Walter Agus studied piano at the Conservatory of Music P.L. Palestrina in Cagliari, graduating in 1993 with highest honor. His passion and musical curiosity led him to undertake at the same time the more attentive study of the forms and of the musical structure, he therefore studied composition with G. Cartocci and choral conducting under the guidance of A. Galterio. He has performed as a soloist, in chamber groups from duo to quintet, and with the orchestra of the Conservatory of Cagliari, of Pescara, with the RAI Youth Orchestra and at Santa Cecilia in Rome, winning acclaim by critics and audience. In 1990 he won the competition "Coppa pianisti d’Italia" (Osimo). Subsequently he specialized at the Conservatory of Pescara under the guidance of M. Marvulli and the same year, first in Pescara, then in Rome, he performed numerous concerts as a soloist and with orchestra. In 2006 he became for a period director of the choir Collegium Karalitanum. In the same year he attended the prestigious Ecole Normale in Paris with J.M. Luisada, holding concerts at the Salle Cortot in Paris, the Festival of the Orangerie de Sceaux and the theater in Athens. In 2011 he won the second prize at the International Piano Competition "Premio S. Rachmaninoff".
The “baroccoli” ensemble was founded in 2011 by the violinist Daria Zappa and the conductor Massimiliano Matesic. Most of 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.
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.
Chenna studied with V. Menghini at the Turin Music Conservatoire and with S. Azzolini at the MHS in Stuttgart. In those same years, he played with the Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester and the European Union Youth Orchestra directed by Claudio Abbado, who has recently invited him to play in Lucerne Festival Orchestra and to cooperate with Orchestra Mozart, as a teacher, first bassoon and soloist. In 1998 he won the first prize at the “Fernand Gillet International Competition” and started his career as a soloist and chamber musician; as a soloist, he performed with Rai Orchestra, Orchestra da camera di Mantova, Camerata Bern, Camerata Zürich, Moscow Soloists, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Georgian State Symphony Orchestra, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Beethoven Academie (Antwerpen), Bieler Sinfonieorchesters. In “Mozart year 2006” he performed the concerto K 191 with the “Kremerata Baltica”. As a first bassoon player, he cooperated with The Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the World Orchestra for Peace directed by Valery Gergiev. As a chamber musician, his name appears in important European festivals, playing with such artists as Holliger, Lonquich, Kremer, Bourgue, Bashmet, Kopatchinskaja, Brunello, Portal, Zoon. Presently he’s bassoon Professor at the Freiburg Musikhochschule and Visiting Professor for contemporary music at the University of Luzern. “Finally, the bassoon gets opportunity to star... his sound is warm, rich and expansive... a bassoonist with the “gentle sway” of Lester Young.” (Garreth Smith, The Daily Star).
The cellist Silvia Chiesa is among the most prominent Italian performers on the international scene. Her contribution to the relaunch of the Italian twentieth century solo repertoire was decisive. She was the first Italian to record the Cello Concerto by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: the CD (Sony Classical) includes the Cello Concertos by Riccardo Malipiero (first world recording) and by Gian Francesco Malipiero, with the Rai National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Massimiliano Caldi. The recording project includes the Concerto by Pizzetti and music by Rota, Casella and Respighi with OSN conducted by Corrado Rovaris. Dedicatee of the solo compositions with orchestra by Azio Corghi and Matteo D’Amico, she was chosen by Gil Shohat, Nicola Campogrande, Aldo Clementi, Michele Dall’Ongaro, Peter Maxwell Davies, Giovanni Sollima, Gianluca Cascioli and Ivan Fedele for the first performances of their pieces. As soloist she performed with orchestras such as the Orchestra Nazionale della Rai, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra della Toscana, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Peterburg Soloists, Orchestra of Rouen, Staatsorchester Kassel and the Symphonic of Krakow. With the pianist Maurizio Baglini she has on her count more than two hundred and fifty concerts all over the world, with a vast duo repertoire, and she recorded for Decca the Sonatas by Schubert, Brahms and Rachmaninov. Silvia Chiesa is resident artist of the Amiata Piano Festival and professor at the Conservatory “Monteverdi” of Cremona. She plays a Giovanni Grancino cello from 1697.
