conservatories of Castelfranco Veneto and Brescia, since 1986 she teaches at the Conservatory of Southern Switzerland (CSI) of Lugano, Switzerland, a part of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland.
Danilo Rossi graduated with full distinction in 1985 with and then completed and perfected his studies with Dino Asciolla, Piero Farulli and Yuri Bashmet. At only 20 years-old he was chosen by Riccardo Muti to fulfill the role of first viola solisoist of both the theatrical and philarmonic orchestras of la Scala, so becoming the youngest ever first violista in the history of this world-famous and prestigious Opera House.
It is this role in which we still find him.
Student of some of the most important viola masters (Merlini, Farulli, Asciolla, Bashmet) and getting his diploma with the highest grade (cum laude), Danilo Rossi shown his musical skills already when he was 16, when he won his first International Competition. At 20 he has been chosen to take the part of First Soloist Viola at the prestigious Teatro alla Scala di Milano, becoming the youngest musician of the whole history of the theatre to cover that position. Since that moment his career became an infinity of concerts, festivals, meetings and recitals that brought him all around the world.
During his career as soloist he performed the whole viola repertoire guided by Riccardo Muti, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Riccardo Chailly, Gianandrea Noseda, Ottavio Dantone, Mung Wung Chung, Seji Ozava, Zubin Mehta, Mario Brunello, Lorin Maazel, Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, Adam Fischer, with some of the most prestigious orchestras of the world (Filarmonica della Scala, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, l’Orchestra d’Archi Italiana, Rai di Torino, Orchestra Regionale Toscana, Regio di Torino, Suddeutchekammerorchester, Filarmonica di Mosca, Kioi Symphony Orchestra di Tokyo, I Solistidi Mosca, Filarmonica di Budapest, Orchestra dellla Svizzera Italiana di Lugano, etc.).
During the last 30 years, covering the role of First Viola at the Teatro alla Scala, he collaborated with some of the best living orchestra conductors, like Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Carlos Kleiber, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Daniel Harding, Gustavo Dudamel, Leonard Bernstein and Daniele Gatti.
Danilo Rossi has also been a practicing chamber musician. Indeed, he has been guest of some of the most relevant Festivals of Chamber Music (ST. Moritz, Cork, Asolo, Ravenna, I Suoni delle Dolomiti, Vicenza, Joliette, Nijny Novgorod, etc.), where he performed with some of the greatest musicians: Paul Tortelier, Jury Baschmet, Pier Narciso Masi, Bruno Canino, Giuliano Carmignola, Mario Brunello, Andrea Lucchesini, Tomas Brandis, Franco Gulli, il Quartetto Arditti, il Fine Arts Quartet, il Nuovo Quartetto Italiano.
In 2018 Danilo Rossi will celebrate a 30-years collaboration with the pianist Stefano Bezziccheri. Together with him, Rossi played in the most important European concert halls, recording many CDs that cover completely the relevant repertoire for viola and piano.
Numerous the radio a tv recordings that have seen Danilo Rossi performing, as well as the 40 CDs published. About this, in 2016 he has been dedicated of five episodes by the well-known radio broadcast RadioTreSuite, owned by RadioRai.
Frank Schüssler, born in September 1968 received his classical training in saxophone playing from Iwan Roth.
Having received his soloist diploma from the Basel academy of music, he went on to receive prizes at the German federal ‘Jugend musiziert’ competition, the ‘Concours international de musique de chambre’ at Ilzach, and the ‘Prix public’ at the Saint-nom-la-Bretech competition.
Leslaw Skorski was born in Poland and studied accordion with Lech Puchnowski at the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, where he graduated in 1984.
He has given concerts in Poland and Switzerland. Since 1989 he has been teaching the accordion class at the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana.
From his class came out several accordionists who awarded prizes in important competitions and have brilliant concert careers.
He was invited to be jury member in several accordion competitions.
Redjan Teqja was born in Tirana (capital of Albany) on February 4th, 1983. His father was the conductor of the National Orchestra of Albany.
