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09.19.23 - ENRICO DINDO

10.26.23 - ENRICO DINDO

11. 4.23 - DAVID GERINGAS

11. 5.23 - DAVID GERINGAS

11.28.23 - ENRICO DINDO

01.12.24 - ENRICO DINDO

02. 6.24 - ENRICO DINDO

02.17.24 - ASIER POLO

02.18.24 - ASIER POLO

03.11.24 - ENRICO DINDO

04. 4.24 - ENRICO DINDO

04.17.24 - ENRICO DINDO

05.22.24 - ANDREI IONITA

05.23.24 - ANDREI IONITA

05.24.24 - ENRICO DINDO

06.13.24 - ENRICO DINDO

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.

In December 2001 he founded The Chamber Ensemble "I Solisti di Pavia"
From 2014 to 2021 he was Musical Director of HRT Symphony Orchestra in Zagreb and from January 2022 he is artistic director of Accademia Filarmonica Romana.
Enrico Dindo plays a Pietro Giacomo Rogeri cello of 1717 (ex Piatti), confided to him by the  Pro Canale Foundation.

 

David Geringas

The Lithuanian cellist and conductor David Geringas belongs to the musical elite of today.
An unusually broad repertoire from the early Baroque to the contemporary is testament to the flexibility and curiosity of the artist.
His intellectual rigor, his stylistic versatility, his melodic feeling, and the sensuousness of his tone have brought him praise the world over.
The Rostropovich pupil and gold-medal winner of the 1970 Tchaikovsky Competition can now look back on a career that has spanned decades.
David Geringas has performed world-wide with some of the leading orchestras, and important conductors of our time.
His discography, which now approaches 100 CDs, includes many that have been honored with important prizes, including the Grand Prix du Disque for his recording of the 12 cello concertos of Luigi Boccherini, the Diapason d’Or d’Année for the chamber music of Henri Dutilleux, and the prize of the year from the Deutschen Schallplattenkritik for his recording of the cello concertos of Hans Pfitzner as well as for his recording of the works for cello and piano by Alfred Schnittke.
David Geringas has been awarded in the years 2013 and 2014 with the “Echo Klassik”.
In 2013 he received the award for best chamber music recording of the 20th/21st Century (Braunfels/Strauss, Profil Edition Günter Hänssler) and in 2014 for the best chamber music recording of the 19th century (“Pohádka”, C2 Hamburg / ES DUR).Prominent in his career as an artist are the regular releases of outstanding CDs.
Between 2008 and 2011, eight new CDs were released.
Among them are two world-premieres (“David’s Song” and “Discorsi” , Profil Edition Günter Hänssler ), the works for piano and cello by Sergei Rachmaninoff (Hänssler Classics), of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (Profil Edition Günter Hänssler) and Frederic Chopin (Sony Music Entertainment, as well as the complete works Violoncello and Piano by Ludwig van Beethoven (Hänssler Classic) with the pianist Ian Fountain – a recording that has been awarded the “Editor’s Choice” by GRAMOPHONE.
The CD of the cycle “Bach Plus”, that includes all the six Bach Suites for violoncello, introduced with fragments from various contemporary composers was released in October 2011 and was hailed by the critic.
Well-known contemporary composers such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Ned Rorem, Peteris Vasks and Erkki-Sven Tür have dedicated cello concertos to him.
He has premiered many works of the Russian and Lithuanian avant-garde in the West.
In 2002, he gave the world premiere of the Concerto in DO by Anatolijus Senderovas which was dedicated to him, and won the European Composers Prize in Berlin.
In 2012, David Geringas performed three world premieres, Arvydas Malcys’ Concerto “In Memoriam” in Kaunas, the Concerto per Violoncello by Silvia Colasanti in Milan, and the Cello Concerto by Alexander Raskatov in Amsterdam.
As conductor, David Geringas appears regularly in Germany and abroad, and appears frequently in a dual role as cellist and conductor.
Besides the invitations from the citadels of West and East European music centers (Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Auditoriun Parco della musica Roma, Wiener Musikverein, Tonhalle Zürich, Berliner Philharmonie), among others, he has received invitations from Asia and the USA.
From 2005 to 2008, he was chief guest conductor for the Kyushu Philharmonic Orchestra and in 2007 he had his debut at the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra und the China Philharmonic Orchestra.
In February 2009, he made his debut as conductor with the Moscow Philharmonic in Moscow and in 2015 with the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra in St.
Petersburg.
His opera conducting debut followed in 2010 with Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in Klaipeda, Lithuania.
In 2015 David Geringas gave a successful debut as a musical director and conductor of the ballet “Egle , the Queen of Grass Snakes “ by Eduardas Balsys in Vilnius.
David Geringas has for decades taught a world-famous cello class from which have come such cello stars as Gustav Rivinius, Jens Peter Maintz, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Monika Leskovar, Tatiana Vassiljeva, Jing Zhao, Johannes Moser, Maximilian Hornung and Sol Gabetta.
For his championing of Lithuanian music and composers, David Geringas has won the highest awards of his homeland.
He was awarded the Verdienstkreuz 1.
Klasse of Germany for his achievements as musician and cultural ambassador for the country on the international musical scene.
David Geringas is honorary professor at the Moscow Conservatory, St.Petersburg Rimski-Korsakov Conservatory and at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, as well as having received an honorary doctorate from the Lithuanian Music and Theater Academy.
In the winter semester 2014/2015 David Geringas was visiting professor at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and at the Manhattan School of Music in New York.
On the occasion of his 70th birthday in 2016 David Geringas was celebrating his anniversary year with concerts in Siena, Rheingau Festival, Enescu Festival, Usedom Festival, Berlin Philharmonie, Vilnius, Moscow and St.Petersburg.
In 2018, several jury presidencies in prestigious competitions such as Schoenfeld International Cello Competition in Harbin or George Enescu Cello Competition in Bucharest and the appointment as Meritorious Artist of the Musical Arts of the International Union of Musical Arts of Russia by the Rector of the Moscow Conservatory and President of the the International Union of Musical Arts of Russia – Alexander Sokolov.
Professor David Geringas teaches exclusive at the Blackmore International Music Academy in Berlin.

