Agrusta was born in 1984 in Grottaglie, where he graduated after classical studies. Since the age of 18, he studied Philosophy in Milan (Vita Salute San Raffaele University) with Boncinelli. In the same period, he attended the first Theater Workshop run by Manso and decided to work in this field after his degree. So he moved to Terni, where he attended the Theater Academy Mumos run by Gastone Moschin, Emanuela Moschin and Marzia Ubaldi. There he met Daniele Menghini, Ludovico Rohl and Cristina Daniele, with whom he founded the theater company “Malabranca”. He made his debut at the Todi Festival with the first pièce of the Company, Bignè, in 2014 and performed at the Teatro Stabile dell’Umbria in the same year. In 2015, he won the Critics Award at the Gualtieri Festival with L’Amantide, the second pièce of the Company, with which he performed at the Teatro Ariosto in Reggio Emilia during the Festival Aperto. He works in the Teatro Stabile dell’Umbria: here, he worked with Danilo Nigrelli in A scatola chiusa and with director Michele Placido and actor Fabrizio Bentivoglio in L’ora di ricevimento. Since summer 2016, he works as an actor with the musician Fabrizio De Rossi Re.
D.Babbini graduated (2006) in violin at the Trasimeno Music School. He attended masterclasses with Bonucci, Hurwitz, Honeck, Rostropovich and studied in Pinerolo with Pinzaru and Schwarzberg. Since 2002 he has become principal violin and soloist with the Trasimeno Chamber Orchestra (1st prize with merit at the Pro ArchiCompetition in Nyiregyhàza and special mention as leader). He played with ORT, “Paolo Serrao” (principal second violin),Camerata del Titano, Orchestra dell’Etruria, Cappella della Basilica di Assisi, Ostia Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonica di Terni, Collegium Tiberinum, Camera di Pinerolo, I Solisti Marchigiani, Pro Musica, Piccola Orchestra ’900He collaborated with Hurwitz, Schneeberger, Huber, Veneri, Bonucci, Brutti, Giallombardo, Bakalov, Krylov, Mazzola, Giuliani,Dausgaard, Giorgi, Bahrami, Bollani, Rustioni. He successfully passed an audition for the Carlo Felice. He teaches violin in Trasimeno School.He is the leader of the Ascanio Quartet, founded in 2004. They studied with Maguire, Bonucci, Quartetto Barcellona, Quartetto di Cremona, Giuranna, Pinzaru, Cohen, Martin, Comuzzi, Quartetto Prometeo, Danel collaborating with Sollini, Barbatano, Ensemble Kandinsky, Pagliai, Gassman. In 2008 theywon the 2nd prize (1st not awarded) in Lamezia Terme. Since 2012 the Quartet has studied with the Quartetto di Cremona at the W.Stauffer. They are invited in festivalslike Famiglia Artistica Reggiana, Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte (with first performances of Boccadoro, Oldrini, Taglietti, Portera), Armonie della Sera, Festival dei due Mondi, Corciano, Tuscan Sun Festival,Neues Klangfest Remscheid,Koln.
Ramin Bahrami is one of the most interesting interpreters of Bach’s music of our days. In 2009 he debuted at Leipziger Gewandhaus with Chailly performing two of the greatest Bach Piano Concertos. The Persian pianist is deepening more and more his original mixture of chiselled interpretative reading and European but in same time Oriental vision of the monumental piano works by Johann Sebastian Bach. He performed in halls like La Scala, la Fenice, Santa Cecilia and in festivals like La Roque d’Anthéron, Uzés, Piano aux Jacobins (Toulose), Tallin Baroque Music Festival e Beijing Piano Festival, Brescia e Bergamo, Ravello Festival. Born in Teheran, he studied with Rattalino, graduating at Verdi Conservatory and at the Academy of Imola; then at the Hochschule in Stuttgart with Bloser. Then he specialized with Weissenberg, Schiff, Levin, Tureck.He has signed an exclusive contract with Decca Universal for a series of Bach recordings. In 2009 he was awarded the Premio “Città di Piacenza-Giuseppe Verdi”. He was also awarded the “Mozart Box” Award for his passionate and captivating work in classical music distribution. His ever-successful recordings were also published in a dedicated collection of 13 CDs by the newspaper Corriere della Sera. Furthermore, he has published two books with the publishing house Mondadori. A third book, called Grandpa Bach, is coming soon.