He has been studying piano since the age of five. In 2000, 17 years old, he made his debut with the Orchestra of Radio and Television of Albany playing the 2nd concert for piano and orchestra by Liszt. In 2001 he moved to Lugano (Switzerland) in order to continue academic studies with Prof. Nora Doallo.
He participated and was awarded in the following competitions:
He won several scholarships:
Various performances in concerts in Albany, Italy and Switzerland have been carried out successfully. Amongst them “Ceresio Estate” in Lugano, then within the 20th-century music festivals held at the Auditorium Stelio Molo with the orchestra of RSI (“Les Noces” by I. Stravinskij, “La boîte à joujoux” by C. Debussy). In 2005 he played the piano part of the “Petite messe solonnelle” by G. Rossini, directed by Luigi Marzola in Brescia (Italy) during the International Festival for Sacred Music. In June 2006 he finished with the diploma of perfection for piano at the Conservatory of Lugano. In July 2007 he held a recital in the concert season “I concerti nel chiostro” at the Conservatory G. Verdi of Milan.
Masterclasses with Prof. Till Engel, Gerard Fremi, Vincenzo Balzani, Nelson Goerner and others. Presently he works also as an accompanist pianist at the conservatory of Lugano and as a teacher at the Accademia Vivaldi of Locarno. Besides that he is preparing his master in music pedagogics.
Monica Trini approached the music since she was a joung girl, studying piano until she reached the “Corso Superiore” (upper level). After the Istituto Magistrale diploma, she began studying singing at the Conservatorio (Academy of Music) G. Verdi in Milan getting a diploma while still very young. In the meantime she took part in the performances of Aida, Turandot, Tannhauser, I Lombardi and Requiem by Verdi with the Teatro alla Scala, joining in the tournées in Vancouver (1986), Berlino (1987), Mosca and Saint Petersburg (1989) under the direction of L. Maazel, G. Gavazzeni, N. Santi, G.Kuhn, C. Abbado and R.Muti. After winning the “Student Prize” of the “Concorso Verdiano di Busseto” (a music contest for students), she improved herself with Carlo Bergonzi, interpreting, at the end of the course, the role of Mimì at the teather of Busseto. She attended the Academy of Montegridolfo directed by Gustav Kuhn and the Specialization Courses conducted by Hildegard Roetger and Hilde Zadec. Furthermore, she also achieved the Certificate of Music Pedagogy and the Singing Specialization Diploma at the “Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana” studying with the Soprano Karin Ott.
She took part to the Madama Butterfly at the Opera in Rome directed by Daniel Oren; to Aida at the Point Teather in Dublin (CD Naxsos) and to Nabucco at the Festival of Avenches with Rico Saccani; for the Attavanti Festival (Maggiore Lake) she sang Zanetto by Mascagni.
She also performed in recitals, at the Teatro delle Erbe in Milan, for the “Società dei Concerti”, interpreting arias by Vivaldi, Mozart, Rossini, Bellini, Verdi; moreover she was also at the Teatro Greco in Milan, at the Museum of Teatro alla Scala for the “Amici del Loggione” (“the Gallery Friends) with musics by Rossini and the “Duetti Buffi” by Padre Martini in “first performance”; Then at the Teather in Siena, at the Teather Regina in Cattolica, at the Teather in Carpi with Michele Pertusi. At the Teatro Studio of Milan, for the two evening performances of Giorgio Strehler dedicated to the Reading of Wilhem Meister by Goethe, she sang the Lieder Mignon by Schubert and, still in Milan, during the litterary award “A.D.O.N.A.I.” won by the poetress Alda Merini, she sang pieces of H. Pousseur, E. Morricone, Donati and G. Manzoni as a “solo voice”.
She cooperated with pianists as Roberto Negri, Walter Baracchi, Raimondo Campisi, with the guitarist Nicola Oteri, with harpist Anna Loro.