When still a child she sang in the world premiere of Henze’s Pollicino 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 graduated from the Conservatorio in Latina, where her teacher was Nicoletta Panni. She was chosen to participate in prestigious masterclasses with Alfredo Kraus, Renata Scotto and Julia Hamari, and a specialist class in baroque voice music with Hervé Niquet. She sang 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 Baroque Festival of Beaune, La Favorite in Genua, Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea conducted by Alessandrini in Salamanca and in Beaune, L’elisir d’amore in Florence under Campanella, Monteverdi Orfeo at Teatro alla Scala conducted by Alessandrini and directed by Bob Wilson. Among her most recent engagements L’elisir d’amore in Modena and Parma, Henze Pollicino and Salieri Il mondo alla rovescia at Cantiere di Montepulciano. Contucci also has a busy concert schedule. She has performed with such conductors as Albrecht, Bolton, Stenz and Tate and worked together with ensembles as “Concerto Italiano” and “Sentieri Selvaggi”. Among her most recent engagements, a recital in Napoli for Associazione Scarlatti, concerts with Lautten Compagney Berlin and Dvořák Stabat Mater in Catania. Brilliant issued a new recording of the complete Lieder of Burgmüller and the first world recording of the complete Lieder of Staehle.
Irenè Fiorito was born in Rome in 2000 and graduated cum laude at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory at the age of fifteen. She is attending the Master of Advanced Studies in Music Performance with P. Berman at the Lugano Conservatory. She has attended master classes given by F. Leofreddi, M. Fiorini, M. Rogliano, O. Semchuk, M. Quarta, S. Tchakerian, S. Accardo. She has been a student at the advanced higher musical courses given by S. Accardo at the Stauffer Academy since 2014. She has been awarded a large number of prizes, such as the Premio Crescendo of Florence, the Salzburg Grand Prix Virtuoso (2017), the London Prize Virtuoso (2016), the IV “Marie Cantagrill”, the Rising Stars Berlin (2017). As a soloist she has performed at the Chigiana Academy, at the Easter Festival of Montepulciano, at the Portogruaro Festival, at the ’Accademia Filarmonica Romana’, at Wiener Saal at Mozarteum, at Teatro Marruccino in Chieti, at "Sala del Ridotto" of Verdi Theatre in Trieste, at Cappella Paolina in Quirinal Palace in Rome. She has performed with the Youth Orchestra of Rome, with the International Orchestra of Rome, with the Prometheus Orchestra, with the Symphonic Orchestra of United Europe, with the University Orchestra of the Conservatory of Lugano. As soloist with Orchestra she has performed with the Ariege Orchestra in Saint Girons, the Ensemble I Baroccoli conducted by Matesic, the Ensemble “700 napoletano” with the Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, with the Angels Orchestra at St. Silas in London. Since 2017 she is a member of the Orchestra da Camera Italiana directed by Accardo. She performs on the Ceruti 1848 violin lent to her by the Pro Canale Foundation (Milan).
Fabio Furia started studying classical accordion at the age of 7, first as self-taught and then under the guidance of E. Zajec in Trieste. He owe a large part of his musical formation to C. Rojac, who gives him instrumental lessons, harmony and counterpoint. Subsequently, he studied the clarinet at the Cagliari Music Academy. He graduated under the supervision of R. Gander. He studied further with some of the best clarinetists in the world, including Pay, Carbonare, and Fuchs. In parallel, he undertook the study of unisonoro bandoneon self-taught. Then he decided to approach the bisonoro system, refining with some of the best bandoneonists in the world such as Villena and Mosalini. He played in Europe and the World, with some of the most important artists and ensembles. He is the founder and artistic director of two Cultural Associations, “Anton Stadler” and “ContraMilonga”. Also, he is the creator of important music seasons such as the “International Chamber Music Festival”, which this year marks its XIX edition, ARTango & Jazz Festival, the “Bandoneon International Masterclass” held during the summer in Calasetta, event able to attract young musicians from all over Europe, “Liberevento” an important literary festival of which he is the artistic director for the part of the events music. He is a highly regarded music and arts consultant. He also teaches and organizes both instrument and ensemble music classes and masterclasses for public and private institutions. His discography includes “ContraMilonga” (2010), “Fabio Furia in concert” (KNS Classical – 2013), Novafonic Quartet (KNS Classical – 2015).
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.
