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AMUR per i nuovi talenti

Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5 the final selection of the Comitato AMUR’s two-year call at the Sala dei Notari in Perugia has come to an end

AMUR per i nuovi talenti 2022. The three winning groups will participate in five or more concerts in the concert seasons of the 19 prestigious institutions that are members of the Committee

Of the nine ensembles that participated in Perugia’s Sala dei Notari on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5 in the AMUR finals for New Talent 2022, the jury composed of AMUR artistic directions selected Trio Chagall, Trio Eidos and Faccini Piano Duo.
This is an official debut that will consolidate the artistic journey of these three young ensembles who, together with the pre-selected Duo Biagioli – Navarra, Duo David, Duo Rimonda – Mossali, Trio Ad Libitum, Trio Rigamonti, and Vagues Saxophone Quartet, performed in front of the jury in real mini concerts open to the public. The biennial call for artistic residencies for young chamber music ensembles promoted by Comitato AMUR in its first edition immediately attracted a lot of interest, collecting 71 applications thanks to the originality and concreteness of its formula.

“The overall level is very high even for very young ensembles: it is a privilege to be able to contribute to the development of the career path of a new generation of talents who feel the urge to bring a message of beauty to the world.”Francesca Moncada, President of Comitato AMUR

Open to any type of instrumental, vocal or mixed ensemble, from two up to six performers, composed of Italian or foreign musicians resident in Italy with an average age of no more than 30 years, “AMUR per i nuovi talenti” (AMUR for New Talents) is a springboard for all those who can aspire to turn their musical study into a career: in fact, the winners will perform a minimum of 5 concerts in the 2023 – 2024 concert seasons of the 19 prestigious institutions that are part of the Committee.

This is a great opportunity for young emerging artists who are entering the national and international scene, and who will be able to be involved by the institutions that make up Comitato AMUR – born in 2020 from the desire to bring together some of Italy’s most important institutions of chamber music in a single body, with the aim of promoting common activities and objectives – in an important national circuiting project.

Thanks are due to Fondazione Perugia Musica Classica and Le Dimore del Quartetto for their collaboration in organising the finals.

THE WINNERS

Lorenzo Nguyen, piano
Edoardo Grieco, violin
Francesco Massimino, cello

The Trio Chagall distinguished itself in the music scene by winning second prize (with first prize not awarded) at the 20th edition of the “Trio di Trieste” Prize, where it also won the special prizes “Dario de Rosa” for the best performance of a Schumann piece, “Fernanda Selvaggio” as best Trio and “Young Award” as the most promising finalist ensemble. With only 20 years of average age, the Chagall Trio also emerged as the youngest chamber ensemble to be honored in the history of the event. These are just the latest in a string of successes that Trio Chagall has already achieved, including winning the “chamber music” category at Amadeus Factory (2018) – the first talent dedicated to young artists from Italian conservatories – and winning the “Città di Giussano” National Instrumental Competition (2019), where it was awarded the first overall prize, the “Il Progresso” special prize and the “Città di Giussano” prize dedicated to the best competitors in all categories. In September 2020, the Trio was awarded the prestigious “Giovanna Maniezzo” Prize, an award given by the Jury of the Accademia Musicale Chigiana to the best students of the courses. Since June 2019 it has participated in the Le Dimore del Quartetto project. Described as “a very young trio but already very mature in the search for refined interpretive solutions” (ARCHI magazine), Trio Chagall was founded in 2013 by Edoardo Grieco (violin), Francesco Massimino (cello) and Lorenzo Nguyen (piano) at the Conservatory of Turin. Fundamental to the Trio, from its earliest beginnings, was meeting Antonio Valentino and permanently attending courses at the Pinerolo Music Academy with the Debussy Trio. In addition, training deepened studies with the Parma Trio and Pierpaolo Maurizzi at the Parma Conservatory and with Bruno Giuranna at the W. Stauffer Academy in Cremona. He regularly attends master classes with S. Gramaglia, Amiram Ganz, Heime Müller, Johannes Meissl. The name Chagall is intended as a tribute to the famous painter, who has always been a source of great inspiration for the Trio and admired for his links with music and expressive power in the use of color. Currently, Trio Chagall is continuing its studies at the Hochschule für musik in Basel, under Rainer Schmidt and Anton Kernjak, and is Aspirant ensemble at ECMA – European Chamber Music Academy, where it has the opportunity to be heard regularly by Hatto Beyerle and Patrick Jüdt. Since 2020, the Trio has been supported by the De Sono Foundation in furthering its studies. The Chagall Trio is engaged in an intense concert activity that has seen it perform in prestigious venues such as Tauber Philharmonie in Weikersheim, Reitschule in Grafenegg, Vatican Museums, Teatro dal Verme and Conservatorio in Milan, Teatro Verdi in Trieste, Sala Sassu in Sassari, Accademia Chigiana, as a guest of authoritative institutions, including Unione Musicale di Torino, Bologna Festival, Amici della Musica di Firenze, Società del Quartetto di Milano, Accademia Chigiana di Siena, ACM – Chamber Music di Trieste, Fondazione Perugia Musica Classica, Società Umanitaria di Milano, Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino. Edoardo Grieco plays a Carlo Antonio and Giovanni Testore violin built in Milan in 1764, and Francesco Massimino plays the “Oro del Reno ” cello built by Gaetano Sgarabotto in 1950 in Milan.

