calendar

01.20.17 - LESSON 1

02.20.17 - LESSON 2

03.21.17 - LESSON 3

03.22.17 - GABRIELE GEMINIANI

03.23.17 - GABRIELE GEMINIANI

05.12.17 - LESSON 4

06.19.17 - JENS PETER MAINTZ

06.20.17 - JENS PETER MAINTZ

06.27.17 - LESSON 5

07.10.17 - LESSON 6

09.11.17 - LESSON 7

10.14.17 - LESSON 8

10.19.17 - ASIER POLO

10.20.17 - ASIER POLO

11.16.17 - LESSON 9

12.22.17 - LAST LESSON

Teachers

Enrico Dindo

Enrico Dindo, was born into a family of musicians. 
At the age of six he began studying cello and afterwards graduated at the "G. Verdi"  Conservatoire of music in Turin. Later on, he perfected his studies with Egidio Roveda and with Antonio Janigro.
In 1987, at the age of 22, he began performing as principal cellist in the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra, for eleven years until 1998.

In 1997 he won the First Prize at  "ROSTROPOVICH" Competition in Paris, the great Russian Maestro wrote about him: “he is a cellist of exceptional qualities, a complete artist and a formed musician, with an extraordinary sound which flows as a splendid Italian voice”.

Since then, he began the soloist activity performing in many countries, with prestigious Orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philarmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre Nationale de France, the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, the Filarmonica della Scala, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, the Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia, the  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the State Orchestra of Sao Paulo, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He also performed with important Conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Aldo Ceccato, Gianandrea Noseda, Myung-Whun Chung, Daniele Gatti, Paavo Jarvj, Valery Gergev, Riccardo Muti as well as Mstislav Rostropovich.

He was guest in numerous Festivals and Concert halls of the whole world among which London (Wigmore Hall), Paris Evian, Montpellier, Santiago de Compostela, participating at the Budapest "Spring Festival", at the Settimane Musicali of Stresa, and at the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, and he was invited at the Dubrovnik Festival and by Gidon Kremer at the Lockenhaus Festival.

In May 2000 the Associazione Nazionale Italiana Critici Musicali (Italian National Association of Musical Critics) confers him the “Abbiati” Prize as the best soloist of the 1998/1999 Season. In August 2004 he was named overall winner of the SixthInternational Web Concert Hall Competition, and in November 2005 the President of the Italian Republic Carlo Azelio Ciampi awarded him the “Vittorio De Sica” Prize for the music.

Among the authors that composed music dedicated to him there are Giulio Castagnoli (Concerto for Cello and double Orchestra), Carlo Boccadoro (L’Astrolabio del mare, for cello and piano and Asa Nisi Masa, for cello, two horns and strings), Carlo Galante (Luna in Acquario, for cello and ten instruments) and  Roberto Molinelli (Twin Legends, for cello and Strings and Crystalligence, for cello solo).

In December 2001 he founded the Cultural Association “I Quattro Cavalieri” (together with the Pavia Municipality and the Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lombardia) of which he is the Artistic Director. The Chamber Ensemble "I Solisti di Pavia", of which he is the Musical Director, is part of this Association, together with the Accademia Musicale di Pavia, where he is Professor of Cello.

In Febrary 2007 he’s nominated Principal conductor at the Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo.

Enrico Dindo records for  Decca and plays a Pietro Giacomo Rogeri cello of 1717 (ex Piatti), confided to him by the  Pro Canale Foundation.

 

Gabriele Geminiani

Born in Pesaro he graduated with honors, honors and honorable mention; he has performed as a soloist with various orchestras including the OR. R. T., l 'Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, The Musical Afternoons, under the guidance of directors such as M.-Whun Chung, Sir A. Pappano, C. Poppen, K. Nagano.

He also performed the Italian premiere of the Concerto for Cello and Orchestra HK Gruber under the guidance of the composer himself, and for the first time in the history of 'Orchestra dell' Accadema Nazionale di Santa Cecilia's concert under the direction of F. Gulda K . Jarvi.

In 1997, in Paris, at the International Competition "M. Rostropovich," he obtained a special prize for the best performance of the song "Spins and Spells" by K. Saariaho, in 1998 he won the competition for the 1st cello at the 'ORT Florence and in 1999 it is stated in the competition for the 1st cello at the Orchestra dell 'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, place that still holds.

