Enrica Ciccarelli Mormone, President
Matthieu Mantanus, secretary
Orchestra dell’Accademia Teatro alla Scala
Toshiyuki Kamioka, director
ENRICA CICCARELLI, pianist
Following her debut in 1992 at the Salle Gaveau in Paris, Enrica Ciccarelli has performed with important European, Asian and American Orchestras and she worked with numerous international musicians such as Salvatore Accardo, Pavel Kogan, Alexander Kniazev, Mariella Devia, Aldo Ceccato, Paul Badura-Skoda, Amarlli Nizza, Milan Hòrvath, Joseph Silverstein, Alexander Shelley, JoAnn Falletta, Pavel Berman, Claudio Scimone, Toshiyuki Kamioka.
Described by the press as “soloist full of temperament”, Enrica has been invited to perform at the Festival de Radio France, the Festival Pianistico di Brescia e Bergamo, the Liubljana Festival, the International Chamber music Festival in Cervo, the Festival de Montreux and the Beijing International Piano Festival.
She graduated from the “G. Verdi” Conservatory in Milan, where she also studied organ. She attended master classes with Pommier, Graf, Magaloff, Nikolajewa, and Sergiu Celibidache. Enrica has performed at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Salzburg Festspielhaus, Munich Herkulessaal, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Teatro Comunale in Florence, Teatro di San Carlo in Napoli, New York Carnegie Hall, Megaron Hall in Athens, Berlin Konzerthaus, Le Corum in Montepellier, Tonhalle in Zurich, Kiev Philharmonic Hall, Bruxelles Conservatoire and Bozar, City Hall in Hong-Kong, Seoul Arts Center, Auditorium Belgrano in Buenos Aires, Poly Theatre, Forbidden City Theatre and National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing.
Her discography contains amongst others recording of Clara and Robert Schumann piano concertos, works by Schumann, Beethoven, Weber, Schubert, Mussorgskij and the world première recording of Pauline Viardot transcriptions for voice and piano of Chopin Mazurkas. Her last album with Argentinian soprano Ivanna Speranza is dedicated to Francesco Paolo Tosti. Enrica Ciccarelli is Chairman and Artistic Director of Fondazione La Società dei Concerti in Milano.
Born in Naples, Bruno Canino studied piano and composition at the Conservatorio Verdi in Milan where he taught piano for 24 years. Then, for 10 years, he gave a course in piano and chamber music at the Berne Conservatoire.
He has performed both as a soloist and a chamber musician in all the principal concert venues of Europe, the United States, Australia, Japan and China. For over 50 years he has been regularly performing with Antonio Ballista, his piano duo partner. He has collaborated with many prominent string players, such as Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell, Salvatore Accardo, Viktoria Mullova and Uto Ughi and has played with leading orchestras including the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Milan, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, the Berlin Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Orchestre National de France, and with distinguished conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Pierre Boulez.
Deeply interested in contemporary music, has has worked with many composers including Luciano Berio, Karlheinz Stockhausen, György Ligeti, Pierre Boulez, Bruno Maderna, Luigi Nono, Sylvano Bussotti and Mauricio Kagel often giving world première performances of their works. From 1999 to 2002, he was director of the Music Section of the Venice Biennale.
Bruno Canino’s recordings include Bach’s Goldberg Variations; Mendelssohn’s compositions for cello and piano (with Lynn Harrell); works by Prokofiev, Ravel, and Stravinsky (with Viktoria Mullova for a disc that was awarded the Edison prize); piano compositions by Debussy (including the Preludes), Chabrier (the complete piano works), and Casella.
Bruno Canino gives regular masterclasses in piano and chamber music in Italy, Germany, Spain and Japan and is frequently invited to serve on the juries of important international piano competitions. He is the author of the book Vademecum for a Chamber Pianist (Passigli Editions, 1997).