Bocci was born in Montepulciano, where he studied trumpet since he was a child. After his High School (Linguistic studies), he attended the musical institute in Siena with Bianchi. He graduated in 2000 and then studied with Burns, Dell’Ira and Pierobon. He performed both in orchestras and as a soloist, in classical repertoire as well as in pop music, with Maggio Musicale, Opera di Roma, Toscanini di Parma, Orchestra di Sanremo, Orchestra Maderna, OperaFestival, under the baton of Metha, Abbado, Karabtchevsky, Gelmetti, Steffens, Boher; he also performed in chamber ensemblesand recorded albumsfor Baustelle, The One’s, Telesplash, SienaJazz Big Band. In 2007 he obtained his Master Degree at the Musical Institute “R. Franci”. In 2009 he specialized at Morlacchi Conservatory in Perugia. He also is trumpet teacher at the Fondazione Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte di Montepulciano. In 2010-2014 he taughtat the music High School “C. Percoto” in Udine; in 2015 he taughtat the music High School “Dante” in Florenceand now he teaches at the music High School “Rodari” in Prato.
Catherine Daniela Bruni graduated in cello at MorlacchiConservatory with Vallini, and continued her studies with Dillon and Cohen. She collaborated with such ensembles as Orchestra da Camera del Trasimeno (1st prize with merit at the Pro Archi Competition in Nyiregyhàza and special mention as leader), Ostia Chamber Orchestra, Opus Ensemble (first cello and soloist). She performed with Orchestra Giovanile del Trasimeno, youth orchestra of Perugia Conservatory, Orchestra Sinfonica di Perugia e dell'Umbria, Sinfonica di Terni, Orchestra del Titano. She intensely works with Quartetto Ascanio, which she is founder member of since 2004. The Quartet attended chamber music courses with Quartetto Prometeo, Quartetto di Cremona (at the Stauffer Academy), Quartetto Barcellona, Maguire (Allegri Quartet), Pinzaru (Delian Quartet), Danel (Danel Quartet), Giuranna, Martin (Quartetto Michelangelo); theywon the 2nd prize (1st not awarded) at the A.M.A.Calabria Competition. They perform during “Tuscan Sun Festival”, “Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte” (with first performances of Boccadoro, Oldrini, Taglietti, Portera), “Armonie della sera”, “Festival dei due Mondi”, “Famiglia artistica Reggiana”. She attended a course about teaching cello to children held by Sheila Nelson (London 2007). She teaches cello, ensemble music and propaedeuticsat the Music Institute in Montepulciano since 2008 and cello at the Scuola di Musica del Trasimeno. She is going to accomplish her Music therapy degree at the Casella Conservatory.
Leonardo Colafelice, 21 years old, has recently won 2nd prize at Cleveland International Piano competition, receiving three important special prizes: Audience Prize, Junior Jury Prize andRussian Prize. Leonardo’s recent success in Cleveland follows the three important special prizesreceived at the XIV Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv in 2014and the sixt prize at the LX Busoni International Competition in Bolzano in 2015.Between 2012 and 2013 Leonardo had already won several important international competitionsfor young pianists: gold medalist of the “Gina Bachauer Young Artists International PianoCompetition” in Salt Lake City (USA), first-prize winner of the “Thomas & Evon CooperInternational Competition” in Oberlin and Cleveland (USA) and gold medalist of the “EastmanYoung Artists International Piano Competition” in Rochester (USA) in 2012, and winner of theYamaha USASU International Piano Competition in Arizona (where he received the prize fromMartha Argerich hands), the Aarhus Competition in Denmark and the Hilton Head Competition in U.S.A. in 2013. Born in 1995 in Altamura (Bari), in southern Italy, Leonardo began to study piano at the age of 8. He studied with Pasquale Iannone at the “Niccolò Piccinni Conservatory of Music” in Bari and has attended piano master classes and courses with Aldo Ciccolini and Marisa Somma.