He collaborated with famous d 'conductors such as M.-Whun Chung, G. Sinopoli, W. Sawallisch, Y. Temirkanov, L. Maazel, C. Abbado, R. Muti, G. Pretre, M. Rostropovich, D. Cats , G. Dudamel, V. Gergiev, K Masur, Sir JE Gardiner and chamber performances with Chung, A. Lonquich, R. Prosseda, A. Carbonare, S. Shoji, R. Christ, L. Kavakos, M. Brunello, M. Argerich, G. and D. Braunstein Wasckiewicz.

He has worked as 1st Cello with the 'La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of Italy and collaborates regularly with the Mozart Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival at the invitation of Claudio Abbado. He has recorded for La Bottega Discantica and Decca.

He plays a cello "Carlo Giuseppe Oddone" of 1903.

 

Jens Peter Maintz

Jens Peter Maintz he studied with David Geringas and received further artistic impulses in master classes with Heinrich Schiff, Boris Pergamenschikow and Siegfried Palm. In 1994, he won the ARD competition in Monaco of Bavaria. He then served as principal cellist of the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin until 2004. Since then, Jens Peter Maintz is a professor at the University of the Arts.

His solo career has brought him to play along with leading conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Herbert Blomstedt, Marek Janowski and Franz Welser-Möst. For many years, he was a member of the Trio Fontenay, as well as the Casals Quartet, the Artemis and the Auryn Quartet.
He then played chamber music with artists such as Kolja Blacher, Isabelle Faust, Janine Jansen, Hélène Grimaud and Wolfram Christ.
Since 2006 Jens Peter Maintz is principal cellist of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.

 

Asier Polo

Asier Polo was born in Bilbao, Spain where he studied at the Conservatory of Music with Professor Elisa Pascu. In 1987-89, he won first prizes in cello and chamber music at the National Young Musicians Competition. Later, he studied at the Queen Sofia School in Madrid, and honed his innate talent with Maria Kliegel at the Hochschule fur Musik in Cologne and with Ivan Monighetti at the Basel Academy of Music. Mr. Polo has participated in master classes with Natalia Gutman and Mstislav Rostropovich. During his studies in Cologne and Madrid, he also studied chamber music with the Amadeus Quartet and members of the Italian Quartet.

Since then, he has appeared as soloist and in recitals in Europe, Asia and America. He has performed with such artists as Maria Kliegel, J. Colom, Gerard Caussé, Janacek Quartet and the famous Spanish tenor Alfredo Kraus, who, during his last years, invited Asier Polo to appear as soloist in his concerts at Covent Garden in London and Maggio Musicale in Florence, Tonhalle in Zurich, Musikverein in Vienna and Japan. 

Mr. Polo is fast becoming one of the leading cellists of his generation, renowned in his native Spain as well as in other European countries. He has toured South America with the National Orchestra of Spain with Raphael Fruhbeck de Burgos conducting, and has concertized with the Opera Orchestra of Nice, the National Orchestra of Bordeaux, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Basel Philharmonic, the Monterey Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, Berliner Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philarmonie, London Philarmonie, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI de Torino, Mineria Symphony Orchestra (México DF), Norway Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orcheste de París (Salle Pleyel), Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra (Brasil) among many others. Some of the conductors, with whom he has appeared as soloist, are Christian Badea, Claus Peter Flor, Gunther Herbig, Anthony Witt, Carlos Miguel Prieto and invited in Festivals like Quincena Musical de San Sebastián (Spain), Ohrid (Yugoslavia), Nantes (France), Omaggio a Roma (Italy), Expo de Lisboa (Portugal),  Festival Internacional de Música de Morelia (México), etc…

In 2004, he has played with great success in his Carnegie Weill Hall debut in New York receiving an excellent musical critic at the Strad Magazine.

Asier Polo has recorded for CLAVES, ET´CETERA, RTVE, MARCO POLO and NAXOS labels playing different music from : S.Gubaidulina , Recitals, and different Spanish cello concertos from Bernaola, Rodrigo, Escudero… Spanish composers G. Ercoreca, Luis de Pablo and Antón García Abril, J. Villarojo have all dedicated works to this outstanding musician.
It has been awarded with diverse prizes in Spain for musical interpretation like: “Ojo crítico” National Radio (2002), Prize Fundation C.E.O.E. (2004).

At present, he teaches at the High School of Music of the Basque Country, “Musikene.” In San Sebastian. (Spain).

Invited for Master class in different countries (Italy, Germany, Holland, México, Venezuela,...) and regular member of Jury in national and international Cello competitions ,( Carlos Prieto competition, Dotzauer Wettbewerb, Jugend musiziert,...)

Asier Polo plays on a Francesco Rugieri violoncello (Cremona 1689) bought in collaboration with Banesto Fundation.

