Artistic Direction & Violin
Winner of the Respighi Award 2015, finalist in the biennial 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 New York premiere of Dirk Brossé's violin concerto, accompanied by Salvatore di Vittorio and the Chamber Orchestra of New York. Her interpretation of Vivaldi's Four Seasons generated 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 diploma in Turin, Irene continued her university studies outside, 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 founded the POURQUOIPAS Association in Switzerland in 2015, of which she is artistic director, collaborating with Swiss and international organizations such as the UNHCR and the CIO. In 2021 she founded a chamber music festival in Lucignano, a medieval village in the province of Arezzo, Tuscany, where in childhood she spent many of her summers with her family. Graduated from the Liceo Classico of Aosta, she obtained a three-year degree at the DAMS in Turin with a thesis on Niccolò Paganini's life. She plays a Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin (Milan 1758) and a Xavier Tourte bow ex-Iona Brown generously placed at her disposal by a private collector.
Francesco Sica was born in Catania, Italy. He began taking violin lessons at the age of seven and graduated with honors. This is followed by post-graduate studies with Prof. Felice Cusano at the Academy of the Music School of Fiesole. At the same time he studied chamber music at the Reina Sofia Institute in Madrid with Prof. Ralf Gothoni.
Francesco is the violinist of the Monte Piano Trio and the Gémeaux Quartet, who in addition to having a fruitful activity of radio recordings on WDR, SWR, HR, BR and Deutschlandfunk, performs at prestigious locations as London's Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Conway Hall, Tonhalle Zuerich and at the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg. He is guest to several major festivals, including Schleswig-Holstein, Osnabrück Chamber Music Festival, Mozart Festival in Würzburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommen Festival, Heidelberg Spring, and Constella Festival in the United States, among others. In 2015 the collaboration with the recording label GENUIN began (“From a tender age” is the CD of the month in Stereo and the recommendation of the month in Fono Forum). In 2017 the second CD, “Tryptich”, is released. In the orchestra he was engaged, among other things, as a concertino for the first violins at the Staatsorchester Darmstadt. Francesco is the artistic director of the chamber music festival “MusiKulinarium” on Lake Constance.
As a soloist, Francesco has won prizes in various national and international competitions, including the important competition "Città di Vittorio Veneto" in 2007. Numerous masterclasses complete his musical development, for example with Ivry Gitlis, Günter Pichler, Menahem Pressler, Shmuel Ashkenasi , Eberald Feltz, Daniel Rowland, Stephan Milenkovich, Enrico Dindo, Sergey Girshenko, Valentin Erben and Niklas Schmidt.
Jürg Dähler , born in Zurich, has an international activity 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 mentors B. Langbein, H. Holliger N. Harnoncourt and G. Ligeti. He has performed in the most important musical cities as 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 still co-directs the Swiss Chamber Concerts. Since 1993 he has been the first viola of the Winterthur Musikkollegium and a member of the Winterthur String Quartet. Having founded and directed the Graubünden Festival Kulturherbst Bündner Herrschaft from 1995 to 2002, he created in 2015 the Pfingstfestival in Brunegg Castle, which he still directs. In 2007 he obtained the academic title EMAA, Executive Master in Arts Administration University Zurich. 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 it has a successful business in buying and selling prestigious instruments called TonArt Jürg Dähler, being an investment consultant for privates, Banks, Institutions and becoming himself an art collector. He plays a violin by Antonio Stradivari (Cremona 1714) and a viola by Raffaele Fiorini (Bologna 1893).
Martina Santarone started studying viola with Maestro Luca Sanzò at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome where she graduated with full marks and honors. Since 2014 she has been studying with Maestro Bruno Giuranna at the Walter Stauffer Academy of Cremona and the Chigiana Academy of Siena.
In 2019 she won the "Francesco Geminiani Prize" thanks to which she plays a 1986 Mario Capicchioni viola. She is the winner of several other awards including the "Laura Borbone" scholarship (2010), "Listen 2.0" offered by the Pistoiese Promusica Foundation (2016 ), "Davide Gaetano D'Accolti" from the "Associazione Percorsi" (2017) and the first prize in competitions such as the "Crescendo Award", "Urania", the Young Talents Music Competition promoted by the Rotary Club of Rome, "Jacopo Fanfani", “Valerio Marchitelli”.