Ivos Margoni, violin
Stefano Bruno, cello
Giulia Loperfido, piano

Founded in 2020 by violinist Ivos Margoni, cellist Stefano Bruno and pianist Giulia Loperfido, the Eidos Trio quickly established itself as an emerging ensemble in the national chamber music scene thanks to collaborations with prestigious Italian music associations including the Accademia Filarmonica Romana, the Associazione Amici della Musica in Florence, the Fondazione W. Walton in Ischia, the Pontino Festival in Latina, the Società Umanitaria de Concerti in Milan, the Accademia degli Sfaccendati in Ariccia, the Oratorio del Gonfalone in Rome, and the “Classiche Forme” Festival in Lecce. In 2021, he is the overall winner of the XXV edition of the “Città di Giussano” Instrumental Competition and the “Pakosky Trio Scholarship” National Competition in Piacenza. He is also selected by the Società dei Concerti of Parma as the winner of the “Mu.Vi. 2021”. He is currently specializing in Cremona at the W. Stauffer Academy under the guidance of Maestro Bruno Giuranna. Since October 2020 he has been undertaking the Biennium of Perfection in Chamber Music as part of the Avos Project, under the guidance of the Avos Quartet. He has attended Masterclasses with teachers such as Andrea Lucchesini at the Accademia Nazionale di S. Cecilia, Pieter Wispelwey and Johannes Leertouwer at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, the Parma Trio, and Marco Rizzi at the Accademia Perosi in Biella. In the summer of 2021 he was admitted to the Chamber Music Master Class at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena in the class of M° B. Giuranna. Concerts are scheduled in the upcoming Season at institutions such as the Società dei Concerti in Parma, the Camerata Ducale in Vercelli, the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, the “Virtuoso e Belcanto” Festival in Lucca, the Bologna Festival and others. Parallel to their chamber music activities, all three of them actively pursue their solo career, specializing individually at the Accademia Nazionale di S. Cecilia in Rome in the classes of Maestros Sonig Tchakerian, Giovanni Sollima and Benedetto Lupo, respectively.