Born in 1992 Khozyainov began to play the piano at the age of five and in 1999 he continued his studies at the Central Musical School by the Moscow Conservatory and made his debut at the Great Hall of the Conservatory. At the present time he is pursuing an Advanced Degree at the Hannover Hochschule für Music under the guidance of Professor Arie Vardi. His list of awards include being youngest finalist of the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw (2010), 1st prize at the Dublin International Competition 2012 and 2nd prize at the Sydney International Competition 2012 where he also got five special prizes. Khozyainov’s musicality and formidable technique have thrilled audiences around the world with sold out performances at: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center in Washington, London’s Wigmore Hall, Salle Gaveau, Theatre de Champs-Elysees and The Louvre in Paris, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. He has performed with such orchestras as Tokyo Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, Czech National Symphony, Russian State Symphony, RTE National Symphony. Dave Saemann, on «Fanfare», wrote about Khozyainov’s first CD: «Khozyainov clearly is an extraordinary artist. He has everything: a big sound, splendid technique, and a musicality far beyond his years. […] The fact that, at his age, his talent only can grow is intimidating. The possibilities for his artistry seem almost limitless».
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.
Carlo Cavalletti has worked for more than thirty years as music teacher, broadcaster and organiser. From 1985 to 1999 he was a regular collaborator with the RAI, creating and presenting many of the most important Radio Tre classical music programmes. From 1989 till 1993 he was editor of the periodical “Musica e Dossier” and from 1995 till 1997 he worked at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, working in the publications section. In 1990 he began his career as a teacher of the History of Music in the Conservatori: currently he has the chair at the Conservatorio in Perugia. He has written for numerous concert programmes, has often given pre-concert introductions and lectures for many of the major music institutions and published the volume for children Chopin and Romantic Music. From 1996 till 2006 he was on the Artistic Committee of the Accademia Filarmonica Romana. In 1997 he was given responsibility for the organisation and programming of Radio Tre Rai and in 1999 served as artistic coordinator of the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte di Montepulciano. From 2000 till 2005 he was Artistic Coordinator of the Accademia Filarmonica Romana. From 2005 he was Artistic Director, for four yearly festivals, of the Cantiere di Montepulciano. In 2009 he founded his musical agency, from December 2011 known under its name Cavartists. Born in Rome, he took a Piano diploma and studied History of Music with Fedele D’Amico and Pierluigi Petrobelli at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.
Daniele Dalpiaz was born in Florence in 2002 and he begun studying violin at the age of six years with Eva Erna Szabo of the School of Music in Fiesole. He followed masterclasses with Kuzma, Gessner, Rizzi and with Vernikov and Makarova, of which he regularly attends also the annual courses in Bergamo. He won the Esta 2015, performing in Cremona; in 2017 and 2019, he won individual scholarships at the School; in 2018, he won the II prize (I not awarded) in the V category, at the VI edition of the Josef Micka Competition in Prague; he won the first prize, category B, of the Crescendo Prize 2018. With a piano trio, under the direction of Fossi, he won the Esta 2015 and performed in Cremona; in 2017 he won two scholarships for chamber music and quartet performing on several occasions. He is the first violin of the Kaleidos Quartet, winner of a scholarship in 2019, with which has performed in March 2019 for the Amici della Musica di Modena as part of the event “Note di passaggio”. As a chamber musician he attended the masterclasses held by the Klimt Quartet from 2014 to 2016, under the direction of F. Ferrati and Fossi and Rosadini. He has been member of the Orchestra dei Ragazzi of the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, of which he was both first part of the second violins and first violinist, and which, in July 2016 was ranked first at the World Orchestra Festival 2016 organized by ORF and Wiener Philarmoniker. He is currently first part of the second violins of the Galilei Orchestra of the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. Since 2016 he has been collaborating with the Orchestra Cupiditas of Florence.
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.
Maria Salvatori was born in Florence in 2004. She started studying cello at the age of 5. At the age of 10, she was awarded as “best cellist” at the 2014 Premio Crescendo Prize in Florence; in 2016 she won a scholarship as the best student at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, where she studied under the guidance of Marianne Chen; she also won the first prize at Concorso Nazionale Riviera Etrusca, at the seventh Concorso Internazionale A. Salieri and at the eleventh Concorso Internazionale Antonio Janigro. Last February she was ammitted as effective member of RCO Young. She studies at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole with Maestro Luca Provenzani and she attends her High School classes in Florence in the meanwhile. Since October 2017 she also studies with Maestro Ivan Monighetti in Basel. She is a member of Quartetto Kaleidos quartet, and she plays in orchestral and chamber music concerts.