FIFTH SEASON - APRIL 20  - MAY 4  2019

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MUSICIANS

GILE BAE

Gile Bae was born in 1994 in the Netherlands. She made her debut in South Korea as a soloist with Haydn’s C Major Concerto for piano and orchestra in when she was five years old. At the age of six she enrolled at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and studied with Marlies van Gent. In 2000 she won the first Dutch awards “International Steinway & Sons Piano Competition”, “EPTA international Piano Competition” in Belgium and the Portuguese “Maria Campina International Piano Competition”. At fifteen, she won first prize in the top category of the “International Steinway & Sons Piano Competition” and she was chosen to represent Holland at the “International Steinway & Sons Festival” with a concert in the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg. She played several times for the Dutch Royal Family and in 2013 for the Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi with a concert at the Alma Mater Studiorum of Bologna. In 2017 she recorded the Goldberg Variations by Bach, then performed them in different venues including the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza. In Vienna, in 2018, she became member of the Bösendorfer family as “Bösendorfer Artist”. In 2019 she completed her postgraduate studies at the Imola Academy under the guidance of the founder Maestro Franco Scala, her teacher since 2002. In 2020 she has been invited by Sir András Schiff to participate as soloist at his program “Building Bridges” for the season 2020-2021.

MAURIZIO BAGLINI

The pianist Maurizio Baglini boasts a brilliant career as soloist, chamber player, music teacher and artistic director. As soloist he performs on stages such as the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Teatro alla Scala of Milan, the Teatro San Carlo of Naples, the Salle Gaveau of Paris, the Kennedy Center of Washington and he is guest of prestigious festivals, including La Roque d’Anthéron, Yokohama Piano Festival, Australian Chamber Music Festival, “Benedetti Michelangeli” of Bergamo and Brescia. His record production for Decca/Universal includes works by Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, Schubert, Domenico Scarlatti and Mussorgsky. Since 2008 he has been promoting the project “Ode to joy”, which has allowed him to play in the whole world the “Ninth Symphony” by Beethoven/Liszt, with more than fifty live performances. He has on his account also the project “Web Piano”, which combines great piano masterpieces live performances with multimedial projections. As chamber musician he constantly performs with the cellist Silvia Chiesa and works with colleagues such as Massimo Quarta, Cinzia Forte, Roberto Prosseda and The Scala String Quartet. Founder and artistic director of the Amiata Piano Festival, he is the artistic consultant for dance and music of Teatro Comunale “Verdi” of Pordenone and cultural ambassador of Friuli Venezia Giulia region. He holds masterclasses for the Accademia Stauffer in Cremona and since 2018 he has been Professor at the “Mascagni” Institute of Musical Studies in Livorno. He plays a Fazioli grand piano.

 

DIMITRI BETTI

Dimitri Betti graduated in Early Keyboards with full marks from the Conservatories of La Spezia, Florence and Vienna (Austria). He attended masterclasses with E. Gatti, R. Egarr, B. Van Asperen, C. Rousset and for the medieval repertoire with C. Caffagni at the Scuola Civica in Milan. He performed as conductor and soloist with the Mozarteum Orchester of Salzburg, the Cameristi of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Il Rossignolo and the Accademia di Santo Spirito in Ferrara, performing in festivals such as the Ravenna Festival, O Flos Colende, Anima Mundi, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Festival Pucciniano in Torre del Lago and international festivals like the opera season of the Landestheater in Salzburg and the Thüringer Bachwochen (Germany) under the baton of H. Rilling. He was a finalist in several international competitions and winner of scholarships at the Bachkantaten Akademie in Weimar (Germany) and at the Giorgio Cini Foundation in Venice. He is Professor at the Plainchant Seminars Verbum Resonans (Udine) and was Assistant and Teacher of the early music courses at the Conservatories of La Spezia, La Coruña (Spain), Bydgoszcz (Poland) and Lugano (Switzerland). He is the organist for the Choir of the Basilica di San Lorenzo in Florence and Director of the ensemble Etruria Barocca, has recorded CDs published by Brilliant Classics, Bongiovanni, Classic Voice Antiqua and has performed for the Italian radio (RAI), the Swiss radio, the German radio and the Australian radio.

