The “baroccoli” ensemble was founded in 2011 by the violinist Daria Zappa and the conductor Massimiliano Matesic, who play respectively first violin and harpsichord in the ensemble. Its members are not professional musicians but “dilettanti”, in the classic and most noble sense of the word: doctors, lawyers, teachers who take time out to make music at the highest level, but only for the pure pleasure of playing together. It has collaborated with internationally renowned soloists such as the oboist Heinz Holliger, the cellist Christian Poltera and the flutist Nikolaj Tarasov, it appears regularly at the Festival der Stille in Kaiserstuhl, Switzerland, and has given concerts in Italy. The name “baroccoli” is made up from the historical term “Baroque” elided with Barolo, the name of the bottle of wine opened to celebrate the constitution of the ensemble
I VIOLINS: Daria Zappa, Claudius Möckel, Vera Riemeier, Marion Barandun
II VIOLINS: Christian Zwahlen, Simone Schlagenhauf, Nina Bolge, Fabiana Meoli,
VIOLAS: Peter Tönnies, Sabine Hanke
CELLOS: Ulrich Dimigen, Simon Lutz
DOUBLE BASS: Eva Hanke
HARPSICHORD AND CONDUCTOR: Massimiliano Matesic
Eleonora Contucci, when still a child, sang in the world premiere of Hans Werner Henze’s Pollicino. This was staged for the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte in Montepulciano, where in the years she experienced a wide range of performing arts and various artistic media, from dance-theatre to acting and mime, and worked alongside such personalities as Marcel Marceau and Willy Decker. She took part in numerous productions at the Cantiere, including the Italian premiere of Maxwell-Davies’ Cinderella. Having begun her voice studies with Maria Vittoria Romano, she went on to graduate cum laude from the Conservatorio in Latina, where her teacher was Nicoletta Panni. She was chosen to participate in prestigious masterclasses with Alfredo Kraus, Renata Scotto, Julia Hamari, Regina Resnik and a specialist class in baroque voice music with Hervé Niquet.
She appears frequently in the main opera houses and in important festivals in productions of the standard repertoire and also in much more unusual works (The Story of the Tzar Saltan by Rimskij-Korsakov, Pepito by Offenbach, the Italian première of Wozzeck by Manfred Gurlitt, Mascagni’s Le Maschere, Caldara’s Clemenza di Tito) or world prémière, such as Robinson by Carlo Boccadoro, and in pieces which require a blend of singing and reciting. She has also sung Melissa in Handel’s Amadigi conducted by Rinaldo Alessandrini at the San Carlo Opera in Naples, in Rome and at the Baroque Festival of Beaune, Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro in Florence conducted by Zubin Mehta, Parsifal at Carlo Felice Theatre in Genua, a new production of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea conducted by Rinaldo Alessandrini in Salamanca and in Beaune and Donizetti’s La Favorite at Carlo Felice Theatre. Her more recent engagements include Donna Anna in Mozart Don Giovanni at Festival Operaincanto e for the Foundation Cantiere di Montepulciano, La Bohème at Tuscia Opera Festival in Viterbo, L’elisir d’amore at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Monteverdi Orfeo at Teatro alla Scala conducted by Rinaldo Alessandrini and directed by Bob Wilson, Rousseau Le Devin du village in Rome and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at Teatro Regio in Parma.
Among her engagements in 2015 L’elisir d’amore at Teatro Comunale di Modena and Teatro Regio di Parma.
Contucci also has a busy concert and chamber schedule. She has performed with such conductors as Albrecht, Bolton, Stenz and Tate. In 2001 she performed a cycle of chamber songs by Verdi which was broadcast live thoughout Europe by Radio Tre Rai for the Verdi centennial. Among her most recent engagements, Beethoven Ninth Symphony under Luigi Piovano’s baton, the première of Pinsuti/Glanert Te Deum for Cantiere Internazionale di Montepulciano and baroque concerts at “Festival der Stille” in 2014.
Recently a new recording of the complete Lieder of Norbert Burgmüller with Costantino Mastroprimiano at the fortepiano and the first world recording of the complete Lieder of Hugo Staehle, again with Costantino Mastroprimiano at the fortepiano, has been issued by the Dutch label Brilliant Classics.