 


Young-Chang Cho

Young-Chang Cho was born in Seoul in 1958. He started cello lessons at the age of eight. In 1971 he began to study in the United States with David Soyer at the Curtis Institute of Music of Philadelphia, and later with Laurence Lesser at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. In 1980, he continued his studies with Siegfried Palm and Mstislav Rostropovich.

In 1981 he won a prize at the Concours de Violoncelle Rostropovich in Paris and was repeatedly invited to serve in its jury. He also received prizes at the International Cello Competition Pablo Casals in Budapest and at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich.

As a chamber musician he formed the Cho Piano Trio with his sisters Young-Mi Cho (violin) and Young-Bang Cho (piano), receiving prizes at the Geneva International Music Competition in 1977 and at the ARD competition in 1980.

As a soloist he performed with the Washington National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rostropovitch and in TokyoSofia and Bologna, among others. He was invited for solo recitals and master classes to international music festivals as Academie Internationale de Musique de Montpellier or the Kronberg Academy (1993 in memory of Pablo Casals, 1995 in memory of Emanuel Feuermann and Jacqueline du Pré, 1997 celebrating the 70th birthday of Rostropovitch). He was a juror there for the first International Pablo Casals Cello Competition in 2000 and the second in 2004.

Since 1987 he has been teaching violoncello at the Folkwang Hochschule, since 2010 Folkwang University. His students have included Saerom Park and Graham Waterhouse.

 

Thomas Demenga

Born 1954 in Berne, internationally renowned soloist, composer and teacher, counts among the most outstanding cellists and musicians of our time. Has performed at all important festivals and musical centres worldwide and given numerous concerts with fellow musicians such as Heinz Holliger, Gidon Kremer, Thomas Larcher, Hansheinz Schneeberger, Tabea Zimmermann and Paul Meyer.
Has played as a soloist with distinguished orchestras such as the Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester, Boston Symphony Orchestra, L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, ORF-Symphonieorchester Wien, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and Zürcher Kammerorchester.
Intensive confron-tation with different historical eras and styles of interpretation and composition. Improvisation and New Music are important aspects of his artistic work. Has developed a unique voice as a composer and interpreter of 20th and 21st century music.
Teaches at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel.
«Artiste étoile» at Lucerne Festival in summer 2003.
Artistic director of the Davos Festival, «Young Artists in Concert», since August 2001.
Impressive documentation of his artistic work on a series of CDs issued by ECM New Series.

 

Rocco Filippini

Son of Felice Filippini (painter, writer and broadcaster) and of the pianist Dafne Salati, Rocco Filippini began his musical training at an early age. Of decisive importance was his meeting with Pierre Fournier who became his teacher along with Professor Franz Walter of the Geneva Conservatory. It was from the Geneva Conservatory that Rocco Filippini received his diploma at the age of 17, being awarded the Premier Prix de Virtuosité, an accolade not given for the previous 36 years. He continued to perfect his playing with his teachers, who came to include the violinist Corrado Romano. At the age of 23 he won the Geneva International Music Competition and embarked on his performing career.

With a wide musical repertory, from Baroque to contemporary works, Rocco Filippini has played in the main concert halls of Europe, North and South America, Australia and Japan, and at numerous well-known festivals. In 1968 with Bruno Canino and Cesare Ferraresi he founded the Trio di Milano, which was subsequently joined by the violinist Mariana Sîrbu. He was a founder member In 1992 of the Quartetto Accardo. He has performed in numerous concerts at the La Scala theatre in Milan, where he has played in recitals with cello and piano, performed the György Ligeti concerto with the Scala Philarmonic Orchestra, and taken part in many chamber music concerts, often in association with Maurizio Pollini, with whom he has performed concert programmes for several jears in Rome, London, Tokyo and New York, and at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro and Salzburg festivals. At the Salzburg Festival in 2002 he premièred Fabio Vacchi’s Tre Veglie, with Anna Caterina Antonacci, accompanied by the Orchestre de Paris conducted by Ivan Fischer.

In 1979 he was appointed as cello teacher at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan. In 2003 he was invited by Luciano Berio to hold the chair of specialisation courses at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. In 1985, together with Salvatore AccardoBruno Giuranna and Franco Petracchi, he founded the Walter Stauffer Academy in Cremona.[1] Since its inception, the academy for players of stringed instruments has attracted over eight hundred young people from many different countries, and was awarded the Franco Abbiati Music Critics prize in 2000. Rocco Filippini was repeatedly invited by Rudolf Serkin to the Marlboro Music Festival and to the Music from Marlboro concert series.

