Training

My musical education began when I was 9 at the Istituto Musicale Comunale “Antonio Tonelli” in Carpi, at first with M° Erio Silvestri, already about to retire, and afterwards with Giorgio Tosi -a very young piano teacher at that time and a renowned composer nowadays.
Subsequently I attended the Conservatory of Music “Arrigo Boito” in Parma where I have studied with Mario Borciani to obtain the diploma in 1983 with the maximum score and mention
After my piano diploma, I have followed several perfecting courses: the Piano Academy in Imola with Lazar Berman and Franco Scala for the solo repertoire, the “Trio di Trieste” courses at the International School in Duino for the instrumental chamber music and I was lucky enough to be able to study vocal chamber music with Erik Werba and Dalton Baldwin

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Opera

From 1994 to 2010 I have continuously collaborated as "maestro sostituto" (répétiteur) at Teatro Regio in Parma, close to conductors such as John Eliot Gardiner, Daniel Oren, Valery Giergiev, Yuri Temirkanov and singers as Mirella Freni, Alfredo Kraus, Renato Bruson, Leo Nucci, Daniela Dessì. In the same role I have worked with Teatro Comunale in Florence, with the “Arturo Toscanini” Foundation, with the Teatro Comunale in Modena and with the NCPA in Beijing.
I have been pianist and assistant in the Masterclasses for singers held by Carlo Bergonzi, Michele Pertusi, Arrigo Pola and Renata Scotto. I have been accompanist of singing competitions among which “Voci Verdiane” in Busseto and the “Fedora Barbieri” competition in Saint Petersburg.

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Orchestra

In 1983 I have started to collaborate with the Orchestra “Arturo Toscanini” in Emilia Romagna, as piano, celesta, harpsichord and keyboard player.
I took part in many symphonic concerts and opera settings.
Between 2004 and 2010 I was a member of the Orchestra Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini conducted permanently by Lorin Maazel. Under his baton and other important conductors, including Mstislav Rostropovich, Charles Dutoit, Georges Pretre, Yuri Temirkanov and Jeffrey Tate, I have took part in many tours in Europe, USA, China, Japan and South America.

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Teaching

I have started teaching in 1984, at the beginning it was “Solfege and Music Theory”, then “Chamber Music” at various officially recognised Musical Schools and Conservatories all over Italy.
Since 1991 I have a tenure as teacher of “Piano accompaniment” at the Conservatory “Arrigo Boito” in Parma, where over the years I have held the positions of Coordinator of Accompanying Pianists, Head of International Relations and Erasmus project and I was a member of the Academic Council.
Within the Conservatory I have organized masterclasses, concerts and events.
I held Masterclass abroad and participated in international projects.

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Popularisation

I have been working in music popularisation for ten years. As a duo with the violinist Giacomo Tesini, I teach at the summer courses “La filosofia nei luoghi del silenzio” (“Philosophy in the places of Silence”), organised by the Associazione Accademia, together with the Istituto Filosofico Domenicano in Bologna. These courses are held in monasteries and convents all over Italy; in collaboration with teachers of other subjects, such as philosophy, psicoanalysis, art history, the music is juxtaposed to another different discipline every time. Lectures and guides to listening prepare the participants to the evening concert programmes. Right before the concerts, whenever possible, sometimes with the help of my colleagues, I try to introduce the audience to the music they are going to listen to.

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Piano Solo

I held recitals in various Italian cities with a repertoire ranging from Bach to the twentieth century music. I have recorded the first (and only, up to now) version of the Concert for Piano and Orchestra by Ferdinando Simonis (1773-1837) and I have collaborated as soloist with the Orchestra Farnesiana.
During the first semester of 2009, as Visitor Fellow at the Cornell University, Ithaca (NY), I have worked together with Malcolm Bilson on the study of the performance practice on original instruments.

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Chamber Music

I was the winner of the Special Prize for Duo with violinist Stefano Pagliani at the National Competition of Vittorio Veneto and I have obtained the honour mention in the competition Lilian Caraian in Trieste, which is dedicated to the piano in chamber music.
In duo with violin, I have collaborated with Stefano Pagliani, Luca Fanfoni, Liliana Bernardi and Giacome Tesini performing the most important pieces of the repertoire for this formation.
I have collaborated with the Poulenc Sextet, with the Solisti della Scala and with the Alma Ensemble.
I often play in piano duo with Raffaele Cortesi and we have in our repertoire the most challenging works of the twentieth century and contemporary literature.
I have debuted in duo with violin in 2002 at Weill Recital Hall of the Carnegie Hall in New York where I performed again in 2003 during a major tour of the USA.
Among the various radio recordings, I have played live from the Cappella Paolina of the Quirinale in Rome for the Italian national broadcaster RAI Radio 3 Concerts.

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