Conductor, composer and violinist, Daniele Giorgi firmly believes in expanding his musicianship by being a practitioner in as many ways as possible.
Born in Florence in 1970, he graduated in violin cum laude from the Luigi Cherubini Conservatoire in Florence, and went on to specialize with the Conservatoire (Scuola Universitaria di Musica) in Italian Switzerland. From 1999 he was leader of the Orchestra della Toscana, and in 2003 he began studying conducting with Piero Bellugi and Isaac Karabtchevsky. In 2004 he won the overall 2nd prize at the Antonio Pedrotti International Conducting Competition in Trento, when he was also awarded the special audience prize and the prize for the best performance of a contemporary composition. Since then, he has worked with a number of orchestras including the Haydn Orchestra from Trento and Bolzano, the Orchestra del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, the Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, the ORT – Orchestra della Toscana, the Czech Chamber Philharmonic. In 2006 he inaugurated the 31st Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte di Montepulciano, the international festival founded in 1989 by Hans Werner Henze. That same year he was invited by the Sagra Musicale Umbra to conduct the Orchestra della Toscana for the Italian premiere of Mendelssohn’s Die beiden Pädagogen (The Two Schoolmasters). In 2008 he worked with the Sinfonica d’Italia as M° Lorin Maazel’s assistant.
Since 2004, with the creation of the Symphonic Season of the Fondazione Pistoiese Promusica, he has been a regular visiting conductor for the Orchestra Promusica over nine seasons. He has appeared with soloists such as Yuri Bashmet, Kolja Blacher, Stanislav Bunin, Michele Campanella, Renaud Capuçon, Umberto Clerici, Roberto Cominati, Enrico Dindo, Ingrid Fliter, Ilya Grubert, Freddy Kempf, Karl Leister, Viktoria Mullova, Igor Oistrakh, Miklós Perényi, Boris Petrushansky, Marco Rizzi, David Russell, François-Joël Thiollier, Viktor Tretiakov.
He is artistic director of L’Antidoto, a chamber music series under the Fondazione Pistoiese Jorio Vivarelli.
Since the 2014/2015 season he has been music director of the Symphonic Season of the Fondazione Pistoiese Promusica.
Ingrid Jacoby performs throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America both in recital and as a soloist with the world’s major orchestras. She is the winner of numerous awards and competitions, including the Artists Presentation Award, the Steinway Hall Artists Prize, the Baldwin National Piano Competition and the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition. Her highly acclaimed recital at Carnegie Hall was the result of receiving the Concert Artists Guild Award. In 2013 Ingrid completed the first in a series of recordings of Mozart piano concerti with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Marin in the Fields, and in June 2014 she returned to Abbey Road to record the second in this series.
In September 2013, following the release of the final CD of Ingrid’s Beethoven piano concerti recording project with Jacek Kaspszyk and the Sinfonia Varsovia, Ingrid performed the complete Beethoven piano concerti cycle in three concerts in Warsaw, Poland. Further recitals have included successful performances in Portugal, with works from her latest recital disc. Forthcoming engagements include a tour in the Far East, Poland with the Warsaw Philharmonic, and concerts in North America, Europe and the UK.
Since moving to England, Ingrid Jacoby has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Mozart Players and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, in the city’s major venues. Throughout her career she has worked with many eminent conductors including Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Charles Mackerras, Leonard Slatkin, Jacek Kaspszyk, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Walter Susskind, and Lord (Yehudi) Menuhin. Recently she played with the Russian National Orchestra in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and has also given concerto performances in the Mozarteum at the Salzburg Music Festival. Ingrid has given solo recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, St John’s Smith Square, amongst others, and, at the invitation of HHR Prince and Princess of Wales, at Apsley House. She is a frequent performer at music festivals such as the Aldeburgh, Aspen, Covent Garden and Tuscan Sun Festivals. Ingrid Jacoby’s discography covers a fascinating range of repertoire: the world-premiere recording of Korngold’s solo piano pieces; a CD of Beethoven piano works (voted the Classic FM “Top Classic Release); a solo Russian piano music disc named as one Gramophone critic’s “Pick of the Year”; a recording with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Charles Mackerras of the Shostakovich and Ustvolskaya piano concerti which earned the highest commendation of the American Record Guide.
