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  • Pierluigi Camicia
    Piano Teacher
    Pierluigi Camicia, a native of Apulia, Italy, began piano study at the age of five. In 1962, at the age of ten, he won First Prize in the prestigious national competition "ENAL" at La Spezia.ANd at the age of 21 won the most important Italian piano Competition: Città di Treviso. Mr. Camicia, a Busoni and Chopin competition prizewinner, became professor at the Bari Conservatory at the age of 20. He has already produced a generation of notable piano students, including Benedetto Lupo, prizewinner in the Van Cliburn Piano Competition in Forth Worth. Mr Camicia devotes himself primarily to solo performances, and his artistry has been commented enthusiastically by Rostropovich, Ciccolini, Vasary and Franco Ferrara, but has also gained notoriety in Europe as a chamber musician, playing with the cellist Michael Flaksman and the violinist Nina Beilina, the flutist Angelo Persichilli. His association with Michael Flaksman dates to 1982; they have performed together in European Festivals and in U.S.A. and they have recorded the music of Faurè in a CD of ABEGG. He played with Orchestras conducted by Gabriele Ferro, Samuel Friedman, Tamas Gal, Gabriele Gandini, Mario Gusella, Massimo Biscardi, Michele Marvulli etc in the most important Italian and European Theatres, and in China.
    Pierluigi Camicia
  • Alfonso Soldano
    Piano Teacher
    Pianist renowned for innate virtuosity and skills and sophisticated stylistic knowledge, ALFONSO SOLDANO is born in 1986, and in young age reaches the Distinguished Degree with Honor Mention in Piano Performance at Conservatory “ N. Piccinni “ in Bari. His mentors during all over his artistic growth were Aldo CICCOLINI, Pierluigi CAMICIA. He obtained also the High Performance Diploma in National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome, under Benedetto LUPO. Mr. Soldano has classified first in lot of piano competitions and is invited as Artist and Juror in Italy and all over Europe. He helds masterclass all over Italy and was awarded with International Gold Medal Prize for Best Italian Artist in April 2013, with a large ceremony in University’s “La Sapienza”(Rome) Great Hall. In particular he was involved in production of Integral of Rachmaninov’s works for piano and orchestra, since when he was 17 with Bacau Philarmonic Orchestra. He worked with conductors like O.Balan, D.Frandes, M.Cormio, V.Zhadko, and played with a lot of orchestras, italian and foreign. Artist recognized for his deep and special sound and breathtaking virtuosity, one of best italian talents of his generation, Mr. Soldano can count on large repertoire for solo and concertos with orchestra. Mr. Soldano has appeared in a lot of festivals and concerts, such Musikum Salzburg, Hindemith Foundation Switzerland, G.Enescu Festival Bucarest, Bacau, Kiev (Concert Hall of Tchaikovsky National Academy, Philarmonie) lot of italian universities (Rome”La Sapienza”, Bari) and recital in lot of major cities (Rome Auditorium Parco della Musica,Milan,Verona, Bologna, Foggia, various theaters). As writer he published for Florestano Edizioni,first world’s biography of Ukrainian composer Sergej Bortkiewicz. Mr Soldano is involved since long time in piano duo with pianist Stefania Argentieri, and is also active as a concert transcriber, (MusePress, Japan, Florestano Edizioni, Italy). He is ending the publishing of a large piano set of concert transcriptions for two pianos, with Florestano Edizioni. The great pianists that have listened him, have always highlighted the particular interpretative maturity of his performances, result of continuous insights into the history of piano technique and interpretation. Mr Soldano is Academic Professor of Piano Performance at Conservatory U.Giordano in Foggia, and has been already Professor in S.Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, as well in Conservatories of Teramo, Taranto, Lecce. He is Artistic Director of Foundation European Arts Academy “Aldo Ciccolini” in Trani. Mr. Soldano is Divine Artist (only Italian) and records for USA major label Divine Arts Recordings Group. His Cds are recognized 5 stars from major USA’s magazines (American Record Guide, Fanfares) and Other 15 countries Magazines all over the world. His last Cd, Solo piano works by Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco, was selected in Florida on best Classical CDs of 2017. Upcoming release a Cd in Summer 2019 dedicated to solo piano works by Rachmaninov.