The two Youth Orchestras “ConFuoco” and “ConBrio” from Zurich were founded 15 years ago and practice every week several hours. The 30 young adults are between 10and 19 years old and already reached a high level – musically, technically and in playingtogether. They participated in several competitions in Switzerland and won 1st and 2ndprices, for example at the youth orchestra competition in Zurich or the Swiss music competition in St.Gallen. Often they got asked to play on business events, conferences,birthdays and weddings. They give around 7 or more concerts a year and their repertoire includes baroque-, classical-, romantic-, modern-, film- and folk music. Every two years they are going on tour in Europe and give concerts abroad. They for exampletravelled to Germany, Austria, Norway and Italy and played at youth orchestra festivals.The conductors are Verena Zeller and Corinna Meienberg. Verena Zeller studied violin and conducting at the music conservatory of Zurich. She teaches violin, viola and chamber music and conducts four orchestras with participants at all ages. Herstudents won several prices in solo and chamber music competitions. CorinnaMeienberg studied violin, baroque violin and conducting at the musicconservatory of Bern. She teaches violin, viola and chamber music at a highschool near Zurich. Together, Verena Zeller and Corinna Meienberg conduct twochildren orchestras with more than 40 children and lead a summer orchestramasterclass in the Swiss mountains.The joy and passion for music connects the orchestras and their “con fuoco”-playingreflects their youthful temperament.
When still a child, Contucci sang in the world premiere of Henze’s Pollicino at the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte in Montepulciano; she took part in numerous productions at the Cantiere, experiencing a wide range of performing arts working with such personalities as Marcel Marceau. Having begun her voice studies with M.V.Romano, she graduated with N.Panni. She attended masterclasses with Kraus, Scotto, Hamari, Resnik and a specialist class in baroque voice music with Niquet. She hassungin Le nozze di Figaro in Florence conducted by Mehta,Handel’s Amadigi conducted by Alessandrini at the San Carlo in Naples, in Rome and at the Beaune Festival,Parsifal andLa Favoritein Genua, L’incoronazione di Poppea conducted by Alessandrini in Salamanca and in Beaune,L’elisir d’amore conducted by Campanella in Florence,Orfeo at Teatro alla Scala conducted by Alessandrini and directed by Bob Wilson.Among her recent engagements, Gianni Schicchiin Parma, L’elisir d’amore in Modena and Parma, Elektra in Bologna and Reggio Emilia, Pollicino in Montepulciano. She also has a busy concert and chamber schedule, with such conductors as Albrecht, Bolton, Stenz and Tate, and she performed with such ensembles as Concerto Italiano and Sentieri Selvaggi; among her most recent engagements, Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli at the Cantiere, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Vivaldi’s Gloria with “i baroccoli”, a recital in Neaples (Scarlatti) and a concert with Lautten Compagney Berlin.Recently a new recording of the complete Lieder of Burgmüller and the first world recording of the complete Lieder of Staehle, both with C.Mastroprimiano at the fortepiano, has been issued by Brilliant Classics.
The Choir Association "Jacob Arcadelt" from Chiusi was founded in 1994. The Choir was an actor during four editions of the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte di Montepulciano, performing world premieres of Sbordoni’s Fabula and Glanert’s elaboration of Isaac’s Lamento; with The Royal Northern College of Music Symphony Orchestra conducted by Stenz, it performed Donizetti’s Messa di Requiem, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy op. 80 and Schubert Mass in G major D.167. The choir partecipated in various festival and organizes one on its own. In their repertoire, Renaissance and early baroque music, with a developing attention to modern and contemporary music. Barbara Valdambrini conducts the choir since 2009.