A popular recording of the Grieg and Schumann piano concerti with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will undoubtedly be matched by her recent project of recording all the piano concerti of Beethoven with conductor Jacek Kaspszyk and Sinfonia Varsovia. Ingrid Jacoby is a Steinway Artist and a member of the Steinway Hall of Fame. In the United States, she joined Jessye Norman and Shirley Maclaine in receiving a Career Life Award from The National Society of Arts and Letters. Ingrid Jacoby comes from a family with deep musical roots; she is directly descended from the pianist, composer, and Prussian nobleman, Prince Louis Ferdinand (1772 – 1806), to whom Beethoven dedicated his Third Piano Concerto. Prince Louis Ferdinand was the nephew of Frederick the Great, himself the composer of the famous theme which Bach used in his sublime Musical Offering.
Stefano Maiorana graduated in classical guitar, took an academic 2nd-level diploma in Musical disciplines – Guitar, following the interpretive and compositional specialization, cum laude and an academic 2nd-level diploma in Lute and plucked, period instruments, cum laude and with a special mention, from the Conservatoire of Rome, Santa Cecilia. He also graduated in Architectural and Construction Techniques, specializing in Urban Planning, from University of Rome “Sapienza”.
He has given concerts as soloist and basso continuo player at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen during the International Lute Festival, at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Oslo, the Sala Risonanze of the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, the Teatro Romea in Murcia, the Maison de l’Italie - Cité internationale universitaire in Paris, in the Festivals Roma Barocco, Barocco di Viterbo, Antiqua 2014, Early Music Festival 2013, Emufest 2012, Veneto Concertante, Brianza Classica, Flatus, at the Teatro Cucinelli, of the Università della Tuscia, and at the Università di Roma Tre and the Prima Facoltà di Architettura “Ludovico Quaroni”.
He won first prize at the European Music Performance Competition “Musicatri” and at the “Riviera della Versilia” and “Città di Bacoli” competitions.
He collaborated with Radio Vaticana to create a music programme dedicated to the development of music from the Baroque period to the 20th century, which he curated and conducted; he recorded pieces for the Radio Vaticana programme “Diapason”, where he appeared as both guest and performer. He was co-author of the article Three Characters between Music and Architecture in the Renaissance: Donadio, Giorgi and Palladio, published in “Music and Architecture”, ed. Nuova Cultura. He has given seminaries and conferences on various aspects of ancient music at the Respighi Conversatoire and the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali Briccialdi.
He has worked both in the theatre and in cinema, and has curated audio installations for art exhibitions.
He is professor of Lute Performance and Tablature (music notation) at the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali Briccialdi in Terni.
Massimiliano Matesic was born in Florence in 1969 and studied conducting and composition at the Florence Luigi Cherubini Conservatoire and at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Breisgau, where he moved 1994 to take up a scholarship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD). After graduating in 1994 he was made professor of conducting of the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, where he was subsequently nominated assistant to Peter Gülke (1996 - 2000) as well as resident conductor of the Chamber Orchestra (1997 - 2002).
An important milestone along his training path was the opportunity to meet David Zinman, with whom he specialized at the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Festival (Colorado) in 2000 and 2001 and where he was also able to develop musically thanks to the important experience of working with Jorma Panula, the well-known Finnish conductor.
He has lived near Zurich since 2002, where he conducts the Conservatoire Youth Orchestra.
He has received numerous awards, among them a prize at the 2000 International Prague Spring Conducting Competition. From 1992 - ’95 he worked as assistant conductor at the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte di Montepulciano with such major figures as the German composer Detlev Glanert and the Italian director Mauro Bolognini. In 1998 he was charged by the Italian Embassy to Germany with the creation of the Italo-German Ferruccio Busoni Youth Orchestra. From 2002 - ’04 he was resident conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Villingen-Schwenningen (Germany).