 

ELEONORA CONTUCCI

Eleonora Contucci, when still a child, sang in the world premiere of 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 worked alongside such personalities as Marcel Marceau. Having begun her voice studies with Maria Vittoria Romano, she went on to graduate from the Conservatorio in Latina, where her teacher was Nicoletta Panni. Later she was chosen to participate in prestigious masterclasses with Alfredo Kraus, Renata Scotto, Julia Hamari and a specialist class in baroque voice music with Hervé Niquet. She appeared in the main Italian opera venues and international Festivals singing Le nozze di Figaro in Florence conducted by Zubin Mehta, Donizetti’s La Favorite at Carlo Felice Theatre in Genua, L’elisir d’amore in Florence and, under the baton of Rinaldo Alessandrini, Handel’s Amadigi at the San Carlo Opera in Naples, in Rome and at the Baroque Festival of Beaune, Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea in Salamanca and in Beaune, Monteverdi’s Orfeo at Teatro alla Scala. Contucci also has a busy concert and chamber schedule and a repertoire that runs from baroque to contemporary music, performing with such conductors as Albrecht, Bolton, De Bernart, Piovano, Stenz and Tate. Brilliant Classics released her recording of the complete Lieder of Norbert Burgmüller and the first world recording of the complete Lieder of Hugo Staehle. She teaches opera singing at the Conservatorium in Potenza and since 2015 she gave birth to the Festival di Pasqua a Montepulciano, where she serves as Artistic Director.

 

COR-ORCHESTRA (CORTONA)

The Orchestra was founded by the will of the Cultural Councilor Francesco Attesti and by the Administration of the Municipality of Cortona. The Cor-Orchestra (name that evoks the word “Heart” - in Latin cor - and the name of the city of origin, Cortona) was created during the spring of 2020 under the auspices of the Association “Friends of Music” Cortona-Camucia. The intent was to create an ensemble with deep roots in the municipality of Cortona able to act in the cultural/musical sector through a stable orchestra capable of aggregating and enhancing the best area resources. The orchestra specializes in the interpretation from the Baroque period to the Twentieth Century music. In summer 2020 the Orchestra participated in Not(t)e sotto le stelle, proposing music by Bizet, Elgar, Mendelssohn, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, conducted by Roberto Michele Baldo, Paolo Belloli and Pavel Gorajski. The concert dedicated to Ennio Morricone and conducted by maestro Francesco Santucci for the Festival at Rocca Priora was one of the highlights of the past concert season. Despite the difficult situation of theaters and music caused by COVID-19, the orchestra and the Councilor for Culture of the Municipality of Cortona Francesco Attesti planned and broadcast online “Listen, look, live MAEC”, an event realized on New Year's Eve with music by Beethoven, Mascagni, Mozart, Rossini.

 

CARLO GUAITOLI

Prize winner in several international piano competitions such as Rubinstein in Tel Aviv, Busoni in Bolzano, IMC of Japan in Tokyo, Unisa Competition in Pretoria, Casagrande in Terni, he has performed around the world (Europe, USA, Canada, Japan, Middle East, South Africa) as soloist with orchestras as Israel Philharmonic and Israel Chamber Orchestra, Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra. In recent years he has made his debut at the Beijing Concert Hall in China and has been invited to the Piano Festival of Brescia and Bergamo where he premiered the 2nd Sonata of Carlo Boccadoro dedicated to him. An eclectic musician, over the years he has collaborated as a pianist and conductor with artists from different backgrounds, including Tamas Vasary, Scala String Quartet, Bibiena Quintet, Wim Mertens, Antony Hegarty, Asaf Avidan, Enrico Intra. Together with Franco Battiato, a renowned Italian composer and singer, he recorded and toured as conductor with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra and other major european orchestras. He has recorded for EMI, Sony, Universal and Brilliant Classics. Currently professor of piano at the Conservatory in Terni, he has been professor at NYU in Florence for five years and gave masterclasses at the NYU Steinhardt, Juilliard School, the Showa University in Tokyo and the Kyungsung University in Busan.