Born in Celano (Abruzzo, Italy) in 1968 and winner of the public exam for professorship in 1990, Nazzareno Carusi is full professor of “Chamber Music” at the “Buzzolla” Conservatory of Adria after serving in the same position in Bari, Trieste and Udine. He is also lecturer for the same subject “on grounds of distinguished renown” at the International Academy of Music “Incontri col Maestro” Foundation in Imola. After obtaining his High School degree in classical studies with top marks at the Liceo “Torlonia” in Avezzano and the Piano Diploma with honours and honourable mention in the class of Lucia Passaglia at the “Cherubini” Conservatory of Florence, he was a pupil of Viktor Merzhanov at the “Ciajkovskij” Conservatory in Moscow. He obtained, again with top marks, the qualifications of Künstlerische Ausbildung and Konzertreife at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen. His mentor was Alexis Weissenberg, one of the great pianists of the twentieth century. It was Weissenberg’s letter of introduction that pushed him to pursue a concert career. Several years later, Weissenberg himself spoke of Carusi’s interpretation of the Improvvisi op. 90 by Schubert as the “most beautiful and [the one] with the most beautiful sound I have ever heard”. He has been awarded national and international awards. Nazzareno Carusi’s discography includes ten publications, the most important of which are published by the Italian EMI. Distinguished artists have expressed their appreciation towards him in many flattering ways, among them Riccardo Muti, who defined Carusi as «an excellent pianist and a musician of the highest value». In 2018, however, the consequences of a vertebral fracture interrupted his concert career. Since then, together with teaching, Carusi has dedicated all his commitment to some of the most important Italian cultural institutions. Gianni Letta, former Undersecretary of State to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and President of the Gioacchino Rossini Foundation in Pesaro, highlighted “the acquired authority, and passion he demonstrates and the balance of vision and mediation which everybody recognizes in him”. He is a member of the board of directors of the Teatro alla Scala Foundation in Milan, vice president of the Tuscan Regional Orchestra Foundation in Florence, artistic advisor of the Antonio Mormone International Award, and artistic director of the “Primo Riccitelli” Music Society of Teramo. Moreover, he has been artistic advisor of the “Ferruccio Busoni” International Piano Competition Foundation in Bolzano. Carusi is also vice president of the Foundation of Pediatric Andrology and Adolescence in Milan, a non-profit organization that supports the research and prevention of psychophysical disorders in the adult male. In February 2021, on the occasion of the formation of the new Italian government, he promoted a meeting between the Prime Minister in charge, Mario Draghi, and the world of entertainment.
The Abruzzo Regional Council has appointed him “Ambassador of Abruzzo in the World, for his high artistic merits and the prestige he has given to his land”. In June 2021 he was appointed member of the Presidential Bureau of the Italian General Entertainment Association (AGIS).
Ivan Fedele was born in Lecce in 1953. He studied piano with B. Canino, V. Vitale and I. Deckers, and composition under the guidance of R. Dionisi, A. Corghi and F. Donatoni. At the same time, he studied philosophy at the University of Milan, with E. Paci, L. Geymonat, R. Mangione and R. Cantoni. He owns to his father, a mathematician, the passion for mathematics, as it becomes evident in his compositional researches Ivan Fedele’s catalogue, consists of about a hundred titles, to which one should add the opera Antigone, commissioned by the Teatro Comunale of Florence for the inauguration of the Festival “Maggio Fiorentino”, in May 2007, which has been awarded the XXVII “Abbiati” Prize of the Italian Music Critics Association for the “best new work of 2007”. He has collaborated with Boulez, Eschenbach, Chung, Saalonen, Muti, Pappano, Slatkin, Robertson, Kalitze, Wit, Valade and Rophé, among others, and his music has been performed by various orchestras and ensembles, like for instance: BBC, Berlin Radio, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart SWR, National de France, National de Lyon, Warsaw Symphony Orchestra, RAI National Symphony Orchestra, Santa Cecilia, Ensemble InterContemporain, London Sinfonietta, Klangforum Wien.
In 2000 he has been awarded the honour of “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Lettres et des Arts” by the French Ministry of Culture. In 2005 Fedele has been appointed Member of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. He has benne Director of the Music section of the Venice Biennale.