As visiting conductor he has worked with various Euopean orchestras including the Südwestdeutsches Philharmonie in Konstanz, the Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester in Mannheim, the Zürcher Kammerorchester, the Tonhalle Orchester in Zurich, the Orchestre Philharmonique in Montecarlo, the Berner Sinfonie Orchester and the Orchestra of Italian Switzerland. He also works regularly with the Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, the Nord Tschechische Philharmonie and, on the operatic stage, with the Teatro di Usti nad Labem (Czech Republic). He started composing as early as the 1980s and has since received commissions from the Norbert Schenkel Foundation in Bienne, from the Boswil Festival and from the Zurich City Hall. The Italian-Swiss RadioTV has broadcast his Violin and Cello Duo as part of the "Paganini" programme (February 2005). In 2010 he was visiting professor at the Showa Academy of Music in Kawasaky and since 2008 has been artistic director of the "Festival der Stille" (Kaiserstuhl, Switzerland).
The mezzosoprano Francesca Pierpaoli, born in Cagliari in 1984, starting training as an opera singer in 2002, first privately and then at the Cagliari Conservatoire. Until 2007 she performed there as mezzosoprano soloist and, with the Conservatoire orchestra and choir, performed the Mozart Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater; in 2006 she took part in the opera-musical Stradivari, written and directed by Matteo Martis and voted best Italian musical of the year in 2005. Between 2006 and 2008 she sang many concerts in the choir of the Centro Universitario Musicale in Cagliari, which won first prize at the Arezzo competition in 2007 and at the 16th Gran Premio Efrem Casagrande in Vittorio Veneto in 2008. In 2007 she was among the finalists of the second audition for young Sardinian opera singers organised by the Marialisa De Carolis concert series in Sassari.
In 2007 she made her stage debut in the opera The Breasts of Tiresias at the Teatro Verdi in Sassari where the following year she was Baronessa Aspasia in Rossini’s Touchstone. In 2009 she sang in the title role in Hansel and Gretel in the circuit of Lombard theatres, in Bolzano, Reggio Emilia, Forlì, Ravenna, Fermo, Trento and at the Arcimboldi Theatre in Milan. That same year she won first prize at the 4th Pacini competition in Pisa, with Rolando Panerai as President of the Jury, sang Flora in La Traviata and returned to Sassari as Thisbe in Rossini’s Cenerentola and Paoluccia in Piccinni’s La Cecchina. She went on to reprise Hansel in Bologna, Trieste, Modena, Pordenone, Roma, Rovigo and Vicenza and was Angelina in Rossini’s Cenerentola produced by the Tuscia Operafestival in Viterbo.
In 2010 she attended the Accademia Rossiniana in Pesaro under guidance of Alberto Zedda and made her debut in Viaggio a Reims with the Festival Giovane del Rossini Opera Festival and was Angelina in Cenerentola, conducted by Yves Abel and directed by Luca Ronconi. The following year, again in Pesaro, she sang Iroldo in a new production of The Barber of Seville conducted by Alberto Zedda. Between 2011 and '12 she gave numerous concerts and played Angelina in Cenerentola, Rosina in The Barber of Seville and Marianna in Signor Bruschino, specializing increasingly in the Rossinian repertoire.
In 2013 she appeared in I Shardana by her fellow Sardinian Ennio Porrino, staging by Davide Livermore, at the Lyric Theatre in Cagliari. In 2014 she made her debut at the Carlo Felice in Genoa in The Marriage of Figaro as Marcellina and appeared also as Mercedes in Bizet's Carmen and Lucilla in Rossini’s Silken Ladder.
Principal cellist of the Symphony Orchestra of National Academy of St. Cecilia in Rome, Luigi Piovano has been enjoying a constantly growing international recognition both as a cellist and as a conductor. His rapidly expanding career has placed him as soloist under the batons of such conductors as Myung-Whun Chung and Mikhail Pletnev – performing with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra – Yehudi Menuhin and Andrey Boreyko, among others. Luigi Piovano first attracted attention on the international music circuit after his participation in the “Pollini Project” in 1999, which brought forth a highly-succesful debut at the Salzburg Festival, as well as performances in Tokyo, New York’s Carnegie Hall and Rome.