With “Loie Fuller Ensemble” at Palazzo Malvezzi in Bologna, and at the Teatro Ebe Stignani in Imola, she interpreted pieces of Debussy (Chansons de Bilitis) and Ravel (Les Chansons Madecasses). With Orchestra Nuova Cameristica conducted by A. Monetti, she opened the Lago d’Orta Festival with “Les Illuminations” of Britten and, the following year, at Villa Tallone (Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli studying residence) she performed songs of Tosti, Debussy, Puccini, Leoncavallo, Ravel and Turina. With the Varese Orchestra and Europae Cantores Choir , directed by Jeffrey George, she performed the Fauré Requiem, the Paukenmesse and the Missa Brevis in Sib Maggiore by Haydn. With the Milan “Orchestra Nuova Cameristica” and the “Polyphonic Choir Benedetto Marcello” and the “Città di Como Choir”, she performed the Vivaldi Gloria, the Schubert Messa in Do Maggiore, the Haydn Missa in Tempore Belli, the Mozart Requiem and Incoronation Mass, the Boccherini Stabat Mater, the Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle and Stabat mater, the Poulenc Gloria,and the Verdi Messa Requiem. At the Congress Palace in Lugano, with the Novara Orchestra of Teatro Coccia, directed by Aldo Tarchetti, she performed Verdi Duets and Arias in Recitals with the baritone Pietro Cappuccilli, and in Stabat Mater di Pergolesi directed by M° Bruno Amaducci. In Locarno San Francesco Church, with the Orchestra of the “Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana” directed by Denise Fedeli, she sang in the Mass D176 by Schubert, in the Cantata BWV 209 by Bach; moreover, again with the same orchestra and director, she interpreted arias and duets from Otello, La Forza del Destino, il Trovatore by the Teatro Sociale in Chiasso.
She was also present at Auditorio Stelio Molo of RSI in Lugano for the Review “Novecento Passato e Presente” (past and future of twentieth-century) with the “Trois Poemes” by Stephane Mallarmé by M. Ravel and “Offrandes” by E. Varèse.
In Magadino, on the occasion of the evening performance dedicated to Maestro C.F. Semini, she performed the “Tre poemi” by Hermann Hesse, “L’ape”, “Astrakan”, accompanied at the piano by the author (double CD, Carlo Florindo Semini) of whom she interpreted, first in the world, at the Basilica of Loreto (Italia) “Angeli Lauretani” for voice and organ, which was performed again the same year, in Rome,at the Swiss Ambassy, accompanied by the organist A. Macinanti and at the 34th Festival Organistico of Magadino with the American organist James Diaz.
Besides, she held concerts in Holland, Germany, France, Sweden, Greece, Turkey and U.S.A., singing opera pieces of eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and pieces of G. Lorca and E. de Falla, in a “duo” accompanied by guitar.
With the Choir and Orchestra Sinfonica G. Verdi of Milan, she sang in Russian “Le Nozze” by Stravinsky (December, 2000 and April 2002), and for the “Stagione Sinfonica” 2004-2005 the C. Orff Carmina Burana, directed by Romano Gandolfi, and for the “Stagione Sinfonica” 2005-2006 the Mozart Requiem Directed by Claus Peter Flor.
She sang again, with great success, “Le nozze”, at the Auditorium della Gran Guardia, for the Fondazione Arena di Verona (arena di Verona Foundation) (December, 2003) and at the Teatro Filarmonico (October 2004) in Verona directed by Marco Faelli; at the Teatro Due in Parma and Castel Sant’Elmo in Napoli, directed by Danilo Grassi (December, 2005).
She opened the twentyfifth edition of Gressoney Music Summer with the “Stabat Mater” by Boccherini (first version of 1781) accompanied by the Solisti of Milan.
On the 25th September 2004, the “Magnifico Ordine delle Antiche Tradizioni Verones” (the magnificent Order of the Veronese Ancient Traditions), conferred her the title of “Nobile Cavaliere” (Noble Knight) as an appreciation of her prominent virtues and sublime merits.
She combines artistic and teaching activities, being Singing teacher in the Pre-College and University of Music of the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana in Lugano.