Cristina Frosini was born in Milan in 1960. She studied at the “G. Verdi” Conservatory of Milan where she graduated with full marks.
She continued her advanced musical studies with Sergio Fiorentino, attending master classes at Città di Castello with Antonio Ballista and at Fiesole with Maureen Jones and Dario de Rosa.
Since 1975, she has played in piano duo with Massimiliano Baggio performing in hundreds of concerts, including orchestral recitals radio and television recordings. Together they have won many international awards and have played for the most important musical societies in Italy.
Cristina Frosini is currently the Dean of the Conservatorio di Musica “G. Verdi” of Milan.
Russian-American pianist Olga Kern is now recognized as one of her generation’s great artists. With her vivid stage presence, passionately confident musicianship and extraordinary technique, the striking pianist continues to captivate fans and critics alike. Olga Kern was born into a family of musicians with direct links to Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff and began studying piano at the age of five. She jumpstarted her U.S. career with her historic Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition as the first woman to do so in more than thirty years. In 2016 she served as Jury Chairman of both the Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition and the first Olga Kern International Piano Competition, where she also holds the title of Artistic Director. Ms. Kern has been chosen as the Virginia Arts Festival’s new Connie & Marc Jacobson Director of Chamber Music, beginning with the 2019 season. Ms. Kern has performed with the major orchestras all over the world and renowned conductors. Her discography includes Harmonia Mundi recordings of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, the Grammy Nominated recording of Rachmaninoff’s Corelli Variations, and most recently, SONY released their recording of Ms. Kern performing the Rachmaninoff Sonata for Cello and Piano with cellist Sol Gabetta.
In 2012, Olga co-founded the “Aspiration” foundation whose objective is to provide financial and artistic assistance to musicians throughout the world.
In 2017, Ms. Kern was gratified to receive the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Aleksandar Madžar was born in Belgrade in 1968. He first studied the piano under the guidance of Gordana Malinovic, and later of Arbo Valdma, at the Belgrade Academy of Music. He went on to further studies with Elisso Virsaladze in Moscow and Daniel Blumenthal in Brussels. He is a laureate of several competitions, winning Third Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 1996 and First Prize at the Geneva Competition (1987) and the Ferruccio Busoni (1989) and Umberto Micheli (1997) competitions. He made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Iván Fischer in 1990. Since then, he has performed regularly all over Europe in recital and in chamber music. He also occasionally tours North and South America, South Africa, and the Far East. Aleksandar Madžar teaches at the Royal Brussels Conservatory and at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg.
Born in Lausanne in 1960 with a diploma in orchestral conducting and cultural management, he commenced his professional career at The Scala Theatre in Milan before working at the Caecilia music agency in Geneva. Since 1999 he has been artistic secretary and member of the executive committee at the Tonhalle in Zurich. In May 2013 he was appointed artistic and administrative director at the Lugano Festival which, with the opening of LAC, is set to extend the programme throughout the entire year with LuganoMusica. On May 2021 Etienne Reymond has been appointed as Artistic Director of La Filarmonica della Scala.
Michael Stille was born in Wesel at the Niederrhein. He studied law, philosophy, musicology and german literature at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn. He awarded a docorate with his work about “The possibilities of the comic in music”.
The first eight years of his professional career led Michael Stille into the CD record industry. As a producer and artistic director of the german EMI Classics, he has overseen more than a hundred recordings, some of them with international awards. In 1998, Michael Stille moved from the record industry to orchestral management and worked for three years as administrative director of the Dresden Philharmonic.
Since 2001 he has served as general director and since 2017 as artistic director of the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra. He is now Orchesterdirektor of Dortmunder Philharmoniker.