As a chamber musician she has performed several times at the Ponchielli Theater in Cremona collaborating with musicians such as Edoardo Zosi and Antonio Meneses, and is invited to play by Robert McDuffie for the Rome Chamber Music Festival in Rome. She was chosen by Salvatore Accardo to play in his Orchestra da Camera Italiana performing at the Eliseo Theater in Rome and the Cariplo Foundation in Milan.
She played as a soloist with the Abruzzese Symphony Orchestra, with members of the Orchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia at the Aula Magna of the Roma University and with the orchestra of the Liceo Musicale Farnesina at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève.
She is a member of the Werther Quartet (Misia Iannoni Sebastianini violin, Martina Santarone viola, Simone Chiominto cello, Antonino Fiumara piano), born in 2016 and perfected at the Fiesole Music School and the "Arrigo Boito" Conservatory with the Trio of Parma with the which obtains the Master in Chamber Music with full marks, honors and honorable Mention. The quartet has played at prestigious venues and seasons such as the International House of Music in Moscow, the Teatro la Fenice in Venice, the "Humanitarian Society" of Milan concerts, the Unione Musicale in Turin and the Bologna Festival and its activities it is supported by the "Musica con le Ali".
Martina Santarone is currently studying at the Hochschule der Künste Bern in the class of Maestro Patrick Jüdt.
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, 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.
Enrico Bronzi plays a Vincenzo Panormo cello from 1775.
Born in Winterthur in 1990, Sebastian Braun began the cello at the age of five with Emanuel Rütsche. In 2006 he entered the Hochschule der Künste in Bern and since 2007 he has been studying with Conradin Brotbek in Stuttgart at the Hochschule für Musik und Kunst. He obtains the bachelor's degree with distinctions in 2011 and entered the class of Thomas Demenga in Basel, where he obtains the master of performance (also with distinctions). Regular member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, he has won numerous prizes in solo and chamber music competitions. As a member of the Kaleidoscope String Quartet and the Eclipse Trio, he won the Orpheus Swiss Chamber Music Competition, the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. In 2016 he won the first prize of the Domnick Cello Competition in Stuttgart. It is sponsored by the Pour-Cent Culturel Migros, the Rahn Kulturfonds, the Stiftung Basler Orchester-Gesellschaft and the PE-Förderungen of Mannheim.
He plays a cello by Carlo Giuseppe Testore (Milan 1692).
Francesca Sperandeo completed her musical studies at the Conservatory “Santa Cecilia ”in Portogruaro (Venice), under the guidance of Lucrezia De Vecchi, and then graduated brilliantly at the“ Pollini ”Conservatory of Padua at the age of 19. She continues her formations with mastercourses held by G. Lovato and K. Bogino and chamber music courses of A. Specchi, B. Baraz, the Trio di Parma and the Trio di Trieste at the "Trio di Trieste" School, Duino.
She won numerous awards in various competitions both in chamber music and as a soloist, including the first prize at the International Young Pianists Festival of Recanati, at the Sesto San Giovanni Music Competition, at the "Città di Grosseto" Music Competition, at the Piano Competition “Liburni Civitas”, at the International Competition of Musical Interpretation “Città di Arenzano”, at the Music Festival of S.Pietro in Vincoli, at the “Città di Massa” Competition for Musicians, the second prize at the “Gino Gandolfi” competition in Salsomaggiore and at the “Città di Moncalieri” European Music Competition.
In duo with the cellist Giacomo Grava she obtained the Diploma of merit in the context of the High Musical Improvement Courses held by the "Trio di Trieste" flanked by the cellist E. Bronzi and the pianist M. Jones at the School of Duino.
She is the pianist of the Operacento trio with whom she plays an intense concert activity and has obtained important awards including the first prize at the Nuovi Orizzonti Competition in Arezzo, the Alpe Adria International Chamber Music Competition in Majano (Udine) and the International Competition of Chamber Music Luigi Nono of Venaria Reale (To), the second prize at the Rovere d'oro International Competition of Imperia. With the Trio Operacento she recorded a CD for Radio Tre of pieces composed by D. Zanettovich, P. Longo and G. Coral (2009) and was invited to participate in the Akademie für Kammermusik Lockenhaus, within the International Festival of the same name, during which she attended the lessons of Alexander Lonquich.
She was accompanying pianist in the cello class of the Internationale Sommerakademie Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg.
Graduated in Education Sciences and Primary Education Sciences, she teaches piano at the “XXV Aprile” high school in Portogruaro and at the Conservatory “S. Cecilia ”of Portogruaro.
