Vercelli, Northern Italy, on 26th October 1966. Achieved High School Diploma (Maturitŕ
Classica) with honours. Then continued studying Ancient Literature at the
Universities of Florence and Milan. Trained
with top Russian and German Concert Soloists. Acquired significant pedagogical
skills in Cello and Music teaching through courses and long experience. Specialized
in young children (age 5+), but able to deal with pupils of all ages.
Education : Conservatorio
"G.Donizetti" of Bergamo : Teacher R.Caruana (a pupil of
J.Klengel & H.Becker in Berlin).
Toured Northern Italy with the Donizetti Orchestra winning 1st Prize in the
International Competition of Stresa. Offered at the age of 16 a Tour in Duo
(Cello & Piano) in Emilia Romagna. Conservatorio "L.Cherubini" of
Florence : Graduated ( Performer's Diploma ) with merit in 1988 as a pupil of Maestro
Franco Rossi (cellist of the Quartetto Italiano). Musikhochschule of Hamburg, Germany
: From 1989 to 1991 studied with W.Melhorn, participating widely in the musical
life of the school. Private Tuition : From 1991 to 1994 studied with the Russian Soloist, M.Warshawsky, and with
E.Wilson (a pupil of Rostropovich).
Summer Courses : Participated
in the following master classes held throughout Europe by : Csaba Onczay,
Antonio Janigro, Johannes Goritzki, The Wiener Schubert Trio, in Vienna, (
winning a special mention for performance of Brahms' Cello Sonata Op.38 ),
Alexander Kniazev and Alexej Fedorchenko in Colmar, France, and Alexander Rudin
and Valentin Feygin in Tours, France.
Teaching Activity in Italy : Centro
Didattico Produzione Musica - Bergamo, Italy ... Cello Teacher
1992 - 96. Several seminars on Cello & Bow technique. Scuola Musicale "Roberto Goitre" - Colico, Italy
- Cello teacher 1993 - 94. Alice's Park : Bergamo, Italy. Music Centre founded by
Roland Vaughan Herrera and myself in 1993. 40 pupils aged 3 - 10. These pupils
shared exceptional enthusiasm for their lessons and activities, which included
Concerts, Performances, Orchestras and Chamber Ensembles. A selective process
has lead to very high standards in this centre. "Gaetano Donizetti" Conservatory, Bergamo
In 1993 held Seminars on String technique for both teachers and students. Later,
was appointed in charge of the New Junior String Section. "Sacred Heart" Institute, Bergamo
: In 1995 was asked to start a new string section, thanks to a solid reputation as
a committed and successful teacher.
Summer Master classes : Trabuchello, Northern Italy - September 1995 and 1996.
Many young musicians attended these courses (Strings, Dancing, Orchestra and
English.) They were often over subscribed for the following year. Regularly organized concerts for students in important theatres, and entered
them into national events (such as the Brahms Prize in Mantua, and television
Performances : In a String Trio performed numerous
concerts especially in Tuscany. Playing
in a Duo and a Piano Trio won third and first prize respectively at the
International Competition in Portogruaro, Italy. Important concerts given in
Rome; "Istituto dell'Assunzione", Milan; Meneghina Family, Palazzo
Reale and S.Gottardo Chapel, and Florence; Salone degli Specchi and Palazzo
della Stampa. For many years played in the Radio Symphony Orchestras (RAI) of
Turin and Milan, The "Pomeriggi Musicali" Orchestra, The Orchestra
Stabile di Bergamo, The Orchestra Regionale Umbra, a Symphony Orchestra based in
Hamburg, and The Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana (Italian-Swiss), touring with
the flautist S.Gazzelloni as 1st Cellist. Also played in an Italo-Polish
Orchestra for the Pope in The Vatican. Played regularly for 5 years in a Duo
with the Violinist Roland Vaughan Herrera and in a Trio with the Russian Pianist
Recent developments in the UK
: In December, 1996 became Full Member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians
(ISM) and of the European String Teachers Association (ESTA). In
January 97 successfully took part in a workshop for the Gloucester Academy of
Music & Performing Arts (GAMPA), and subsequently has become a member
of the teaching faculty there. At the beginning of March held a seminar for the
Welsh College of Music & Drama (WCMD). In July 1997 was the Cello
tutor for the JESTA (Junior European String Teachers Association)
International String Course held in Brussels. In August 1997 was Cello tutor for
the Intermediate Orchestral course held at Beauchamp House, near Gloucester.
More recently in the Autumn term of 1997 started a new "Young Strings
Project" in North Somerset and in January 1998 moved to Bristol.
Has numerous cello pupils at the Welsh College of Music and Drama and now also
teaches at Wells Cathedral School.
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