Some of today’s leading composers have dedicated works to him: Franco DonatoniAlaLuciano BerioElaborazione per violoncello e contrabbasso based on his duets for two violinsGiovanni SollimaThe SonglinesSalvatore SciarrinoIl paese senz'alba. Rocco Filippini performed the première of Salvatore Sciarrino’s Trio no. 2 at theConcertgebouw in Amsterdam in 1987, and in 2003 he conducted Sciarrino’s Cadenzario performed by the Giuseppe Verdi Orchestra of Milan.

Rocco Filippini has edited works from the cello repertory for RicordiBach SuitesPopper 40 Studies op. 73Servais 6 Caprices op. 11 and Piatti 12 Caprices op.25 and has published arrangements of Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder and De Falla’s Siete Canciones Populares Españolas. His many recordings include discs for RCAFonè,Nuova Era, Assai, Fonit Cetra ItaliaAmadeusRicordiSymphoniaDynamic, etc.

 

Frans Helmerson

The Swedish cellist Frans Helmerson began his musical training with Guido Vecchi in Göteborg before moving on to study with Guiseppe Selmi in Rome and William Pleeth in London. Sergiu Celibidache and Mstislav Rostropovich also played a very influential role in his artistic development. In 1971 he won what is probably the most famous music prize for cellists, the Cassado Competition in Florence - the first of many other distinctions. Tours have taken him to other countries in Europe as well as to Japan, Russia, South America, Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

Frans Helmerson plays with many well-known orchestras and receives outstanding critical acclaim for his concerts and recordings.

His love of chamber music is another important driving force in his musical endeavours. He is a regular guest at the major European festivals such as Verbier, Prades or the Ravinia Festival, and spent many years as the artistic director of the Umea-Korsholm International Chamber Music Festival. In 2002 he founded the Michelangelo String Quartet with Michaela Martin, Stephan Picard and Nobuko Imai. In addition to his career as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor, Frans Helmerson has a chair at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne and at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid.

 

Gary Hoffman

Gary Hoffman is one of the outstanding cellists of our time, combining instrumental mastery, great beauty of sound, and a poetic sensibility in his distinctive and memorable performances. Mr. Hoffman gained international renown upon his victory as the first North American to win the Rostropovich International Competition in Paris in 1986. A frequent soloist with the world’s most noted orchestras, he has appeared with the Chicago, London, Montreal, Toronto, San Francisco, Baltimore and National symphony orchestras as well as the English, Moscow and Los Angeles chamber orchestras, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Netherlands and Rotterdam philharmonics, among many others, Mr. Hoffman collaborates regularly with such celebrated conductors as Andre Previn, Charles Dutoit, Mstilav Rostropovich, Pinchas Zuckerman, Andrew Davis, Herbert Blomstedt, Kent Nagano, Jesus Lopez-Cobos and James Levine. Gary Hoffman performs on major recital and chamber music series throughout the world, as well as in such prestigious festivals as Ravinia, Marlboro, Aspen, Bath, Evian, Helsinki, Verbier, Mostly Mozart, and Schleswig-Holstein. He is a frequent guest of string quartets including Emerson, Tokyo, Borromeo, Brentano, and Ysaye. In addition, Mr. Hoffman is an Artist Member of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society. Born in Vancouver, Canada, in 1956, Gary Hoffman devotes time to teaching, as well, having been the youngest faculty appointee in the history of the Indiana University School of Music, where he remained for eight years. Mr. Hoffman regularly holds master classes worldwide. Residing in Paris, he is an active recording artist with the BMG (RCA), Sony, EMI and Le Chant du Monde labels. Gary Hoffman performs on a 1662 Nicolo Amati, the “ex-Leonard Rose”.

 

Maria Kliegel

“She has at her disposal all the necessary attributes: a fantastically light, yet not perfectionistically moribund technique, entrancing intensity, glamorous and nonetheless endearing charisma.” - Der Tagesspiegel / Berlin

After studying with Janos Starker at Indiana University in Bloomington, USA,
Maria Kliegel won, amongst others, the 1st Grand Prix of the “Concours Rostropowitsch Paris” (in 1981). Mstislav Rostropowitsch thereupon engaged
the services of his prize winner as a soloist with the Orchestre National de France for several tours through France and invited her to his orchestra in Washington D.C. He became one of her most important mentors.