In addition to regular concerts and recitals throughout Europe, the United States and Asia, as an avid and sought-after chamber musician, he has taken part in numerous prominent collaboration with such celebrated artists as Katia and Marielle Labeque, Myung-Whun Chung, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Alexander Lonquich, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Leonidas Kavakos, Malcolm Bilson and Antonio Pappano, with whom has been regularly performing in duo setting since 2007. He regularly performs with piano trio “Latitude 41”. He made his Newport Music Festival debut in 2000 and has been a regular invitee ever since.
His most recent recordings include Bach Six Cello Suites (2010), a double CD with the complete music for cello of Saint-Saëns (2011), Schubert Trio op. 100 and Notturno D. 897 with Latitude 41 (2011), all for the French label Eloquentia, and Bach’s Goldberg Variations with Dmitry Sitkovetsky for Nimbus (2012). Luigi Piovano at age seventeen graduated cum laude upon finishing his studies with celebrated cellist and pedagogue Radu Aldulescu. He then went on to receiving a diploma in cello performance and chamber music from the European Conservatoire of Music in Paris. Mr. Piovano plays an Alessandro Gagliano dated 1710 and a five strings cello crafted by William Forster III in 1795.
Luigi Piovano has been increasingly engaging himself as a conductor, and has held the post of Artistic Director and Conductor of the Musici Aurei since founding the ensemble in 2002 (under the name of “Campania Chamber Orchestra”). With his orchestra he toured Japan and recorded for Naxos (Paisiello Concertos, 2009) and Vivaldi Four Seasons (2010) for Eloquentia label which in 2012 released a CD with Mahler Kindertotenlieder and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen sang by Sara Mingardo which immediately won the Elizabeth Schwarzkopf Award from Académie du disque lyrique in France as best Lieder recording for 2012. In 2013 Eloquentia issued a new CD with Mr. Piovano conducting Britten’s Violin Concerto.
Other recent and future engagements of note as a conductor include the Tokyo Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic and Rome Accademia di Santa Cecilia String Orchestras, concerts with New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and Hyogo PAC Orchestra in Japan and with several Italian orchestras performing such works as Beethoven Third, Fifth, Seventh, Eight and Ninth Symphonies, Schubert “Unfinished”, Brahms Four Symphonies, Franck Symphony, Rimskij-Korsakov Shéhérazade, Mahler First Symphony.
In addition to his performing and conducting career, Luigi Piovano has served as the Artistic Director of the “Estate Musicale Frentana” in Lanciano since 2008.
In 2012 he has been appointed Music Director of the Orchestra della Magna Grecia di Taranto and in 2013 he became Music Director of the Roma Tre Orchestra in Rome.
After the huge success in May 2013 of his debut on the podium of Rome Accademia di Santa Cecilia String Orchestra he has been appointed Principal Conductor of the group for the next three years. In March 2014 Eloquentia issued a new CD with Mr. Piovano conducting Santa Cecilia String Orchestra in a program of transcriptions from Schubert: the “Arpeggione” Sonata transcribed by Mr. Piovano and “The Death and the Maiden” Quartet transcribed by Mahler.
She has studied at the Conservatorio “G.B. Martini” in Bologna, her hometown, graduating with praise in violin under the guidance of Giovanni Adamo. Afterwards she has attended improvement courses with Franco Gulli (Diploma of Merit at the "Accademia Chigiana" in Siena), Salvatore Accardo, Corrado Romano and Maurice Raskin. Thanks to the “J.W. Fulbright” scholarship (New York), she has been student of Franco Gulli (violin) and Rostislav Dubinsky (chamber music) at the Indiana University in U.S.A., where she has obtained the “Artist Diploma”. She won the 1° prize at the Rassegna Nazionale in Vittorio Veneto, at the National Violin Competition “Ugo Conta Music Awards Hong Kong” in Mantova and at the “Sibelius International Competition” held at the Indiana University. She has developed intensive solo and chamber music activities in prestigious theatres and concert venues: Teatro alla Scala in Milano, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Royal Albert Hall in Londra, Grossen Musikvereinsaal in Vienna, Philharmonie in Monaco, taking part in so many television broadcasts and engravings including the Rossini Six Sonatas in quartett for Tactus label. She has collaborated with chamber groups such as “I Solisti Veneti”, “I Virtuosi di Roma” and the “New European Strings Orchestra". She has performed in Japan, in chamber music concerts with the lead parts of the Tokyo Philarmonic Orchestra and as Concertmaster of the Tokyo Philarmonic Chamber Orchestra and of the Hyogo Pac Orchestra conducted by Yutaka Sado in Osaka. She has performed concerts in Trio with Sir Antonio Pappano and Luigi Piovano, she has also cooperated in chamber music with Maurizio Baglini, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Francesco Di Rosa, Olaf John Laneri, Kevin Fitz-Gerald and Daniel Del Pino.
