Born in Parma in 1977, he grew up musically at the Conservatoire
“A.Boito” in Parma. He studied:
VIOLIN with Prof. Alessandro Simoncini (Nuovo Quartetto Italiano
), graduating in June 1998 at the age of 20, under the
guidance of Prof. Grazia Serradimigni(Quintetto Materassi );
PIANO , obtaining the 8th year Level in 1997;
COMPOSITION , obtaining the 7th year Level in 1999
under the guidance of M° Emilio Ghezzi (now Headmaster of
Conservatoire of Parma).
In June 2001 he graduated in piano (Diploma ABRSM in
Piano Performing) “with distinction” by the Associated Board of
the Royal Schools of Music, London.
Meanwhile he has been studying Orchestra Conducting
attending: Annual Courses (Vimodrone-MILAN), from 1994 till
1996, with M° Julius Kalmar (pupil of Hans Swarowsky and teacher
at the Academies of Music in Vienna and Hamburg); Summer Courses
since 1994 with M° J. Kalmar (Follina-TREVISO), M° Yuri
Ahronovitch (Riva del Garda-TRENTO), M° Bruno Aprea (Cava de'
Tirreni-SALERNO) and M° Isaac Karabtchevsky (Riva del
Garda-TRENTO). From 2002 he has been studying Orchestra
Conducting with M° Manlio Benzi at the Conservatoire “G.Rossini”
in Pesaro where he graduated in September 2005.
He has studied History of Music with Prof. Gustavo Marchesi and
Aesthetics of Music with Prof. Giordano Montecchi. He had also
attended Advanced Courses between 1994 and 2001: in violin, with
Prof. Ivan Rabaglia (Trio di Parma) and Prof. Franco Mezzena, in
piano, with Prof. Oxana Yablonskaya.
After he had conducted, during some annual and summer Courses,
the Venetian Musical Ensemble “G.F.Malipiero” , the Orchestra
“H.Swarowsky” of Milan and the Philharmonia Orchestra of Rome :
in 1997 he founded the String Open Orchestra “Giovane Emilia” ,
in Parma making his début on 14th June 1998 with the
cooperation of “Corale G.Verdi” of Parma as a Conductor for the
Concert “In the middle of the 18th Century” (Summer
season of Parma township “Parma's Summer 1998” ) with works by
Bach, Händel, Telemann and Mozart
On 1st March 2003 he conducted the Symphony Orchestra
of the Conducting Course at the “Pedrotti” Auditorium in Pesaro,
performing the Overtures from Mozart 's “The Marriage of
Figaro” and from Beethoven 's “Fidelio”;
on 24th March 2004 he conducted the “Orchestra
Filarmonica Marchigiana”(F.O.R.M.) performing the Overtures from
Mozart 's “The Marriage of Figaro” and from Rossini
's “L'italiana in Algeri” at the “Pedrotti” Auditorium.
Moreover, from 2004, he conducted excerpts from Mozart 's
Haffner and Linz Symphonies, Haydn 's Symphony no.103,
Beethoven 's 7th Symphony, Tchaikovsky 's
String Serenade and Symphony no.1, Schoenberg 's
“Verklärte Nacht” and the whole of Shostakovitch 's 1st
Symphony and as well as excerpts from Mozart 's “The
Marriage of Figaro” in cooperation with pupil singers of Prof.
Evgenija Dundekova at the Conservatoire in Pesaro in some
rehearsals with the Orchestra F.O.R.M .
He also conducted with the Orchestra F.O.R.M. movements from
Mahler 's 4th Symphony and Strauss 's
“Last four songs” at the Theatre “Pergolesi” in Jesi, during
some rehearsals of M° Gustav Kuhn in April 2005.
On 21st April 2005 he conducted the Orchestra
Filarmonica Marchigiana, in a concert in Pesaro (Auditorium
Pedrotti) performing the Suite op.46 Pelléas et Mélisande by
J. Sibelius .
On 2nd , 8th and 10th of July
2005 he conducted the String Ensemble of the Bavarian House of
Odessa in and around Regensburg (Bavaria-GERMANY), performing
Bach, Vivaldi, Haydn, Boccherini, Rossini and
On 30th August 2005, at the end of the Workshop about
Verdi 's Aida organised by M° B. Aprea, he conducted Act
One of Aida in Amalfi (Basilica del Crocifisso), during the
Festival “Le Corti dell'Arte”, with the Orchestra of the Theatre
in Cluy and the winners of the Lyric Competition in Eboli “Vissi
From 22nd and 28th of July 2007 he
conducted Beethoven 's Overture “Leonore” no.3, Chopin
's Piano Concerto no.2(first and second movements) and
Tchaikovsky 's Second Symphony (first movement and part of
the fourth movement) in some rehearsals with the Youth Orchestra
“L.Cherubini” (founded by M° Riccardo Muti).