Maria Kliegel – La Cellissima – since then an artist in demand throughout the world - started an unusually successful record career on the Naxos label in 1991 alongside her stage triumphs .
In this way, her recording of Dvorak’s and Elgar’s cello concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London has been maintaining its success as a bestseller for many years now. Or the composer Alfred Schnittke declared her recording of his

1st cello concert his reference work in 1992. In reviews and essays, the international trade press is constantly confirming the top quality of the violoncellist and praises many interpretations as exemplary and directional.
Frequent honours followed, including 2
Grammy nominations. In the meantime, Maria Kliegel leads the market in cello literature with some 1 million CDs sold throughout the world.

In her multimedia book and DVD project Schott Master Class – Cello: Mit Technik und Fantasie zum künstlerischen Ausdruck about cello techniques and “famous – infamous” passages (played and analysed) published in 2006, she pursues completely new paths; and within the shortest time received 2 prestigious prizes for it:

in Duesseldorf the special Digita prize (best German educational software) and in Berlin the European Media Prize Comenius EduMedia – Siegel. This was the starting point for the production of the English version Cello Master Class “Using Technique and Imagination to achieve Artistic Expression”, released on the Naxos label in 2010.

Contemporary composers like to dedicate their works to the cellist. Wilhelm Kaiser Lindemann, for example, composed at her request Hommage á Nelson M. for cello and percussion. This musical reference to the civil-rights activist Mandela finds great attention internationally. After the premiere of this work in Capetown, South Africa in 1997, President Mandela reacted profoundly emotionally by inviting the artist to a private concert in his residence.

For her spontaneous commitment to the Nelson Mandela Children ́s Fund and her untiring efforts for other relief projects, in 1999 La Cellissima received the Order of Merit
of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia from the hands of the First Minister at that time, Wolfgang Clement. Since 1986 she has been professor at the Cologne Academy of Music and in 2001 established with Ida Bieler (volin) and Nina Tichman (piano) the
Xyrion Trio, which undertook the artistic supervision of the Andernach Music Festival at Namedy Castle in 2007.

Maria Kliegel plays a cello made by Carlo Tononi, Venice, ca. 1730 

 

Antonio Meneses

Born in Recife, Brazil in 1957 into a family of musicians, Antonio Meneses began his cello studies at the age of ten. At the age of 16, he met the famous Italian cellist Antonio Janigro and was asked to join Janigro's classes in Düseldorf and later in Stuttgart. In 1977, Antonio won the first Prize at the ARD International Competition in Munich and in 1982; he was awarded first Prize and gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.  

Regularly appearing in the music capitals of Europe, the Americas, and Asia, Antonio Meneses has performed with most of the world's leading orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony, BBC Symphony, Concertgebouw, Vienna Symphony, the Czech Philharmonic, the Moscow, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra (Washington D.C.), in Buenos Aires, in Warsaw, in Brazil, and the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo. Among the conductors with whom he has collaborated are Herbert von Karajan, Riccardo Muti, Mariss Jansons, Claudio Abbado, Andre Previn, Andrew Davis, Semyon Bychkov, Herbert Blomstedt, Gerd Albrecht, Yuri Temirkanov, Kurt Sanderling, Neeme Järvi, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Vladimir Spivakov, and Riccardo Chailly. 

Antonio is also a frequent guest at many important music festivals, including Puerto Rico (Festival Pablo Casals), Salzburg, Lucerne, the Vienna Festwochen, the Berlin Festwochen, the Prague Spring Festival, New York (Mostly Mozart Festival), Seattle, la Grange de Meslay, the Festival de Colmar, and the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival. 

A devoted chamber music performer, Antonio Meneses has collaborated with the Emerson Quartet and the Vermeer Quartet on tour as well as with pianists such as Nelson Freire, Menahem Pressler, Cristina Ortiz, and Gérard Wyss. Antonio has been a member of the Beaux Arts Trio since 1998. (beauxartstrio.org

As a recording artist, Antonio Meneses made two recordings for Deutsche Grammophon with Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra: Brahms' Double Concerto for Violin and Cello with Anne Sophie Mutter and Richard Strauss' "Don Quixote". Antonio has also recorded the D'Albert Concerto, works of David Popper—both with the Basel Symphony Orchestra—and Cello Concertos by Carl Philip Emanuel Bach with the Munich Chamber Orchestra (Pan Classics), The Six Suites of Bach (Nippon Phonogram), Tchaikovsky Piano Trio (EMI/Angel), Concertos and the Fantasy for Cello and Orchestra by Heitor Villa-Lobos (Auvidis France), complete works for Cello and Piano by Villa-Lobos with Cristina Ortiz, and Encore pieces with Gérard Wyss (Pan Classics), The Six Cello Suites by J.S. Bach (AVIE), and his most recent recording Schumann/Schubert (AVIE) was released in 2006. (www.avierecords.com

In addition to a busy concert schedule, Antonio Meneses gives master classes in Europe, the Americas, and in Japan. Antonio will start teaching at Hochschule der Künste Bern in 2007. (www.hkb.bfh.ch

Antonio Meneses plays ALESSANDRO GAGLIANO cello made in Naples ca. 1730.