Born in Locarno, Switzerland, in 1963 Ivo Antognini obtains his degree in piano in 1985 at Lucerne, studying with Nora Doallo. His diploma in piano is followed by studies at the Swiss Jazz School in Berne with pianist Joe Haider. Composition has been of great interest to him since childhood, so he is all the while dedicated to the activity as a self-taught composer. From 1989 to the present day he has composed a multitude of music for television and film. Ivo Antognini has released three Jazz albums with his original works: The Dark Cloud (1993), Inspiration (1998), and Feggàri mou (2005).
An informal, but very important, meeting with the Coro Calicantus and its director, Mario Fontana, led him to discover the field of choral music in 2006. He immediately became composer-in-residenceof this splendid, world-class children's choir. He presented a series of his compositions at the 8th World Symposium on Choral Music with the Calicantus Choir in July, 2008 in Copenhagen, and obtained extraordinary public and critical success. In 2008 he also was awarded two first prizes in Swiss national choral composition competitions: SKJF-09 and Label Suisse.
Ivo Antognini's choral works have won prizes and mentions at international competitions, such as the International Competition of Choral Composition "Seghizzi" 2009, 2010 and 2012, the 2010 and 2011 Simon Carrington Chamber Singers Composition Competition, the Vanguard Premieres Choral Composition Contest 2010, the 37th International Composition Contest "Guido d'Arezzo", the 2011 Choral Arts Ensemble Commissioning Contest,the Contemporary Americana Festival 2012 - Boston and the 2012 Freudig Singers Choral Composition Competition.
He has been appointed Featured Composer of the Schola Cantorum on Hudson for the 2011-2012 concert season.
He has been invited by the American Choral Directors Association to present his choral music during the World Choir Games in Cincinnati (July 2012) where he was also one of the adjudicators of the competition.
Starting from 2009, his music has been performed worldwide by top level choirs such us Trinity College Choir of Cambridge, Trinity Wall Street Choir, Artists’ Vocal Ensemble, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Cappella Nova, Antioch Chamber Ensemble, St. Lawrence Choir, Kölner Kantorei, Lund University Male Choir, de Angelis Vocal Ensemble, Salt Lake Vocal Artists, Milwaukee Choral Artists, Swiss Youth Choir, Elektra Women’s Choir, Oriana Women’s Choir and many others.
Since 1987 he is Professor of Ear-training and of complementary Piano at the University of Music of the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana in Lugano.
His choral works are published by Alliance Music Pub., Porfiri & Horváth, de Haske / Hal Leonard, Annie Bank Edition, Ferrimontana and others.
Brunella Clerici carried out her musical studies at Milan’s “Giuseppe Verdi” Conservatory, graduating in Choral Music and Choral Conducting with M. Bernardino Streito, Composition with M. Niccolò Castiglioni, Piano with M. Vittorio De Col.
In 1984 she completed her high school studies with a pedagogy degree at the Como’s “Istituto Magistrale T. Ciceri” (Institute of Teacher Training).
From ’89 to ’95 she performed in concerts as a pianist as a part of her chamber music studies and interests.
In her post-graduation studies of central importance were the seminars at the Z. Kodaly Academies of Kecskemét (Hu) and Cuneo; other relevant seminars on Choral Conducting held by professors J. Jùrgens, B. Streito, N. Conci.
Since 2001 she teaches and conducts children Choirs at the “Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana”. Currently she conducts the children Choir “Clairière” and coordinates the choral activities as part of the music training program for children from 6 years onwards.
She coordinates the music theory programs ‘Cantar Leggendo’ for children aged 6 to 11.
Since 2003 she teaches the course ‘Didattica delle Voci Bianche’. The course is aimed at Music Education Teachers of the primary schools; it is also designed as a post-graduation course for music professional passionate in Children Choirs conducting. The program theoretical basis is enriched by several training sessions where the trainee have the chance to direct the “Clairière” choir of the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana.
In her teaching and conducting experience at the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana, Brunella Clerici could combine her passion for choral singing with the care for children pedagogy and education. The “Clairière” Choir and the preparatory courses have trained more than 300 children in choral singing. Currently the “Clairière” Choir has 46 singers.