Founded in 1958, it takes part in the “Gran Concerto di Musiche del Risorgimento” in Siena (1959) with Unione Corale Senese and Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra. In 1982 it was conducted by M. Carballo. Since 1986 it was conducted by L. Garosi. Since then, they often performed in Italy and Europe; at the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte they performed in world premieres of Crivelli’s Rubrum Laudis, Glanert’s Macbeth and Enigma, Campogrande’s Origini, Coggiola’s Terezin, Bossero’s Tana per Candragopoli. They performed such works as Magnificat, Gloria, Credo and Juditha Trimphans by Vivaldi, Cherubini’s, Donizetti’s and Mozart’s Requiem, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Missa Piccolomini and Te Deum, Britten’s Noye’s Fludde and Saint Nicolas; they has been conducted by Massimo Freccia, Markus Stenz, Aldo Sisillo, Enrique Mazzola, Jan Latham Koenig, Pasquale Veleno, Roland Böer. They sang in Le convenienze teatrali (directed by Franca Valeri, conducted by Enrique Mazzola) Madama Butterfly, Le nozze di Figaro,Falstaff, Tuttifäntchen (directed by Angelo Branduardi and Manfredi Rutelli), Eisler’s Die Mafinahme and Weill’s Der Jasager, Orfeo ed Euridice (conducted by Roland Böer). Judy Diodato conducts the choir since 2006.
De Rossi Re was born in Rome in 1960. He is the author, for the musical theatre, ofBiancaneve, ovvero il perfido candore (chamber opera, libretto by the composer), L’ombra dentro la pietra (opera ballet Roma Europa Festival, choreography by Paola Rampone, 1996); Cesare Lombroso o il corpo come principio morale (azione musicale, libretto by Adriano Vianello); Rappresentatione per strumenti antichi, coro e orchestrawritten on commission from Fondazione Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Musica senza cuore(azione musicale grottesca, libretto by F.Angeli after E.De Amicis),Songs and memories (L’Occhio della memoria)for ISME International Society for Music Education, Bologna 2008.Terror vocis (on commission from Festival Contemporanea Auditorium “Musica per Roma” 2010),King Kong, amore mio (texts by Luis Gabriel Santiago, on commission Opera Incanto, 2011). Canti di cielo e terra (London 2009, Rome 2010, Helsinki 2011, Paris 2011). He teaches Composition Elements for Music Didactics at the Fermo Conservatory. He also teaches Improvisation and Composition at the Scuola di Specializzazione SSIS Università del Lazio (Musica e Spettacolo). His works have been recorded on CD by Adda Records, Agenda, BMG Ricordi, Contempo, Edipan, Fonit Cetra, QQD, RAI TRADE, RCA, Semar, Sonzogno.
Bianca Maria Fiorito (Rome, 1999) graduated at the age of only fifteen at the St.Cecilia Conservatory of Music under the guidance of M° F. Albanese. Despite her very young age, she attended the advanced higher musical course given by M°A. Oliva at the National Academy of St.Cecilia in Rome and the advanced higher musical course for wind instruments at the School of Music of Fiesole, attending the class of M°G. Pretto. Currently she’s studying with M°Marasco at Scatola Sonora Academy of Rome. She has taken part in numerous master classes with: G. Mastrangelo, C. Montafia, D. Kruzansky, M. Caroli, P. Gallois (Diploma of Merit at the Chigiana Academy of Siena), P. Taballione. She has been awarded a large number of international and national prizes, winning the first prize at S. Gazzelloni International Flute Competition, the second prize at C. Abbado competition, the first prize at International Music Competition Grand Prize Virtuoso of London, the first prize at AudiMozart International Competition and many others. As a soloist she performed in prestigious places and she collaborated with A. Pappano, C. Rizzari, S. Mercurio, B. Canino, G. Pretto, B. Aprea. She collaborated with Imago Sonora Ensemble, devoted to contemporary music, performing at Accademia Filarmonica Romana as a soloist and with chamber groups. As an active member of Pentarte Ensemble, she has recorded a CD for the company LEAD RECORDS. In 2016 she founded the PentElios Wind Quintet. In the same year she was finalist for the EUYO’s auditions (European Union Youth Orchestra) and she got the suitability for Italian Youth Orchestra (OGI), with which she performed at the Nuovo Teatro dell’Opera of Florence.
