Simone Pedroni was born in Novara, Italy. He graduated from Milan’s Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in 1990 and in 1995 he took his Master Degree at Accademia Pianistica “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola-Italy, where he studied with Lazar Berman, Franco Scala and Piero Rattalino.
On June 6, 1993, at age 24, he was named the Gold Medalist of the Ninth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
His international engagements have included the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Sir Yehudi Menuhin, the Moscow Virtuosi with Vladimir Spivakov, the Orchestra of Maggio Musicale – Florence with Zubin Mehta, the RAI Orchestra – Turin with Eliahu Inbal, the Oslo Philharmonic with Pinchas Steinberg, I Musici of Montreal with Yuli Turovsky, the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana on tour in South America with Roberto Abbado, the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice with legendary Stanislav Skrowaczewski, the Prague Chamber Orchestra (on tour in U.S.A. including Avery Fisher Hall, New York), the Orchestra Sinfonica I Pomeriggi Musicali (with Aldo Ceccato), with the Orchestra della Radio della Svizzera Italiana with James Gaffigan, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome with Vladimir Ashkenazy, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Belgium National Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Orquesta de Valencia and the Orquesta Nacional de España – Madrid.
As Artist in residence at the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano “G. Verdi”, Mr. Pedroni has performed with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin (Brahms Piano Concerto n.2), Riccardo Chailly (Piano Concerto n.1 of romantic italian composer Giuseppe Martucci and Beethoven Choral Fantasy op.80), Gianandrea Noseda (Beethoven 5 Piano Concerti), Lous Langrée (Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto n.1), Lu Ja (Schumann Piano Concerto), Juanjo Mena (Messiaen Turangalila Symphonie), Xian Zhang (Beethoven Choral Fantasy at Teatro alla Scala and the original version of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto n.1) and a Spain Tour with Oleg Caetani.
His recital appearances have included the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Carnegie Hall in New York (Stern Hall), the Herkules Saal in Munich, the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Quirinale in Rome, the Filharmonia Narodowa in Warsav, the Settimane Musicali of Stresa, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Prague Spring Festival, the Palau de la Musica of Valencia, the Festival de Música de Canarias, the Delft Chamber Music Festival – Holland, the Festival de Menton, Bonn, Berlin, Hannover, Lisbon Athens, Istanbul, Montecarlo, Tel-Aviv and many others in USA, Japan and China.
A passionate film music champion in concert hall, in 2015 mr. Pedroni made his conductor debut with LaVerdi Orchestra and Choir performing John Williams Star Wars, “A Musical Journey”, a project conceived for the performance of all the original arrangements for the “Star Wars” Saga. The project was specifically devised to attract a multicultural and young audience to a concert hall and become them familiar with the live sound and impact of a symphony orchestra. The project resulted in a series of five sold-out concerts in September 2015 and July 2016 and scheduled also for April 2017.
Mr. Pedroni has also performed Nino Rota’s Piano Concerto Piccolo mondo antico, Concerto Soirée and Don Giovanni Fantasy in Milan with Giuseppe Gazioli and the World-Premiere of Luis Bacalov Piano Concerto written for Mr.Pedroni and the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano “G. Verdi” with M° Bacalov conducting.
Mr. Pedroni is the founder of Alagna Summer Music Festival “Da Bach a Williams” held every year in Italian Alps under Monte Rosa and plays regularly with cellist Luca Franzetti.
Mr. Pedroni has issued a live recording with works by Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff and Hindemith for Philips Classics, Bach’s Goldberg Variations, an album with works of Liszt both for La Bottega Discantica, Pictures at an exhibition by Mussorgsky and works by Arvo Pärt, a recital entirely devoted to Schubert’s last Piano Sonata D.960 and Six Songs arranged for piano by Franz Liszt and Solo Recital with works of Scarlatti, Bach/Busoni, Chopin, Gottschalk and Horowitz, all for Labour of Love Records and available on iTunes, Nino Rota’s Piano Concerto in mi “Piccolo mondo antico” with LaVerdi Orchestra conducted by Giuseppe Grazioli for DECCA.
For Varése Sarabande Pedroni has released a recording of music by John Williams for piano. The recording has been officially approved by John Williams himself.
The English music magazine "Gramophone" reviewed its integral recording of Prokofiev's original piano works as "one of the most authoritative and passionate of all the romantic performances so far available on record". His interpretation of Prokofiev's sonatas has received the prestigious nomination of "Classic CD choice" among all the already existing recordings of those compositions (including Richter, Berman, Ashkenazy).