Elia Faccini
Betsabea Faccini

Elia and Betsabea Faccini, Anglo-Italian pianists and composers, were born in Torre del Lago Puccini, Tuscany. Graduates in composition with highest honors under the guidance of M° Pietro Rigacci and graduates in piano with highest honors, cum laude and honorary mention at ISSM L. Boccherini in Lucca, Elia and Betsabea give birth to the duo in 2015, under the guidance of Prof. Riccardo Peruzzi. Currently, the duo is specializing with the Parma Trio and Pierpaolo Maurizzi at the A. Boito Conservatory in Parma, where he is pursuing a Level II Master’s Degree in Chamber Music. They are also following the “Piano Master” course at the Avos-Project Academy in Rome and the Advanced Course in Contemporary Music held by Prof. Maria Grazia Bellocchio, at the International Divertimento Ensemble Academy (Milan). Elia and Betsabea have taken part in numerous master classes and masterclasses and received valuable advice from important personalities on the international music scene such as Bruno Canino, Beatrice Rana, Aglika Genova and Liuben Dimitrov, Sivan Silver and Gil Garbur, Alessandro Solbiati, Daniel Rivera, Riccardo Minasi, Laura Petrocini, Gabriele Baldocci, Alessandro Deljavan, Fausto di Cesare, and Pier Narciso Masi. The duo makes its first public appearance in May 2016, at the international event “Lucca Dance Meeting,” in which it performs “Le carnaval des animaux” by C. Saint-Saëns, with as many as four performances. In 2018, he is a finalist in the “Chamber Music” category at the national competition Amadeus Factory, a talent promoted and conceived by the music magazine Amadeus in collaboration with Sky Classica HD, obtaining compliments from the judges: Beatrice Rana, Monica Bacelli, Enrico Pieranunzi and Enrico Bronzi. In 2019, he was a finalist in the prestigious National Arts Prize, “Chamber Music” category, and a finalist in the A. Burri Prize in Città di Castello (PG). In May 2021 the duo performed with the Ensemble Symphony Orchestra performing C. Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Forte Albertino in Vinadio (CN) in the presence of the President of the Piedmont Region. Two more dates are already scheduled for August 2022. Selected as the best students of the Call for Young Performers 2021 by Divertimento Ensemble Academy, the duo has been invited to perform in the “Rondò 2022” season. For the occasion they will perform not only music by L. Berio, D. Fujikura and G. Crumb, but also a composition dedicated to them by composer-in-residence Maria Vincenza Cabizza. In March 2022 they were invited by Luca Ciammarughi to give an interview for Radio Musica con le Ali for the column “Protagonists of Today and Tomorrow.” They also recorded for Vatican Radio. Flourishing on the concert side, the duo has performed in Italy, Austria and Bulgaria, for prestigious musical organizations including Società del Quartetto of Milan, Isa-Festival (Austria), Associazione Musicale Lucchese, Lucca Classical Music Festival, Yamaha Headquarters in Sofia (Bulgaria), Festival delle Nazioni, Treviso International Piano Festival, Villa Bertelli Foundation, Accademia Strata of Pisa, Trossi Uberti Foundation, Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Lunigiana International Music Festival, Divertimento Ensemble, Puccini Festival Foundation. Intense is their activity as composers. From the beginning they offer within their concerts their own compositions and transcriptions. Winner of the Scholarship of the Lucchese Music Association – Carol Mac Andrew 2017 and the AIRAM 2020 Prize, the duo boasts absolute first prizes and first prizes in important national and international competitions.

THE FINALISTS

Alberto Navarra, flute
Chiara Biagioli, piano

Chiara and Alberto, both from Piedmont, met for the first time in 2021, during a project and concert organized in collaboration with the Lions Club of Turin, in support of families and senior centers hard hit by the pandemic. After finishing each other’s advanced studies abroad, Chiara at Colburn Music School in Los Angeles under the guidance of Fabio Bidini and Alberto at Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid, where he attended the class of Jacques Zoon and Salvador Martinez Tos, the two artists, bound by a great love for chamber music and a very strong musical understanding, decided to continue growing together as a duo. Praised for their remarkable technical skills and deep care and attention to the quality of sound, blending different sonorities in a harmonious form, in 2021, they play in Vercelli for the Camerata Ducale at the Viotti club and have planned competitions and concerts in Italy and abroad for 2022.

Giulia Rimonda, violin
Josef Edoardo Mossali, piano

The Rimonda Mossali Duo was born in 2021 following the selection of the two musicians as artists-in-residence for the Milan Concert Society Foundation. A deep understanding was immediately born that is based on enthusiasm, passion and a shared musical sensibility. Born in Turin in 2002, Giulia Rimonda graduated from high school at the age of 17 with 10 honors and honorable mention. She began studying music at age three and violin with her father at age four. She currently perfects with Nikolaj Znaider, Salvatore Accardo at the Stauffer Center for Strings and Sonig Tchakerian at the Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecilia in Rome. Josef Mossali was born in 2001, began studying the piano with Massimiliano Motterle and trained with Marco Giovanetti at the Conservatorio “G. Donizetti” in Bergamo, where, after finishing the Academic Three-year course, he is currently attending the Biennium Ordinamentale under the guidance of Massimiliano Motterle. He is also continuing his studies at the Imola Academy with Boris Petrushansky. The Duo has performed in Lucca for the Associazione Musicale Lucchese, in Ravenna for Mikrokosmi, in Milan for the Società dei concerti, and they have concerts scheduled in the coming months in Italy for the International Festival of Brescia and Bergamo, in Biella for the Accademia Perosi, in Vercelli for the Viotti Festival and in Naples for the Ass. Napolitano. They are CIDIM artists and will be featured in concerts in Norway and Australia.

