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Irene Abrigo

Artistic Direction & Violin

 

Winner of the 2015 International Respighi Prize, finalist in the national competition "Città di Vittorio Veneto" 2014, and winner of numerous international awards, Irene Abrigo made her solo debut at Carnegie Hall in February 2016, with the premiere in New York of the concert for violin by Dirk Brossé, accompanied by Salvatore di Vittorio and the Chamber Orchestra of New York. Her Vivaldi's Four Seasons received a standing ovation at Carnegie Hall in November 2019. Irene began playing the violin at the age of four at the Suzuki school in Aosta. After her Bachelor in Turin, Irene continued her university studies abroad, at the HEM in Geneva with Marie-Annick Nicolas, at the HEMU in Lausanne and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Pierre Amoyal, and at the HKB in Bern with Corina. Belcea. Deeply convinced of the social responsibility of art, Irene is the artistic director and founder of the POURQUOIPAS no-profit Association since 2015, collaborating with Swiss and International Organizations such as the UNHCR and the CIO. In 2021 she founded and took the artistic direction of the music festival in Lucignano, a medieval village in the province of Arezzo, where in childhood she spent many of her summers with her family. Graduated from the Liceo Classico in Aosta, she obtained a three-year degree at the DAMS in Turin with a thesis on Niccolò Paganini. Irene plays a Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin (Milan 1760) generously given at her disposal by a private collector.

www.ireneabrigo.com

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Mary Ellen Woodside

Violin

 

For many years the leader of the seconds of the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, currently first violin of the MerelQuartet and a member of András Schiff's Capella Andrea Barca, Mary Ellen Woodside is a passionate chamber music enthusiast. She has performed in festivals such as the Salzburger Festspiele, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Lucerne Festival, Ittingen Whitsun Concerts, Young Artists in Concert in Davos, Kunstfest Weimar, Homage to Palladio in Vicenza and International Musicians Seminar Open chamber music, Prussia Cove with artists such as Joshua Bell, Tabea Zimmermann, Heinz Holliger, Thomas Demenga, Julian Bliss, Nobuko Imai, Hariolf Schlichtig, Christoph Richter and Dénes Várjon. Mary Ellen studied at the Eastman School of Music with Charles Castleman, graduated with honors and received the coveted Performer's Certificate. She won numerous awards before coming to Europe to continue her studies at the Guildhall School in London with Yfrah Neaman. She was selected as a soloist for Yehudi Menuhins' Live Music Now and won second prize at the Bryan Young Artists Competition and was a finalist at the Washington International Competition and the Kulenkampff Competition in Cologne, Germany. The focal point of her studies were chamber music courses with mentors including Sándor Végh, András Schiff, György Kurtág, Robert Levin, Alfred Brendel and Ferenc Rados.

www.merelquartet.com/maryellen

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Jürg Dähler

Viola

 

Jürg Dähler, born in Zurich, has an international activity to his credit as a violinist, violist, pedagogue and chamber musician. He studied with S. Vegh, Ch. Schiller, P. Zuckerman, K. Kashkashian and F. Drushinin. He was artistically influenced by his encounters with B. Langbein, H. Holliger N. Harnoncourt and G. Ligeti. He has performed in Vienna, Salzburg, Paris, Madrid, London, Sydney and Lucerne. Between 1985 and 2000 he was the first violin of the legendary Kammermusiker Zürich ensemble. He was a founding member of the Collegium Novum in Zurich in 1993 and in 1999 he co-founded and co-directs the Swiss Chamber Concerts. Since 1993 he has been the first viola soloist of the Musik Collegium in Winterthur and a member of the Winterthur quartet. In 1997 he founded and directed for 12 years the Graubünden festival Kultur Herbst Bündner Herrschaft. In 2007 he obtained the academic title EMAA: Executive Master in Arts Administration University Zurich. In 2015 he created and assumed the artistic direction of the Pfingstfestival Schloss Brunegg in Canton Aargau, which still happens today. He has participated in the first performances of hundreds of compositions as a soloist or chamber musician, by composers such as Holliger, Henze, Ligeti, Pärt, Cerha, Druschinin, Polglase, Haller, Bodman-Rae, Käser, Kelterborn, Lehmann, Gaudibert, Brinken and Schnyder. Since 2000 he runs a business in buying and selling fine musical instruments called TonArt Jürg Dähler. He plays a violin by Antonio Stradivari (Cremona 1714) and a viola by Raffaele Fiorini (Bologna 1893).

www.swisschamberconcerts.ch/it/soloists/juerg-daehler/

www.festivalbrunegg.ch

www.tonartjd.com

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Enrico Bronzi

Cello

 

All the most important concert halls in Europe, USA, South America and Australia (Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Konzerthaus, Salzburg Mozarteum, Cologne Philharmonic, Munich Herkulessaal, St. Petersburg, Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires) hosted a concert by Enrico Bronzi. His rich experience as a soloist has led him to establish himself in important international competitions and collaborate with great artists such as Martha Argerich, Alexander Lonquich, Gidon Kremer, and ensembles such as the Hagen Quartet, the Kremerata Baltica, Camerata Salzburg and Tapiola Sinfonietta.