Born in Baku (ex-USSR), OLEG MARSHEV has shown a remarkable musical talent since childhood. He trained with Valentina Aristova at the famous Gnesiny School in Moscow and then continued her studies with Mikhail Voskresensky at the Moscow Conservatory, where in 1984 she graduated with honors and later her doctorate. A resident of Italy since 1991, Oleg Marshev has been awarded a number of international competitions in Canada, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the United States. His four first prizes have confirmed his already well-known reputation as one of the best Russian piano talents of his generation.
The artist made his debut at the Lincoln Center "Alice Tully Hall" in New York in 1991 and the following year he appeared for the first time in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, which led him to be repeatedly invited to that prestigious venue. Since then he has held concerts all over the world, from Canada to New Zealand, playing with orchestras such as London Philharmonic, in cinemas such as Wigmore Hall in London and for the most important companies such as the "ABMichelangeli" Festival in Brescia and Bergamo, Ruhr Klavier Festival in Germany, Roque d'Anthéron Piano Festival in France.
Marshev is also involved in teaching. He is currently Professor of the "Anton Bruckner" University in Linz, Austria and holds advanced courses in Italy and abroad. He is frequently invited to take part in the jury of numerous national and international piano competitions.
The first major recording project realized by him concerns the recording of the integral work of Prokofiev, for solo piano, in five CDs, made for the Danish record company Danacord. So far Marshev has recorded at least thirty-five CDs with music by F. Schubert, J. Brahms, R. Strauss, A. Rubinstein, P. Pabst, S. Rachmaninov and many others. He made the first world recording of all the works of Emil von Sauer in six CDs, whose music is certainly not known or almost forgotten. Worthy of note is the engraving of the cycle of the Danish Romantic Concerts, in four CDs.The artist is probably the only one in the world to have recorded all the works for piano and orchestra of the greatest Russian composers: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich. In July two new integrals were released: Chopin - all works for piano and orchestra in 2 CDS and Mendelssohn - all works for piano and orchestra in four CDs.
All these recordings immediately attracted the attention and the great appreciation of the international critics. The CD with the Shostakovich concerts was reviewed by BBC Music magazine with the words: "Marshev is the phenomenon, the master of every soul state, of sensitivity controlled by intelligence and feeling."
Alberto Veggiotti started his artistic career as a pianist and has played in Italy and Europe in important theaters and in important festivals and concert seasons, collaborating as a soloist with numerous chamber and symphonic orchestras including the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz , the Janacek Philarmonia Ostrawa, the MAV of Budapest, the Györ Philharmonic, the European Chamber Orchestra, the Ensemble Instrumental de Grenoble, the Sinfonietta Salzburg, the Orchestra of the Prague National Theater and the United European Community Orchestra and with ensembles such as the Prague Wind Quintet, the Ceske Nonet and the UECO Soloists He has registered for R.T.B.F. and for the National Magyar Radio the Concert for piano and orchestra by Schumann live on radio.
He studied composition in Milan with B. Bettinelli, orchestra conductor in Brescia with A. Galliera and graduated in music teaching at the “G. Verdi” of Turin. He also studied choral music and choral conducting with B. Zanolini, D. Tabbia and K. Koetsveld.
Since 1996 he has been working as choir director at the helm of the Small Singers of Santa Maria, Children’s voices of the Cathedral of Novara, with whom he has made numerous productions of baroque and classical music and has represented Italy in the XXXIX World Congress of Pueri Cantores in Paris at the gala concert in Saint Sulpice. Since 2014 he has been vice-president of the Italian Federation of Pueri Cantores and has been appointed President since 2018.
He is also director of the Children's Voice Choir of the Langhi Academy with whom he collaborated in the preparation of operas at the Teatro Coccia in Novara, at the Teatro Sociale di Mantova and at the Donizetti in Bergamo. In the same theaters he collaborated in 2008 with the staging of Bizet's 'Carmen', in 2009 with the production of Turandot by Puccini and Pagliacci in 2010. In February 2011 he conducted the first performance in modern times of the lyric fable Ghirlino by L. Ferrari-Trecate set up in co-production with the Coccia Theater in Novara at the Theater and in the context of the Children's Theater Review and Young Piedmont. In the Opera Season 2011-2012 he collaborated with the Coccia Theater and the Donizetti Theater of Bergamo in Madama Butterfly, Boheme and Carmen under the direction of G. Acquaviva and V. Galli.
In 2012-2013 he directed, also at the Coccia Theater of Novara, the opera Brundibar by Hans Krasa on the occasion of the memorial day in the staging of Emiliana Paoli, repeated in November at the Teatro Civico in Vercelli.
In 2013-2014 he directed S. Prokofev's Pierino and Lupo in a theater and music show curated by Sergio Bustric and Nino Rota's Lo Scoiattolo in gamba at the Teatro Coccia in Novara.