 

COSTANTINO MASTROPRIMIANO

Costantino Mastroprimiano today represents a singular personality in the scene of the fortepiano. After his studies of piano and chamber music with M. Marvulli, Guido Agosti and Riccardo Brengola, he decided to devote himself to the study of the fortepiano. He has recorded a varied discography (Tactus, Brilliant Classics, Passacaille, Dynamic, Aulicus Classics).  Absolute reference is complete recording of the sonatas of Muzio Clementi (18 CDs for Brilliant Classics). Prompt for its results at festivals and seasons in Italy (Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Micat in Vertice - Accademia Chigiana, I Concerti della Normale di Pisa, Società del Quartetto di Milano, Accademia Cristofori di Firenze etc) and Europe (Les Nuits de Septembre – Liège, Noites de Queluz, Uni Mozarteum – Salzburg, Salle Cortot - Paris, etc.)  He is Professor of historic piano at the Conservatoire of Perugia and visiting professor at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag, Universitat – Mozarteum Salzburg, State Conservatory "P. I. Čajkovskij" - Moscow.

 

LUIGI PIOVANO

A pupil of Radu Aldulescu, Luigi Piovano graduated at age seventeen. He first attracted attention on the international music circuit after his participation in the “Pollini Project” in 1999, which brought forth a highly-successful debut at the Salzburg Festival, as well as performances in Tokyo, New York and Rome. He has performed as soloist with orchestras as Tokyo Philharmonic, Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Montréal Symphony and Seoul Philharmonic under the batons of such conductors as Chung, Menuhin, Nagano, Pappano and Pletnev. As a sought-after chamber musician, he has played with artists as Sawallisch, Chung, Sitkovetsky, Kavakos, the Labèque sisters and Antonio Pappano, with whom he regularly performs in duo since 2005. He has worked as Principal cellist of the Symphony Orchestra of National Academy of St. Cecilia since the end of the 1990s. Recently Arcana released a CD in duo with Antonio Pappano with Brahms Sonatas. Mr. Piovano plays a Francesco Ruggeri “detto il Per” (cremona, 1692), on generous loan from Francesco Micheli. After the year 2000 he has been increasingly engaging himself as a conductor. At present he is Music Director of the Magna Grecia Orchestra in Taranto and of Accademia di Santa Cecilia String Orchestra (“Archi di Santa Cecilia”) with whom he has already released six CDs. Among his forthcoming débuts, Puccini’s Tosca in Catania Opera House and concerts with Mozarteum Salzburg Orchestra.

 

EUFEMIA TUFANO

Damiano Giorgi was born in Florence. He studied at the Conservatorio “Luigi Cherubini” where he obtained degrees in Piano, Composition, and Conducting. In 2013 he also obtained a Master degree in Chamber Music at the Conservatorio “Bruno Maderna” in Cesena. In 1991 he was granted a scholarship by the Fondazione “Federico Del Vecchio”. He then went on to further his conducting studies with Piero Bellugi in Italy and with Karl Österreicher in Vienna. He also attended Chamber Music courses with Carlo and Vittorio Chiarappa, Pier Narciso Masi, and Franco Rossi. In 1995 he won 3rd prize at the “Franco Ferrara” International Conducting Competition at the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome. In October 1997 he won 2nd prize and the “Gianandrea Gavazzeni” special prize at the 7th “Arturo Toscanini” International Conducting Competition in Parma. Since then he has conducted several Italian orchestras such as the OSER-Arturo Toscanini orchestra in Parma, the Haydn-Orchester in Bolzano and Trento, the Orchestra del Novecento in Pistoia, the Nuova Orchestra Scarlatti in Naples, the ORT-Orchestra della Toscana in Florence. As a pianist he is mainly active as chamber music player (with the Quartetto di Firenze and with his brother Daniele) and as an accompanist for Lieder and art song. He has taught Conducting and Chamber Music at the Conservatories in Lecce and Pesaro, He is now professor for Chamber Music at the Conservatorio “Cesare Pollini” in Padua.