Born in Rome in 2000, when just 15 Irenè Fiorito graduated cum laude with honor mentionat Santa Cecilia Conservatory with Leofreddi. Since 2014 she attends the musical high specialization class held by Salvatore Accardo at Stauffer Academy in Cremona,and since 2016 she is specializing with Bermanin Lugano.She attended masterclasses with Quarta, Tchakerian, Fiorini, Rogliano, Semchuk. In 2015 and 2016 she accomplished Merit Diplomas and a Scholarship at the Accademia Chigiana di Siena during the high specialization classes. Among the competitions she won, International Music Competition “London Grand Prize Virtuoso” in London, “Marie Cantagrill” (4th edition) in France, Premio Crescendo inFlorence, Primo Concorso Internazionale “Arte del Suonare” andPrimo Concorso Internazionale “Clivis” inRome, XVI Concorso Nazionale di Esecuzione Musicale “Riviera Etrusca” in Piombino. She performed as a soloist at Accademia Chigiana di Siena, Łańcut Castle in Poland, Sala Baldini in Rome, Festival di Pasqua in Montepulciano, Festival Internazionale di Musica in Portogruaro. In 2016 she founded the “Bubbling Duo” with pianist Simone El Oufir Pierini and the“Duo Pegasus”with violinist Riccardo Zamuner. In the next months, she will perform for the AGIMUS inFlorence, at the Ponchielli Theater in Cremona and for Accademia Filarmonica Romana.
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.
Lonquich won Casagrande Competition in 1977. He performed in Japan, U.S. and Europe, with Abbado, Sanderling, Koopman, Krivine, Holliger, Minkowski. He regularly performs as soloist-conductor with Camerata Salzburg. Remarkable his chamber music performances. He worked with Tetzlaff, Altstaedt, Frang, Bell, Isserlis, Schiff, Isserlis, I.Faust, C.Widmann, Widmann, Pergamenschikov, Holliger, Zimmermann. He was awarded Diapason d’Or, Abbiati 2017 and Edison. He founded (2003) a piano duo with his wife Cristina Barbuti. He often plays the fortepiano; he recorded Chopin’s F minor concert with Herreweghe for Chopin Institute playing an Erard instrument. As soloist-director, he works with Orchestra da Camera di Mantova (with which he studied on Mozart’s Concertos in 2004-2007); he worked with Frankfurt Rundfunk, Royal Philharmonic, Deutsche Kammerphilarmonie, Camerata Salzburg, Mahler Chamber, Orchestre des Champs Elysées and Filarmonica della Scala. With Orchestra della RAI he presented (2009) all Schubert’s Symphonies with Beethoven’s Piano Concertos. He performs for Santa Cecilia, since 2011/12 as soloist-director. After EMI recordings of Mozart’s, Schumann’s and Schubert’s works, he recorded for ECM works by Lewensohn and a CD of XX century French music. He recently recorded Kreisleriana and Holliger’s Partita and a Schubert CD with Widmann. He helds masterclass in Europe, U.S. and Australia; as a teacher, he worked with Imola and Chigiana Academies and with Cologne Hochschule. Since 2014 he is Main Conductor of OTO. In 2015/16 he was Artist in Residence at NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester.