    Alfonso Soldano
  • Angela Montemurro
    Piano Teacher
    pianist, music teacher and composer was born in Bari, she studied piano at the Piccinni Conservatory of Music, where she graduated with top marks, under the guide of M° Michele Marvulli ( at the same time, she pursued classical studies at the Arts Faculty of Bari University) She studied piano also with Fausto Zadra in Rome and Sorrento, Guido Agosti in Rome and Carlo Zecchi at Mozarteum in Salzburg. Since 1972 she’ s Piano Professor at Piccinni Conservatory in Bari, where she created a Musical and Pianistic School of wich international soloists and asteemed Music Teachers are part of. Among her pupils, she includes the pianist Alessio Bax, winner of the International Piano Competition of Leeds in 2000, and the well known pianists Filippo Balducci, Onofrio Della Rosa, Elisabetta Pani, Rosanna Giove. She studied Composition with M° Giovanni Misasi and Armando Renzi, and she is active as a composer since 1980 ; she is the author of compositions and arrangements performed by famous orchstral groups and soloists even in remarkable festivals in Italy and abroad: Turkey, Canada, Mexico, Usa, Russia, etc...Angela Montemurro is Artistic Co-director of “Eurorchestra da Camera di Bari” and “Eurorchestra International Music Competition- New Performers”. She is Founder and Chairwoman of “Association Parnaso Women in Music”. Great musical figures well marked her education: above all, Nino Rota and Franco Ferrara, to wich she is bound to deep affection.
    Angela Montemurro
  • Carmelo Andriani
    Violin Teacher
    Carmelo Andriani was born in Bari, in a family of musicians. From his mother he learnt the “Art of Bel Canto” which will always distinguish him, not only for his impeccable technique, but also for his wonderful sound of the old generation. The so called “Messa di voce e portamento”, qualities upon which he dwelt, perfecting them with his teachers Felix Ayo and Riccardo Brengola (Rome, S.Cecilia Academy), and that later on, during his studies in the former Soviet Union (with Igor Oistrak and Victor Pikaizen), gained him acknowledgments of great esteem, to the extent that he returned to Italy with many eminent statements of praise and an important Certificate of Merit. Andriani has completed his specialization courses at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, with Uto Ughi. His career unfolds in Europe, United States, Canada, Mexico, China and Korea, both as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles, together with famous international musicians such as Gianandrea Gavazzeni or Lior Shambadal. With the latter he performed in Germany, at the Berliner Philharmonie, for a debut with the Berliner Symphoniker. Andriani has recorded for RAI (Italian Radio and Television) and important record labels, such as Phoenix, Tactus, Stradivarius, Brilliant Classics. For the Brilliant Classics label he has recently published a double CD with the opera for violin and piano by the Irish/Italian composer Michele Esposito (Castellamare di Stabia 29/09/1855 – 19/11/1929), following a CD with the music of Tom Cullivan, another contemporary Irish composer, comprising Sonatas for violin and piano dedicated to him. In addition, a Recital entitled “The Charm of Violin Solo” will be released shortly. Carmelo Andriani is Professor of Violin at the Conservatory “Niccolò PICCINNI” in Bari. He plays a wonderful Marino Capicchioni (made in 1942) or, alternatively, a prestigious Andrea Guarnieri (1675) or a brilliant Sofia (2009), expressly made for him by the Master violin maker Angelo Andrulli.
    Carmelo Andriani
  • Cristiano Rossi
    Violin Teacher
    Cristiano Rossi started playing the violin before the age of 5 years and graduated from Bologna Conservatory at16, taught by Sandro Materassi. He won important competitions, both national and international, such a VIttorio Veneto and Munchen. Aged 18 he recorded his first records for Erato (Paris), later for EMI, Dynamic and Naxos. He gave concerts in Europe, South America, the USA and Japan playing in prestigious theatres. He took part in many important International Festivals with conductors such as Ahronovitch, Chailly, Oren, Pesko, Renzetti, Soudant, Deiman. He was awarded prestigious prize such as Rai’s “Diapason d’oro”. He has given countless public concerts broadcasted and recorded by RAI, the BBC, RSI, DRF and others. He was professor of violin at the Cherubini Conservatory in Florence for over 20 years. At present he is invited to teach by prestigious musical academies.