 

LECTURERS APRIL THE 9TH

ELISABETTA ANGRISANO

Assistant Professor at Università degli Studi di Milano.
Main field of study: Archival.
Some publications:

  • - E. Angrisano, Le carte della follia. Gli archivi dei manicomi in Toscana, Torre del Lago, Civita Editoriale, 2017;
  • - E. Angrisano, Il libro dei morti degli anni 1818-1821 nella chiesa di santa Felicita in Firenze, Lucca, Civita Editoriale, 2017.
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    BIANCAMARIA BRUMANA

    Ex Professor at Università degli Studi di Perugia.
    Main field of study: Musicology and History of Music.
    Some publications:

  • - B. Brumana, Mecenatismo musicale dei Della Corgna tra Cinquecento e Seicento: le rime per musica di Cesare Caporali e gli intermedi della Honesta schiava, Perugia, Morlacchi Editore, 2019;
  • - B. Brumana, Rossini! Rossini!: la fortuna del musicista sui palcoscenici di Perugia, Perugia, Morlacchi Editore, 2018;
  • - B. Brumana, Teatro musicale e accademie a Perugia: tra dominazione francese e restaurazione (1801-1830), Firenze, L. S. Olschki, 1996.
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    SILVIA CALAMANDREI

    President of Biblioteca Archivio “Piero Calamandrei” in Montepulciano.
    Main field of study: Translations, Sinology.
    Some publications:

  • - M.T. Regard, Autobiografia, introduzione di S. Calamandrei, Milano, Franco Angeli 2010;
  • - Homo Pekinensis, a cura di S. Calamandrei, M. Mariani e M.R. Masci, Roma, Editori Riuniti 1990.
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    CINZIA CARDINALI

    Director at Archivio di Stato di Siena.
    Main field of study: Archival.
    Some publications:

  • - C. Cardinali, Un segno per Foiano. Lo stemma araldico, note storiche, Città di Castello, Litograf editor, 2008;
  • - C. Cardinali, Le lotte dei discendenti di Malatesta da Verucchio per la successione alla signoria di Rimini (1312-1334), appendice documentaria di A. Falcioni, premessa di G. Cherubini, Rimini, B. Ghigi, 2000;
  • - C. Cardinali, La signoria di Malatesta Antico (1334-1364), premessa di A. Maiarelli, appendice documentaria di A. Falcioni, Rimini, B. Ghigi, 2000.
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    LAURA GIAMBASTIANI

    Associate Professor at Università degli Studi di Firenze.
    Main field of study: Archival, Bibliography, Library Science.
    Some publications:

  • - L. Giambastiani, L’Archivio preunitario del Comune di Bagni di Lucca (1800-1865). Inventario, Torre del Lago, Civita Editoriale, 2015;
  • - L. Giambastiani, L’archivio storico del comune di Bagni di Lucca: periodo della Repubblica Lucchese, introduzione-inventario, Lucca, Maria Facini Pazzi, 2005;
  • - L. Giambastiani, L’archivio della Fratellanza Artigiana di Lucca (1861-1930): introduzione-inventario, Lucca, Maria Facini Pazzi, 2000.
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    ANNANTONIA MARTORANO

    Assistant Professor at Università degli Studi di Firenze.
    Main field of study: Archival.
    Some publications:

  • - Storie d’autore, storie di persone. Fondi speciali tra conservazione e valorizzazione, a cura di A. Martorano, Roma, Associazione Italiana Biblioteche, 2020;
  • - A. Martorano, L’archivio di Galileo Chini: introduzione-inventario, Lucca, Istituto Storico Lucchese, 2014;
  • - A. Martorano, L’Archivio dell’Avvocato Eugenio Sacchettini: introduzione-guida, Lucca, Istituto Storico Lucchese, 2012.
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    LAURA GIAMBASTIANI

    Associate Professor at Università degli Studi di Firenze.
    Main field of study: Archival, Bibliography, Library Science.
    Some publications:

  • - L. Giambastiani, L’Archivio preunitario del Comune di Bagni di Lucca (1800-1865). Inventario, Torre del Lago, Civita Editoriale, 2015;
  • - L. Giambastiani, L’archivio storico del comune di Bagni di Lucca: periodo della Repubblica Lucchese, introduzione-inventario, Lucca, Maria Facini Pazzi, 2005;
  • - L. Giambastiani, L’archivio della Fratellanza Artigiana di Lucca (1861-1930): introduzione-inventario, Lucca, Maria Facini Pazzi, 2000.
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    FIAMMETTA SABBA

    Associate Professor at Università degli Studi di Bologna.
    Main field of study: Bibliography, History of Libraries.
    Some publications:

  • - F. Sabba, Angelo Maria Bandini in viaggio a Roma (1780-1781), Firenze, FUP, 2019;
  • - F. Sabba (a cura di), Patrimonio culturale condiviso: viaggiatori prima e dopo il Grand Tour, Napoli, Viaggiatori, 2019;
  • - F. Sabba, Viaggi tra i libri: le biblioteche italiane nella letteratura del grand tour, Pisa-Roma, Fabrizio Serra Editore, 2018.
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    PAOLO TIEZZI

    President of Società Bibliografica Toscana.
    Main field of study: History of Books, Bibliography.
    Some publications:

  • - P. Tiezzi, Dieci Caterine Sante ovvero Specilegio tra gli scaffali di una biblioteca agiografica, Torrita di Siena, Società Bibliografica Toscana, 2015;
  • - P. Tiezzi, Cinquanta ritratti del Cinquecento, Torrita di Siena, Società Bibliografica Toscana, 2014.
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    LECTURERS APRIL THE 10TH

    MASSIMO CACCIARI

    Massimo Cacciari is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at San Raffaele Univeristy in Milan and is a member of the Academy of the Lincei in Rome. He co-founded and co-directed periodicals and other books of major importance in the fields of philosophical research and cultural and political debate over the last  few decades. Recent publications include: Le altre due Labirinto filosofico (Adelphi 2014), Occidente senza utopie (2016 with P.Prodi), Generare Dio (Il Mulino 2017), La mente inquieta. Saggio sull’umanesimo (Einaudi 2018), Il lavoro dello spirito, Saggio su Max Weber, issued recently by Adelphi.

     

    SANDRO CAPPELLETTO

    Sandro Cappelletto writes for the daily newspaper La Stampa, is a member of the Academy S. Cecilia and of the Accademia Filarmonica Romana (of which he was Artistic Director from 2009 to 2013) and on the faculty of the Silvio D’ Amico National Academy for Performance Arts. Following his biography of Beethoven (1986) recent publications include: Schubert, l’ultimo anno(2014), I quartetti per archi di Mozart (2016), Le voci del violoncello (2017). He is author and host of radio and television shows and writes librettos and texts (which he often recites himself on stage) for composers, such as Ambrosini, Carnini, Corghi, D’Amico, Lombardi, Lupone, Sebastiani.

     

    LECTURER APRIL THE 18TH

    RICCARDO NOURY

    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 others Un errore capitale (Edizioni cultura della pace, 1998), Non sopportiamo la tortura (Rizzoli Libri Illustrati, 2001), Poeti da Guantánamo (2007) and Srebrenica. 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.

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