Born in Leningrad in 1977, Alexei Volodin studied at the Gnessin Academy in Moscow and later at the Moscow Conservatory under Elisso Virsaladze. He won the Géza Anda Competition in 2003. He has performed with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, the Mariinsky Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the SWR Symphonieorchester. This season he performs with the Bern Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liege, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Russian National Orchestra. An active chamber musician, Alexei Volodin has for several years collaborated with the Borodin Quartet; previous chamber partners include Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin, Mischa Maisky, and Sol Gabetta. His discography includes a recording with the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev and solo albums devoted to Rachmaninov, Schumann, Ravel, Skryabin, and Chopin. Alexei Volodin is a regular guest at celebrated festivals such as the Kaposvár International Chamber Music Festival, Les Nuits du Château de la Moutte, Les Variations Musicales de Tannay, the Kissinger Sommer, the Festival de La Roque d’Anthéron, Les Rencontres Musicales d’Évian, La Folle Journée, the White Nights Festival in St Petersburg, the St Magnus International Festival, and the Moscow Easter Festival.
Ingolf Wunder is an Austrian pianist, multi-prize winner of the 2010 International Chopin Piano Competition, conductor, composer, public speaker and entrepreneur living in Switzerland. He started his musical adventure on the violin at the age of 4. After his talent for the piano was accidentally discovered by a piano teacher from Linz, Wunder gave up violin and switched to the piano at the age of 14. He began intensive piano studies at the Music Conservatory Linz and soon after he won several competitions, including the 63. Steinway Piano Competition in Hamburg. He continued his piano studies at the Music University in Vienna. In 2008 he started collaboration with the Polish pianist and the winner of the 1955 Chopin Competition, Adam Harasiewicz. Next to playing concerts and touring, he undertook conducting studies in Cracow to widen his musical horizons. He obtained his diploma in the end of 2012, but it wasn’t until 2019 when he started to appear in concerts in a double-role of pianist and conductor.
He recorded several albums for Deutsche Grammophon, he performed in Europe, Asia and both Americas. In 2017 together with his wife, he launched Appassio.com – a remote teaching platform for music and arts. From 2018 he is appearing as a public speaker focusing on the importance of human creativity and music education in the world of AI and singularity, presenting his speeches at events such as: SDG Lab at the Davos World Economic Forum, the biggest education summit ASU+GSV in San Diego, TED Talk etc.
In 2020 he co-founded his second education platform – Appassimo.com, created for music institutions.
He shares his time between playing concerts, advocating for music and arts and developing startups, always with the same goal: promotion of artistic education and increasing the awareness how important it actually is for the generations to come.
He also has a great interest in neuroscience, quantum mechanics and technology.
Matthieu Mantanus is a swiss-belgian pianist, conductor, popularizer and composer, former associate conductor to Lorin Maazel.
Alongside his career as a pianist which led to his playing in Sala Verdi in Milan with the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, he decided to begin a career in conducting, studying in Rome with Bruno Aprea. Invited by Lorin Maazel as a fellow in 2009 at the Castleton Festival, he became Maazel’s assistant in Italy and in Washington for a production by Bari’s Petruzzelli theatre, and finally became his associate conductor in Virginia.
He is since a long time very committed on innovation and making music available to everyone. Leading his Jeans Symphony Orchestra, he presented during 2014-2015 season five short Prime Time talking concerts on Italian TV RAI 3. The year after, he presented the operatic and symphonic season of Italian cultural public channel RAI starting with live Première in la Scala.
As an author, he wrote “Una giornata eroica” (Feltrinelli, 2009), “Beethoven e la ragazza con I capelli blu” (Mondadori 2016) and “Rossini!” (Feltrinelli 2018).
In 2013 he founds the JeansMusic lab production to realize his innovative music shows.
Orchestra dell’Accademia Teatro alla Scala
The La Scala Academy Orchestra prepares young musicians for their future career by offering them thorough preparation in the symphonic, opera, and ballet repertoire. Daily coursework, which includes lessons led by the First Chairs of the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra, is complemented by an intensive performance schedule in Italy and abroad under the guidance of some of the world’s most eminent orchestra conductors.
The musicians have the opportunity, first and foremost, to perform at Teatro alla Scala, where they not only take part every year in a title on the regular La Scala opera program but are also engaged for Ballet Corps productions and numerous concerts.