 

Antonio Mosca

Antonio Mosca was born in Cascinette d’Ivrea, near Turin in 1941.
He began his musical studies under M°Aldo Canzano, beginning with music theory and accordion, an instrument which he started  playing at local festivals in the Canavese County.
Thanks to these public appearances Antonio Mosca was recommended to the famous engineer Adriano Olivetti, who personally gave him a scholarship and sent him to the renowned Collegio di Musica in Rome.
Here he began his cello studies with Antonio Saltarelli and Giuseppe Selmi , followed by further studies with Gaspar Cassadò in Köln, Germany.
In 1964 Antonio Mosca was hired as Principal Cello with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, where he met Lee Robert, a young American violist whom he later married in 1966.
The Mosca family moved to Turin where Antonio became Principal cello and Lee Assistant Principal Viola in the Radio-Television Orchestra (RAI).
After eight years of intense symphonic  life as well as solo appearances in Italy and abroad, they retired from the orchestra to develop  their teaching careers.
Both Lee and Antonio taught at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Music in Turin, meanwhile dedicating time to the musical education of their sons: Liana began playing the violin, Marco the cello and Nicola both the cello and harp. Plenty of time was also dedicated to the development of Turin’s Suzuki music school as well as to the training of new teachers.
The Suzuki Orchestra, formed by around 30 violinists and cellists between the ages of 6 and 14, is considered for its unique blend of musicians and distinguished musical level to be the youngest orchestra in the whole of Europe.
The Suzuki Orchestra has toured both in Italy and abroad and was invited a number of times to perform before the authority of the Pope as well as the President of the Italian Republic. In 1998, the Orchestra opened a United Nations assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. After this memorable performance, the Orchestra became an “artistic promotional entity”, recognized by ILO-IPEC in the campaign against child labor under its worst forms.
In 2006 Antonio retired from his teaching position at the Conservatory in Turin, establishing a remarkable feat with over 20 cellists graduated in the span of 28 years.
The Suzuki project and its evolution in Italy has been the commitment after retirement, along with publishing cello and music teaching books, and dedicating time to Agrimusica, a boarding school for young musicians.

 

Massimo Polidori

Was born into a family of musicians and began his studies with Maestro Renzo Brancaleon at the Conservatorio "G.Verdi" in Turin. He graduated with top honors and continued his studies at the Conservatorio Superiore di Musica in Geneva, where he was awarded the Primo Premio di "Virtuosite' " as well as a special prize naming him the best graduate of the year. As such, he performed Schumann's Concerto together with the Orchestra della Suisse Romande, which was subsequently broadcast by Radio Svizzera.
Thanks to a scholarship the "De Sono Associazione per la Musica" granted him, he participated in several specialization courses, studying with Maestros A. Janigro, M. Brunello, D. Grousgurin, A. Baldovino e D. Schafran.
At the age of sixteen, he made his debut performing "Variazioni rococo" as soloist with the Orchestra Filarmonica di Sofia, and later performed as soloist with the Orchestra da Camera di Mantova, Camerata Bern, Orchestra del Teatro Regio in Turin, Orchestra Cherubini, Filarmonica della Scala. 
As cello soloist for the Camerata Bern, a position he held for five years, he performed together with artists such as H. Holliger, A. Chumachenco, T. Zehetmair, R. Lupu, A. Schiff and with them he has recorded for Philips Decca, Berlin Classic and ECM and has given many concerts appearing in the most prestigious concert halls throughout Europe and the United States. During this same period, he was full professor at the Music Conservatory in Freiburg, holding the chair of cello. Currently, he teaches at the Gustav Mahler Academy (President Claudio Abbado).
Massimo Polidori is one of the founding members of "Trio Johannes" and with whom he recorded the entire collection of Trios with piano by Brahms (for the magazine Amadeus). This chamber music group was awarded prizes at the Concorso Internazionale di Musica da Camera di Trieste and at a chamber music competition held in Osaka. Moreover, they won the "Concert Artists Guild Competition" in New York. The trio recently made their debut in New York's "Carnegie Hall", and was widely acclaimed by both the public and the critics. 
In 2000 Maestro Riccardo Muti chose Massimo Polidori for the role of Principal Cello in the Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala.
Since 2001, he has been the cellist in the chamber music group, "Quartetto d'Archi della Scala".