On 29th of July 2007 he conducted the second movement
of Chopin 's Piano Concerto no.2 with the Youth Orchestra
“L.Cherubini” and the pianist Francesco Moncher in a public
concert at Sala 1000-Palazzo dei Congressi in Riva del Garda(TN).
On 27th September 2010 he took part in the 11th
International Conducting Competition "A.Pedrotti" in Trento.
He conducted 11 performances of "Frankenstein", a new operatic
work by composers Aurelio Scotto and Michele Della Valentina, at
Teatro Comunale "A.Zeppilli" in Pieve di Cento (BO) on 15th,
16th, 20th, 21st and 22nd
January 2011, at Teatro Consorziale in Budrio (BO) on 2nd
February 2011, and at the Ilaria Alpi Hall of Biblioteca
Comunale in Crevalcore (BO) on 4th and 5th
PIANO AND CHAMBER MUSIC
He made his début 27th May 2000 at Parma's “Corale
G.Verdi” for the Concert “Orchestra in Piano” playing Sonatas of
Beethoven, Skryabin and Liszt .
He held a lesson-concert on 1st June 2001 at the
“Forum Hall” in Ravenna with the organization of the “Liceo
Musicale E.Pinza” performing Bach, Beethoven and
From the year 2002 to the year 2004 he played together with the
soprano Grazia Doronzio in Ferrara (Educational Center “Casa
Cini”), Pesaro (Auditorium “Pedrotti”) and Ancona (Auditorium of
Pietralacroce) performing works by composers such as
Monteverdi, Bach, Mozart, Schubert,
R.Strauss, Berg , Fauré, Ravel,
Poulenc, Alfano and Petrassi .
On 5th of October 2004 at the Messianic Moshav “Yad
Hashmona”, 15 km from Jerusalem, he played the piano version of
Haydn 's Oratorio “The seven last words of our Redeemer
on the cross”. On 10th October 2004 at the “Yad
Lebanim” Hall of “Victims of Terrorism Center” in Afula (Israel)
he played the Respighi 's Piano Suite, by the composer,
of “Antiche danze ed arie per liuto”.
On 2nd December 2006 he played at the Porcelain
Museum in Gustavsberg(Stockholm) a programme dedicated to
Scandinavia performing Jacopo Foroni, Riccardo
Zandonai, Sibelius and Grieg, with the
participation of the soprano Anette Vogel. On 4th
December 2006 he played Jacopo Foroni 's music, still
with Anette Vogel, at the Library Hall of the Royal Castle in
On 31st January he performed at the Music Academy in
Ancona Haydn 's “The seven last words of our Redeemer on
the cross” together with the showing of pictures of the
sculpture work entitled “The Fountain of Tears” created by the
Israeli-Canadian artist Rick Wienecke.
On 10th May 2007 at the Auditorium of Scuderie
Aldobrandini in Frascati (Rome), he took part in the play
“Budapest night speaks” supervised by the director Lauro Versari,
performing Hungarian music by Liszt, Brahms,
Berlioz, Kodaly, Bartok, Ligeti,
together with the actress Sonia de Meo and the actor Nino
D'Agata reading a choice of Hungarian poems.
On 19th May 2007 he held a concert at Palazzo
Albicini (Forlì) playing music by Respighi, Debussy,
De Falla, Vaughan Williams, Grieg,
Brahms, Chopin, Ligeti, Bartok .
On 9th September 2007 he held a concert as a pianist
at the Auditorium of the Conservatoire of Riva del Garda (TN)
entitled “Shemà Israel” (Hear, O Israel), performing three
biblical sonatas by Johann Kuhnau and excerpts from the
Oratorio “Elias” by Mendelssohn, performed as a concert
transcription for piano solo, as well.
On 14th March 2008 he held a concert for the Passion
time at the Rotkreuz-Heim of Regensburg (Germany), performing
Bach, Mendelssohn 's Christus and Haydn
together with the dramatist Michael Herrschel reading from the
On 11th May 2008 he held a pianistic concert for the
60th anniversary of Israel at the Jewish Synagogue of Bologna,
with a programme made by Jewish and non-Jewish composers such as
Ravel, Bloch, Bernstein, Milhaud,
Prokofiev, Mendelssohn, Castelnuovo-Tedesco
who, between 1800 and 1900, wrote music inspired by Hebraism. On
18th May 2008 he repeated this programme, adding a
suite of 6 Israeli Dances by Haim Alexander, at Chiesa
del Ravaldino of Forlì, on 22th June 2008 at the
Music Academy in Ancona, and on 13th September 2008
at the Auditorium of the Conservatoire of Riva del Garda (TN).