The more recent operas and ballets performed on Piermarini’s stage include Così fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro, L’occasione fa il ladro, L’italiana in Algeri, Don Pasquale, La scala di seta, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Giselle, Onegin, Histoire de Manon, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Die Zauberflöte, Hänsel und Gretel, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Gianni Schicchi, Prima la musica e poi le parole, and Rigoletto.
Toshiyuki Kamioka was born in Tokyo, where he studied conducting, composition, the piano and the violin at the National University of Fine Arts & Music. In 1982, he was awarded the coveted Ataka Prize and two years later received a Rotary International Fellowship to attend the Hamburg Conservatory where he studied conducting under Klauspeter Seibel.
During season 1985/6 he has been a korrepetitor in Hoofstad Operette Amsterdam. He was a korrepetitor and conductor at Theater Kiel between 1987 and 1992, where he gained his first theatre experience as répétiteur for soloists and as Kapellmeister at the Städtische Bühnen.
By 1987, he had become a lecturer in chamber music and accompaniment at the Hamburg Conservatory and, in the 2000/01 season, he stood in as professor of the opera classes at the Frankfurt-am-Main Conservatory. Since the autumn of 2004, he has been working as professor of conducting at the Saar Conservatory (HfM Saar) in Saarbrücken.
From 1992 to 1996, Toshiyuki Kamioka was the lead Kapellmeister at the Aalto Theater in Essen. Between 1996 and 2004, he held the post of general music director at the Hessisches Staatstheater in Wiesbaden. During the eight seasons from 1998 to 2006, Toshiyuki Kamioka was Chief conductor of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Herford, at the same time he was invited to tour regularly in Germany and abroad. Concerts with ensembles such as the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra have gained him an international reputation. Press and public heap equal praise on his highly musical and sophisticated interpretations. Aside from his commitments as conductor, Toshiyuki Kamioka also continues to delight audiences with his subtle interpretations and virtuosity as a piano soloist.
Maestro Kamioka was the general music director of the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra (WSO) from the 2004/05 season onwards. In 2009/10 he changed position to become chief conductor and artistic director. Between 2014 and 2016 he held the intendant position in Theater Wuppertal.
Under his baton, the WSO has developed considerably, both musically and technically, leading to regular invitations to appear in Milan. Building on its’ successful nine-day concert tour in Japan in 2007, the orchestra returned there for a further, more extensive visit in October 2010. During this stay of fourteen days, the orchestra had ten concerts in nine cities, such as Tokyo, Yokohama, Fukushima, Nagoya and Fukuoka. In August 2011 the WSO gave its debut with Toshiyuki Kamioka in a sold out performance in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam where they were joined by Tzimon Barto at the piano playing Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concert No 1.
Toshiyuki Kamioka had simultaneously acted as the general music director of the Saarländisches Staatstheater in Saarbrücken since the 2009/10 season. He joined the New Japan Philharmonic as Artistic Advisor in April 2015, and has been appointed the NJP’s Music Director in September 2016.
Toshiyuki Kamioka has been Chief Conductor of the Copenhagen Philharmonic since Season 2016/2017.
He has been a guest conductor in Germany, Japan, France, Italy, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Netherlands, Brazil and Sweden and has performed as pianist in Germany, Italy and Japan.
Edoardo Zosi, violin
Liù Pelliciari, violin
Simone Gramaglia, viola
Stefano Cerrato, cello
Four extraordinary musicians are the travelling companions of the finalists of the Antonio Mormone International Prize for the chamber music recital. They come from the best Italian chamber ensembles, among the most awarded and internationally recognized: the Cremona Quartet and the Adorno Quartet. The collaboration between the four instrumentalists was necessary in time of COVID: we thank them for their availability. They demonstrate, once again, their love for music, for art, the spirit of always wanting to get involved and solidarity between musicians. Edoardo Zosi plays an A. Poggi violin, dated 1929. Liù Pelliciari plays a S. Scarampella violin, dated 1917. Simone Gramaglia plays a viola Gioachino Torazzi, dated ca. 1680 (Kulturfonds Peter Eckes). Stefano Cerrato plays an anonymous cello, dated around the 20s of ‘900.
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