 

Gustav Rivinius

Gustav Rivinius is the first and only German musician to be awarded a first prize Gold Medal at the 1990 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. In addition, he received a special prize for the best interpretation of a Tchaikovsky composition, outperforming all other competitors. Since then he has appeared with leading musicians, orchestras and conductors around the world.

Among the many high points of an illustrious career, Gustav Rivinius has performed with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lorin Maazel (Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme), Ingo Metzmacher (B.A. Zimmermann’s Cello Concerto, “pas de trois”) and was conducted by Hans Zender in a performance of Zender’s Cello Concerto “Bardo”, which he also premiered. In celebrations marking the re-opening of the Spanish Hall at Prague Castle, Gustav Rivinius joined the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vaclav Neumann, performing Dvorak’s Cello Concerto. In a gala marking the 50th anniversary of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra the cellist performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, accompanied by Antje Weithaas and Lars Vogt and conducted by Horst Stein. Gustav Rivinius has often appeared as a soloist with the orchestra and toured with it throughout Germany, performing Martinu’s second Cello Concerto, conducted by Manfred Honeck.

In the US, Gustav Rivinius has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marek Janowski (Schumann Cello Concerto) and with orchestras in Saint Louis, Cincinnati, Washington D.C. and the Houston Symphony under Christoph Eschenbach (Variations on a Rococo Theme). Gustav Rivinius has also appeared widely in Canada, including concerts with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sergiu Comissiona (Haydn Concerto and Strauss – Don Quixote) and performed the Dvorak Concerto with the London Philharmonia under Heinrich Schiff. In Tokyo, he took the stage with the Moscow Philharmonic, conducted by Dmitri Kitayenko and in Seoul the Elgar Concerto with the KBS Symphony Orchestra and conductor Michael Christie. In Beijing, Gustav Rivinius performed the Schumann Cello Concerto with the National Ballet Orchestra. He has also played alongside orchestras of Lisbon, Toulouse, Lyon, the Helsinki Philharmonic and the Swedish Radio Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev. He went on a concert tour in Switzerland performing the Honegger Cello Concerto, finishing up in Lucerne with the Schumann Cello Concerto. He was accompanied in both by the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich under David Zinman.

Gustav Rivinius has appeared with all of Germany’s Radio Symphony Orchestras including Berlin’s RIAS, the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, and the Konzerthaus Orchester. He performed the Triple Concerto with Christian Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt, accompanied by the Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig under Thomas Dausgaard. In 2010 he performed the same piece along with Veronika Eberle and Lars Vogt with the NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, conducted by Alan Gilbert.

Along with his solo work, Gustav Rivinius has a passion for chamber music. Having been born into a large musical family, he plays regularly alongside his brothers in the Rivinius Piano Quartet and does recitals with his brother Paul at the piano. He participated for years in a quintet with Irena Grafenauer, Maria Graf, Ana Chumachenco and Gérard Caussé.

Gustav Rivinius is also an annual participant in the Heimbach Spannungen festival along with his friends Lars Vogt, Christian Tetzlaff, Angje Weithaas, Isabelle Faust and Sharon Kam. He can be heard on numerous CDs featuring pieces performed at this unique and offbeat festival.

The musician also founded the Gasparo da Saló Trio, the Bartholdy String Quintet and the Tammuz Piano Quartet, which recorded both piano quartets by composer George Enescu for the CPO label.

CPO has also released CDs featuring Gustav Rivinius’ performance of the Cello Concerto by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, accompanied by the HR Sympony Orchstra under Alan Francis, and along with the RSO Saarbrucken, a recital of “Ode to the West Wind”, conducted by Stanislaw Skrowaczewki (Arte Nova). Gustav Rivinius recorded the Brahms Clarinet Trio along with Sharon Kam and Martin Helmchen for Berlin Classics. And he made a recording of the Cello Concerto by Witold Lutoslawski along with the National Youth Orchestra of Germany, conducted by Ari Rasilainen.