 

Andrei Ionitâ

Andrei Ioniță is one of the world’s most admired cellists of his generation. The Times of London calls him “one of the most exciting cellists to have emerged for a decade”; the British Gramophone “a cellist of superb skill and musical imagination and a commitment to music of our time.”
The artist himself remarks, “the instrument will eventually find the musician who is destined for it”. Ioniță plays a violoncello built in Brescia, Italy, by Giovanni Battista Rogeri in 1671 with a characteristic design. It is a famous loan by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, in which he is a scholarship holder.
Ioniță was born in Bucharest, Romania, in 1994. He first became a student of Ani-Marie Paladi and later of Prof. Jens Peter Maintz at the University of the Arts (UdK) in Berlin. In 2015, he won the Gold Medal at the internationally renowned Tchaikovsky Competition. He became a laureate of ARD, Hachaturian and Feuermann competitions. From 2016 to 2018, the BBC of London awarded him the title of "New Generation Artist", which promoted his popularity in the UK. Followed by that, Andrei held performances with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Andrei Ioniță has collaborated with an extensive network of European orchestras, among them the Munich and Dresden Philharmonic, the German Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Belgique, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as his appointment to “Artist in Residence” with the Hamburg Symphonic Orchestra in the season of 19/20.
His musicianship led him on tours through the US, where he performed with the National Youth Orchestra of Romania, the Detroit, San Diego and Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestras. Over the span of his career, he worked jointly with famous conductors such as Cristian Macelaru, Sylvain Cambreling, Kent Nagano, Omer Meir Wellber, John Storgårds, Joanna Mallwitz and Ruth Reinhardt.
Andrei Ioniță’s exceptional talent makes of him a versatile and sought-after performer of chamber music. In his concerts, he joins forces with Martha Argerich, Christian Tetzlaff, Sergei Babayan, and Steven Isserlis among others. He is often invited to world-class concert venues and festivals within the world of classical music. “The music magically develops and flows out to the audience where it speaks directly to the soul”, says Ioniță.

Among the highlights of the 22/23 season are concerts with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, both conducted by Herbert Blomstedt. A further season’s special is Ioniță’s nomination as “Artist in Residence” of the Romanian town of Timișoara, Europe’s cultural capital in 2023.
On his highly acclaimed first solo CD "Oblique Strategies", Ioniță presents a world premiere by Brett Dean alongside pieces by Bach and Kodály. His interpretations create an immense range of timbres, registers and techniques that showcase the cello.
For Andrei Ioniță, life, music and the arts are never direct, but pave their own way of expression. These “Oblique Strategies” are necessary to make them shine.

 

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.

 


Assistants


 



Young-Chang Cho

Thomas Demenga

László Fenyő

Rocco Filippini

Gabriele Geminiani

Frans Helmerson

Gary Hoffman

Maria Kliegel

Jens Peter Maintz

Antonio Meneses

Antonio Mosca

Massimo Polidori

Gustav Rivinius

Emil Rovner

Giovanni Sollima

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.