When 15, Diletta Masetti performed with Vukotic and Biondi in Parole suadenti (Estate spoletina 2003). She studied with Malusardi, who introduced her in contemporary dance and Tanztheater works. Studying for her Cultura e Tradizioni del Mondo classico degree (Lumsa), she met Colangelo, director and teacher, who chose her as Antigone in L’ombra di Ares (Giove Anxur Temple in Terracina and Festival di Maratea 2010). In 2012 she began her studies at Silvio d’Amico Academy. In 2013 she won Premio SIAE with Mia figlia. Meeting Filiberti pushed her to ask for an academical permission to embody Calliope in Il Crepuscolo di Arcadia. Her recent performances are all linked by the idea of Ancient and Tragic: Medea (directed by Lavia), Baccanti (Tarasco), Catilina (Oldani), Fedra (Anagni). Working with Russo (with whom she won Premio SIAE 2016 with Mercuriocromo: piccola tragedia familiare) she could partecipate to contemporary performances (Russo’s From Pinocchio, Placey’s Girls Like that di Placey, Eugenides’ Lisbon Sisters). Since 2014 she performs with #SIneNOmine Theater Company, under Flamini’s directions. She holds readings with Bistarelli (piano) and Carbone (guitair). In 2016 she embodies Costanza d’Altavilla in Il volo dell’aquila. Di come Costanza Imperatrice diede al mondo il figlio Federico II (Dragone, directed Francese) opening Pergolesi-Spontini Festival. In Jesi she will be Elisabetta di Valois in Intorno a Don Carlos. Prove d’autenticità. Kammerspiel 1.1 by Filiberti.
Matesic studied conducting and composition at the Florence Cherubini Conservatoire and at the Hochschule für Musik (Freiburg). In 1994 he was made professor of conducting in Freiburg, where he became assistant to P.Gülke (1996-2000) and resident conductor of the Chamber Orchestra (1997-2002). He specialized with D.Zinman at the American Academy of Conducting (Aspen) in 2000 and 2001; there, he also worked with J.Panula. Since 2002, he conducts the Conservatoire Youth Orchestra (Zurich). He recieved a prize at the 2000 International Prague Spring Conducting Competition. He was (1992-’95) assistant conductor at the Cantiere di Montepulciano with figures like Glanert and Bolognini. In 1998 he created the Ferruccio Busoni Youth Orchestra. He was (2002-’04) resident conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Villingen-Schwenningen. Among the orchestras he has worked with: the Südwestdeutsches Philharmonie (Konstanz), the Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester (Mannheim), the Zürcher Kammerorchester, the Tonhalle Orchester (Zurich), the Orchestre Philharmonique in Montecarlo, the Berner Sinfonie Orchester and the Orchestra of Italian Switzerland. He works with the Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, the Nord Tschechische Philharmonie and with the Teatro di Usti nad Labem (Czech Republic). As a composer, he has received commissions from the Norbert Schenkel Foundation (Bienne), from the Boswil Festival and from the Zurich City Hall. The Italian-Swiss RadioTV has broadcast his Violin and Cello Duo (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).
Rea graduated in Santa Cecilia, where now he teaches jazz music. He had his debut in the Trio di Roma; he plays with Mina and Paoli. He works with Baglioni, Pino Daniele, Modugno, Fiorella Mannoia, Cocciante, Renato Zero, Morandi e Celentano. He plays with Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Steve Grossman, Bob Berg, Phil Woods, Michael Brecker, Tony Oxley, Joe Lovano, Gato Barbieri, Aldo Romano, Brad Mehldau, Danilo Pérez, Michel Camilo, Luis Bacalov. With Pietropaoli and Sferra he founded (1997) the trio Doctor 3, that three times recieved an award as the best jazz group of the year, performing in three Continents. As a soloist he published Lost in Europe (2000); Lirico (2003, on opera themes). He opens Festival del bel canto with Belcanto Improvisations. Solo (2006) and Introverso (2008) follow; then A Tribute to Fabrizio de André (2010), that recieved several awards. First jazz performer who ever performed (2003) as solo pianist in Santa Cecilia hall, he holds a concert in 2006 at the Guggenheim in New York. With Concerto per Peggy, in the occasion of the 60th jubilee of Guggenheim Collection in Venice, he pays homage to American Classical Music of the beginning of XX century. In 2009 he performs at La Fenice and during the season final concert of Camerata Musicale Barese at Petruzzelli Theater. Among his recent collaborations, his works with Paoli. He composes the music for both Veltroni’s movies; he presents …IN BACH? at Umbria Jazz, four-handed with Bahrami. In 2015 he publishes Something in our way), inspired by Beatles and Rolling Stones. With Umbria Jazz 2016 tour, he performs in Beijing, Shangai, Qingdao and Canton. He was awarded Premio Vittorio De Sica 2016.