Ruggiero Fiorella, piano
Damiano Isola, violin
Martino Tazzari, cello

The Trio Ad Libitum was formed within the “Luigi Cherubini” Conservatory of Florence in November 2017, when the three boys aged between 14 and 17 began playing together at the suggestion of M° Raffaele Molinari. They attended the Chamber Music course with M° Daniela De Santis. They immediately obtained appreciation and recognition for their strong expressive and instrumental gifts and for their special fellowship, both human and musical. They win numerous First Absolute Prizes in various Competitions, including “Giulio Rospigliosi,” “Ciro Pinsuti,” “Esperia,” and “Piove di Sacco.” In September 2021 they won the National Arts Prize organized by MIUR at the Conservatory of Padua, with jury members Fabrizio Meloni, Pietro de Maria and Gabriele Geminiani. Each of the members, despite their young age, has significant concert experience to their credit both as soloists and in the chamber music field, particularly in the solo sector participation in numerous Masterclasses, including those of Sergey Girshenko, Giovanni Gnocchi, Pavel Gililov. The Trio has played for important institutions and in prestigious venues, including the Pitti Palace in Florence, the Sala dei Giganti in Padua, representing the Conservatory on several occasions, and in 2020 was chosen for a concert to be held at the Conservatory of Turin. He attended Chamber Music Masterclasses of the Parma Trio, Christophe Giovaninetti, and participated in the Chamber Music course of the Virtuoso Belcanto festival 2021 in Lucca meeting important figures such as Bruno Giuranna, Luc-Marie Aguera, Riccardo Cecchetti, Adrian Brendel.

Francesco Angelico, cello
Giulia Russo, piano

The Duo David was born in 2018 out of the two members’ interest in delving into the vast repertoire for this ensemble, and dedicates its name to the Davidsbund. Already awarded in several chamber music competitions, in 2021 it won the Third Prize (the only Italian group awarded in the competition) at the International Chamber Music Competition Virtuoso&Belcanto – Luigi Boccherini Award in Lucca. The ensemble perfects itself by taking masterclasses by masters P. Nagy, A. Brendel and J. Bjoranger. Francesco Angelico is a Sicilian cellist born in 1999 student at the Conservatorio Vincenzo Bellini in Catania, under the guidance of M° M. Salemi. At the same institution he obtained his first level diploma with top marks, honors and honorable mention. In 2021 he was selected by M° Enrico Dindo as a full student of the prestigious Pavia Cello Academy. Giulia Russo, pianist, was born in Catania in 1995 and began studying piano in 2005. A pupil of Prof. Maria Santina Schillaci, she obtained the diploma of the old system and the bachelor’s degree at the Conservatorio Vincenzo Bellini in Catania with top marks and honors, with the possibility of a record production and dignity in print. She perfected with M° A. Delle Vigne and M° Masi for chamber music. The Duo has already performed for important musical associations, such as Associazione Concerti Città di Noto, Associazione Amici della Musica G. Navarra, Accademia Filarmonica Romana. In October 2022 it is scheduled to make its debut at the Sale Apollinee of Teatro La Fenice, with a program ranging from Debussy to Rachmaninov. Among other awards, noteworthy are the First Absolute Prize and Interpretation Prize “for their very intense and passion-filled performance” in the Chamber Music section of the Amigdala International Competition, the First Absolute Prize at the Gianluca Campochiaro International Competition, the Mention Spéciale du Jury at the 94th edition of the Concours International de Musique et d’Art Dramatique Leopold Bellan in Paris, and placing among the Four Finalists, among more than 80 participants from all over the world, at the XXIV Edition of the International Chamber Music Prize “G. Zinetti” in Verona.

Miriam Rigamonti, piano
Mariella Rigamonti, violin
Emanuele Rigamonti, cello

Founded in 2012 by Como-based siblings Miriam (pianist), Mariella (violinist) and Emanuele (cellist), Trio Rigamonti has been performing intensively in Italy and abroad for years, performing in more than a hundred concerts for prestigious festivals and associations, including Sagra Musicale Umbra and Amici della Musica of Perugia, Società dei Concerti of Trieste, Viotti Festival of Vercelli, Chamber Music Festival of Rovinj (Croatia), Chamber Music Festival of Lugano, Società dei Concerti of Parma, Società Umanitaria of Milan, Amici della Musica of Padua, Autunno Musicale of Caserta, Festival Carniarmonie, Musica al Tempio of Milan (performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto), at the Teatro Sociale of Como and the Metallener Saal of the Musikverein in Vienna. Winner of the Carlo Maria Giulini International Competition 2021 in Bolzano, Italy, the Trio has established itself in numerous international competitions, including La Follia Nuova International Chamber Music Competition, Vienna Grand Prize Virtuoso, Filippo Nicosia International Prize (proving to be the best Italian ensemble), Luigi Nono in Venaria Reale (TO), Giulio Rospigliosi in Lamporecchio (PT), Marco Fiorindo in Nichelino (TO) and Rovere d’Oro Prize in San Bartolomeo al Mare (IM). It is also one of the semifinalist ensembles for the Franz Schubert und Modern Musik competition in Graz, to be held in July 2022. Trained at the Conservatorio G. Verdi in Como in the class of F. Valli and P. Beschi, he has been specializing for several years with the Parma Trio and P. Maurizzi at the International Chamber Music Academy in Duino (TS) and, subsequently, the Conservatorio A. Boito in Parma, earning his Master’s Degree Level II in Chamber Music with honors in 2019. He was also able to enrich his training with relevant international personalities, including A. Brendel, J. Meissl, Atos Trio of Vienna, L. Hagen (Hagen Quartet), K. Zlotnikov (Jerusalem Quartet), A. Lucchesini, M. Mika, D. Waskiewicz. In 2020 he was admitted to the Stauffer Center for Strings in the class of the Cremona Quartet and was selected to take part in the network of Le Dimore del Quartetto, under which he was recently named Ensemble of the Year 2021/22, receiving a scholarship offered by the Morosini Fund for Music and Culture. The trio will receive the Young Excellence Award 2022, given by the International Universum Academy.