Born in Syracuse in 1978, Antonino Siringo graduated at the age of 19 from the Conservatory of Florence, under the guidance of Lucia Passaglia, with full marks, honors and honorable mention. The numerous national and international piano competitions won between the ages of 12 and 18 and his career as a soloist and collaborator of chamber groups go hand in hand with a meticulous study that allows him to achieve a deep knowledge of the repertoire of the '900 and to develop a unique vision interpretation. Between 1998 and 2000 he composed works for theater and ballet, collaborating with the company of the Florence Dance Festival of Marga Nativo and Keith Ferrone.
Since 2003, the interest in contemporary music and improvisation became a conscious choice for Antonino Siringo.
He completed his classical training first by attending the courses of the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana OGI in Fiesole, then with the Masterclasses of the Chigiana Academy (where he obtained the Diploma of Merit in the class of Maestro J. Achucarro and was awarded the Scholarship). At the same time he participated in the Siena Jazz Seminars, under the guidance of Stefano Battaglia, Franco D'Andrea, Bruno Tommaso.
Commitments with contemporary music began in 2004 when, for the Estate Fiesolana, he premiered the concert for piano and orchestra "Rumor Nero" by Massimo Munari. In 2006 and 2007, with the Contemporary Ensemble of the OGI, he took part in the Music & Culture concerts dedicated to the work of the guest composers Francesconi, Arcà, Boccadoro, Guarnieri, Franceschini and Portera who will later dedicate the piano piece to him, "Antonino's Schizophrenyc Monologue".
With the Rai National Symphony Orchestra of Turin he collaborates in the recording of works by Salvatore Sciarrino and Alessandro Solbiati as well as in numerous other productions of the same orchestra, in Italy and abroad, under the direction of L. Foster, R. De Burgos, M. Chung, D. Kawka, Asbury, G. Noseda, W. Marshall, M. Albrecht, W. Eddins and many others.
In 2008 he recorded the soundtrack of Paolo Benvenuti's film “Puccini e la fanciulla” presented at the 65th Venice Film Festival.
In 2016, he recorded the soundtrack of the Algerian film “Augustine”, presented at the 50th Carthage Film Festival, directed by Samir Seif, with music by Salim Dada.
The interest for contemporary music grows hand in hand with the one for improvisation and jazz, to which Antonino Siringo, after the Siena Jazz courses, approached in a completely independent and self-taught way. In 2007 there is a first project, Lennie's Pennies, dedicated to Lennie Tristano. In 2009 he won the “Luca Flores” competition and performed at the Serravalle Jazz Festival, Padua Jazz Festival, Metastasio Jazz, Musicus Concentus.
From 2011, and for the following three years, he collaborated with the Florentine actress Maria Cassi as a pianist, composer and arranger. In particular, the show “My life with men and other animals”, directed by Peter Schneider, was repeated for a long time in Italy and Europe. With Maria Cassi herself he recorded two discs and returned to collaborate in 2018 as arranger and performer in the show “Cinemaria”.
In 2015 the production of the show "La Follia" calls him, with Mario Ancillotti and Claude Hauri, alongside the actress Maddalena Crippa for a reading dedicated to Alda Merini. The show is still on tour.
Since 2010 the work of improvisation and collaborations in this sense have intensified: Marcello Magliocchi, Guy-Frank Pellerin, Jean-Michel Van Schouburg, Pat Moonchy, Roberto Del Piano, Nicola Guazzaloca, Matthias Boss, Maresuke Okamoto, Ares Tavolazzi, Nico Gori, Antonello Salis and Cinzia Fiaschi, painter with whom she develops a project dedicated to instant composition.
The same year is the beginning of the didactic activity: he engaged exclusively for the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole where he began teaching piano and reading the score, and where, in 2017, he opened the Department of Jazz Music and Improvisation Techniques.
L'Orchestra dei Ragazzi
Scuola di Musica di Fiesole
L'Orchestra dei Ragazzi is made up of the students of the Basic Courses (strings, winds, percussion, keyboards) in an age group between approximately 11 and 18 years. Participation in the course is subject to the instrumental level reached and requires compulsory attendance up to the third year of the advanced level, during which the students will be engaged for two productions.
The purpose of the work of the Orchestra dei Ragazzi is to develop in the student the ability to make music together with others, within a real orchestral team.