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.
Angelini graduated with Previtali (1982) in Siena, where he also specialized (1986) in Art History, and then accomplished his PhD in Turin(1991);since 1997 he teached at L’Aquila University; since 2003 he is associate professor of Modern Art in Siena. He particularly studies Siennese and Tuscan Renaissance Art, with essays on such magazines as ‘Prospettiva’, which he i salso editor since 2000. He curated exhibitions in Siennese Chigi Saracini Collection: Sassetta e i pittori toscani dal XIII al XV secolo (1986), Da Sodoma a Marco Pino (1988); a grandi esposizioni come Domenico Beccafumi e il suo tempo (Siena 1990), Francesco di Giorgio e il Rinascimento a Siena (1993), Pittura di Luce (Firenze 1990), Una scuola per Piero della Francesca (Firenze 1992). Curò la mostra sui Disegni italiani del tempo di Donatello (Firenze 1986). È autore di Pio II e le arti. La riscoperta dell’antico da Federighi a Michelangelo (Silvana Editoriale 2005), di Piero della Francesca (Milano 2014) e del saggio sul Quattrocento in Pittura senese (Federico Motta 1997). S’interessa anche a Bernini e la scultura a Roma nel Seicento: Bernini, Jaca Book, Milano 1998, Gian Lorenzo Bernini e i Chigi tra Siena e Roma, Silvana editoriale 1998, miglior libro del 1999 su argomento artistico romano per la Fondazione Basso e Borghese. Del 2005 è Scultura romana del Seicento a Milano; nel 2000 con M.Buzek e B.Sani curò a Siena Alessandro VII, il papa senese di Roma moderna. Suoi interventi in cataloghi di mostre: Bernini pittore (Palazzo Barberini), Siena Renaissance: art for a city (National Gallery 2007).
Gabriele Fattorini is professor of Modern Art History at Messina University.In Siena he studied with Bellosi, graduated with merit in 1995, specialized inArcheology and Art History (1999), and in Turin he accomplished hisPhDin History and Critics of Art (2003). In Siena he was researcher in Modern Art History (2006-2010) with teaching and substitute teaching contractsin Medieval and Modern Art Historyin the degree course and in the specialization school. He particularly studies Tuscan and Siennese art of XIV-XVI centuries; he wrote articles in The Burlington Magazine, Bollettino d’Arte, Prospettiva, Nuovi Studi, Bulletin van het Rijksmuseum, La Diana, Predella and manyspeeches in conventions and conferences. He coordinated the exhibitionDuccio. Alle origini della pittura senese (Siena, 2003-2004) and the scientific Committee of the exhibitionDa Jacopo della Quercia a Donatello: le arti a Siena nel primo Rinascimento (Santa Maria della Scala 2010)and collaborated with Fondazione Musei Senesi di Siena (2004-2007). Since 2009 he is director of the Museo Diocesano in Pienza and of the Sala d'Arte in Castiglione. In 2012 he won a fellowship at Villa I Tatti - The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. In 2103 he wrote a monograph about Andrea Sansovino and in 2014 edited a book about Santa Maria delle Nevi andin 2015 cooperated to the catalogue of Berenson Collection of Villa I Tatti and edited the third volume about the Collezione Salini.