Andrea Mocci
Francesco Ronzio
Mattia Quirico
Salvatore Castellano

The Vagues Saxophone Quartet is much more than a saxophone quartet. Its dynamic structure can be modulated at will. Its four members are all multi-instrumentalists: this allows a flexible reinterpretation of the saxophone ensemble, showing its multifarious timbral resources in a variety of new combinations. The guiding principle of the ensemble is to promote what already exists and foster the creation of what can be born, in the active enhancement of the historical repertoire originally conceived for the saxophone quartet, and in the commissioning of new pieces. This leads them to constantly interact with composers, exploring the endless possibilities offered by innovative performance practices. This dual perspective has characterized them since their debut concert in 2016 in the prestigious setting of the “Milano Musica” festival. The program included classics from the contemporary repertoire, such as I. Xenakis, G. Grisey and F. Tanada, along with the premiere of Kic by Gabriele Cosmi, written for the Quartet and dedicated to them. This was just the beginning of a network of stimulating collaborations. Over the years the Vagues Saxophone Quartet has collaborated with famous composers such as Fabien Levy, Stylianos Dimou, Gabriele Cosmi, Federico Troncatti, Paolo Coggiola, Paolo Ugoletti, and Leonardo Bolgeri. For example, in 2017 the Quartet performed Durch by Levy and premiered Ugoletti’s Hard Waves in Germany, with further performances in Italy (including at the Società dei Concerti in Milan). By Ugoletti, in 2018 they also performed the Concerto for saxophone quartet and band, in the Gala Concert of the International Golden Flugelhorn Competition in Riva del Garda, with the Brescia Wind Orchestra conducted by M° Angelo Bolciaghi. Another work by Ugoletti, Russian Bells, was premiered by the Quartet in a magnificent venue, the Sanctuary of Caravaggio. It is a composition for the unusual ensemble of saxophone quartet and organ, and represents one of the Quartet’s many collaborations with some great European performers, in this case Sardinian organist Giovanni Solinas. Around Ugoletti’s Russian Bells an entire recital program was thus developed, with original works and arrangements: this concert was presented on tour in Germany (Düsseldorf, Rheydt and Knechtsteden) and in Italy (for example on the magnificent organ of the Cathedral of Monza), being enthusiastically received by both audiences and critics. The Rheinische Post reviewed their interpretation of Bach’s Fugue BWV 578 thus, “Everything seemed to have already been said about Bach, but the Vagues Saxophone Quartet and Giovanni Solinas proved otherwise.” 2018 brought another significant milestone in the Quartet’s career, as they represented Italy at the 18th World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia. On that occasion they premiered Federico Troncatti’s In Memoriam Bob Berg for four soprano saxophones, along with pieces by Cosmi and Ivan Fedele. Invited by one of Italy’s most important concert seasons, the Società del Quartetto di Milano, they performed in 2018 at Casa Verdi performing Glazunov’s Quartet, G. Lago’s Ciudades suite and Cosmi’s Kic. The following year they were again invited to play at the Milan Stock Exchange, performing György Ligeti’s challenging Sechs Bagatellen. They have also performed in festivals such as “Le altre Note,” Valtellina Teatro Festival (with works by Jinrich Feld, Giuseppe Ruggiero, and Beethoven’s Trio Op. 87 transcribed by Francesco Ronzio), Festival Lago e Monti in Varenna (where they premiered Paolo Coggiola’s piece Subway Dances, dedicated to them). Among the many prizes and awards won by the Quartet are the “Premio Novecento” for the best performance of modern and contemporary music at the International Competition “Luigi Nono” (Venaria Reale) as well as the International Competition of Contemporary Music Performance organized by the Flavio Vespasiano Foundation in Rieti.

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