Gustav Rivinius is a professor at the HFM University of Music in Saarbrucken where he oversees a highly successful cello class. He also teaches a number of masters courses annually, including at the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival. In addition he is a sought after juror at major music competitions and sat on the jury at the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

 

Giovanni Sollima

Born in Palermo into a family of musicians, Giovanni Sollima studied cello with Giovanni Perriera and Antonio Janigro and composition with his father Eliodoro Sollima and Milko Kelemen.
He began an international career as cellist, collaborating among others with Claudio Abbado, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Jörg Demus, Martha Argerich, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Bruno Canino, DJ Scanner, Victoria Mullova, Riccardo Muti, Ruggero Raimondi, Patti Smith, Philip Glass and Yo-Yo Ma.
Sollima performed in prestigious places, but also in alternative venues: Carnegie Hall, BAM, Alice Tully Hall, Knitting Factory in New York, Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Musicgebouw in Amsterdam, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Kunstfest in Weimar, La Scala in Milan, Santa Cecilia in Rome, Festivals of Kronberg, Kuopio, Istanbul, Tokyo, Venice, Ravenna, Spoleto, Shanghai (Expo 2010).
As composer, Sollima has been captivated by every kind of languages and has thought to create new blends among the most diverse genres by combining elements of classical and rock music, as well as of music of all the Mediterranean area. He composes for acoustic and electric instruments, and others invented by himself or created for him.
Besides he composed music for directors and choreographers, such as Peter Greenaway, Bob Wilson, Peter Stein, John Turturro, Karole Armitage and Carolyn Carlson. With the videographer Lasse Gjertsen he realized Daydream.
Among the CDs worth mentioning is Aquilarco, Works and We Were Trees recorded in 2008 together with the cellist Monika Leskovar and the Solistenensemble Kaleidoscop from Berlin.
In September 2009 he performed in Budapest, Linz and Koln, his new cello concerto Folktales commissioned by the Budapest Festival Orchestra.
Sollima teaches at the Romanini Foundation in Brescia and starting 2010 he will be teaching at the Accademia of Santa Cecilia in Rome where he was appointed Member of the Academy, the highest  honour in Italy for a musician.
He plays a cello by Francesco Ruggeri (Cremona, 1679).

 


Monica Cattarossi - pianist

Monica Cattarossi was born in Treviso and made her musical studies in her city, obtaining very young the diploma at "B. Marcello" Conservatory of Venice. After taht she continued her piano studies with M° Jacques Rouvier, M° Konstantin Bogino by the International Improving Academy of Portogruaro and Chioggia, and with M° Andrea Lucchesini by the International Improving Academy of Sesto Fiorentino.
She won many National and International Piano and Chamber Music Competitions (such as "M.del Vecchio" - Genova, "B. Pasquini" - Pistoia, "II Forum Pianistico Città di Chioggia", Pinerolo, "Serato" - Castelfranco Veneto, Palmi). As soloist she played with the Orchestra Giovanile of Treviso, the Chamber Orchestra of Verona and that of Genova, the Orchestra Giovanile Bulgara, the Festival Orchestra of Chioggia, the Orchestra "G. Verdi" of Milano. She was invited for playing in several Festivals, such as St. Riquier, Montpellier, Chamber Music Festival of Kuhmo, Festival delle Nazioni of Città di Castello, Festival Pontino, Asiago Festival. She has performend in several famous concert halls, such as La Pergola - Firenze, Palazzo Ducale - Genova, Teatro Comunale - Treviso, Palazzo Labia - Venezia, Sala Verdi and Auditorium San Gottardo - Milano, Beethoven Saal - Wien, Kuhmo Hall - Seoul, Carnegie Hall - New York.
In the last few years she has been specializing in chamber music repertoire and has played with various groups. She has been accompanist pianist for improvement courses given by Julius Berger, Mario Brunello, Simonide Braconi, Bruno Cavallo, Ana Chumachenko, Guido Corti, Enrico Dindo, Rocco Filippini, Thomas Friedli, Peter-Lukas Graf, Gordon Hunt, Michail Kugel, Alain Meunier, Antony Pay, Massimo Quarta, Danilo Rossi, Dora Schwarzberg, Pavel Vernikov. Many of these Maestri have chosen her for duo or chamber music concerts.
Her name is on the artists list of the Gioventù Musicale d'Italia.
She is official accompanist pianist of the Concorso Internazionale for Violin "R. Romanini" of Brescia and that for Cello of Markneukirchen, "A. Curci" of Napoli, "Rassegna Amati" of Cremona, "L. Mozart" of Augsburg. She received the Diploma for the best accompanist pianist of the "A. Janigro" International Music Contest, and her collaboration is required by the High Improvement Academies of Brescia, Cremona, Pinerolo, Pavia Cello Academy and by the Summer Courses of Tibor Varga Academy in Sion, Salzburg Mozarteum and of Neuburg am Donau.
She has recorded for RAI and Radio France.
In 2006 she graduated with first class honours in Musical Philology by the University of Cremona.