    Cristiano Rossi
  • Antonella Cesari
    Choir Teacher
    Soprano Antonella Cesari studied at the A.Casella Conservatory and the Accademia delle Belle Arti in L’Aquila, graduating with highest marks in singing, vocal pedagogy, and piano. She studied further with Elio Battaglia and Romolo Gazzani, and at the Salzburg Mozarteum, the H. Wolf Superior School in Aquasparta, the Pescarese Musical Academy, the Alden Bisen Accademy in Belgium, the Ars Nova Association in Palermo, and as a scholarship winner at Siena’s Accademia Chigiana. She has taken numerous courses in German Lieder with such masters as E. Werba, I. Seefried, M. Eliasen and L. Spietzer, broadening her study of baroque song with Nigel Rogers, and of contemporary vocal music with M. Hirayama. Winner of the Concorso Lirico of Verona, the Laboratorio Lirico of Alessandria, the S. Mercadante International Competition of Bari, the Mario del Monaco International Competition, and the Vocal Chamber Music Competition of Conegliano Veneto, Ms. Cesari made her vocal debut in Rossini’s “L’Inganno Felice” at the International Opera Festival in Lugano. She then appeared as Frasquita in Bizet’s “Carmen”, Sofia in Rossini’s “Signor Bruschino”, Musetta in Puccini’s “Boheme”, Valencienne in Lehar’s “Merry Widow”, and in Poulenc’s “Voix Humaine”. Internationelly she has performed with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Australia’s World Expo (Melbourne, Sidney, Brisbane), Fordham and New York Universities, the Festival di Tortona in Spain, and the Pretoria Municipal Theater in South Africa. Particularly interested in antique and contemporary music, Cesari has been intensely active in both fields. She has collaborated with numerous chamber groups, with whom she has made modern premiers of various works, including A. Scarlatti’s Lamentations, L. Leo’s Cantatas, and N. Porpora’s Duets. She has also performed in chamber operas such as Pergolesi’s “La Serva Padrona” and “ Livietta e Tracollo”, and Salieri’s “L’Arlecchinata”. In the field of contemporary music she has been invited to participate in numerous festivals and to sing for important musical institutions including: the Cantiere D’Arte of Montepulciano, where she sang in the world premiere of Adriano Guarnieri’s opera “Orfeo cantando…tolse” (televised live by RAI1); the Rome Opera Theater, in world premieres of works by Sergio Rendine, Franco Mannino, Luciano Ferrero, and Sergio Prodigo; the Aterforum Festival in Ferrara in European premieres of works by John Cage; with the group Ars Ludi at the Olympic Theater of Rome and the B. Barattelli Concert Society of L’Aquila, performing Steve Reich’s “Drumming”; the Messina Contemporary Music Festival with “The yellow sound” by Riccardo Dapelo and “Words and Music” by Andrea Nicoli; world premieres at L’Aquila’s “Bodies of Sound” International Festival of Electronic Music; the Discoteca of the State of Rome with “Les Ritals” by Luciano Bellini; the Contemporary Music Encounters in Pescara with “The Devine Davastation” by Stefano Taglietti; Maratea’s Contemporary Music Festival on the theme of “Vocal Metaphysics”; the Festival of Sermoneta with music of Fausto Razzi; and the August 2 Celebrations in Bologna’s Piazza Maggiore with the world premiere of Ennio Morricone’s composition “Non devi dimenticare.” She has to her credit numerous recordings, and has participated in radio broadcasts of S. Rendine’s “Marconi” and Gianluigi Gelmetti’s “La Favola del Mare.” She teaches vocal courses at l’ARPEM in L’Aquila, L’Accademia Musicale Pescarese, the Arts Academy of Rome, the Associazione Musicale Culturale “Domenico Sarro” and the European Arts Academy “Aldo Ciccolini” in Trani, the G. Sieber Musical Institute in Offida, and the International Courses in Musical Interpretation in Norcia. She is Professor of Voice at the Conservatory of Music in L’Aquila.
    Antonella Cesari
  • Umberto Cafagna
    Guitar Teacher
    Guitarist, completed his studies, graduating with honors from the Conservatory "Piccinni" of Bari with P.Scarola. A graduate of the Royal College of Music in London with ARCM Performer Diploma - Guitar as a Performer. Degree in Chamber Music with a thesis on "Cyril Scott Sonatina for Guitar". He later studied with some great personalities of the guitar world: Alirio Diaz, Oscar Ghiglia and Jose Tomas. He also attended the lessons of Stefano Grondona from 1987 to 1992 in Venice, Riva del Garda and Pescara. He played in Italy and abroad: Florence (Sala dei Cinquecento in Palazzo Vecchio), Rome, London, Athens, Patras, Krakow,Tirana, Vicenza, Fermo, Macerata, Bari, L'Aquila, Lecce, Teramo, Camerino .., solo and with various orchestras ("Collegium Musicum", ICO-Bari, Italian International Orchestra, "Musica Judaica", "Sounds of the South"). He has made numerous recordings for radio and television Rai 1 History, RadioRai 3, Vatican Radio. Collaborates with the ensemble "Musica Judaica" to the spread of the composers died in the Holocaust, for the Encyclopedia Music concentration camp "KZ MUSIK", solo and chamber music works of Robert Emanuel Heilbut. He is the author of numerous solo and chamber music recordings and he is recording also the complete works for violin and guitar by Mauro Giuliani. He is soloist and founding member of the Orchestra of guitars "M. De Falla ". Winner in 1994 of the competition for exams and qualifications in music conservatories, is a full professor at the Conservatory "N. Piccinni "in Bari. He plays a guitar Manuel Ramirez (Madrid 1920) and a guitar David J. Rubio 1973.
    Umberto Cafagna