Enrico Bronzi's solo activity joins the equally intense one with the Trio di Parma (link to the internal page dedicated to the Trio), an ensemble he founded in 1990 and is completed and enriched with teaching. In fact, since 2007 he has been a professor at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.

His vocation as a cultural and musical popularizer has led him to direct several festivals and he is currently the artistic director of the Perugia Classica Festival.

Enrico Bronzi plays a Vincenzo Panormo cello from 1775.

www.enricobronzi.com

www.perugiamusicaclassica.com

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Rafael Rosenfeld

Cello

 

Rafael Rosenfeld studied with Walter Grimmer at the College of Zurich with David Geringas in Lübeck. Encounters with artists such as Sándor Végh, György Kurtág, Ferenc Rados, András Schiff, Radu Lupu, Steven Isserlis and Bernard Greenhouse further influenced his musical development. In December 2000 he won first prize at the Geneva International Music Competition. Rafael is the solo cellist of the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra on a part-time basis and divides his time between solo, chamber music, orchestral and teaching tasks. As a member of the Merel Quartet, Rafael Rosenfeld regularly performs in major concert halls such as Wigmore Hall London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Tonhalle Zurich; he is also a guest of the Quartet at many festivals, including the Ittingen Whitsun concerts, the Lucerne Festival, the Salzburger Festspiele, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, the Kunstfest Weimar and the Musikfestwoche Meiringen. He was chamber music partner of András Schiff, Heinz Holliger, Joshua Bell, Alexander Lonquich, Nobuko Imai, Tabea Zimmermann, Dénes Várjon and Daniel Phillips, among others. He is also a member of the Lucernefestival Orchestra with Claudio Abbado and of the Andrea Barca Chapel with András Schiff.

Since 2005 he is Professor of Cello at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel.

www.merelquartet.com/rafael

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Hyperion Ensemble

Tango sextet

 

Gino Zambelli, bandoneon

Roberto Piga, violin

Davide D'Ambrosio, guitar

Bruno Fiorentini, flute

Guido Bottaro, piano

Danilo Grandi, double bass

 

The Hyperion Ensemble, formed in 1992 as an ensemble interested in contemporary music, has dedicated itself from the beginning to the repertoire of Piazzolla and to Tango in general, participating in its long years of activity in over 1000 shows in festivals and theaters all over Europe, with a wide repertoire ranging from contemporary Tango to traditional Tango. The Ensemble from its foundation to today has collaborated and collaborates with various international celebrity bandoneonists such as Luis Stazo, Juan Jose Mosalini, Daniel Binelli, Alfredo Marcucci and other notable musicians such as Luis Bacalov, Antonella Ruggiero; the ensemble's stable bandoneonists are currently Urugayo Josè Luis Betancor, Nicolas Maceratesi and Gino Zambelli. The singers of the Ensemble are currently Martin Troncozo, and Hernan Godoy, all Argentines. The Ensemble is invited by the main tango festivals throughout Europe: Paris, London, Istanbul, Brussels, Tarbes, Berlin, Barcelona (Sitges), St Petersburg, Turin, Rome, Florence, Genoa, Oslo, Krakow, Zurich, Antwerp etc . He has often collaborated with the best dancers on the world Tango scene (Miguel Angel and Osvaldo Zotto, Frumboli / Sepulveda, Arce / Montes, etc.) and musically accompanied numerous shows with various Argentine companies; among these we mention: the show "Tangovivo" with the Union Tanguera company of Esteban Moreno and Claudia Codega, "Tango Metropolis" with Claudio Hoffmann and Daniel Binelli, "Tango x 2" with Miguel Angel Zotto, "TangObsesion" with the Compañia Leonardo Cuello , "Conceptango" with the company of Leo Calvelli and Eugenia, "Tango Nuevo" with the company of Roberto Herrera, and others: in 2015 and 2017 he participated in the German tour with the company of Gustavo Russo in the Tango Revolution show.

www.ensemblehyperion.it

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Mauro Zompa and Valentina Orrù

Tango dancers


Mauro Zompa began studying dance as a child with his dance teachers parents, he continued his path deepening the studies of couple dances and modern dance until 1986 when the choreographer Franco Miseria selected him to be part of the Rai ballet company in various broadcasts of the time. He has always worked as a dance teacher in Italy and abroad having obtained the qualification to teach in the disciplines standard, Latin, jazz, and Argentine tango at the National Association of Dance Masters. He was part of various technical and examining commissions for the training of masters. In 1997 he became an international judge participating as a juror in many competitions, and in the same year, he began to deepen the study of Argentine tango by attending seminars and stages with the best artists of Buenos Aires. In 2006 with his partner Sara Masi he won the national selections of Argentine tango representing Italy at the world championships in Buenos Aires where they are still the best Italian and European dancers ever classified in all editions with five finals and two absolute fourth places in 2009 and 2011. In 2010 he published the book Tango which is still used by various trade associations as a study text. Currently, they are artistic directors of AITA Accademia Internazionale di Tango Argentino, where they train students to become masters and provide diplomas recognized by CONI.