With a selection of the programme, he played in Israel at the
Baptist Village Hall near Petah Tikva on 25th July
2008 and at the Kibbutz Merchavia Hall on 26th July
On 15th October 2008 he performed the whole programme
at "Christ Church" in Jerusalem (Old City), in conjunction with
the exhibition of biblical sculptures by the Israeli-Canadian
artist Rick Wienecke.
On 25th January 2009 he held a pianistic concert for
the 'Holocaust Memorial Day' at the Jewish Synagogue of Bologna,
with piano sonatas by Jewish composers dead in concentration
camps such as Schulhoff, Klein and Ullmann,
the commemorative piano sonata '27 April 1945' by the German
composer K.A.Hartmann and 'Schindler's List' 's main
theme by J. Williams.
On 27th February 2009 he held a special evening
concert in Milan, presenting traditional Jewish songs and
Israeli Messianic songs at pub 'Le Pecore'.
On 9th December 2009 he held a pianistic concert
entitled "100 years of Tel Aviv" in London at Spiro Ark Centre,
performing music written by Jewish and Israeli composers such as
Mendelssohn, Milhaud, Bloch, Bernstein,
Paul Ben-Haim, Haim Alexander, Joseph Tal
and Viktor Ullmann as well as two encores, Naomi
Shemer's song "haIr haLevanah" (the White Town) and 'Exodus'
's main theme by Ernest Gold.
On 27th January 2010 he held a pianistic concert for
the ‘Holocaust Memorial Day' at the Auditorium of the
Conservatoire of Riva del Garda (TN), performing works by
Ravel, Klein, Ullmann, Hartmann, J.
Williams and Jewish works written by Shostakovich.
On 5th September 2010 he held a pianistic concert for
the 'European Day of Jewish Culture' at the Auditorium of the
Conservatoire of Riva del Garda (TN), performing works by
Mendelssohn, Chopin, Bernstein, Paul
Ben-Haim, Jerry Bock and Ernest Gold, with
readings from the book-testimony "The pianist" written in 1946
by the Polish-Jewish pianist and composer W. Szpilman.
On 20th February 2011 he held a "Yom haShoah"
pianistic concert at the Regensburg Jewish Synagogue (Germany)
on the occasion of the 70th year (1941-2011) since
the massacre of 33.771 Jews shot at Babi Yar (Ukraine) in 1941,
presenting music by Shostakovich together with readings
taken from the Memoirs of Shostakovich (posth. 1979), 4 Yiddish
poemes and the poem "Babi Yar" written by the renowned Russian
writer E. Evtushenko in 1961, as well as one encore, Ravel's
He made his début as a composer on 17th January 2000
at Parma's Teatro Regio when the pianist Luca Tanzi, during the
performing of the Mozart's Piano Concerto K. 503 with the
Orchestra of the Conservatoire “A.Boito”, played his Cadenza
for the 1st movement .
On 15th November 2001 he made his début in Taipei
(capital of TAIWAN island) as a composer-collaborator for
western music, during a puppet show “ Marco Polo ”,
organized by Taiyuan Arts and Culture Foundation of Taipei, in
which his musical pieces, composed during the year 2001, were
In May 2002 he finished a 4 hands piano transcription of 3
excerpts from L.Bernstein's “West Side Story”, which had
been requested by Duo Palmas of Cremona (Italy).
In June 2002 he composed 2 pieces for Piano Trio, which were
performed on 29th September 2002 in Taipei, requested
by “The TTT Puppet Center” of Taipei(
for a play, including actors and puppets, called “ Autumn
Rain ”, played from 18th till 21st of
September 2003 at the Experimental Theatre of Taipei.
Since 2003 “Marco Polo” and his own music have been performed in
Barcellona, Madrid (Circulo de Bellas Artes), Tegucigalpa
(Honduras, Instituto Hondureno de Cultura Hispanica), London
(Purcell Room) and Paris (Université Vincennes-Saint-Denis,
AWARDS AND MERITS
In 1998 he received the Biennial Music Award “Cesare Alfieri”
(town of Parma) and in 2002 a Music Award from the Social
Institute “Ancora” of Ravenna, during the 5 th Edition of the
Review “Uno di noi”.
In 2003 he won, with the soprano Grazia Doronzio, the 3rd
Prize in the range “Vocal Chamber Music” at the National Review
in S. Pietro in Vincoli (Ravenna).
In 2006 he was finalist as orchestra conductor in the European
Competition “Festival Mozart Giovani ” in Milan.
He has been publishing his own works with the publisher “L'Oca
del Cairo” of Parma since 2001(
In 2012 he founded
the "International Music Lessons".