In December 2014 he participated as a pianist and teacher collaborator in the first ever performance of the opera The song of triumphant love written by the composer Paolo Coletta on a text by Turghenev as part of the Russian memories project wanted by the Coccia Theater Foundation of Novara and in February 2015 he collaborates in the new production of Turandot of the Teatro Coccia directed by V. Beltrami directed by M. Martini.
In 2016 he conducted the gala concert of the National Congress of Pueri Cantores in the Upper Basilica of Assisi.
has done literary, musical and musicological studies.
He carries out studies and research with particular attention to the repertoire of the seventeenth and eighteenth century through the publication of articles, essays and texts of musicological character. He edited the edition and the revision of eighteenth-century scores for their first performance in modern times. He collaborates, through theater programs and conferences, with theaters, musical associations, music festivals.
He has participated in national and international conferences and projects of various kinds, promoted by Institutions, Institutes and Universities including the conception and preparation, with Vincenzo De Vivo, of the exhibition From Paris to Milan: the adventure of the Vestal for the Pergolesi -Spontini Festival of Jesi; the planning and coordination of the conference L'age d'or de la musique italienne in Paris at the Les Italiens theater in Paris; the reconstruction of the pasticcio the musical Ape by Lorenzo Da Ponte (Edizioni Fondazione Pergolesi-Spontini).
He recently published a monograph on Vivaldi published by Skira and included in the series "The classics of music" by Corriere della Sera.
Winner of the national competition for exams and qualifications, is the chair of the History of Music at the "Giuseppe Verdi" Conservatory of Milan from the academic year. 2013-2014, after having taught the same discipline in the conservatories of Alessandria, Ferrara, Matera, Parma, Darfo Boario-Terme, Bari, Trieste, Novara.
Born in Casoli (Chieti) in 1958, he studied piano with Marco Fumo and Bruno Canino, composition with Luca Lombardi. He graduated in electronic music composition at the "G. Verdi "in Milan and then graduated in literature at the G. D'Annunzio University of Chieti with the thesis "End of modernity; towards a new balance between art and science", calling into question the propositional character of his own poetics.
He is professor of composition at the International Piano Academy "Incontri con il Maestro" of Imola and teaches "compositional elements" at the "Cantelli" conservatory of Novara.
The ten years of apprenticeship with Armando Gentilucci were fundamental for his training. He also attended the composition and conducting courses at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna.
His research is sensitive to the provocations of the most advanced science, particularly in relation to the new morphological philosophy deriving from the dimensions of the fractals.
He is considered one of the most representative composers of his generation. He has also worked on multimedia projects collaborating as a composer with famous architects and artists.
His music is regularly performed in Italy, USA, Germany, France, Austria, Holland, England, Japan, Argentina, Mexico, China, by prestigious interpreters in important festivals and shows such as: La Biennale di Venezia, Season of Teatro alla Scala, Edinburgh Festival, September Music of Turin, RAI Symphonic Season of Turin, Avignon Festival, Ordinary Season of the La Fenice Theater in Venice, Bologna Festival, Berlin Festival, Warsaw Festival, Zagreb Biennale, Festival of Saärbrucken, Festival Pontino, Accademia Chigiana di Siena.
Invited by Luciano Berio in representation of Italy, for the 1991 edition of the festival of Avignon, he wrote and realized the opera "L'Histoire de Saint-Julien the Hospitalier" from a story by Gustave Flaubert. For this work he won the SIAE award (1991).
On commission of the Venice Biennale, he wrote and created the opera "Camera Obscura", which was performed at the world premiere in Venice on September 29, 2001.
He regularly holds courses of composition and teaching of music at prestigious institutions such as: Chopin Academy of Warsaw, University of Edinburgh - Faculty of Music, Cremona Music Academy, Polytechnic of Milan - Faculty of Architecture, University of Genoa, National Institute of Tostiano, Ecole "Mozart" of Brussels.
From 1983 to 2001 all his works have been published by RICORDI publisher, who has made three monographic CDs with his music. Since 2001 his compositions are edited by Rai-trade.
In 2006 he wrote on a text specifically written by Luciano Berio a concert for piano, soprano large orchestra and live electronics performed by the symphonic orchestra Della Rai in Turin and in 2007 by the orchestra of the Maggio Musicale in Florence.
Ricordi, Rai Trade and Stradivarius have produced 5 monographic CDs with his works.
He has always collaborated with prestigious soloists of contemporary music: Bruno Canino, Massimiliano Damerini, Jeffrey Swann, Eduard Brunner, Pascal Gallois, Walter Grimmer, Mario Caroli, Giovanni Puddu, Alda Caiello, Luisa Castellani, Roberto Abbondanza, Renato Bruson.
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- Garzantina - Encyclopedia of Music - all editions
- The New Grove - Dictionary of Music and Music - Macmillan Publishers, Oxford University Press