With a degree in French Theater, he specializes in direction and dramaturgy. In the ’90 he debuts in Mozart’sDon Giovanni, stagesTre Monologhi per Marisa Fabbri, records for Fonit Cetra, Warner and CNI, acts inMidsummer night’s dream,The Threepenny Opera andWest Side Storyand Gershwin’sSongs. In 2001 he is actor and director inVespero a Tivoli and in 2003 he debuts at Berlino Film Festival withPoco più di un anno fa - diario di un pornodivo, with encouraging critical reception. 2006 is the year of the short filmSulle tracce di Medoraand his new theatre workLe donne, i cavallier, l’armi pietose canto…, proposed again in 2007/08 at Ambra Jovinelli in Rome, where he also stagesArc en ciel. David’s birthday (2009) – screenplay selected by Ateliers d’Ecriture d’éQUINOXe – is in the Official Selection at the Venice Film Festival and is awarded several prizes. Byron’s ruins (2012) meditates about the dissolving of the archetypes in our times. In 2013 he founded Le Vie del Teatro in Terra di Siena, theater workshop linked with the territoryand inspired by his “dramaturgy of ruins”, with his workConversation pieces. He presents (2015) at Teatro degli Avvaloranti in Città della Pieve Il crepuscolo di Arcadia, final station of the trilogyIl pianto delle Muse,also published (2016) by Titivillus. In 2015 his third movie, Cain, linked to his last theater experiences, recieved unanimous agreement. In spring 2017 he presented his last theater work, Intorno a Don Carlos – prove d’autenticità. Kammerspiele 1.1.
Riccardo Noury is spokesman of Amnesty International Italia, that he joined in 1980. He has written and collaborated to write many pubblications about human rights: among the othersUn errore capitale (Edizioni cultura della pace, 1998), Non sopportiamo la tortura (Rizzoli Libri Illustrati, 2001), Poeti da Guantánamo (2007) andSrebrenica. La giustizia negata (Infinito, 2015). Since 2003 he edits the Italian Annual Report on the state of the World’s Human Rights for Amnesty International. He writes two blogs in Corriere della Sera and Il Fatto Quotidiano and collaborates with Articolo 21 and Pressenza.
Arranger, composer, music producer, born in Milan the 18th April 1963. After the high school license in Lugano, where he lives, he attends the Faculty of Jurisprudence to the “Statale” university in Milan, abdicating the degree to devote completely to the activity of musician, arranger and record producer. From the debuts to today he is occupied as composer and arranger of records of almost all musical styles, confirming himself as one of the most versatile recording studio musicians in Italy. Massimiliano Pani has arranged and produced forpop artists of the caliber of Mina, Adriano Celentano, Fabrizio De André, Renato Zero, Piero Pelù, Audio2, Monica Naranjoand collaborated, among the others, with jazz players as Toots Thielemans, Franco Ambrosetti, Kenny Garret, Brian Auger, Danilo Rea, Massimo Moriconi, Roberto Gatto, Andrea Braido, Maurizio Giammarco, Anthonio Faraò and many others. As a discographer, is responsible since more than 20 years of management, marketing, distribution and communication in relation to records of Mina for the family label company named GSU Edizioni Musicali, in collaboration with Sony Music Entertainement Italy. As a film composer is working with Mediaset, Raitrade, Medusa and Aran Endemol, whichfor he writes and produces original music scores for movies and TV.
Donatella Rovera has been leading Amnesty International’s field investigations into war crimes and other violations of international humanitarian and human rights law in many situations of internal and international armed conflicts for over 20 years. She has carried out investigations and reported from some of the world most dangerous conflicts, including Syria, Iraq, Libya, Gaza, Somalia, Sudan-South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Nigeria - to name only a few - and has produced research and advocacy reports and other material on these and other countries. She previously studied (BA and MA) politics and economics with focus on the Middle East at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), London University, and since has undertaken further studies in various aspects of international humanitarian and human rights law – including armed conflict, refugee, policing, international criminal investigations etc). She is fluent in English, Arabic, French, Spanish, Italian and Hebrew.
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