She also plays in Duo with Giuliano Mazzoccante and Aldo Orvieto. She has taught in violin and chamber music masterclasses at the International courses of Akiyoshidai in Japan and at the Silpakorn University in Thailand. She has been Concertmaster at the Friuli Venezia Giulia Symphony Orchestra from 2003 to 2009 wherewith she has played several times as soloist, at the moment she is Soloist Concertmaster of the "Orchestra da camera di Padova e del Veneto", of the “Camerata Strumentale Città di Prato” and of the “Musici Aurei” wherewith she has recorded the Vivaldi “Four Seasons” (Eloquentia), which has obtained enthusiastic reviews in Italy and abroad. Among the newly released CD’s: Kindertotenlieder, Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen in chamber music version, with Sara Mingardo and Luigi Piovano, and the Quartettsatz by Mahler (Eloquentia), which has alredy had good reviews in England by the BBC and in France it has won the “Schwarzkopf “ award as the best Mahler CD of the year; in Duo with Giuliano Mazzoccante the Giovanni Sollima piece Continuum Nomade dedicated to her: a trip to the Italian music from Tartini to Sollima through Paganini, Martucci, Respighi and Petrassi (Wide Classique); in Duo with Andrea Castagna the first Cd of Viotti two violins Duos (Wide Classique). Shortly her next CD will be released in Duo with Aldo Orvieto and the partecipation of Luigi Piovano with Martinu, Schnittke, Part, Prokofiev and Montanaro music (5 Notturni dedicated to her) and a second CD in Duo with Giuliano Mazzoccante for Franck and Strauss Sonatas, both will be published by Wide Classique label. In 2012 she gave a solo concert at the Carnegie Hall in New York, raising a big success from audience and critics and she has opened the 44° Newport Music Festival with a concert that gained three standing ovations, there she is regularly invited. In 2013 and 2014 she performed in Slovenia, Japan, Thailand and USA. She is the holder of the violin teaching at the Higher Institute of Musical Studies “G. Verdi” in Ravenna. She plays a 1783 Giuseppe Gagliano violin.
Pascal Suter studied electrical engineering at the Technical College in Zurich-ETH at the same time as taking up studying the recorder with Ruth Burkhart at the Zollikon Music School. His instrument training was subsequently much influenced by having constant contact with the flutist Nikolaj Tarasvo. He was a founding member of the Zurich Orchestra Nota Bene and has dedicated particular attention to the performance of less well-known pieces of the classical and early romantic periods, as well as to the enormous, more famous Baroque repertoire. He prefers to play on modern instruments, such as the German recorders Paetzold and Mollenhauer, which offer a larger sound than period instruments.
Daria Zappa was born in Locarno, into a family of musicians, in 1976. She is among the most versatile violinists of her generation: both as soloist and chamber music player her repertoire ranges from baroque music to jazz. She is currently leader of the second violins with the Zurich chamber orchestra and has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras in Switzerland, Germany, Italy and South America.
She has made numerous CDs and been broadcast on TV and radio many times. In 2010 a recording of hers, “Birth of the String Quartet”, on period Stainer instruments, won the prestigious ECHO Klassik prize for the best CD of the Year prize in the chamber music category. She acted as assistant to Bernard Schmid at the Hochschule der Künste in Berne and currently teaches at the MKZ in Zurich. Her specialist teachers include S. Holm, J. J. Kantorov, G. Schulz, J. Hofmann, R. Kussmaul and D. Delay. She plays an Italian violin made in Brescia by the lutenist Gianbattista Mezzabotte in 1778. Together with her husband Massimiliano Matesic she has been, since 2008, artistic director of the “Festival der Stille” in Kaiserstuhl, Switzerland.
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